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Benda to London is the cigarette,” says London Truth. _ _ In writing of ‘‘our Imperial will wo suppose that the Czar thinks It time to make one, remarks the At lanta Journal. Says the Charleston N wS end Cour ier: One of the political groups in the Duma was called "The Group of Toll.” Its platform as "Everybody works but the little Father Andrew I' White hopes • <* time Is coming when rv;*..'.* of La making bodies will be as full as ;r present chronicles of football, ba• i all and lawn tennis.” Whenever the legisla tors say or do thln.es worth reporting they may be sure of proper attention by the newspapers, says Fourth Es tate. The legislators themselves com plain not that the papers say too lit tle about them, but they say too much. ~ Almost everything else under hea ven having been tried for that pur pose, paper is now being made at sev eral places in the South from the stalks of the cotton plant, announces the New York Tribune. A prediction is offered by a writer for The Manufac turers’ Record that the industry will add nearly $100,000,U00 to the present value of the cotton crop. We wonder if he will be equally sanguim* live or ten years hence! Says the Pittsburg Leaik : Mar- Bhall Field dodged taxes of a value to hlra of $400,000 u year. According to the census of 1000 th- average earnings of skilled workingmen Is about S4OO a year. It thus required the earnings of 1,000 men each year to pay the deficit to the community that Marshall Field honestly <>\v 1. In other words, he took from the com monwealth of the city of Ghicago, through the dishonesty of lax-dodging, the wages of 1,000 skilled workingmen every year. Ten years ago the sab -of the r lilted States to Latin America amounted to about |77,0u0,uu0. In the next five years they roc■ to $119,- 000,000. For the fiscal year just closed they were $206,460,000. Th - is about $06,000,000 more than this. > entry sold to a ten times larger population In Ashia and Oceania. It show.' a busi ness nearly trebled within a decade. The merchandise represented by the account is In large part the product of factories and workshop-. Very lit tle of It is raw material, an 1 n much of It is foodstuffs. Anthony Comstock has done good work In keeping down veal offences against decency, but be is constantly bringing his society into disrepute by such absurdities as the senseless raid on the Art Students’ League of New York, comments the Baltimore News. A logical extension of this sort of business would be the raiding of hos pitals and medical schools and the seizure of works on physiology and anatomy, whoso illustrations are just as properly "obscene” and “lewd” as are those of the League’s catalogue. The old lady in the familiar story ob jected to the dressing-room of the ball grounds being located directly be neath her window, because she could see the players robing and disrobing. AVhen the dressing-room was removed to the far end of the grounds, she wrote the managers, thanking them for their effort to remedy matters, but saying that it was quite useless, as she could still see the players with heropera glasses. Anthony Comstock will not gain any sympathy either foi his cause or himself by plat ing him self In the old-woman class. Tn current newspaper discussion ol the staring habit of various countries. It has well been said, exclaims the New York Commercial, that in Japan one secures practical Immunity from being stared at because of personal peculiarities of face, form or dress. Such regard for the comfort and rights of others is one of the many excellent results of the Japanese train ing, and yet Is nevertheless reconcil able with the insatiate curiosity of a nation blessed with rare manners and courtesies that cleverly disguise it. In conceding all this, however, to the Land of the Rising Sun, we see no reason to agree with those writers who claim that the American has worse habits In the matter of staring than his English cousin. On the con trary, there is nothing more conspicu ously rasping for Americans in all English life than the w’ay they are stared out of countenance In London; especially is this true of Loudon men In the case of American women. We have even known It to be found nec essary on the street to remind well dressed Englishmen of their rudeness in this respect. If the staring were "done when 'tls done,” it would not be quite so embarrassing, but your staring Englishman stop® before he meets the American object of his cu riosity, and make a business of the thing, almost