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1 J# j v ... THE IDEAL HOSTESS. The Ideal hostess has an evenness of temperament that soothes and re freshes, and, above all things', says the Washington Star, she is sympath etic. In her face and manner is re flected some of the emotion that con trols your own. No matter what you may tell her, whether a story of Joy or sorrow, of aims and ambitions, she listens with appreciation. By her face she shows her keen interest in all that concerns you. The ideal hostess is unselfish. She is ready and willing at all times to sacrifice any passing fancy or whim of her own. If, thereby, she can add to the pleasure of others. And it is this spirit of unselfishness that con tributes largely to making a hostess a paragon among charming hostesses. The accomplished hostess should be bullet-proof against shocks and sur prises. There is the unexpected but welcome guest, who, feeling as sured of a welcome, presents himself or herself. The hostess is delighted, of course, and wishes she could single out this one whom she is so glnd to see and settle herself for a good old-fash ioned talk. But such a procedure would be a slight to her other guests. A thousand and one things, well calculated to destroy the pleasures of every one concerned, may happen in the course of an evening. Let one of these things appear, and a downright calamity can be -averted only by the tact or mother wit of the hostess. If dancing is among the pleasures of the evening, the ideal hostess must tend the wall flowers gently and cau tiously for your wall flower is an extremely sensitive plant that never understands why she is a wall flower, but blames the hostess for slights for which her own unattractive per sonality is responsible. The aggres sive wall flower in about two minutes can institute a refrigerating process that will put a hostess and a room ful of guests ln such cold storage as will literally freeze out the whole com bination. a This is a warning to the hostess to look out for the wall flower. The American beauties can take care of themselves. Then there are other guests who do not dance, but who always are looking out for slights. 8omeone is always hurting their feel ings. and they carry bunches of chips on their shoulders that will kindle into a blaze of wrath at the slightest provocation. All these elements and all others the hostess must harmonize, if she is to bo ideal, even though she may be so tired and worn out from the strain of preparation that, if the truth were known, she would rather hie herself to her bed and dream and forget the aims and aspirations of social tri umphs. ' Above all things the ideal hostess must be obliging. If she has any tal ents or accomplishments her friends feel that they must pay her the com pliment of asking an exhibition of the same. If sh' sings, they want to hear her. She m yt be agreeable and smile on and on until the last guest is gone. Altogether the hostess has the sor riest time of any one within her gates —literally. She is constantly anxi ous lest something may spoil the even ing, and so all that is beet In her charming self Is put to the test. Many women entertain, but after all few know how to be a really charming-hostess. WHAT TO DO FOR BABY. A young Infant in perfect health sleeps almost all the time, both day and night, only waking for its meals, baths, dressing and undressing. Hence, when It is restless and wakeful there must be some cause for it, which must be ascertained at once by the nurse or mother. Sometimes the clothing Is too tight or a pin my be hurting the sensitive flesh. Even a crease or wrinkle in one of the tiny under garments may disturb baby's rest. But the most frequent cause of sleeplessness is overfeeding. The . fond mother, especially if she be young and inexperienced, Imagines that ev ery time her darling cries It must be hungry. Probably most of us, though we may be unwilling to admit it to anyone but our own selves, have some times experienced the unpleasant feeling caused by eating too much and too fast. With us relief is in our control in the form of exercise, but the tiny Infant must lie passive, as it has been placed, generally on its back. Its misery is Intense, and it cannot even get up. It is desirable to have regular and fixed hours for feeding the baby, and an interval of at least two hours should elapse between each meal. There is surely greater danger In overfedtng than in underfeeding. It is sometimes a good plan to whol ly undress s sleepless crying baby and pass a sponge sqeezed out of warm water all over the little body, dry thoroughly and dress again. This has been known to quiet a wakeful, crying infant when everything else failed.