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1 It j bent the line Fate at Long Range I place : I from blood It was somewhere about midnight when a frunttc ringing of my bell tng startled me Into throwing the tiook I had been rending to the floor, and rushing to the great old-fashioned oak- must the ft By SEWARD W. HOPKINS Smksc (Oourrigtt) en entrance. I hnd but recently moved Into Trl vorton, and had made no firm friend ships, nor even acquaintances. My small, six-line advertisement was In old the only paper published In the place. My Great Dane growled, being tin- j "The a used to having his early slumbers thus disturbed. With the exception of the Great | the Dane, I was nlone. 1 had permitted my only servant, nn old man, to go to visit his sister, almost as old, who was 111. and had lice. Opening the door, I saw In the clear, cold light of a winter moon, a young girl. She was pule, extremely agi tated and decidedly pretty. * "Oh! Are you Mr. Bayne?" she asked. the "Yes, my name Is Bayne—David Bayne," I answered. "In whnt way may I be of assistance to you?" "You are a lawyer?" "Yes, I am a lawyer." "Then—let me talk to you a mo ment. W'e—I—my father—" "Please take a moment to get your breath. You are excited. My office Is rnther chilly. Suppose I accom pany you to your house. You wish to consult me, I suppose?" "Yes, come with me. That Is why I enme here. My father Is dying. Is there a printed form of will?" "Ah ! Your father wishes to make his will? I will be with you In a mo ment. But I know of no printed form of will. However, It will take me but ■ moment to write It." "My father ts Donald Redbngli," said the girl. "He wants to make his will," went on the girl with a choking sort of sob, "but I don't want you to write It for him." tlier been he inet ing the of put in "You don't want me to write your father's will?" I asked In nmnzement. "Does he wish you to be left without Inheritance?" "No. He wants to leave me every thing." ' "And yet you don't wish—it seems to me there Is something more to this than the mere desire of a sick man to make a will. Please explnln.'l "He has taken a violent dislike to my brother. He wishes to cut him off with a hundred dollars. I do not -want that." "How much is he worth?" "More than a million." "You see," she went on, "my brother Donald married—married a poor girl against my father's wishes. Yet I like her, and do not—you understand—I do not wish him cut off. You are a law yer. You will know how to man age." er "But If he wishes to make a will, I must write It as he commands," I an swered. "Well—I suppose so—but It will be hard on Don." As we entered the wide Iron gate way the girl turned to me again. "The doctor Is with him now. Try to persuade him to be fair." "The doctor?" "No. My father. Don't let him die leaving a will that Is unjust." • 1 had no time to reply, and I could not have framed an answer If I tried. A tall, thin old servant answered her ring, and I was ushered Into a bed room where a man lay huddled In a heap of bedclothes, nnd a grave, In telligent mnr. I had seen driving about the streets sat close at his side. ' "You are Byrnes?" he asked. "Yes." "Mr. Redbagh wishes to make his will. You will need to—" He glanced at me significantly. He did not need to finish the sentence. I could see that but a spark of life re mained In the shriveled old frame, and that spark was going fast. "Write—write—" gasped the sick "Leave nil to Edna. Just a man. hundred dollars to Donald." Alone with him, nnd with n. strange feeling of repugnance, I began writ ing as he ordered. It was n brief will. He simply loft one hundred dollars to his son Don ald, and all the residue of his estate, after hlR funernl expenses Imd been paid, to Ills daughter Edna. While I was writing, a young mnn entered. He was well set-up, a manly looking young fellow, and there was nothing In his appearance that was not pleasing. "Father," he said In n low, well-mod ulated voice, "I am going. Will you shake hands?" With a scream that seemed beyond his waning strength, the sick man half raised himself on his elbow. "No!" he said sharply, although feebly. "Shake hands with yon? Go. I thought you hnd gone." "I know you ordered me out yester day." wild the young man. "I was not here all night. 