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U'H* BVILMM. M*a. o. hosbau, amvoa ams raorairroa. LoajC Distance 'Phone: No. 3. jliibeoription— (l per annum, in advance. ■MM at tbe Bay at. Loom poatofflo* aa ue osd-ataaa maU matter. •MIC AGO: Rep tenanted by Lord A Thoms* M Randolph itreul. ■ ■ aw YOKa Kepreaented by Rowell A Cos., No. ta Spruce street. MILADELPHIA: Represented by N. W. Ayer A Hoe, Timet Building. Pablabed every Saturday. Sobecrtptloo, *I.OO par Anum. strictly In adranoe. No pay. no paper CITY OF BAY ST. LOUIS, MISS. SATURDAY, JAN’Y. 9, 190* POLITICAL *1 * 1 FOR CITY * Z Tm B'“ $ "Falling in love,” said she, “Is ab surd.” We were discussing her cousin s en gagement. "It depends," said I, “upon the point of view.” "You can’t make black white,” she protested, "however you look at It. You call yourself a platonlst!” I call myself anything that gives a chance of unlimited discussion with Molly. tftuite so. Asa platonlst 1 hold that falling In love is undesirable. If not necessarily absurd. "The absurd Is necessarily undesira ble." “Not a bit. You are absurd.” 'Tm sure I’m cot.” ’’But extremely desirable.” "If you mean—” "Asa platonic companion.” "Platonic fr.endshlp has nothing whatever to do with falling in love." She was co emphatic that I knew she was doubtful. "The same qualities which, from an enlightened standpoint, make you de sirable as a platonic friend, from an other point of view, would excuse an ill-regulated p*rsoa for falling In love with you." "How dare you speak in that way?" she demanded hotly. "Of course. I shouldn't allow any one to do such a thing, but, If any one did, I don't sec why ho should be called names.” "Neither do I. That’s Just It.” “Of course, ho would be very fool ish.” "Exactly.” "Mamma will be wanting me,” she announced. loftily.' So perhaps you can And something to amuse yourself!" She gathered up her wools and rose. "Don't go for a minute. Molly," I pleaded. "I am going this instant." She sat down again. "What I meant," 1 explained, "was that, although he would bo foolish from our standpoint not to embrace the opportunities of the higher platon ic friendship which we have found so delightful ” "Have we?" sho observed, with great disdain. "Yet he would bo human, rather than absurd, in falling u victim to your charms. Speaking with the brotherly frankness allowed by our compact, they are so considerable ’’ “Flattery Is forgiven by the com pact," she said. In a mollified tone. "Of course, I know you don’t mean It." "But 1 do. You have a way of look ing at a fellow " "I haven’t!” "Which might easily disturb a sus ceptible mind.” “You silly fellow!” "A way," 1 repeated, feelingly, “which is very trying even to so pro nounced a platonist as I." "I sometimes think," sho murmured, thoughtfully, “that your platonic views are not so pronounced as you profess.” "Surely my practice confirms my the ory?” I Inquired, with astonishment. "Last night, when you put us in the hansom ” She paused, doubtfully. I raised my hands In protest. "A casual and extremely slight de viation from the platonic standpoint.” Her mother was with her. "1 may have squeezed your hand a little, but what of that? Why, you returned ’’ "1 didn't. It was absurd of you." “Again, you might refer to the night we walked heme from Hamil ton's.” "I am not likely to refer to that." “But I wish to be clear from any risk of misconception.” I Insisted loftily. "It Is true 1 kissed you, but ” "I was exceedingly cross.” She wasn’t. "That, again, was merely a relapse into the —cr —human point of view, for which I was net responsible." “I’m sure I wasn’t." “Excuse me. You twisted a wrap round your shoulders so that you looked—well. If I were speaking from an ordinary point of view, I should say bewitching." “I don't want to talk about It." “You have such big, deep eyes ” "My appearance has nothing to do with the matter." "It has a great deal to do with It— from some points of view.” “You have no business to take such points of view. Wo agreed not to be —fcollsh." “You make It impossible for me to keep the agreement." I groaned. "If you really wanted me to ’’ "Of course I do." She doesn’t. "You would make yourself look as unattractive as pcGsible.” "No woman would do that." She spoke with Intense conviction. “Then you must not blame mo for any weaknesses called forth by wom an's natural vanity and perversity. From my point of view " “Ycur point of view is absolutely ridiculous," she declared, waving her hand as If she were sweeping folly Into space. “Every woman tries to make herself look nice—every woman you know. You don’t, therefore, con sider yourself at liberty to go—and— and ” “Kiss her?” "Well, I suppose you don’t?" I as sumed a guilty smile, which seemed to annoy her. "Why don't you answer me?” she re manded. stamping her foot. She wears “twoe.” “I dori'4 see anything to answer.” I • Wto blush, bt, of ectiraa, I dut Q’)o you mean to tell me that you 'si suing women who—look nice, soever you get a chance?” gNoo.” aaid I, tlowly. "I