blocking the way, and moving on only after the Americans have long since passed by. The Amer ican can Improve on his manners In the matter of staring, as judged by the Japaneses standard, but excuse mm from ever Imitating his English ccuelh! . _ deed Morning. Day dawns, and bids the blushing sky “Good ‘morning!” Tho flu to-voiced birds tako up the cry: “Good rooming!” And nearer home, beneath tho eavea, Tho gnarled old maple’s tender loaves That shivered In the midnight rain, Now whisper at my window-pane: “Good morning!” The genial sun peeps o’er the hill And laughs across my window sill. Eyas quiver under sleepy lids — This Is tho King himself who bids “Good momlng!” I rise and ope the window wide. Tho sun-kissed breezes charge and ride Straight through the breach in mer ry rout, And scale the walls and fairly shout: “Good morning!” They make r.e captive to the King, They plmk at me and bid me sing Their paean to the Golden Day, Whose conquering slogan Is their gay “Good morning!” They frolic here, they scamper there. They clutch tho singing birds in air, On all the world their music beats T’ntll the capptive world repeats: “Good morning!” Heart calls to heart. The surly wight. Who scorned his neighbor yester night. With smiling visage stops to greet That neighbor in the busy street: “Good morning:” 0 Joyous day! O smile of God To hearten all who toil and plod, We hail thee, Conqueror and King! We hug our golden chains and sing. "Good morning!” —Catholic Standard and Times. 3 5? c S?SZSaSZSZSZSHS?SHSRS2S 1 The Cat that I | Killed Care | 0 K $ nt carboli. watson bakkin. [d The most characteristic feature of Mrs. Roswell’s countenance was the deep, bow-shaped line that indented her forehead just above the bridge of her mot at all remarkable nose. Her maiden sister, Georgiana Keith, lore the same distinguishing mark, and it was likewise reproduc ed, In slighter degree, on the youth ful brows of Mrs. Roswell’s two daughters, iT.lzabeth and Dorothea. All four ware what Mr. Roswell call ed "born worriers,” and Mr. Ros well’a name for the bow-shaped mark was “Mother Keith’s anxious puck er,” because his mother-in-law pos sessed the deepest “anxious pucker” of all, since her’s was the monument of seventy years of unmitigated wor rying. Yet at tho time of this tale Mrs. Roswell was certainly the most ac tive worrier of the entire quintet. It was that little woman’s habit to wor ry for three months about the spring house-cleaning, and actually to ac complish the dreaded task in less than three weeks. She worried for two nights and a day over the con cocting of a cake that really required less than half an hour for the bak ing. She worried for weeks over dis charging a cook, when the actual deed could bo accomplished in rather less than two 'minutes. “Now, Mary,” Air. Roswell said on one occasion, when his wife confess ed that she had worried all night over the problem of using up an ov erlarge roast of beef, “you’ve been In a bigger stew for twenty-four hours than jou can ever hope to make of that meat. If you can’t get it off your mind any other way, you'd better go down-stairs at once and put It cm the stove —or in it. You do enough worrying over managing this one small household to run all the affairs of this country, and Russia be sides." “I know it’s foolish,” Mrs. Roswell had replied, “and I don’t mean to worry, but I can’t help doing it.” Why a certain lean, homeless-, ne glected half-grown cat with a tremen dous craving for human sympathy should have selected the Ro&well cot tage for a permanent home is one of the things that are past finding out Mrs. Roswell, her mother, her sister Georgiana and her two daughters had always felt that they had enough to worry about without acquiring a cat. But the Roswells had nothing to say about it. The cat claimed them as his own, and refused to give them up. He was not a prepossessing pus sy, His fur was dingy and matted, his paws were stained with mud. and his long, extremely slender tall, had a curious spiral twist some inches from tho tapering end. But never was there a more loving, more demonstrative cat. Henry, as they finally called him, cuddled in all the Roswell laps, leaped to all the Rote well shoulders, twined himself tenderly about all the Roswell ankles. The affection, however, was all on Henry’s side. No neat and tidy Ros well could bring either himself or herself to the caressing of such a decidedly unkempt creature. "Dear me.” said Mrs. Roswell, “that cat is so dreadfully grimy that it isn’t possible to tell what color he Is. He must have