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C. E. Wright, Editor and Manager MONTPELIER IDAHO Queer Foods of New York Epicures. History tells ns that Confucius liked sharks' fins and sea slugs and birds' nests. Well and good. If a man with an intellect like that of the great Chi nese philosopher found these, to us, unusual foods, palatable, they must be worth trying. Then there are the pre served grape squash, and the dried okra of the Sy rlans. These people of the orient wer6 civilized long before America was even thought of being discovered, sc there is no reason, argues the epicure why their knowledge and choice ol foods should not be well worth In'S es tigating. The other countries have their special delicacies which. If they are sought out, appeal to the univer sal taste and form an agreeable and Inexpensive addition to the daily menu of the average mortal who must eat Bear steak from the west, kangaroo tails pickled, which come from Aus trails; preserved goldfish from the Nile; canned abalone from California and dried goose from Sweden are only a few of the queer foods kept for sale In the New York markets and sold In quantities every day. Until recent ly, says Harriet Qulmby in Leslie's Weekly, people who relished snails were regarded with sentiments which savored of disgust, but that notion has changed, and at the present time that delicacy can be procured in almost any of the first-class hotels and cafes In New York. In order to meet the growing demand, one of the largest caterers in the city Imports 25,000 snails every week from Brittany, where the best snails are grown. leaves, the pickled The Alhambra Crumbling. Since more and more American tourists visit Spain each year, the news that the Alhambra, the Mecca of all pilgrims to that country, Is in greater danger of total destruction than ever before will arouse wide spread Interest in this country. The government contributes 45,000 pesetas a year for Its preservation, but that sum has proved quite inadequate for present urgent needs, and one cannot help wishing therefore, that some wealthy American art patron might Immortalize himself by coming to the rescue. That the Alhambra has sur vived to this day is In itself a marvel. During its five centuries of existence It has been subjected to severe trials. Shattered, at one time, by an explo sion, and shaken by earthquakes, It has at other times sunk so low as to be a habitation of smugglers, and even a stable for French army horses. The present danger, explains the New York Post, lies in the fact that the foundations are being undermined by water from the old ruined conduits. Not only are the government appro priations insufficient to meet this con dition, but the situation is compli cated by a quarrel among the three directors. This has resulted in the resignation, after 35 years of service of the eminent expert In oriental arch itecture, Senor Contreras. He has restored many of the tiles, as well as the figures and colors and the other mural decorations, thus giving a fair Idea of what the Moorish palace was In the days of its glory. Misuse of the Telephone. Calling a husband up maliciously on the telephone, day and night, has been ruled in Masachusetts not to be an actionable misdemeanor in a wife. The judge added, however, by way of gratuitous observation, this: "I think that one having a telephone In his house could enjoin a person from con tinuously ringing him up day and night upon unimportant matters which he had no right to do, to the loss of sleep and rest to the occupant and to his great annoyance." With new methods of communication come new subjects for lawyers and the rest of us to discuss. Take rural free deliv ery, for instance. With the telephone, says Collier's, this is changing the most Important aspects of country life. Some persons oppose It because, among other reasons, It costs money. Such persons would probably oppose the mall service if it were a newer question. The rural free delivery, like every means of intercourse, will not be set back, but rather be a larger fac tor constantly In our civilization. Mr. Olmsted, the great landscape gardener who did so much to ruralize the cities, said that a still more important duty was to urbanize the country, making It more attractive add more nourish ing to the mind than the tenements of a slum. "Silent" Smith, who has just been married, was a great catch from the standpoint of most women. Aside from possessing about $43,000,000, he has the reputation of being able to sit and listen for hours without saying a word. Sir James Crichton-Brown* says that the rapid locomotion supplied by automobiles, "blinds its victim to na tural beauty." The impression here was that It tosses them higher than I that 'HE VftTH UHNY "MLOWSi f* I ■# hlEâ » # take' Suspicious. Mrs. Hiram Offen —Mjr new cook was formerly employed by Mrs. Swell man and she claims she left of her own accord, but I suspect she was discharged. Mrs. Ascum—What think that? Mrs. Hiram Offen —O! because of some things she's let fftll since she's been with me. Mrs. Ascum—What were they? Mrs. Hiram Offen —Dishes.