dent an to tell you.” She gathered up wools again with her haughtiest >lf that is your point of view,” she fd, “please consider our friendship t an end.” jLook here, Molly." I protested, “It *m‘t in our bargain that I was to bo Atonic with everybody, was It?" ”1 don’t care what was In our bar- 'gain. It was a piece of foolishness al together." “Be sides. I haven’t said that I —er — kissed anybody.” "Oh, yes, you have! I know you have, and I know very well who it was. Sc there!” If she meant Nora Tecsdale. It was only two or three times—just for a Joke. "Perhaps you'll tell me. then?” “Perhaps I shan't! Though, of course, 1 know very well, and so do you! ” ”1 naturally sbculd, shouldn't I?" You would, If you ” ”1 shall not stay to be Insulted.” She moved to the door, but I Intercepted her. "Look here. Molly," I said, "don't let us quarrel over such a trifle. If you’ll believe mo ” "How can I believe you when you behave In such a way? Didn't we agree faithfully that we—, but I don't want to discuss it." I tugged my mus tache a bit; then I took bold of her arm. “We agreed," I said slowly, "to be the fastest and best of friends—ln a purely platonic way. Aren't we?” "Not If ” She quivered a little at the comers of her rosy mouth and stepped. "Not If either of us likes any one else better, you mean. Molly?” She nodded. "Upon my honor. I don't. Molly. Do you?" She shook her head. “1 never shall, dear,” I cried eagerly. "Will you?” She dropped the wools and let them roll away unheeded, and I seized her dear little hands. "Not.” she said, tremulously, "from a platonic point of vlow.” "Platonic point of view be hanged!” I put my arm round her. She put her head down upon my shoulder and laughed—and cried a lit tle, too, 1 fancy. "I don't mind,” she said. "Do you still consider falling In love absurd, Molly?” I asked, a little later. "Certainly,” she said, resolutely. "In other people!” Which shows how much depends up on tho point of view! —J. A. Flynn, In Free Lance. DRUMMERS' ETIQUETTE. A “Commercial" Dinner In England la a Formal Affair. On my initial trip as commercial traveler In England a kind friend told me that 1 must stale I was a "commer cial” on entering an Inn, and he added that tho "commercial" rcom had pe culiar customs. Arriving on a morn ing train in a famous university town, I was soon In the courtward of an old fashioned inn. which bad been recom mended as tho best commercial hotel. 1 was welcomed by the "boots" and di rected to a "commercial room” marked “Private." The "commercial” dinner was served promptly at 1 o’clock, or at 1.15. Should twenty "commercials” be stopping at the bouse and but one be present at this dinner hour, the soup is served. It was a few moments after the hour when 1 re-entered tho "commercial room” to find sixteen seal ed at the long table, now covered with white linen and decorated with flow ers. At the head of the table, engaged in serving the soup, sat Mr. President, who occupies this position by virtue cf having remained in the hotel longer than any other person present, and at the other end is Mr, Vice, the second la length of slay. This I did not then know. After hesitating for a moment I slipped modestly Into a vacant chair, lu a few seconds I was conscious that every eye In the room was fixed cn me. Presently the president, a ruddy faced old man of about 60. said. “Per haps the gentleman who has just seat ed himself is unaware that this is a private room?” This was said courte ously but firmly. My first thought was to telegraph to the American am bassador and to get out my passport, declaring me to be a free-born Amer ican citizen, but the savory odor of the soup and my friend's warning pre vailed; so, half rising from my chair, I stammered out something about my Ignorance. With every desire to re lieve my evident embarrassment, and at the same time to uphold the tradi tions of the table, the president said, “The gentleman is a stranger, and wishes to join us.” A hearty permis sion was given at once by all, and 1 re seated myself.—The World’s Work. Properties of the Dead Sea. The Dead Sea Is a salt lake of Pales tine, about eighteen miles east of Jeru salem. Its water is so nauseous that no human stomach can retain It. It is sticky to the touch, and, when dried, leaves a coating of salt and other chemicals upon the flesh of bathers. But it is of a beautiful blue color, and so transparent that one can distin guish objects upon the bottom at a depth of twenty feet. It Is difficult to swim In because of its great buayancy, A human body floats without exertion, and can only be submerged by an ef fort. Swimming Is unpleasant as the feet, being the lighter part of the body, have too great a tendency to rise to the surface. The sea is usually per fectly calm. Fish placed In the Dead Sea gasp a few times and die, and the only living things that exist in the water are a few microbes which have been discovered near the north bank. The popular supposition that, poison ous exhalations tfrlse from