—American Queen. THE MUFF CHAIN FAD. Muff chains are absorbing the atten tion of fashionable girls, and odd ex amples may be seen every day. Adelaide Randolph is using one of carved jade that harmonizes well with Her Miss her palp green carriage gown, furs are chinchilla. One of the queens of musical comedy lolls in her vic toria displaying a muff chain composed of threaded gold hearts. But coral , «nd Jet are In most extensive use. There seems to be no limit to. the beauty of these chains, and some wo men who have money to spare use ; the»ir pearl chains for this purpose. * Tb.s !» dowurlgbt gambling, for the weight of the muff may tear the thread and sent ter the* pearls, and turquoises make a desirable com bination, but the shops are turning out so many cheap chains that several women have already turned to sim ple silken cord. Unless shopping, it L: almost as easy to carry the muf! without a chain, and this fad may be short-lived.—New York Press. Oun metal MODELLING IN WAX. Recently a few women with artis tic tastes discovered what a#* inter esting thing it was to model in wax and all at once it has become the fashion. It all began with one wo man who was convalescing after an ill ness, And who took up this as a time killer. She made so many beautiful things with her deft fingers that her friends became fascinated with the work and immediately bought a stock materials to see if they could do as well. Tools are the least part of it. Sets of them always are bought by the be ginner, but the fingers prove to be of the most use, and only in shaping in tricate crevices where the fingers will not reach, are the tools of value. Modelling wax comes in brown and red, and the heat of the hand renders It pliable. When (he moulding is be gun, and-the desired figure begins to take shape, one adds on the different parts, instead of moulding out from the centre piece. Should the wax become too hard to be pliable it can be softened by placing it in a pan over a dish of boiling water. Clay is also used, but that is not so pleas ant to work with, as it has to be kept moist with a damp cloth around it as one works, There is another useful material for moulding, a substance between clay and wax, which comes in a dark green color and is used for large work. For small figures wax is preferred.—New York Herald. FLORAL FANS. Of fads in fans there is literally no end, especially now that they are so small as to admit of many fanciful conceits. A smart fan of the season b go con structed that when closed it looks ex actly like a bunch of flowers, violets and valley lillies being most liked. If the flowers are scented, the lllnsiop Is complete, and it is impossible to tell them from reality. They may be regarded as bouquets and carried in the hand, or suspended by a ribbon from the wrist and treated as fans merely. One pretty design upon which the ornithologist frowns a little until ho learns that it is ail artificial, is main ly of white dove wing feathers, with a lower edge next to the carved ivory ribs of swansdown. Between the two runs a horizontal strip of soft brown feathers, terminating on one of the broad end sticks of the fan in a stuffed bird. One of the daintiest fans seen this year is all Battenberg lace, giving a unique and extremely pretty effect. Many have three large, highly orna mented ribs, one in the middle, as well as the usual two at the ends, is immensely popular as a matorial this season, although satin is a close rival. dren Is the very narrow black velvet It is Moire FASHIONS FOR GIRLS. Albatross is one of the most service able materials for girls' house frocks. It is soft and clinging, and yet wears well and cleans beautifully, quite practical to follow the prevail ing fashion of wearing white in the bouse when albatross is used for the material for a young girl's gown, as It washes almost like cotton or linen. White nuns' veiling, albatross, or louisine makes a charming house or dancing-school frock if trimmed with heavy ecru lace and a little fold of pale blue or yellow velvet at the t^irOat. A trimming which is very effective on dresses for young girls and chil ribbon sewed on in two or more rows at equal distances, showing a space between the width of the velvet and a row of cat-etitching in heavy black twist spanning this space, pie handwork gives an individuality to a gown which lifts it immediately from the over-crowded ranks of the ready-made.