lived in somebody’s coal-bin before be came to us.” “He has licked one leg quite clean,” said Elizabeth, dislodging Henry from her lap. “He seems to be yellow, with a pinkish cast, like Aunt Geor gianna's changeable silk waist.” “He’s just the shade of maple frappe,” observed Dorothea, hastily tucking her ankles under her to save them from the sinuous caresses of demonstrative Henry. “Just think of owning a maple frappe cat!” “I’ve been worrying for five days,” said Mrs. Roswell, "about that ani mal. He must bo washed, but how In the world can the thing be done? I*ve never washed a cat.” “You mustn’t think of trying It!” cried Grandma Keith. “Some cats go perfectly mad with terror at sight of water." “Yea.” said Elizabeth, ‘T know It’s dangerous. The Millards washed their Angora cat, and Grace was scratched clear te her elbows.’.’ “We’ll have to seed the peer tblo* away,” declared Mrs. Roswell, draw ing her skirt from under Henry, who was settling down for a nap. ‘‘He has already caught three mice and two rats, and I’d really like to keep him If hla fur was only decently clean, but he does look too disreputa ble for words.” “If you’ll give him time,** said Mr. Roswell, kindly permitting Henry to lick his shoe, “he may get himself clean,” “He can’t!” declared Dorothea. “There’s more of him to wash than there was last week, and he wastes all his best licks on us.” “He has nice eyes,” said Aunt Georgiana. “His manners are cer tainly ingratiating and his craving for affection Is almost human. Do poke him a little with your foot, .John. He Is so hungry for a little apprecia tion.” Mr. Roswell poked. Henry Instant ly responded with a deep, sonorous purr, Mrs. Roswell, her mother, her sis ter and her two daughters worried consldeably about the feeding of Hen ry. They even wrote to a woman's magazine to ask how many mice a middle-sized cat should be permitted to eat in one day, and if rats would injure the digestion of a pussy of tender age. But, above all, it was the problem of giving Henry a much needed bath that brought the deepest wrinkles to all the Roswell brows. Henry, in a dry state, was a peace able, thoroughly good-tempered cat. Henry, wet, might prove a veritable demon. He certainly cried aloud for at least one bath, yet who of all the Roswells would undertake to bath a soiled, .maple frappe, half grown cat? “Not I,” said Grandma Keith. “Nor I,” shuddered Elizabeth. “Ncr I,” echoed Dorothea. “It’s a pity wo can’t send him to the steam laundry to bo mangled with the sheets.” “Or,” said Mr. Roswell, “to tho Chinaman to be starched with my shirts. Perhaps Bridget —” “Sure, and I’ll not!” declared Bridget, when approached. “You nev er can tell what mischief a wet cat will do.” “But,” argued Mrs. Roswell, “acme body will have to wash him. Suppose we draw lets —” “Will you do it,” queried Mr. Ros wcll, “if the lot falls to you?” "No,” admitted Mrs. Roswell. “They’re a nice lot, aren’t they, Hen ry,” said Mr. Roswell, "to be so afraid to wash one small harmless yellow cat?” “O John! Will you —” "No, ma'am! I washed a cat once— once was enough for me. Why don’t you send to the hospital for a trained nurse?” This suggestion was made in fun; but later in the day Mrs. Roswell was reminded of It. She had gone to visit a sick neighbor, and In the good ness of her heart, had offered to sit with the patient long enough for Miss Ball, the nurse, to take a little run in the fresh air. “Thank you very much!” said the girl, returning half an hour later with glowing cheeks. “I feel lots better for ray walk. I’ll do as much for you some day.” “Did you ever happen to wash a cat?” asked Mrs. Roswell, suddenly remembering Henry. “Lots of times. We used to own a white one that had to be scrubbed twice a week because she would sleep in the coal-scuttle.” "Would you—'wouldn’t you—would you —” began Mrs. Roswell, her anx ious pucker deepening suddenly, “would you —” “Would I wash a cat for you? Why, of course I would —if —If it isn t a very fierce cat!” “Oh, Henry isn’t fierce when he’s dry,” returned Mrs. Roswell. “He’s remarkably sweet-tempered. But we’re to afraid 'water will alter his disposi tion that we’ve worried for three weeks over the problem of washing him.” “I'll come over at ten tomorrow," promised Miss Ball, “to take a look at him. Have a foot-bath and some goed common soap and plenty of hot water ready in a warm room. If he looks at all promising. I’ll tub him.” The assembled Roswells, fairly shiv ering with excitement, stood in a circle in the kitchen the next morning while Miss Ball tested the