1 nm going for good I wanted to take your hand be now. fore I left." ! "Go 1" The young man stood for a moment with bowed head, lips moved, lessly to a large oaken cabinet, opened ,u drawer, took something from It. und ! thrust It In his pocket. Again the sick man and I »were ! alone. It seemed to me his Then lie stepped nolse I placed (lie will on a book and held 1 It before the dying man. The doctor j bent over him and lifted him. He took the pen and reached out toward the line on which 1 Indicated he should I place his signature. Suddenly the hand that held the pen : dropped. A sound. Indescribable, came I from him, and with n slight gush of blood from a bullet-wound in the right temple, ho fell over—dead. The doctor stared at me. "Through the window," he said. lie bent himself to the task of hnid tng hack the end. It was useless, "His son," "We'll get him. must do what I can." Tlie butler und I raced like two manlnes from the room and out Into the crisp night air. "He is not here, sir," said the thin of said the physician. You go—you twrff I old fellow. "We can't let this wait," I said. j "The police must be uotifled." "Yes—the police,'' said Simmons in a bewildered manner. "Did you hear | the shot, sir?" "No." This was the first thought that hnd struck me. I hnd heard no shot. We went out through the Iron gate and raced like two madmen along the street. The butler knew the way. had not yet learned enough of Triv orton to be sure where to find the po-. lice. I It did not take ns long to tell the story—what we had to tell. The police officer In charge showed the eagerness characteristic of the sleuth. I told how the son had asked his .V IIow lie had tlier to shake hands, been ordered from the house. And how he had taken something from the cab inet and thrust It In his pocket. "It's a clear enough case," said the officer. "He must have been watch ing at the window, and tired just ns the old man was about to sign the will. We'll have him. There Is no way out of Trlvorton before six In the morn tng." All the available force was at once put on the ease. I followed with a frenzied sort of fascination all the movements of the police. * Miss Redbngh by this time hnd been aroused, and sat, dry-eyed nnd hatf stunned, at the bedside of her father. There hnd been a way out of Triv orton that night. At half-past seven in the morning Miss Redbugli received a-telegram. "Dear Edna : Millie and I reached Baldwin nt three this morning. I borrowed your horse, and we drove over. I um send ing the horse back in care of a mnn from the hotel here. Don't mind about the will. I am going to work. "Lovingly, to do "DONALD." "Baldwin—three in the morning," said the police officer In charge of the Investigation. "If that's true, he nev er fired that shot." "Who did?" I asked helplessly. "We must verify the telegram first." Now thoroughly determined to know the end of It, I accompanied two de tectives to Baldwin. At the hotel we learned that Don ald Redbagh and his wife did arrive there (twenty miles away) at three o'clock that morning. The shot that killed his father had been fired at I an half-past one. "The girl—was she In sympathy with her brother?" asked the detec tive. be die her a In his He I re sick a "Yes," I said hesitatingly; "but she never shot her father. The will was all In her favor." Back we went to Trlvorton. The doctor had probed for the bullet. "You thought young Redbagh took a revolver," he said. "This Is a rifle ball. We heard no shot. It was an accident. I nm convinced that no mur der was committed. And since the man Is dead, I am ready to admit thnt a great Injustice was prevented. Don ald married a poor girl, and Redbngh was always a—well—he's dead." In a small town like Trlvorton such a case becomes the main topic of con versation. Sleepless, I wns In the po lice station at about five that snme afternoon, when a hoy came In. white face, frightened, nnd carrying under his ami a small rifle "I'll give myself up," he said. "1 think I shot Mr. Redbngh, although I didn't mean to do so. I was out lifter rabbits, light night. several, nnd I guess I got to shooting Do you think I'll have to go to It's fun on a bright, moon My dog had scared up writ loft Don been mnn was was you half Go. not good be wild, prison? Everybody breathed a sigh of relief. The chief of police looked nt me pe culln rly. •'Redbagh wns about gone, wasn't he?" he asked. "He couldn't have lived through the night." "The girl Is true to her brother?" "Yes. and Donald to her." "What's your name?" asked the chief of the frightened hoy. "Tom Wynert." "The doctor's son?" "Yes. sir. M,v father was with Mr. Redbngh. nnd I was out on the old 1 might have shot my fn rye Held, ther." "1 don't know—I don't know hut whnt we'll keep the rifle,'' said the chief. "As for you. if you are wanted, we'll send for you. It Is not certain that It was your bullet, anyway. Stil, the weapon is dangerous at night for a boy to handle." As I look hack, remembering the opened und »were Impressions made nn me that night, the favorable light in which I looked on Donald Redlmgli. the hurshness of ills father, the bitterness of fate, I wonder—1 wonder If there was not something more than a boy's chance shot in It all. For I was always a be ider In the justness of fate. his nolse I Tests for Clothing Material In By the U. S. Department ol Agriculture. When buying staple clothing materials, if you are not a good judge of quality, it is an excellent idea to look at several pieces of the same type of material hut with different juices and compare the weight, color, and lirmness of weave. Such a comparison will often emphasize the fact that the most trily the best quality. It may be the season's slight Ua, ! a «Kjienslve piece is not net most fashionable color nml weight, and its high price probably is due t variations in the finishing and the fleeting popularity of the style. There lias been u tendency to abuse the practice of asking for samples from dress goods departments, hut at times a sample is quite justifiable, us it will give the opportunity for home tests. Cotton and linen are affected by acids and very slightly affected by alkilles, while the reverse is true of wool. L A . i I m ■ S; I j ft * i • • Si i y CX, I t j •ÜU3 \ 'V i ft? "» *- ' % :■ Fw. 