—Harper's Bazar. Such sim J, FASHION - pANcV: FASHION NOTES. For wear by women iq mourning are lorgnette chains of gun metal in tersected with baroque pearls. Collars of stiff linen show designs of flowers in white In the corners. Peridot, a handsome green stone on the 'feage tint, is combined with dia monds in some of the lovely brooches and pendants that have made their appearance this season. Chrysoprase with its apple green coloring is introduced in some of the art nouveaus designs, particularly m belt buckles and clasps. A new design is a date brooch in the form of a four leaf clover with one of the figures in each leaf in diamonds and green enamel for the background and stem. Ivory combs for the hair with car ved tops now divide attention wRh shell goods. Tea jackets are more or less embroi dered and all bave bell shaped sleeves. Chiffon ruching edged with Mar about makes a lovely trimming for evening frocks. The Persian trimming fad has ex tended to pajamas and some fetching suits in delicate tints are edged with bands in Oriental coloring. Zibeline is ivory color ha3 been utilized for a smart reception gown, the shaggy effect being softened by trimming of motifs of heavy cream lace and email diamond shaped pieces of beaver. Evening gowns made entirely of fringe with rows and rows of irides cent beads to add a touch of bril _ _ _. ,. , _ * nCy eX( f edi °f ly « ffec ; V ®_ an !l t ha( one row ^verlanifih* d j 80 that 0 Pe / 0w , 0Ver!apS the other ' ; ; . . , [|y * A guilty conscience seldom goes so far as to muni a borowed umbrella, it be F° n TS5Ü fÔLKS % a* iA the THE CRITICAL KANGAROO. *T was a growiy spotted Leopard, On the plains of Timbuctoo, Who met one sunny morning With a happy Kungaroo. Your suit is really startling, Said the latter, with a smile, For polka-dots no longer Are thought the proper style; And though no criticism On your tailor I would cast, I have a strong suspicion that The color is n't fast. But here an interruption Most sudden did occur. Which filled the air around them With what resembled fur; And the Leopard sometime later, Much larger round the waist, Mused long in pensive manner On that Kangoroo's "good taste." wo ill her the as •» be of in to Fo *» TREED BY WILD HOGS. The wild hogs of Southern Colo rado are distinct in breed from the peccaries, though (he hunting of each has somewhat the same characteris tics. The peccaries belong rather to Central and South America than to any part of the United States. Both are absolutely fearless and lentless to a degree not found in any other animal except possibly the wild dogs of India. If a grizzly or a moun tain lion kills one of a drove of either wild hogs or pecaries, the rest of the drove Etarts on a mission of gcance. They will follow the offending animal for hundreds of miles, travel ling at a quick little trot, which sel dom fails to tree the fugitive. When the object of their pursuit is treed they will wait with unwearied patience until he descends. Then it is a fight, and a fight to the death. The drove will not turn back until their vengeance has been sated. Colonel Jack Rogers, who has hunt ed along the southern course of the Colorado river, is an enthusiast on the subject of wild hog hunting. "There is no sport in the world," says he, "that is attended with so much risk or more excitement. Wild hogs will kill anything that walks. No grizzly will trifle with a drove. He knows it is sure death. The only In stances I ever heard of where a grizzly got mixed up In a fight with these wild hogs was where the hogs tried to kill a couple of grizzly cubs. Of course, the mother grizzly defended her cubs, a mother grizzly fighting for her cubs is about as fierce a pro position as walks. But in the end both, the cubs and the big grizzly were rc to ven torn to bits. 'These hogs would rather fight than feed. Their teeth are like razors, their skins are as tough as they make them, and their tenacity of life is astounding. The first and mofet important rule that a hunter must ob serve when he goes after one of these animals Is to be near a tree. If he neglects this precaution his first hunt stands a good chance of being his last. And it must be a tree large enough so that the hogs can't-dig about the roots and cut them with their teeth. "The first time I went on a hunt af ter these Southwestern hogs I was in clined to laugh at the warnings of my Yuma Indian guides. About noon we came on a drove. Tite, one of the Yuma guides, told me to get my rifle ready and take my stand near a thick spreading tree with some low hanging limbs. He and Paul, the sec ond Indian, stepped off to the sides, each standing beside a sapling. Then we sent the dogs into the brush and awaited developments. The developments came. The dogs broke out of the underbrush. They did not pay any attention to us, but acted like dogs that had some import ant business at the other end of the county. "Following the dogs, and only a lit tle way behind, came a big boar. If ever I saw a truly demoniac picture of rage it was that. The white foam was dripping from his great teeth; he wa3 covered with the blood of a slaughtered dog, and he was certainly out on the kill. Tite