—Phila delphia Press. makes you Not Personally Concerned. "Walter," asked the man at the table In the corner pear the door, "what are these biscuits made of?" "They look, sir," said the austere, dignified waiter, "as if they were made of Portland cement, Put I have no positive knowledge. I have nothing to do with the modus operandi of the cookroom. Shall I change them, sir?" —Chicago Tribune. One on Him. "Mr. Suitors sent Miss Richly the commonest kind of a cur dog, just for a joke." "Did she discover it wasn't a thor oughbred?" "Yes; but she took buch a fancy to It that now Suitors has to lead it along on a chain whenever they go out to walk."-—Detroit Free Press. MASTER AND MAID. ÎM % ft •N Policeman—Whatever would you do, Mary, if the master was to pop In now? Mary—Oh, he couldn't say much. I was sitting on his knee last night Occupation Gone. Farmer's Wife—Dear me! So the millionaires drove you out of busi ness Into tramping? Footsore Ferdy—Yes'm. They abso lutely refused to ltet me work. Yer see I wuz a process-server.—Puck. Never Be Hypnotized. "I believe in hypnotism," said the bachelor, "but I do not believe I am a good subject." "Why don't you?" "No girl has ever married me."— Houston Post THE LATEST TALE. Fr fj m » I i. » « Mrs. Nooart—If yon have seen bet ter days, what were you then? Weary Wilfreds—By profession ma dam, I am a composer of music, but I have been rùined by music pirates. The Lion's Share. "Well, Binks, qow that you've won your suit for thpt inheritance, I sup pose you'll buy a new automobile?" "No; but my lawyer will."—Cleve land Leader. Pertinent Query. Green (quoting)—"A fool aad hie money are soon parted." Brown—How much mining stock did peu buy?—Chicago Paiiv News. How He Knew. . "Where are you going to spend next summer?'' "At Saratoga." "That's one place you've nevet been. Isn't it?" "How do you know?" "Because you are going there."— Houston Post CHES3 80. r > Hubby—It becomes very trying, my dear, you're always saying cheque, cheque, cheque. I feel as If life were a long game of chess. Wiflc Well, Edward, If you don't give me some money, I shall have to pawn, pawn, pawn, and it would still seem like a game of chess, wouldn't it? Firewater. "What put him out of business?" "Too much firewater." "Why, I didn't know he was a drink ing man!" "He isn't; but when there was a slight fire In the basement of his store an alarm was turned in and the fir» men deluged the place, and he was without insurance."—Houston Post I Leaves That to Others. "There's one thing about Gayboy— be knows how to order a good din ner." "Urn huh. There's only one thing about It he has to learn." "What's that?" "How to pay for It"—Detroit Free Press. A DOUBTFUL VIEW. ft v; Ft'i iw ff 1 "I shall have to ask aunt for a few days. Shall I call it a visit, or what?" "Well, personally, I should call It a visitation."—Chicago Chronicle. Inevitable Sneers. "If you do not take care of your money," said the ant to the grasshop per, 'the world will simply sneer and ask you what you did with it" "Yes. And if I Invest It and be come rich the world will sneer and ask me where I got It"—Washington Star. His Observation. "What Is your Idea of reform?" "My observation," answered Sena tor Sorghum, "has been that In a ma jority of cases reform is a mysterious combination of good politics and bad business.''—Washington Star. Can't See Up So High. Monkey—What makes that giraffe hold his head so high? Owl—He's bald headed and doesn't want anybody to find it out—Detroit Free Press. These Summer Girl*. "How do you like 'Conlstoar" In quired Phyllis. "Conlston?" repeated Doris, "i can't recall the name. Have I ever been engaged to him?"-rJudge. THE CONQUEROR T MAY have been because I was made to put on a clean white pina fore, hui. I think It was because 1 was naturally a man-hater. At any rat* I saw the new boy,, visitor walking up the pine tree lante hand in hand with his mother and I - hid Denmd the linden. It annoyed me very much that my mother cônstantly Invited to play with me persons With whom I did not wish to play and for bade me to play with others whom I liked very much to play with—the lat ter .being chiefly the small members of the tribe living in the alley back of our house. In spite of my care In hiding from him this particular visitor Bpled me out and ran up to me. I saw at a glance that he would not do. The only men I could tolerate were Rob, who spent all his time mooning with Nellie; BUI, who was forever dancing with Luella, and John Munro, who, of late, had taken to talking about uninteresting subjects with Miss Strain—my nurse— a situa, tlon which Is apt to repeat Itself in one's life's history. It was because of this situation that I had been asking for a brother. I felt [the need of contact with certain mas culine qualities. I wanted to be bul lied and spruned and teased. This young gentleman, however, apparently offered no possiblliUes. His hair was flaxen and was parted in the middle. His eyes were baby blue and so was his necktie, which was about as large as my sash. His face was pink and % & m r \ \ > y a I V » \ v. / Ntnq«' "A Tear Trickled Down My Cheek." white and clean to the point of snob bishness. There was an embarrassing silence, during which we stared at each other. "I don't suppose you're as old as I am?" he began, with depreciation. I began to feel subservient at once. 