its surface Is a mistake. Birds fly over It without Injury, and no baneful effects are caused by breathing the atmosphere. The custom of smoking opium is be coming so prevalent In Paris, and still more In Toulon and Marseilles, (hat there Is talk of farming a league for Us suppression. BAGIC BY THE IN WANS, '■ 1 “ AMERICAN REDSKINS EQUAL TO , WIZARDS OF THE ORIENT. | tore cry of the Cblppeway* With the Century Plant—Sacerdotal Per. I former* Who Control the Weather— Trick* Through the Intervention of Tribal Olvlnitle*. I Redskin magic hai. been a subject >f special Investigation recently by the Bureau of Ethnology at Washing ton, which finds that among the American Indians there are wizards who can perform feats quite as won derful as any of those attributed to the fakirs of the Orient In fact, there are certain tribes, such as the Chlppe way. which have developed the art of aorcery, as one might say, to a high point; and Catholic missionaries and jther reliable witnesses testify to hav ing seen century plants two or three feet high produced within .a few min utes on bare western prairies—where previously nothing grew—simply, as It seemed, by a few Incantations and a small amount of hocus-pocus. This feat, which bears a curious likeness to tbe famous mango tree trick of India, seems beyond explana tion, the century plants grown In the spontaneous manner described being of considerable size and apparently a dozen years old. But It Is perhape surpassed by a marvel which was re counted to one of the government In vestigators by a Jesuit priest, who said that while he was sojourning among the Arapaboes and Cheyennes, west of the Mississippi, he zaw a couple of wizards fetch grass up out of the ground where there had not been a spfig of vegetation. It was done In a few minutes, and there was quite a patch of It, green and growing. With his own eyes be saw it sprout and grow. The wizards among the Indians are priests. Indeed, the primitive priest all over the world Is, and has always been, a magician and juggler. Jug gling tricks are the most important part of his stock in trade, vividly Im pressing the untutored beholders with a belief In the supernatural powers of the performer. The position of offi cial rainmaker Is Invariably held by a sacerdotal magician of note, who claims to be able to control the weath er. He embodies In his own person all the-functions of a weather bureau, the only drawback being that he usu ally loses his life sooner or later in ‘ consequence of making a few unsuc cessful predictions. Among the Chippeways there Is a class of wizards known os “dreamers," who are supposed to be able to handle w ith Impunity red hot stones and burn ing brands, or to bathe their hands without discomfiture in boiling water. A magician of this type is a "dealer In fire,” and at night he may sometimes be seen flying rapidly along In the shape of a ball of fire or a pair of fiery sparks, like Hie eyes of some mon strous beast. The late Dr. W. J. Hoff man of the bureau of ethnology knew one of the jugglers who could take ripe red cherries from his mouth at any season of the year. He had a mag ic bag which would move, on the ground as If it were olive, but Dr. Hoffman more than half suspected, that the sack contained a live rat or some other small animal. One of the Investigators on a csr taln occasion saw a Menoraini wizard produce live snakes, os It appeared, from on empty bag. The bag was of red flannel, about 20 Inches wide by 30 inches in depth, and the “mystery man" held It between his fingers by the two upper corners, so as to spread It out. Then he rolled It between bis fingers like a ball, to show that there was nothing Inside. Again he took It by the upper corners, and, bolding it up, danced slowly. Presently two snake heads began to emerge from the top of the sack, gradually becoming more and more exposed to view until the bodies of the serpents protruded half a foot or so. From time to time the snakes withdrew themselves Into the bag. coming out again, and again retreating. When they had finally dis appeared the performer rolled the sack up tightly and put It into his bo som. It seemed quite wonderful, but the trick was a simple one, the two snake heads (stuffed) being attached to a tape, the ends of which were fas tened to the upper corners of the bag. When the wizard pulled the tape taut, It caused the heads to lift themselves above the ends of the bag, passing through a couple of loops. The Indian wizards pretend that they can perform their tricks only through the Intervention of the tribal divini ties; and this Is where the Juggling and religion come together. Information os to future events is commonly ob tained by special consultation with tne divinities in the so-called "magic lodge," which is a cylindrical structure of birch bip-k, with a framework of small poles, just big enough to contain and give concealment to a man stand ing erect. As soon as the wizard bAs entered, the lodge begins swaying vio lently, and there