fired and hit him square on the forehead. He gave a grunt of rage and wheeled. "Tite had made the mistake of not selecting a large enough tree. ■ It was only a sapling, but he swung up without losing time, dropping his gun. The boar came at the sapling full tilt, 3truck it fair with his forehead, and the blow shook the little tree so that • • Tite was nearly shaken off. ' "After two or three more attempts to butt down the tree, the boar be gan work about three feet from the foot of it, digging up the ground until lie struck a root, then biting it With his sharp teeth. I judged it was up to me to take a hand in the game. "I slung my rifle over my shoulder and scrambled up into my tree. I got a good range on the big boar and let him have it. If I expected that bullet to-bring him down I was mightily mistaken. He saw the smoke from my rifle, recognized that he had a aew enemy to deal with and came for my tree without loss of time. He started in to try and dig up the roots. The tree was too big for him to suc ceed in this design, and besides I didn't give him a fair chance at it. I pumped bullets at him at short range until he keeled over. But it took »even shots. After the big boar had been dis posed of, Tite and I thought we would ïee how Paul was making out. was concealed by Intervening under brush. We could hear hla rifle pop ping as if he was being kept inter ested. • « He Then the rifle shots stopped. That worried us, for we could hear ihe snarls and grunts from the pigs, and were afraid Paul might have fall en into serious trouble, " A!1 the droVe exce P l the blg hoar bad broken the brush near where Paul was standing. He prompt [|y shinned up his saplng and there he was besieged.' The tree wasn't big »uough for comfort, but it was too At last we got where we could get a clear view, and it was about as exciting a sight as i ever saw. ■fc' . large to be butted down. The hogs had begun vigorous mining opera tions, however, and if Paul had been alone ho certainly would have lost his life. "Like a good many of the Yums Indians, who are a poverty-stricken lot, he had started out with only a half dozen cartridges. When the hogs treed him he made good use of his supply, but there were more hogs than cartridges. So he was a helpless cap tive, guarded by as angry a lot of ani mals as could be found on the Ameri can continent. "Unless we had been there either the hogs would have succeeded in bring ing down the tree, or they would have waited until hunger and exhaustion forced him to lose his grip. Like the peccaries, these hogs can outwait and outstarve anything that walks, and have an absolutely tireless patience when they are waiting to execute ven geance on the man or animal that has aroused their wrath and Paul would have been torn to pieces in a twink ling. "Tit and I clambored up a couple of trees where we had good range and opened fire. We had plenty of amunl tion, and, of course, the fight could have only one issue. But not one of those hogs ran away. Every one was killed while raging and foaming at the foot of one of the trees in which we were perched. "There were nineteen in all, which, with the big fellow who had first at tacked Tite, made twenty in the drove, a larger drove than usual. When we had looked over our cartridge belts we found that it had taken more than fifty bullets to dispose of the drove. Yet all three of us were accounted good shots.''—San Francisco Chroni day A CAT THAT HUNTS. A cat that delights in the chase, a cat that "points" and retrieves, is the latest curiosity to cross the path of wondering sportsmen of the vicinity of Chester, Pa. Michael Kenney, gardner on the old Denis estate near ehester, is the owner of Tom, and he it was who discovered and developed pussy's talent for the chase. Tom since his kitten days, has been the companion of his master, following.him in his rambles over the countryside when permitted to do so. Kenney is an enthusiastic huntsman, and It happened that Tom, the cat, was allowed to follow the man behind the gun on a hunting expedition early in the present season. Kenney had not been out long until he became aware that Tom was mani festing a keen interest n his proceed ings. Finally when Kenny brought down a pheasant, the big spotted cat leaped from cover, and seizing the bird neatly by the neck, brought him to his master and laid him down. No trained dog ever performed a neater bit of' retrieving. Kenney proceeded then retrieving. Kenney proceeded then to develop Tom's talent, until today the cat is an adept in all the arts of the chase. He points superbly and in following a scent he displays an instinct equalled by few dogs. Kenney recently shot a bird that fell into a pond. Knowing the na tural aversion of cats to water he ex pected nothing of Tom on that occa sion. But Tom seems to have aban doned much of feline sophistry. Into the water he leaped and in a trice the bird was at the feet of the gun ner, while a very wet cat was indus triously engaged in making hi3 toilet on a sunny log. Philadelphia huntsmen who have gone out to see the wonderful cat agree that his services equal those of any dog. Kenney has been offered fancy prices for the cat, but he de clares that the kind of money that will part him from Tom has not yet been coined.