'Si/ J TESTING SILK BY BURNING. Silk on right, heavily loaded with mineral matter, keeps its shape after burning, while the ash of pure silk, on left, crumbles. The alkalies found In the home are wash Ip g sodas and the washing powders. The office of home economics of the United States department of agriculture suggests using the following simjde test to determine the amount of cotton in a mixed fabric: Add four tablespoonfuls of washing soda, or five tuhlespoonfuls of wash ing powder, to a pint of soft wnter. Tlie washing soda should lie rolled to a powder before measuring. Bring to boiling nnd add sample, which should be about one nnd one-half Inches square. Boll carefully, to avoid sputtering, for 20 minutes, adding water at Intervals to replace that lost by evaporation. Transfer sumple to cold water nnd rub between the fingers. Tlie wool, which Is gelatinized by the boiling, will disappear on rubbing-and tlie cotton threads will be left unchanged. Weights of Vegetables Housewives Warned of Short Measures. That housewives may be protected against short weight practices of wagon peddlers, Chicago's city sealer Rias issued a table of weights of vege tables to the peck and bushel. Warmer weather Is coming on and with that the wagon venders of the Vegetable needs of the family are be coming more numerous on the streets and alleys. The sealer warns agnlnst purchase by measure, which Is pro hibited by ordinance, nnd advises that every housewife insist thnt the com modities Mfe weighed. He advises thnt the following list be cut out and kept In a handy place : Number ot pounds to the peck. 12(4 Peaches . Peanuts, green, fi',4 Peanuts, roasted t> Pears .14(4 Peas, dried. Peas, green, in pod . 12(4 Potatoes, Irish. 15 Cranberries .... S(4 Potatoes, sweet. 12(4 Cucumbers .12 Quinces .12 Gooseberries ...10 Hickory nuts...12(4 Onions Parsnips .12(4 Turnips I The bushel weights are, of course, Just four times the figures given above. .12 Apples Beans, green and string. Beans, wax .... 6 Beans, east or... 11(4 Bonns, white—15 Beets . Carrots ... 6 16 ..15 12(4 Rutabagas Spinach ,. 14(4 Tomatoes .14 : 13(4 What Produces Odor. No substance thnt refuses to dis solve in wnter has nn odor. It is the actual substance Itself, floating in par ticles In the nir, ns in the case of light nnd sound. The damper n thing the m ire powerful the odor lt gives off. A plensuut proof of the fact can he hnd by walking in a garden after rain. It Is the vapor of a liquid thnt smells and not the liquid In the mass Itself. w HERE AND THERE « A true actor never overacts his part. A bulldog barks first and bites afterward. An egotist Is a mnn who en joys talking to himself. Analogy Is merely n method of convincing without proof. A man's shoos may get tight h.v Imbibing water, but he doesn't. Tin- successful blacksmith can either shoe a horse or make a horse shoe. I |; Unnecessary to Slit Crows' Tongues to Enable Them to Learn to Talk—It Is Cruel The organ of the Agassiz society contains a discussion by prominent bird authorities concerning the old idea of slitting a crow's tongue to make the bird talk. The following Is ab stracted : "It Is a common practice in the West to catch the young birds in early Jun«* nnd place them ln a enge, where they tecome very tame and usually tnlk as well ns n parrot. Many people keeping these birds have believed It necessary to silt their tongues before they could learn to talk. This Is wholly unneces sary and cruel and should be prevent ed by law. "The discussion of slitting crows' tongues Is relegated to the medieval limbo of belief of the 111 luck of pea cock fenthers; of dragon files sewing up one's ears; of whisky for snake Lite ; of man-eating sharks; of rab bit's feet and the number 13; of going under ladders, spilling salt and break ing mirrors." : fi',4 12(4 NEIGHBORS 12(4 : As often ns we thought of her. We thought of a gray life That made a quaint economist Of a wolf-haunted wife: Wo made the best of what she bore That was not ours to bear, And honored lier for wearing thing* That were not tilings to wear. 13(4 There was a distance in her look ^ That made us look again; And If she smiled, we might believe That we hud looked in vain. Rarely