is a great rattling of bells and deers' hoots which are fas tened to the tops of the poles. Three voices are then heard In consultation— a loud one (for the Great Spirit), a faint one (for the small spirit), and the voice of the "mystery man." In this way the wizard gets the knowl edge* he desires direct from headquar ters. A famous wizard at White Earth, Minn., made a bet with one of the gov ernment Investigators that the latter could not tie him with ropes so that he would not be able to get loose im mediately. With the help of the local Indian agent, the man was tied up in a most elaborate fashion and put in side of a conical wigwam In an open space. Nobody was allowed to come near him. Presently there was a great thumping noise and the wigwam be gan to sway back and forth. Two or three minutes later the magician called out. telling his captors to go to a house several hundred yards away and get the ropes. One of them went to the house, and found the ropes, with all the ccmplicated knots untied. Then the wigwam was opened and the wizard was found quietly smoking his Pipe, • Among the Chippewnys a popular love charm (prepared, of course, by the wizard). Is composed of powdered Ver million and flne ground mica, the mix ture hate* put into * thimble, wA in plugged at the bottom with a dlae of wood and carried suspended from the neck by a string paaeed through a hole la the top. It may he decorat ed with feathers or otherwise; but Its efficacy depends upon a hair or nail paring of the person whose affections is desired, this Item being Introduced Into the thimble with the powder. Dr. Frans Boss recently made a study of the religious ceremonials of the Fort Rupert Indians of Vancouver Island, In Which he found a lot of "wlz" business mixed up. These peo ple are supposed to be cannibals, and a striking episode of one of their per formances consists in the mysterious entrance, through a solid wall, of a man eating wild man, who proceeds to take bites out of the other participant* In the exhibition.—Boston Herald. MAINE (ELANDS IN DEMAND. Bought Up by Rich M*n from the 1 Country'* Great Cities. The water* of the coast of Maine from Klttery to Quoddy Head are aa full of beautiful islands a* the north ern counties of the state are of charm ing lakes. Indeed, if one would mak* a little study of these two features of the physical peculiarities of the stat* there would appear s striking similar ity between them. See the attractive north land dotted with lakes and pends, full of water as it Is; see tbe equally attractive coast, the great gulf of Malno and its msny bays full of land, picturesque and beautiful as they are. These two features attract dif ferent classes of tourists, summer vis itors and nature lovers, While one class is attracted to the seacoast and the equally picturesque Island* which stand out from the land as though for merly a part of It, like little chicks ot lambs that have left their mother fold. These islands, like the Interior lakes, are being rapidly pre-empted by the wealthy citizens of other states. One set of men or members of a club, who have a fondness for the canoe, the an gler’s rod or the sportsman’s rifle, pur chase tbe section of woods in which Is a big lake; while those of another, who are fond of yachting and like the smell of old ocean, buy a Maine Island, or two or three of them. The town of Isle au Haul Is a town of Islands. It was Incorporated by the legislature In 1874, and comprises, besides tbe large island, which gives the name to the town, the following smaller Islands; York's Island. Fog island, Burnt Island, Merchant’s Isl and, Kimball's island, the two Spoon islands, and "all other Islands south of Merchant’s Row." These islands He south cf Great Deer Isle and between the Island of Vlnalfaaven to the west of Burnt Coal Island In Frenchman’s bay to the east. Recent despatches say that by re cent purchases nearly the whole of Isle au Haul is now controlled by the Point I-ookout club, the members of which are wealthy people from Boston, Now York, and Philadelphia. On one of the nearby islands a wealthy New York artist Is to build a beautiful res idence next summer, while it Is the purpose of the members of the club who have purchased Isle su Haul, "to preserve the natural beauties of the island, to which end the cutting of trees or other growth, except for clear ing paths or roadways, Is forbidden." This may be all light. If we cannot keep all our beautiful Islands and In terior lakes to ourselves we are glad for people to have them who appre ciate their attractiveness and will make and enforce stringent rules to preserve them In their natural beauty. But at the rate at which our lakes. Islands and splendid coast lands are go ing at present we shall hardly have any for our own use and enjoyment before many years. If our readers have a few of these desirable possessions just now, our advice la: Hold on to them.