'Tm five," I replied, a modest decision In my voice. , "Pshaw!" he exclaimed, In open disdain, glancing hurriedly at his mo ther's disappearing figure, and then running his fingers through his closely plastered hair. When he got through It looked like a wheat field after a wind storm. "I'm seven!" he boasted. "I've got on new slippers," I men tioned as an offset to his superior years. I seemed somehow In the be ginning to have misinterpreted his character. "Us fellers Is gettin' up a show," he remarked with nonchalant indif ference. "Co-could I go to It?" I asked, sup pressing my emotion. He was the very playmate of my dreams and totally different from Ja mie, who had to have bread and jam in the middle of every afternoon. On reflection, it seemed as If my first im pression of this stalwart youth was based on my acquaintance with Ja mie, who, In addition to eating bread and jam between meals, had declined to go into a certain adventure with me. a "Yod could be In the show If you weren't a girl," said this desirable new playmate. I bemoaned the restrictions on my sex, but he broke out warmly, "I'll see If I can get you In, anyway!" He was evidently a high official in the en terprise. A tear trickled down my cheek, causing him to exclaim; "What's the matter?" In reply several other tears followed the first one in its course. Then he told me just what he thought of people who cried. It was much the same as what I thought of Jamie. When he was gone my mother asked me if I did not want Charles to come to see me any more. I replied quite promptly and emphatically that I did. "Then why did you cry so this after noon?" she Inquired. I could not answer because I did not know. But Nellie and Luella and Miss Strain doubtless could have told me that it was because I had met a conqueror.—Chicago Dally News. "i NE OAR a 1 a I - I of to in A HANDY WAGON BOX. Easily Constructed and £an Be Ueed for Variety of Hduling. This homemade wagon box may be constructed with little labor and ex pense and Is very useful for a variety of hauling. For the sills l used two timbers I%x8 inches by 12 feet long of hard pirite. For the fluor 1 used six pieces of No. 1 sheeting hard pine for the top of the rack, each 3 Inches Sides and End« of Wagon Box. wide. For the floor ordinary hard pine flooring was used. Fpr stays at the side I used 2x3 Inch strips. The front end gate was made solid, as shown In corner left of cut, but| the back gate was made in two pieces, either one of which could be left out. This Is a fine rack, says the Farm and Home, tor haulipg wood, hogs, hay, fodder or corn. poseB the slatted sides can be turned down, but when loo corn or fodder Is haulted the sides can he raised. The material for this box costs $10. r ordinary pur stuff like ear U8E ROAD DRAG OFTEN. Use Will Put Road In First-Class Con dition. The King road drag does first-class work. Our road was in such a bad shape that It was almost Impossible to travel, says a Minnesota farmer In Farm and Home. I worked on It one and one-half dayB and It put the road in pretty good shape, a distance of four miles, with that amount of labor. If I put in another dqy and a half the road will be In fine condition. I think that one linan, four horses and the King drag will do just as much and as good work or more, than five men and some other graders. The King drag should bte weighted down with the driver and 200 pounds be sides, the horses hitched ahead. If all the farmers would own one of the King drags and use the machine right after a rainfall we could soon have good roads. Dead Leave*. Dead leaves are tef great value for fertilizing purposes In the garden and they are also good to keep out frost in the winter. For bonking around a building to keep out the cold nothing Is better. They arq useful for a cov ering for vegetables stored in the cel lar or buried out of doors. Sweet po tatoes can be kept In leaves. They can be used as a covering for the flower beds in the fill to protect them from freezing. They are useful for protection to the strawberry bed and any other plants that are In one place for more than one season. They are good to use as mulching material In stead of straw or refuse. They make fine stable bedding In the winter and are in good condition as manure for the garden by spring. Dry leaves make good litter for the poultry house. Grain can be scattered In the leaves and the chickens have to scratch for I mo a be his my Ja jam On im was Ja It Intensive Asriculture. The possibilities of Intensive agri culture are Illustrated In the pot cul tures, where all the conditions of Irri gation, drainage and fertilization are under control. It Is declared by Prof. Cyril G. Hopkins that three tlmeB as large crops are grown in pots as In the open field, and that when pot cul ture of plants is to be used for com paring field work It Is fair to expect from the fields only one-third as great yields as are obtained from the pots. This shows that tl>e yield of the earth may be increased at least three times beyond what It 1» now. Under such a system of agriculture, the world would support three times Its present population, even it the present popula tion were all it could support under existing conditions. Increasing Soil Capacity. The population of the United States was about 5,308,000 in 1800, while In 1900 It was 76,303,000. At the begin ning of last century there were 6.6 people in every square mile of the ter rltory that composed the then repub lic. At the close of the century there were 26.6 In every square mile of the country. As all