she came Inside our doors. And had not long to stay , And when she left, it seemed somehow That she was far away. dis the par the off. he rain. And once, when we had nil forgot That all ts here to change. A shadow on the commonplace Was for a moment strange. Yet there was nothing for surprise. Nor much that need he told* Love, with its gift of pain, had given More than one heart could hold, — Edwin Arlington Robinson, In Yale Review. Medicine Labe! Important. Medicine should always lie poured out from the side of the bottle ojipo site to the label hearing the direc tions. The directions »re important or they would not be there, and if they are blurred or obliterated entirely a mistake is liable to occur. We may think we will remember exactly wliat that label said, but if the bottle lins been sot away a week or a month it may he difficult to remember whether the dose was half a teaspoonful or two tenspoonfuls. I Governors' Terms of Office From One to Four Years and Salaries $2.500 to $12.000 The governor's term of ollice varies In different states fron me to four only the Massachusetts Is years, state that lu s a Ti»e one-.vear term. following states have two years: Arl t'oimectl zonn, Arkansas, rut. Georgia, Idaho, Kansas, Maine, Michigan. Minnesota, Nehras- i Ua, New Hampshire, New York, North Dakota. Ohio. Rhode Island, South Carolina, South Dakota, Texas, Vermont and Wisconsin, following states have four years: Ala bama, California, Delaware, Florida, Illinois, Indiana. Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, Mon tana, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, I'enn ! sylvnnia, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming. ho Tlie salaries of ttie governors range I front $2,500 to $12,000 h year. The gov- i of Nebraska receives $2,500 a | year. The governors of Maine, New 1 ed Hampshire, Rhode Island, South Cur- | Jn ollnn nml South Dakota receive $5.000 i ns a year. The governors of Arizona, | of Arkansas, Delaware, Nevada. Tennes see and Texas receive $4,000 a year. | of Maryland receives ! ...J: The ernor The governor $4,500 a year. The governors of Ala- j I bnmn, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida, ' Kansas, Louisiana, Georgia, Idaho, Michigan, Missouri, Montana, New j Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, VIr j ginla, West Virginia and Wisconsin ■ The governor of North Carolina receives $6,000 a The governors of Massachusetts $.x,000 a year, j receive $5,000 a year. yenr. and Indiana receive The governors of California, New Jor and l'enusylva- ' The gov New York, Ohio nlu receive $10,000 n yenr. ernor of Illinois receives $12,000 a year. i Writer Observes That Some Cities Have Special Colors —Lends to Individuality "Have you ever noticed how cities sometimes seem to have their own special colors?" asks Julian Street in "American Adventures." "Paris is white and green—even ! 1 think, than Washington," "Chicago is gray; so is London usually, though I lmve seen It buff ot the beginning of \ n heavy fog. brown sandstone city, but Is now 1 turning to one of cremn-colored brick and tile; Naples Is hrllliiuit with pink > nnd blue and green and white and yeilow ; wlille as for Baltimore, lier 1 old houses and her new are, as Bae decker puts it, of 'cheerful red brick' —not always, of course, but often enough to establish tlie color of red 1 brick ns the city's predominating hue. 1 And with tlie red brick house— partie- 1 ulnrly the older ones—go clean white marble steps, on tlie bottom one of which, at the side, may usually he found nn old-fashioned Iron 'scraper/ doubtless left over from the time (not very long ago) when the city pave meats had not reached their present excellence." more so, Mr. Street continues. a New York used to he a ■ Mother's Cook Book Seasonable Dishes. The common vegetables become nn- j common and unusual when served in \ a new way or with a new garnish. Mashed Potatoes. Press hot boiled potatoes through n rleer, and for each quart add a tea- ! spoonful of suit and four tablespoon* fuls of butter, cream to make of the right consist ency and jiile into a baking dish. Brush over with a white sauce and sprinkle with buttered bread crumbs. Sot into a hot oven nnd hake until brown. Add hot milk nnd , Beet Re 1 , This Is a very good relish which j may he made In small quantities, or canned and kept all winter To one quart of cooked chopped beets add b one quart of chopped cabbage, two , ciij.fn s of sugar one tal.lespoonful of salt, a teaspoonful of pepper. „ half teaspoonful of cayenne, and one cup , , „ , , , , , , , ,, ful of freshly grated horseradish ; add vinegar to make It of the right consist ency. This is canned cold. I Hot Slaw. Shred cabbage verv fine and drop Into boiling water, cooking five min- | ntes; drain nnd season with a table spoonful of chonped onion, a little hot vinegar, hut, er. salt and pepper. | Let stand an hour in the