— Bangor Commercial. Conductor Sold Fish, The following is taken from a New York paper published In 18S8: it is well known that the Portsmouth rail road has to turn everything to account to pay running expenses, and many are the Jokes they perpetrate upon the conductors in reference to their shifts to get a living. It U said that one ol them last year wm accustomed to bring fish from Portsmouth and peddle them out at the stopping places on the way to Concord. One oay he brougut along smelts, dealing out to customers at every station till he got to Suncook, where he blew his horn, and an old woman came out and wanted six, “Just a pattern —all I’ve got left, you’re In the nick of time,” said he, and he be gan to count them and found only five. "How’s this? 1 should have six," and he began to count on bis fingers, and reckon how be had disposed of the four dozen he had started with. After a little while, “I have It; hold on a lit tle while and I’ll be back,” said he, and he ran the train back aeven miles to a place where he let a woman have one more ttaqn she paid for. got It, came to Suncook, and let the old woman have tue six she wanted, and then tat "smelt” train went to Concord. The Record-Breaking Clouds. The clouds, as a matter of fact, are noted by the weatnee bureau people chiefly because they show the direc tion and the velocity of the higher air currents of the atmosphere. They are like chips which show the flow and ed dies of a stream. Their speed is al most inconceivable to us who have watched them floating apparently with scarcely any motion across the sky, seeming what an old weather prophet called them, “those most tranquil trav elers, the clouds, whose very motion is rest.” The fastest horse and automo bile records and even steam engine speed—a mile In 32 seconds—ls easily outdone by the quietly drifting masses of mist. A mile in 36 seconds is not at all Pn uncommon velocity for the up per clouds, and they hatfe been ob served to do a mile In 18 seconds.—T. S. Hoppln, Jr., in Leslie’s Monthly. Suppressing the Mind. Fuddy—Aren’t yon going to take any notice of the libellous charges that have been circulated about you? Duddy—Not on your life. If I did they might come to the knowledge ol somebody who had not heard them.— Boston Transcript. Milking a Cow Dry. Any cow can be milked dry In a few weeks by Irregular milking, some times at Intervals of twenty-four hours and sometimes six. Separation from her usual company, a change to anew location, a strange milker, and scold ing voice, are sources of Irritation that more or less Impair the milking quali ties of the cow. Care of Farm Tools. Farm and garden tools should be put In thorough order before they are put away for the winter. The Irop and steel portions should be cleaned and rubbed bright, and then receive a thin coaling of grafting wax. tallow or any substance that will prevent rusting, 'ihe parts made of wood will be made more durable by a copious application of petroleum If unpalnted, or If the paint Is worn off, and afterward one or two coats of paint will complete the work of protection. Cleaning New Ground. The general idea of cleaning up new ground Is to grub It during the winter 1 and break It up during the following spring, letting It He fallow during the summer and putting In a grain crop In the fall. It may not be generally known that six months time may be gained by tbe following plan: Assum ing tbs Held 1* In weeds and briers, cut tbeig down with heavy scythes this month, gather In piles and burn. Then plow roughly but thoroughly an* deep ly. This will be the hardest part of the work, requiring the services of heavy teams and plows; then run over the Held both ways with a disk harrow, followed with a spring tooth harrow, and then with a smoothing harrow. Keep the work up until a seed bed suitable for wheat Is bad. and at tbe proper time sow wheat or any other grain better suited to soli and locality. The conatant use of the harrow will clean out most of the brier roots and | the ground will yield a good crop. Powder for Hortee. Asa rule it Is not a good plan to use condiments with homes when they are a little ailing, for often a change In the food ration will set things straight However, a condition pow der Is sometimes a good thing, provid ed It Is not too strong or composed of powerful drugs which are likely to in jure the coating of the stomach. The following formula may be recommend ed as entirely safe and generally bene ficial, particularly In the spring: Take six ounces of powdered gentian root, five ounces of powdered Jamaica gin ger. eight ounces of powdered niter, tour ounces of powdered anise seed, four ounces of powdered sulphate or Iron, two ounces of powdered charcoal and mix thoroughly In two pounds of ground flaxseed. The dose is from one to two tablespoonfuls dally. If the horses seem a little run down after go ing through the work on the farm dur ing the summer, a few doses of this condition powder with a proper food ration will do them a world .of good. —lndianapolis News. s THe Marvels of Corn Culture. of p-actlcal