water in ihe foot-bath with her thermometer. Then she gently disengaged Henry from Elizabeth’s ancles, and lifted him into tho tub. Grandma Keith backed into the pan ivy, Aunt Georgiana fled hastily up the back stairs, and the others shrank against the wainscoating, to make ample room for the flying leap of a frantic, dripping, revengeful cat. But there was no leap. Instead, Henry deeply grateful for such an un usual amount of attention, sat up and purred while Miss-Ball rubbed e\eiy scrap of him with soap except his contented eyes. Then she rinsed him with gentle showers of clean warm water, and Henry, sitting knee-deep in the pleasant flood, purred lender than ever. “And to think.” said Dorothea, wno held Henry, still purring, wrapped in a shawl before the grate to dry. “that This whole foolish family worried for three week* over washing a cat that would rather be washed than not! just see how proud he is of his nice white paws.” ••ye*,” returned Mrs. Roswell, whose brow was smoother than It had been for many days, “all my worries turn out just that way; but I don’t believe I shall ever be able to worry again without thinking of Henry sitting up In that tub and purring with all his might and main. Nothing ever made me feel so foolish. ’ "Then this,” said Dorothea, twink ling, “may prove to be the cat that Killed care.”— Youth’s Companion. MONTREAL'S FAMOUS MELONS. Crop Limited and Each One Number ed—Bring as Much as $3 Apiece. The average New Yorker accustom ed to the small melon that grows in Jersey and Connecticut knows little about the possibilities of the canta loupe unless fortune leads him to some restaurant during the weeks in which the famous Montreal melcas may be ha% irrttsa the Montreal (Oa auh} ©wrrzwpattdaat of tb© Now York Sun. The Montreal melon might be dll* ed a thing of beauty and a Joy f°** ever If it would only continue to grow all summer. In the first place It la from three to six times the size of the ordinary melon and it excels Ita smaller brother In taste and flavor as much as It does In size. In all about 3,000 of these luacioaa fruits find their way into the dining rooms of a few New York hotels every summer. Every one of them is mark ed end numbered and every one Is contracted for early in the spring. The man who is accustomed to buy ing a Rocky Ford melon for 15 centa would shy at the prices paid for these products of Canada. They com mand from 50 to 70 cents here and double that amount in New York. 'Sometimes they may be found in small numbers at the best fruit stores, retailing at as much as |3 each. The limited supply accounts for the price, and as the years go on they hid fair to become more and more exnensive until they pass out of exist ence like the dodo. The growth of the city will be responsible for the calamity. Already it is fast encroach ing on Outremont, a suburb back of Mount Royal, where the soil and the neat form an ideal combination for the growth of the melon. The de mand for building lets has already caused the destruction of scores of orchards from which not so many years ago tho world got its La Fam ease applies. There are La Fameuse apples jiow, 1 ut any one of the old timers will toll you that they are nothing at ail like the fruit that, grew on the trees on the other side of the mountain. The number of Montreal melons ii likewise growing smaller and smaller (aoh year, and it is likely that ten years from now the Montreal melon vill be a morsel not to ©at, but to reminisce about. Game of California. There are few, if any, of the state* of the Union that have such a diver sity of game as California. There is, however, one of the game birds dear to all sportsmen found In the East and Middle West that California has net —the elegant and gamy prairie chicken (Tympanuchus amerlcanus). Why this bird docs not thrive here I do not know. Many attempts hava been made to introduce it, but with out success. The same may be said ct the Eastern quail, the plump and saucy Bob White. The California quail valley quail, as it is called here, is an attractive little creature, not so large and “chesty ’ as the Bob White, built eu somewhat more slender lines and of a faintly bluish tint. Its head is ornamented with a plumerlike top knot of about an inch in length. There is no daintier, prettier bird. All the pictures I have ever seen repre sent this top-knot as standing upright. Asa matter cl fact, when the bird is quiet Is falls forward over the bill, floating backward during flight. It is capable, however, of erection when ext ited or alarmed. Its call