—New York World. HOW TO DRAW AN OVAL. * Take two stout pins and stick them firmly Into the table through the sheet of paper on which you wish to draw the oval, about two inches apart. Then tie together the ends of a bit of string about eight inches long, so as to form a loop, leaving two loose ends, each about an inch long. When you have done this tie the loose ends into a smaller loop, which need not be larger than sufficient to admit the point of a pencil. Now place the larger loop over the two pins, and, putting the point of your pencil through the smaller loop, stretch the string as far as it will go and circle all around the pins. You will find that in moving from ofae pin to the other the strings form an ever varying triangle, and that the figure described in passing all around tne pins is as perfect an oval as the most delicate instrument can produce. POWER OF FROST. A remarkable quarrying feat was recently accomplished at Rubislaw quarries, Aberdeen, Scotland, large stone had been drilled, ready for splitting, when the thought struck the foreman that the severe frost which prevailed might be utilized, was poured into each of the drill holes and it was found after a couple of days that the block of granite had completely burst open, the immense power of the frost will be gathered when it is stated that the stone thus detached measured twelve feet by five feet and has a weight of about six tons. A Water An idea of Judges Differ. A somewhat singular judicial situa tion has arisen in Melbourne. At the last session of the Criminal Court the senior puisne judge, Sir Hartley Williams, announced that he had come to the conclusion that first offenders should not be sent to prison. He therefore liberated half a dozen con victs of that class on their own recog nizances. This time the chief Justice, Sir John Madden, is presiding in crim inal Jurisdiction, and in sentencing a first offender to ten years' imprison ment he indulged in some sarcastic remarks about tho sentimentality of his learned brother^ There was never any love lost between these two ermined dignitaries. Sir Hartley pub licly protested when Sir John was taken from the bar and placed over his head. But respect for the law suffers when it Is a toss-up whether a first offender gets off scot-free or gets ten years.—London Çhroqide. \ a his Æ fWfcJf 3%; ;GAf\DCNgFARn DAIRY PRODUCT PRICES. Prices for produce are not regulated solely upon the supply and demand, but also upon quality. Although a farmer may grow a crop It does not signify that there Is a fixed price for his produce simply because the market reports indicate that the produce in his possession is quoted at a certain figure. It is labor that fixes the prices, of production, and as long as the prices obtained for produce are equiv alent to the expenses incurred Just so long will the article produced be sent to market, but should any difficulty arise by which the remunerative prices cannot be realized the farmer will di rect his attention to more saleable pro ducts, which in turn lessen the supply of other kinds, and an equilibrium of prices is again maintained. Perhaps no better illustration of the Importance of superiority can be given than to mention that in some markets the best quality of butter retails at $1 per pound, although butter as a rule, is sometimes very plentiful and often sells at a low figure, but no matter how well the market may be supplied the butter that brings so high a price is always quickly sold, and the market is never overstocked. One may ask why such is the case. Simply because, while the market may be liberally sup plied with butter, and even of good quality, that of the best quality is nev er in excess. Then again, it may be in quired how such butter is prepared. It is labor that increases the price—la •bor in the shape of preparation and management. In the system of man agement the stalls are washed out and kept as neat as the floor of a dwelling house. The food of the cows is care fully inspected and is of the purest quality. The animals are brushed and washed. The drinking water is always fresh and given from clean vessels. The manure is frequently re moved, and the beds are of clean, dry material, changed morning and night. The attendants are dressed in