instances could be given to show the value of Improved varieties of corn. For In stance, one southern Illinois farmer, more progressive than tbe rest, was : Induced to secure enough improved seed to plant three hundred acres as a result of his study of corn in the Illin ois College of Agriculture. Theee three hundred acres out-yielded all of the other fields on bis farm more than thirty bushels per acre; and, so for :as could be determined tbe fields of I that entire section yielded about thir ty bushels per acre. This Increase in ' yield meant a total gain of about nine thousand bushels, which represented a cash value of about four thousand dol lars for that season. As this increase did not represent an increased cost of production, the gain was pure profit. In another case, a farmer in Central Illinois became interested in improved seed-corn, through the school of corn judging in the Illinois Agricultural College. He secured enough seed, grown by a corn-breeder, to plant 80 acres. Asa result, be raised almost 26 bushels more per acre on his field than where the ordinary seed was planted. The next year, over one thou sand acres were planted with Improved seed; and lest year over seven thous and acres of improved corn, from the more carefully selected seed, was grown on this farm. In addition, there were thirty breeding fields laid out for the purpose of systematic and scienti fic improvement of the varieties grown at this place. In northern Illinois the manager of a large farm became in terested in the benefits of improved seed corn, with the result that last year nearly three thousand acres of improv ed corn were grown, and several breed ing fields were established.—A. D. Shame), of the Illinois Experiment Sta tion, in the Cosmopolitan. Apricot Culture. The orchard management of the ap ricot is essentially the same as that for the peach. The tree prefers rather heavier soil.and the aspect should ne such as will discourage early blooming. Extremes of elevation are to be avoid ed. Both low and high levels are sub ject to unseasonable frosts. In New YorK along the larger lakes is the aprlfct culUvated with a measure of success. A northern slope is to be preferred over a southern. When the retarding Influence of lake breezes can be utilized, it should be taken advan tage of. The trees should be set eigh teen to twenty feet apart and be given clean culture during the early part of the growing season. In this respect, they do not differ from other fruits. A fairly well established principal in or chard management Is that the ground should not be left bare during winter. Intensive tillage tends to diminish the supply of humus (organic matter) without which the soli becomes Inert, dense and unproductive. Again, on hilly lands, bare ground washes Injur iously during the winter months, the better toil hi A eenled by *urfMe water* to lower%vel*. •‘Cover-crop*’ are therefore deniable and often Indis pensable. By this' we mean a crop sown in mid-summer that will shield the soil against washing, save fertility and add humus when plowed under. In spring. The apricot is not such an ex uberant grower as the peach, yet it needs some attention In the way of pruning. When young, the form 1* Im proved by heading back during the dormant period, followed by r jch thinning of the top as appears n' js sary. When the trees have grown old and "leggy” they may be invigorated and the head lowered by cutting bath severely. The arch enemy of (be apricot in the east Is the curcuilo. After escaping frost, the next critical period comes with the ‘‘little Turk,” which arrives soon after the blossom* fall. It may be checked by spraying persistently with Bordeaux mixture and arsenlte of lead, but probably the most effective method is “Jarring” A curcullo-catcher resembles a huge Inverted canvas umbrella (without the handle) mount ed on a frame which Is set on two wheels, thus allowing It to be operated after the manner of a ‘‘push-cart. ’ Ths umbrella ha* a slit in one side -and a tin can containing some kerosene at tached below the apex of the cocßov- Ity The catcher is run under a tree and the operator gives the stem of the tree a sharp blow with a long-handled padded mallet. The jar causes the beetles to drop Into the catcher. They roll or are swept Into the can, whence they are later transferred to the cre matory.