has not the clear cut, decided tones of the Bob White and sounds somewhat like the words “Look out, there; look out, ihere,” as pure contralto voice as perhaps a bird ever has. Anyone who has ever hunted this little fellow will boar witness to his gamy qualities. He is, in ray opinion, a much more difficult bird to kill than his Eastern cousin. His flight is fully as rapid, and his skill In putting shel ter between himself and the hunter can not bo excelled. These quails often pass the night in trees, which, I think, the Eastern quail does not. — Charles W. Hardman in Recreation. CHINESE LABOR IN SAMOA. Coolies Who Work For $2.50 a Month and Board. The British Consul in Samoa re ports that the two important matters there are the labor question and the destruction caused by rats in the fields. The Chinese laborers, of whom there are about 800 now' In Samoa, give great satisfaction. The 300 that arrived in 1903 cost 5175 per man for passage to Samoa and back to China. The 500 who were brought to Samoa a few month ago cost only SOO per man. They engaged toi three years and receive 52.50 per month with board, lodging and medi cal attendance. They are not satis fied with their wage, and the Consul says that few of them will renew their engagement, oven for $5 tw month. Planters say that they can not afford to pay them more than thac, end some of the authorities say that ordinary plantations cannot be car ried on with profit should $5 per month he paid tho Chinese laborers. But no other labor fan be obtained apparently as cheap as the Chinese. A country where white men cannot v.'ork in the open air on farms with out injuring their health and where colored labor cannot be obtained must eventually enjoy but a limited share of prosperity. In Fiji the supply of Indian coolies meets this difficulty More or Less Walking. When his careful examination ol his new patient was at last com pleted, the specialist looked for a mo ment in silence at the tall, stooping figure opposite his own. “You need more exercise,” he said* with his most impressive manner. “You must walk, walk, man. Throw back your shoulders, fill out your chest, expand the lungs, and walk!” “Um-m!” said the tall man, dryly. “Do you know, I am the father of six week-old twins, and I have the care of them at night, as their mother is very delicate. I get some exercise In that way, but I cant expand my lungs as much as you and like, pos sibly.” She Misunderstood. They were -discussing the author ship of Shakespeare's works. “Do ycu believe all these stories about Paeon?” asked Miss D© Style of Boston. ‘ Can’t say,” replied Miss Gunbuata cf Jersey' City, "I didn’t keep tab* on tho packing bout© exposure*’’—New York Pres*. FARM and CROPS) ,iljjHS SUGGESTIONS HKpIS r |s| abriTultorTst |si Hard-Mouthed Horses. Here is something of real practical value to any one driving a horse that pulls on the bit: Fasten a small ring to each side of the bridle and as near the browband as possible. Pass lines through bit-rings and snap them into rings at browband. This, with a com mon jointed bit, will enable a child to hold a “puller” or hard-mouthed horse with ease under almost all cir cumstances. It can be used on a fast horse in double team, or on both, as desired. It is cheap and easily ap plied, and it won’t make the mouth sore. It is better than patent bit. —The Epitomist. Corn and Cob Meal for Cows. A dairyman who has long fed corn and cob meal to his cows says that he has found It one of his best feeds, but it is better for them to add ground oats also. This feed, he says, with com silage and, *ome clover hay, keeps the flow of milk and ita fat to the standar dof summer blue grass pasture. He urges his neighbors to try-his plan, and says his feed mill Is one of his best investments, thinking that grinding the ear corn, cob and all, adds much to Its value in feeding, both to cows and pigs. He keeps as many pigs us possible to feed his skim milk to, fresh from his separator. —-Indiana Farmer. I Sifting a Dairy Herd. The dairy herds of Illinois have been quite thoroughly looked over by the experiment station workers of that state. Interesting results were ob tained from eighteen average herds lo cated in the southern part of the state. Of the 221 cows included, the aver age production per cow' was 5,617 pounds of milk and 227 pounds of but ter fat, with an average milk test of 4.03 percent. The best herd averaged 350 pounds, the poorest 112 pounds butter fat per cow. The butter fat produced by the best cow was worth sll9, while that of the poorest was worth