clean, washed In warm water and dried wijth a clean towel. The hands of the milkers are as clean as if sitting down to their meals. The pails are scrubled, scalded, washed, aired and made scrupulously clean. The miik is attained twice and not allowed to come in contact with the slightest odor. The milk house is a model of neatness. white gowns,- the udders are In fact, the strictest cleanliness is observed In every opera tion from the time the milk is drawn from the udder until it reaches the customer. It Is apparent that such a moie of dairying demands labor and care, but that is only an item com pared with the high prices obtained. an He a that na ex cat of de yet It if the proper management, with out regard to cost, that enables dairy men to succeed. The best dairymen employ a large amount of labor, and again sell the labor at an advantage. Ihat is the sole explanation of the whole matter. To obtain the best prices, then, the article sold must be of the best quality. No farmer need have any fear of not finding a ready sale for his produce if he has endeav ored to improve it in quality, but if he simply follows an ordinary routine of grow. : ng and marketing crops he will not only have difficulty in naming his own price for his produce, but will find the market at all times filled with those having articles of the quality for sale, while his sales must depend upon the number of buyers who cannot produce anything better. Prices of m«ny products are not with in the control of any syndicate or com bination. True, an organized effort may for awhile cause serious fluctua tion in prices of staple products, but the farmer who hauls produce to ket of a quality superior to that ally sent is a master of the situation, and may not fear the manipulators nor be in danger from monopolists. He has something which they cannot affect. To create a corner in it they must increase his price also, and must even purchase his entire stock at his figures. with others, for care, management and the skilful application of labor has lifted him high above their plane of action, and made him a dictator of the disposal of bis own. As with pro duce so with stock, breeds his cattle, sheep and swine in a systematic manner, in regard to both the mode of breeding and the selection of breeds, is at once far ahead of those who are not so careful. He may at any time confidently esti mate- upon larger priçes, greater weight and fairer profits, and, al though his task may be more labori ous, with greater outlay for the cost of production, yet in the end he will reap an ample reward for all his ef forts.—Philadelphia Record. same * to so of mar usu He is not in competition The farmer who forts.—Philadelphia Record. SKIMMILK CALVES. Skimmilk calves can be raised at a greater profit than nine-tenths of the farmers imagine, but most of them are not so raised. It Is not a dif ference between theory and practice, but a difference between methods. Fine skimmilk calves six months old fre quently bring from $15 to $20 per head, and at that rate they are very profitable if the cost of "raising them has been kept within reasonable lim its. There Is some risk in the work until one has become expert at It. Then it is simple and sure. The calf must be taken from the mother early. Some do it when it is a few hours old, and it is fed by hand without knowning anything about sucking. Five quarts a day divided into three meals should be all that the calf should be fed at first, and this quantity is gradually increased up to about six quarts. The largest meals should be given night and morning and half as much at noon. The milk should be as near the temperature of the milk from the cow as possible. All calf milk should be fed warm and sweet. Later sour milk can be fed, but In that event It must be fed sour all the time. To change from sweet to sour will cause trouble. When two or three weeks old skimmilk can take the place of the sweet, full-cream milk, but the change should be made gradual. This is ne cessary because the quantity must be increased. It takes nearly twice as much skimmilk as cream milk to produce a pound of flesh or fat. When the change is complete the calves can be fed nearly all the the skimmilk they will eat, but a little meal and ground grain can be added about this time to give them more strength and growth. At first put a little moist ened meal in their mouths after drink ing, and they will soon acquire a taste for grain. Within a week they will learn to take the meal themselves from the pail. Four-week-old calves will eat nearly three-quarters of a pound of meal a day, and in eight weeks about double this amount. The feeding must be done with care, and the food should I be given after this in large propor tlons. Hay can be fed to them