—Country Lite in America. Winter Butter Making. The farmer that makes butter In winter should be well prepared for the business. Unless the conditions are about right it will be difficult making a success In the work, as these will be found quite different than during the rest of the year. First, as to the milk. It Is more dif ficult getting the milk cleau and all right when the cows are kept In the stable all tjie time, and particular at tention will be required to secure important object. With proper care It can be done and here Is the first step. After the milk Is secured In a stAls factory condition then the next step In tne process will be the obtaining of Vhe cream. How shall this be done? It can be accomplished In several ways, but there are only two or three that will be satisfactory to use, as the older methods are now not generally consid ered practical and satisfactory. The separator or some system of the Swedish or cold deep setting are now most used for the purpose. Right ly used, or with proper conditions, the cream can all be practically obtained by either of these methods, leaving the skimmed milk sweet and In the best condition for feeding to calves or pigs. There should be a suitable room In which to separate the milk and make the butter, and well fitted for the work. The churning should be done at least twice a week, to prevent keeping the cream too long, and thus nm the risk of Its deterioration 'ln quality- 1 too sour, or perhaps bitter. The cream should be kept cool un til a short time—twelve hours or so— before churning, when If necessary. It should be warmed up to about 70 de grees to facilitate its proper ripening. It should be slightly acid before churning, but not too sour or thick. Proper ripening develops the .nice quality so much desired In butter. Cream ran be churned sweet, and some may prefer this method, but there is not that fine flavor or aroma in the butter as when the cream is properly ripened. The churning should be done at a proper temperature, varying with con ditions, but allowing the butter to be obtained in a reasonable length of time, and neither too hard nor soft. Revolving churns are now mostly used, and are considered best for the pur pose. Work the butter sufficiently to re move the buttermilk, adjusting the temperature so as to work and pack satisfactorily. Most butter m.;era now pack directly after churning. The best salt to be had should be used, and in a quantity to suit custo mers. The beat package also sltould be used, with the parchment paper for prints and boxes, and great care exer cised In finishing the process in order to instire the best outward appearance, as well as the fineness of the quefiby of product. The butter should be colored when needed, and in all things do the best possible to satisfy the demands of dealers and customers for a fine qual ity of butter, such asw will Insure a ready sale and satisfactory price. hi this way winter dairying or mak ing butter on the farm may bo rfoflt ably followed, but it should be a Wet ness carefully and systematically at tended to the same as any other in order to Insure the best success.—E. &. Towle, in American Cultivator. No Windfalls for Him. "When I read of folks finding bank notes stuffed in old sofa pillows and pincushions,” said a west side dealer In second hand household furniture, “It ■Just makes me ready to cry. Half the stories printed about such, finds I don’t believe. I’ve been in this busi ness 31 years; right here In little old New York. I’ve made It a point of gathering in all sorts of odds an}l ends from old cranks that I thought would be likely to hide money. l've never left anything like a pillow or a thing where money could be hidden in any lot I bougjit outright, although I’d had to brave many a pitiful appeal for fa ther’s tobacco box ana mother’s sew ing basket. I never let any piece of furniture go out of here agjiin .until I had been through' it myselt. ifa and I have pulled hair spiffing oiil 'of things and put it back I 'fifth* when We could have saved oursrfves- trouble and money by letting tae stuff pf, out for sale?without it. Find anythy<g? a cent. Once 1 found an old book blip den in a mattress that was -bought from a woman who died. 1 took it to a bookseller who said it was not vortb my carfare. No, sir. The only way to get money In this business, like any other, Is to work for it and not fAoect to find it”—New York Times. THE NEW ENGLAND BIRD Jurions Method by Which Sts Fa*).! Used XI Balt. One of the most curious of the >ds adopted by New England deepjH Ishermen Is the utilization of birds (B bait. In deep water it Is difficult™ )btaln supplies of bait, though ootlnJl ind even clams taken from the to.l ichs of codfish, are occasionally ;,- : B ployed. The necessity thus creatuß has given rise to a fishery not (■ ashes, but for sen fowl, the flesh latter being utilised for bait. In ing for birds two men go out in n ,!,,-B ind throw pieces of cod liver upon p„B water. These fragments quickly <r ß tract the ever present "stormy petrelvH which gather In flocks around the floitß Ing morsels. Pretty soon bigger blni|B perceive from a distance the asteuß binge of small feathered fry, ami 1n!,.1 that there Is food to be got. Accord I iugly, within a few minutes big hagdens and jaegers are seen comia ( B from all points cf the compass, a la r? ,H flock of them collecting about the hoatl When the weather is thick and foggjl the fishermen help to attract the bu>H gry sen fowl by Imitating their cries. I The two men In the dory, one aft sg I the other forward, are each of thj I provided with a line twenty-fire y I thirty feet In length and a small hoot I The bait of codfish liver Is large enouft I to float the hook, being oily. As soojl ns o flock of bird* has gathered thJ hook* are baited and thrown out upoti the water. The birds display sadl groat voracity that the fishermen aril kept busy hauling them Btrugglingl aboard the dory. This perforraan] may continue until 100 or 200 birds in I taken. But after a while the flock geuj so shy that the sport becomes r.nproHt.l able. The speech of the New England flb.