know, moat of the good land has been brought under cul tivation. It now remains to bring the arid lands under cultivation and to Improve the cultivation of the good lands. The process of robbing the soli Is being gradually stopped, as Intelli gence Increases, but the robbed lands must now be brought back to their first prod uct!venjess. Some few years ago a few entomol ogists were qultp hopeful that Insects like grasshoppers and chinch bugs might be killed at wholesale by scat tering the germp of a disease among them. - Tbs plan seems to have been a fallu*. you new my "I'll He en the the did. did and told a ADVOCATES STONE SILO. What a Wisconsin Dairyman Haa te Say About the Matter. I consider a round, atone silo, plas tered Inside with Portland cement, the best kind to build, writes a Wis consin dairyman. My Isllo IS 19 feet In diameter Inside and 34 feet high, the foundation being six feet below the .surface of the surrounding ground, with tile drains below and an octago nal shingled roof. It is a little more expensive ,to start wltji, but It Is the cheapest kind of silo |n the end. 1 usually begin tcy cpt the corn be- ' tween September 10 and 15, when the grain Is nicely glazed, but the stalks are still green. When filling I always keep the silage level ajid well tranlped down, as It is our airli to get all the corn we can Into the' bllo, as It' keeps better when It Is packed. It Is a good plan while filling to Walt until It set tles, and then- fill up the top again once or twice, which Will allow you to have better silage near the top layers. My silo holds enough silage *to feed 36 cows from November to May, giv ing about one and one-half bushels per day In two feeds. 1 consider It an Ideal feed for dairy cattle through the winter season. None goes to waste, il the cattle leave any the horses will teat It, and it is especially good food for colts. We also feed It to poultry and to brood, sows, for which purpose It is very satisfactory.—Farm and Home. CONCENTRATED DAIRY FOODS. Results of Experiments Carried qn at Pennsylvania Experiment 8tatlon. , In experiments to determine the best forms of roughage for dairy cows, along with concentrated foods, the Pennsylvania station found that where 1 grass Is not available silage was best. Some dry fodder or bay should be fed along with silage. The experiments show that corn stover can be used to replace timothy pay with excellent results and a considerable saving of cost. If grown In a rotation, timothy hay should be sold and com used for the dairy animals. Pure cottonseed meal contains a larger per cent, of digestive protein than gluten meal and is much richer In fertilizing qualities. It will In most cases prove the best feed to produce milk and butter. As cottonseed meal is so often adulterated farmers should require a guarantee of 42 to 46 |>er cent, of protein. Wheat bran Is ope of the finest of dairy feeds, but it contains only about one-third as much protein as cotton seed meal and It often costs about the . same per ton, therefore the dairyman is paying three times as much for 1 each pound of protein. If the dairy man Is obliged to buy feed the most concentrated will usually prove the most economical. • ■ FENCE SALT BOX FOR CATTLE How a Convenient and Serviceable Re ceptacle Can'Be Provided, Here Is an idea of a salt box for the fence. It has the disadvantage, per haps, of being somewhat exposed to the weather, but the Idea is good, nevertheless, says the Prairie Farm er. Two pieces of plank are cut as in 2S a >oi A Fence Salt Box. dlcated by the side of the box. These are placed about eight inches apart and nailed to two ends. The rear of the box is cut so as to give a projec tion of about four Inches. The idea Is that when the framed end is placed between two fence hoards the pieces A and C can be nailed on securely and thus hold the box In place. Obviously the fence boards will pass through the portions between A and £1 at both top and bot tom. This box will work best when It la placed under cover since there will be no danger from storms. It also can be used for feed where an animal Is pastured, as a mare with colt, needs a little grain daily. Corn Cob Meal Good. A dairyman who bas long fed and cob meal to his cows, says he haa found it one of his best feeds, but It Is better to add ground oats also. This feed, he says, With corn silage and some clover hay keeps the flow of milk and its fat to the standard of summer blue grass pasture. He urges his neighbors to try his plan and says his feted mill Is one of his best Invest ments, thinking that grinding the ear corn, cob and all, adds much to Its value in feeding. He keeps as many pigs as possible to feed his skim milk to fresh from his separator. corn Cream Separators. Some separators are more effective than others iq removing impurities. It is well tor the Intending pur chaser to test a separator thoroughiy before buying, taking into account the amount of slime accumulation as well as the cleanness of skimming. all that has been said about the_ position of separator sliine, it ought not to be necessary to urge the neces sity of washing the machine after every run, but in our best dairy sec tions there are still many farmers who consider one washing sufficient for two runs on tpe same day. 80 After com Sunshine la cheap and healthful Have plenty qf it in the stobt«.