only $19.58, showing an excel lent profit for the good cow and much less than nothing to pay pay her board for the poor cow. It was found that at least one-third of the cows were un profitable reckoning the food they con sumed in market price. An interesting example was a pro cess of weeding out a herd by the use of the Babcock test. Five cows were taken out, and the average profit of the herd was increased by $7.62 per head. A study of the feeding system used In that section led to the conclu sion that those who fail to provide silage were making a serious mistake, and that they should also use more clover and alfalfa hay, which would replace the expensive, concentrated foods to an extent and reduce the cost of milk production. Buttermilk may be built up along a vegetable route, a feature which is generally neglected by truck men. These products sell at about half the price of fresh milk. A great deal of poultry may also be sold if the pedler know’s how to dress fowls neatly and thoroughly, so as to make a good ap pearance and save further work on the part of the cook. Whatever is grown should be the best of its kind. If obliged to sell second quality stuff, sell it as such and charge a corresponding price. Study your customers and learn their likes and dislikes, then build up a trade that cannot be taken away. — Boston Cultivator. Clover Silage. The filling of silos with clover is still an unsolved problem. In the lat est bulletin of the Michigan Agricul tural Station the summary of this question, which for some time there, has been in the experimental stage, was about this: Make the clover into hay, and feed with corn silage as part Of the protein ration. The facts as they presented themselves to Director Smith were that making clover silage was slow and expensive work and in volved drawing too much water to the silo. Clover is hard to rake up, to load, and to get into the silo, and it is uncertain in the siloing part; so it f?ems the better way to cure it into li-jy and feed as the dry part of the ration, except In years where there is a groat amount of rain and curing is about impossible. So far as I know, cattle eat good clover silage with much relish, but the question is this, “Does it pay to draw a crop to the silo that will dry cot in the field 65 pounds cf water to 'the 100 pounds?” The director thought not, when he needed some dry hay to go with his corn silage. The real trouble with clover seems to be in its high protein content, causing it to take on a greater heat In the silo than corn, and so it throws off too much mois ture and is liable to burn. Some ex periments were made where clover was closely pressed into huge casks and headed up air tight, so that no moisture could escape, and excessive beating could not take place, owing to the exclusion of further supplies of ox ygen, and the keeping was about per fect. This is a point in which the hen men might find profit by filling small barrels with clover and heading it in, for hen silage in the winter. Some have succeeded well with si loing clover by cutting it, as they do corn, and wetting down with fair addi tions of water, making the mass de cidedly wet, and adding weight to the <over to promote more absolute set tling and exclusion of air. All agree upon this: that the clover should be cut. when coming into blossom and lie got into the silo without wilting, and ihcr® be spread uniformly, and the more closely packed the tetter. I havo not answered Mr. D. to do or not to do. It’s a matter tc must decide ui<m, and then do gome experimental work for himself Those seek out new ways and methods are said to be favored by the gods.—Tribune Far mer. -4 . —i - Rotation In Crops. This much-discussed subject cannot be worn out so long as it is quite ignored by so many farmers year af ter year. More than one-half the farmers of the west and south, where the soil and climate are peculiarly adapted to the production of certain crops called '‘staple,” such as cotton, wheat and corn, continue to plant the same crops on the same land year af ter year, with constantly diminishing yield, entirely oblivious to the fact that the productiveness of the soil is thus being exhausted. This is not al together on account of the drain upon the fertility of the soil, for that is usually kept up by the application of fertilizers, but it Is produced by the mechanical condition of the soil caused by the certain methods of cultivation required by the crops thus continu ously planted. The soil becomes cloyed or glutted with certain ele ments of plant