|| erraen Is full of phrases of the sn.H Servant girls are said to "ship for ilifl months” when they engage. A ynimE .man "ships” himself to a swectheatiß when they are affianced, and a chart® Is said to have "shipped” anew pat a son. who Is apt to be called the “skip M per” of the church. The master of tbil •house Is Invariably the “skipper.” 11l a man Is prosperous he Is said to bt | “making headway;” If the reverse h Is "going to leeward.” If one feela chilly he says that he Is “crlmmy.” II lie loses his way In the dark he Is "pit Hated.” The celling of a room Is i “plauehment.” A careless piece rt work is a “frouch.” A dish improperl] cooked Is a "cantch.” When anybod; acts with gross Impropriety It is sal of him that he ought to be "squenle up,” which means that It would be wel to throw stones at Him. The fisher men Of Grand Manan have a patois nl their own. When one of them speakj of his "brush” you do not nt first sm-i poet that he refers to his hair. Hit boots are “slompers,” while his knife Is a "throater.” He applies “she” to I everything, from his wife to n cart wheel or a clock. On Nantucket Islnnl again when a woman says that her I "hold.is clean swep’,” she means that! she Is hungry.—Philadelphia Saturdayi Evening Post. Four Billion Feet of I.nmlier. I The lumber markets of the Orients ami the share which the United Stateii Is likely to have In supplying them,l Is the subject Just now of some atten-i lion by the United States Department! of Commerce and I.abor. Recent re-I ports from American Consuls in tins Orient announced the arrival of tbtl first cargo of lumber In the Chines*l market, by a Russian vessel from Vlail Ivostok. This fact opens the question! of future competition for the Oriental| market between the American lumber! Interests on the Pacific coast, on tbs | one hand, and that of the Russians lnsj f Siberia and on the Ynlu River, on tbe| I other. In both cases enormous re j sources are awaiting development. Tbt l American Industry on the Pacific cons ! has the advantage of organization m | a largo scale, and of mechanical equjt| meat unequalled by that of any otfg| Held In the world. This is evidenced V’J the rate of annual production. Vi*'' flclal estimates put the annual ewid lumber ami shingles of the three ft elfic States nt 4,000,000.000 feet, of which California supplies 860,000,0® feet, Oregon 740,000,000 feet and Wast ing ton 2.300,000.000 feet. At this rati It is calculated that the forests of tin Pacific coast will be exhausted in fortj years. As would naturally be expected, thill Pacific lumbermen have been rapldi*n enlarging their area and volume of j commercial distribution, both In foreign and the domestic markets. Ac® cording to verified figures, the redwood® shipments from upper California, most® ly to San Francisco and the aoutherr® coast, amounted in 1902 to 260,597,60r8 In addition to this, the California coasß alone received in 1002 606,102,982 (eefl of pine and fir; in 1001, 403,245,540 feetß and In 1900, 370.258,913 feet. The raM of Increase, as will be seen by compniu® non of these figures, is enormous— HaflH peris Weekly. . The WorM't Ballro.di. 4 ? Rome one has estimated that the E® gregate length of the world’s rallroatHl was, In 1901, more than half a millioHJ miles. The apportionment of mlle.'ujfl| to the different countries was as fBII lows: Europe. 180,708; Asia, 41,818 U Africa, 14,187; North America. 226,508ff] South America. 28,654; Australia, 649—North America leading. The continents of the western tiemlspheißjj it will be noted, have more miles dB railroad than all the rest of the worlfl together; North America alone morH than Europe and Asia together. Thlß addjtions per year to the world’s rail® road mileage were, during the six yeasH between 1896 and 1901: 9796 in 1890® 10,747 In 1807; 10,864 in 1S98; 13,530 ifl 1809; 10,796 in 1900; 18,947 in 1901-B 1901 having been, as will be seen, nl phenomenally active year in railroad! building.—Harper’s Weekly. B U-fnl in Two Worlds. That newly discovered liquid which! makes the human body proof against! fire is the best thing yet. It will cer-! talnly;-prove a great blessing to people! In this world. and if it could be utilized! by some whn-Mwtideßtlned to land ‘Jnl a certain placcTnthe world to come its! success would be complete and mist! tremendously satisfying. Ttie Arkan.M Wnr. B Except when flooding, the ArkausJl River, lu Oklahoma, Is not a foralflp hie stream, it gains in magnitude aflh passing the Indian Territory, and B' the vicinity of Bast Gibson becomV aud