when | eight weeks old, and they will enjoy nibbling at it Nothing but clean, bright hay or grain should lie given. No more hay or grain should be giv en than they will eat up clean at one time. a for in so of The calves need plenty of sunshine, clean quarters, fresh air, but warm sleeping places, and regular kindly |, treatment which will make them grow and fatten rapidly. Good thrifty calves will then net in their owner more profit than most other animals. I —E. P. Smith, in American Cultlya- | tor. STACKING HAY OUTDOORS. To preserve hay stacked outdoors it is much better to make the stack as large as possible, and in such a way that the rain and snow cannot moisten the interior. There is, of course, al ways the disadvantage of making the stacks so large that the wind will blow them over. A large base or founda tion is necessary. A comparatively low stack spread over a large area is always, in my estimation, more satis factory than the tall, conical stacks which offer plenty of wind surface to the gales and have little resisting power. I have successfully stacked hay out of doors by laying a firm foundation of wooden rails and making the founda tion twice as many feet each way as the height. It requires some sort of a derrick to make such a stack, but home-made derricks can easily be built for the work, and by making the stack large enough It will pay to go to this I expense. Three men can then stack a8 much hay as half a dozen when each one must depend on the pitchfork to get the hay to the top of the stack Derrick stacking will, as a rule, make | the centre pack solid so that less mois ture will penetrate down to ruin it. A good hay-stacking derrick can be made I out of a single long pole, supported by two guy ropes, with the lower end of the pole working In a loose socket. A I pulley and block on the upper end of the inclined pole, with one end attach I of ed to the fork and the other to a block on the ground so that a team of horses can be attached to it. A smaller der rick can be manipulated by hand, but I a single horse to pull up the load of hay will answer the purpose much bet Two men can in this way stack the hay neatly and quickly, carrying each forkful to the top of the high stack. The derrick can easily be shift ed and very quickly taken apart or put | to up again. Once built, it should last for years, and in the end it will pay for itself many times. It can also be employed for stacking straw and grain | It performs its work so noiselessly and quickly that there is very little fric tion or accidents. The stacks are apt of to be made better, too.—C. L. Main- I to ter. wright, In The Cultivator. FOR THE SUNLESS WINDOW. Many complain of the lack of ny window as a barrier to the culture of house plants in winter, should have recourse to of the numerous species which do demand sunshine, in fact, prefer not ^L e U ; There is the well-known thHv f ? an L ° r f ® rfuglum - whlch iS™ ? 8 !l ade and speedlIy wilts if placed In direct sunshine. The e \es s ow a rich mottling of creamy » e on tbe thIck > leathery green background, and are truly handsome. It rarely flowers in cultivation, a for tunate occurrence, as the blossom is not at all beautiful. The chief in sect enemies are the scale and aphis, both of which may be routed by application of carbolic soap suds. The umbrella plant is another boon for the shady window, supplying the attractions of the palm, yet lacking its too exacting demands, one of the simplest plants to grow, the chief requisite being moisture, not only root moisture but a moist at mosphere. A most successful potted her plant in rich black soil, using an ordinary pot, and placing it in a jardiniere containing water. Plants thus treated soon show large, palmiike leaves, preferred by some to the palm, because of their less stiff and more graceful appearance. This plant is readily propagated by invert ing a leaf in a dish of water, where it will soon take root. The rubber tree has a tropical appearance, is of rapid and robust growth, and is re markably free from insects. During the growing season it requires liberal watering, and the leaves should be sponged frequently to remove dust.— Bessie L. Putnam, in The Epitomist. a sun These one or more not an It is really grower PROTECTION FOR SHEEP. An inexpensive shelter for sheep at pasture was erected last year by a farmer of Windsor county, Vt. He keeps a good-sized flock of Shrop shires. The shelter is designed par ticularly to protect sheep from cold storms in early spring and late fall, although they use it a good deal dur ing extreme hot weather and in fly times, as it affords a cool retreat in the heat of the day. Two sites were selected for the sheds where the trees were rather thick. Several of these were cut out, but others were left in line to serve as living posts for the sheds, used 1500 feet of boards and six pieces 2x8x24 feet. -The 2x8's were spiked to the trees at an angle with each other and the roof was boarded and battened, also the three sides. As an inducement for the sheep to occu py the sheds, the salt troughs were placed in them, and it proves a very handy place to salt the sheep. He The fellow who doesn't amount tc to much generally lets you know it. to j can j f I would the world were honest, As honest as the day. | 'Twould grow so trustful that I'd have a be I me tired." "How thoughtless!"