food left in it by the plants that have been grown therein year after year, and a change In crops is absolutely necessary to restore it to its full productiveness. Rotation in crops has been demon strated as being excellent for the re cuperation of the soil, as the continual growing and gathering from the same held of a harvest of the same kindred product will, in time, deprive the soil in that field of the ability to produce that identical article, as it has taken from the soil all that is essential for the production of such crop. When oops fail of themselves, the failure can, as a rule, be traced to teh neglect of the farmer and not to natural condi tions. The soil is provided in a gen eral state of richness. If continual demands are made upon it to produce a certain kind of crop and no return offered in the way of remediet, tor its degenerating tendency, the outcome will be a thin crop from a fertile soil exhausted for the production of that particular crop. It will not do to depend wholly upon fertilizing, stirring the soil and keep ing down the weeds for success in farming. Plants exercise a potent In fluence upon each other in the promo tion of growth and yield and the effect of changing crops upon land is the same as the improvement of live stock by selection in breeding. Any breed of stock will run out if continu ously iu-bred from the same family, and so land will become barren unless “bred” in the right way and frequent ly, to anew kind of crop. There are many plants, the roots and stalks of which, remaining strong and succu lent after the production of their fruits, restore to the soil a portion of the plant foods they receive from it. Of this kind are the leguminous plants, such as clover, peas, beans, etc. Many plants that are not allowed to produce seed exhaust teh soil but very little. These are very valuable in form ing a system of successive crops, as by introducing them into the rotation the land may be made to yield for many years without the application of more manure, but they perform the best service when the land itself is in good condition. It has been demonstrated that a good many factors exist in the *>oil for promoting the growth of plant*,, but ihe farmer must regulate and manage them. True, nature does not depend entirely upon,lhe farmer, nor does sho submit to being plundered, but follow ing each demand made upon it in the way of a crop, the land will not again attain its former merit until there is restored to it, equally and in propor tion, the essential elements of which it has been deprived.—Agricultural Epitomist. Farm Notes. If there are ticks on the sheep, dip them and the lamps when the shear ing is done. Teach the little pigs to eat as soon as possible and feed them skim-milk, all they will eat. Besides the profitableness of grow ing the better animals, there Is the advantage in that there is always a demand for such stock. Regulate the amount of grain accord ing to the amount of work done. Do not feed too much grain on idle days. Serious results sometimes follow. In selecting a setting hen, where there is a choice in the matter, only the tame, less nervous and fidgety ones should be used as brooders and nurses. For farm work the farmer wants good sized horses, yet there are some small horses which will stay with any of them. There is a great deal of dif ference in the way horses are built. If yen want the horses to do the most work feed them on the proper feed, so that they may develop strength and be able to do the required work. Try some oats instead of so much corn. Good healthy fowls, properly killed and cooled, ought to Keep in any or dinarily cool place at a temperature of forty or fifty degrees, for a week at least and be all the better for being kept. Fifty breeding ducks, if property cared for. should keep three 220-egg incubators going and turn out between 2000 and 3000 ducklings during the season. This would keep one man quite busy. In feeding fowls, always keep in view the fact that the excess of food ever and above that required for warmth of body and egg production will be con verted into fat which will decrease the production of eggs. Look for brains as well as feet, limb* or body when buying a horse. An . almai that is sound in every mem ber but has not a level head is never a pleasant horse and seldom a valua ble one— Horse breeder Th© average* vacation Is worse fha© work, but Just as a matter of form, people will take them. A United States cavalry troop has at last been convicted of cowardice, re marks the Atlanta Journal. It wua