—Cleveland Plain | Dealer, at BUDGET/^ & ï) THE ROGUE'S WISH. A very easy prey. —Washington Star. QUEER. Sometimes I think so hard it makes THE BRUTE S RETORT. Mrs. Prisslms—Oh, but I got taken in when I married you, you wretch? Mr. Prisslms—Yes; out of the cold. Newark News. |, * HIS DESIRE. New Cook—Does the master like his beef well done? * Mrs. Higgins—Mr. Higgins says that I ° Q ly requirements is to have his | meat well cooked.—Somerville (Maas.) Journal. SIZED UP. What makes you think he would be a success in politics?" "He can say more things that sound well and mean nothing than any man I ever knew."—Chicago Post • • PUZZLED HIM Two. Mrs. Way back—Such a man as you don't deserve to have a wife. Mr. Wayback—Exactly, M'ria. wondered for years what I have ever done to deserve this.—Leslie's Week I've ly NO COMPARISON. First Boy—My mamma belongs to one of the first families. Second Boy—Pooh! that's nothing Mine belongs to one of the last fami lies.—New York Life. „ I which to pay the note, and he moved once *° the **ct!c regions. I won der why?'' six months long."—New York Herald. | - I on bricks?" I tourist couldn't be sure whether he was looking at a serial story or a block I of houses."—Washington Star, LONGER GRACE. "He had three days of grace left in Well, you know the days there are CONFUSING. You say the old Asyrians wrote . • Yes," answered the professor. It must have been confusing. » • A attach I of houses."—Washington Star, block horses der AMIABILITY. There's one thing I will say about but I Bill," said the woman with the patient of look* in her eyes; "he's wonderfully bet good-natured. He wouldn't harm a stack fly *1 high frozen smile, "Bill will never harm a shift fly—not unless he get's enough energy put | to catch one."—Washington Star, last pay be grain | great future before it?" and " fric- man who affects a ponderous manner apt of expression, "I have given the sub Main- I Ject deep thought. And I have come to the conclusion, after unbiased con sideration from every possible point of view, that this country's supply of future is practically inexhaustible."— Washington Star. • • • • No," answered her sister with the WELL EQUIPPED. Don't you think this country has a * • Young man," answered the states not i juBt be f 0 re the assessor gets whlch to b i m be always manages to have a lot of stuff printed to the effect that The he has been giving several millions to cbar jtable and educational institutions. green Tbat makes his assessment schedule look more p iausible.''-Chicago Post. for is in suds. boon the its at soil, it sun These more REDUCED ASSESSMENTS. 'Old Croesus Is a mighty clever fel not low.' How is that?" QUICK INFERENCE. Hassett—The way people rave over slender girls makes me tired. I think the plumper a girl is the prettier she an is. Gassett—Ah! I congratulate you old man; so Miss Dumpling has accepted you, eh?"—Philadelphia Press. PUTTING IT DELICATELY. There are just as good fish in the sea as ever were caught," asserted the maiden lady of uncertain age. "But you never cared much for fish, did you?" returned the pert young thing, with delicate significance.—Chi • - to cago THE SAVAGE'S FOREBODINGS. The savage regarded the first white man thoughtfully. "If I try to fight him," he said, "he will exterminate me, and if I try to live in peace with him he will cheat me out of everything and I will starve to death. What chance have I got?"— Chicago Post. CHANGED CONDITIONS. First Politician—Of course, you con sider yourself master of the situation? Second Politician—Guess you haven't heard of my marriage.—Boston Even ing Transcript. HOUSEHOLD RULER. Singleton: "That's a queer sign: "Wanted—A girl to feed ruling ma chine." Wederly—Nothing queer about it. Somebody wants a nurse girl to look after the baby. HOME TAUGHT. Bacon—Did you understand the language when you were in Paris, last summer? Egbert—Well—when I talked to my self I did.—Yonkers Statesman. POLITE. Did you get any money?" asked the boss. "No," replied the new bill collector, "but I met ar lot of clever people. Ev ery place I went they asked me to call again."—Chicago News. ■ 4 Some great men are only great by contrast.