afraid to eat canned beef from Chica go- President Faunce of Brown Unive* sity regards athletics as a training school for arbitration, remarks the New York Sun. The Hon. William Lloyd Garrison regards football as the fount and origin of war. Another matter for Inter-collegiate arbitration. We are getting new Islands without going to war for them or buying them, remarks the Buffalo Courier. One sev eral acres in area has risen out of the sea off the coast of Alaska. But if some other Islands that cculd be men tioned, over which the United States has assumed direction, would sink be neath the sea, this country doubtless would be better off for their loss. The Grand Jury at Springfield, Ohio, has scored the officials of the city for “amazing Ignorance, passiveness, and misconception of duty,” in connection with the recent race riots iu that city. The authorities will doubtless feel the censure very keenly, muses Harper’s I Weekly, as they have been laboring under the impression that they did a | very complete job iu the lynching and stake-burning line. The scarcity of labor Is one of tne perplexities of the day, declares the Louisville Courier-Journal. From East, West, North and South come daily cries for laborers. There is plenty of work, croakers to the contrary not withstanding, for the willing. The im migrant willing to work is the right sort. The South demands him. 'ihe cotton mills, the cottou plantations, the mines and the builders need kit* by the thousands. The public conscience suffered de moralization during the long period in which the payment of a poll tax was required as a qualification for voters, asserts the Boston Post, refer ring to Massachusetts. Two dollars came to bo regarded as the price of a ballot, and the payment was left to be made by party committees looking for ballots. In the last contest before the law was repealed, almost $150,000 was paid iu Boston in this way. It is said that the Rev. Dr. John Watson (lan Maclaren) is degenerat ing into a punster. At a dinner not long ago the conversation turned t* the art —or crime—of punning, and Dr. Watson ventured the opinion that he could do very well in that lino, offering to try then and there. He sat silent for a few momenta, and Hall Caine, who was among the guests, “Come along, Watson, tve’re all waiting.” The preacher-pun ster replied at once, “Don’t be in such a hurricane.” The Crow’ Indians ere among the finest breeders of horses in the en tire country, and probably more first class horses are to be found among them than in any other one section of the United States. Ten years age this tribe had seventy-two horses for every brave, squaw and pappoose on the reserve. At that time the horses were little Indian ponies, but during the Eugllsh-Boer war the Crows sold thousands of their horses to the Erg blish and then in turn purchased flrst class stallions and brood marcs. They are naturally horse breeders, and to day their reserve is stocked with a fine line of horses. The New York Sun says: Eve*’ summer reports of damage done hy deer among the crops in New Eng land seem- -2. a fear that these rapacious animals will eat the farm ers out of house and home. The re ports are always followed by a de mand for the extension of the open season. In Vermont, when the legis lature was asked two or three years ago to protect the farmers by con senting to a greater slaughter of deer. Mr. M. E. Wheeler of Rutland, who owns 3,500 acres of wild land under Klllington Peak, and gives the deer an asylum on his own property, weat to Montpelier to opi>ose the bill to ex tend the open season, and offered to deposit SI,OOO in a Rutland bank to pay for damages to crops by deer during the closed season. He eon tended that the reports on which the demand for a longer open season was based were grossly exaggerated. M*. Wheeler s offer was accepted, the le*-v ißlatlve committee refusing to report the bill favorably. ’ln twelve months this champion of the deer, had to pay out only S2OO to the despoiled farm ere of Vermont. Deer undoubtedly tram ple down grass and corn and belli/- them reives to the tops of growing things, but they find mnt of their fodder in the forest; and as long as th > fanner keeps a dog, they are sel dom seen in the open. The Preaching cf the Play. Tim "indirect” preaching of the Eng lish drama at the present time is as pure as it is powerful. Night after night from these theatrical pulpits come insinuated sermons; sermons not on cue or two “stock” subjects, but on all that ar© concerned with tit© life oi a**,—fTosn The Bra.