warming oven, then serve. Hot Potato Salad. Will a half-dozen potatoes nnd , slice while hot; fry thin slices of ha con, (half a cnptnl), cut in hits until brown. Pour off all hut two tnble spoonfuls of fat and into this stir one 1 tablespoonful of flour; mix one-quarter of a teaspoonful of mustard with a quarter of a teaspoonful of salt nnd a few dashes of cayenne ; stir and mix until well blended then add a half- ; cupful of mild vinegar; let the dress ing boil ; add the bacon hits, a small shredded onion nnd the potatoes, ! ; j Serve very hot. Puffed Crackers. j Split milk crackers and dip them In ( i Ice water; put into a hot oven with a I bit of butter on top of each and when i they are well puffed, drop a spoonful 1 of Jolly on each and serve at once. TtexoU 7 h KILL SQUIRRELS TO SAVE CROPS * ' Idaho Farmers Saved $1.250.000 in 1918 by Successful War on Rodents. Hy combating ground squirrels Ida ho farmers saved over $1,250,000 -in I crops during 11*18. Twenty-two coun i ties and 4,025 farmers co-operated | with the biological survey of tlie Unit 1 ed States department of agriculture | Jn stamping out tlie squirrel pest, and i ns a result 277,751 acres were cleared | of tlie rodents. | squirrel eradication ! saved at least 5 per cent of the total which formerly POWDERED STRYCHNINE USED Poison Acts Very Quickly Through the Mouth and Cheek Pouchei Saccharin and Corn Sirup Make Bait Palatable. It Is estimated that this ground ot-k In Idaho j crops of that state ' went to juiy the yearly rodent tribute. As one farmer phrases-it, "1 used to squirrels had n j consider that tlie mortgage on 25 percent of my crops, as ■ ttiey devoured one-fourth of all 1 pro duceil. Now after I have cleared mÿ farm of squirrels, I harvest and save HH) per cent of all the crops I grow.' j in Bonneville county, Idaho, 114 t pounds ot farmers distributed (I. ' poisoned oats over 11,871 acres, and as a direct and immediate result saved $41,2(15 worth of farm crops which otherwise would have been consumed In the eradication Shifted^Cloned bait over one «t his fields «ml less than one hour later hy the squirrels. armer In tills .eount.V when he returned to the field he count ed 278 dead ground squirrels, six rub pits and ten rock chucks which hud fallen prey to the dendly halt. ! ' Idaho fanners formerly used slrych* nine sulphate prepared in a variety ot is ways to poison ground squirrels, but I because tills material proved unsatls of \ factory, tlie use of powdered strych 1 organized campaigns, acts very rapidly through the mouth > and cheek pouches Instead of through the stomach. It is prepared by mix* 1 jug one tublespoonful of gloss starch j n one-half teneupful of cold water and then stirring tills combination into one-half pint of boiling water to make 1 a thin, clenr paste. Then one ounce 1 of powdered strychnine (alkaloid) is 1 mixed with one ounce of baking soda in n little water and stirred with the of starch into a smooth, creamy mass, he free of lumps. Then one-fourth pint of heavy corn sirup, one tablespoonful (not of glycerin and oue scant teaspoon ful of saccharin dissolved in a little warm water are stirred together. This Poison Used. a ■ nine (alkaloid) is now practiced in the This poison SSïS - „S xxx; Franklin Ground Squirrel. solution Is spread over 12 quarts ot oats and mixed thoroughly in order to coat euch kernel. One qunrt of this poison Is sufficient for 40 to 60 baits. The material—scattered one teaspoon ful to a place—should be distributed along the clean, hard surfaces near the squirrel holes where it will not en j an g er u ve s toek and where there Is UQ cbance for Ule rod „ nts to vaste nmtorlal u , lni ,, lng over it or b coveri lt w itl, refuse from their , as , d occur were the bait bc ce( , ^ l)lllTOW3 . Contro , Co|(jmbian Squirrels . _ , , , , Columbian ground squirrels are not H controlled by tills method of eradica tion, as they hull oats very carefully before eating them, and hence avoid tl e poison. Therefore n special method of preparing halt for these squirrels is used su that ils lll, '- v ,lu11 the °>' ts lh « poison flakes off in I lie rodents'mouths The Columbian squirrel halt Is pre I*nred hy combining in dry mixture one ounce of powdered strychnine (alkaloid) nnd one ounce of baking soda, oue teaspoonful of saccharin and and kills them. , three tuhlespoonfuls of flour, adding a 1'ttie cold water and stirring thorough ly to a smooth, creamy paste. This mixture is distributed uniformly over 1 1- quarts of outs as in the former case, and the poison huit scattered as previously described. This poison should be used witliiu 10 to 14 days after preparation, as otherwise the ma ; terial will -dust off the grain, Poison ground squirrels as enrly in the spring us possible, as in this way tlie natural increase of young squir ! rels is eliminated. The poisoning cam paign should he continued throughout ihe year until the section is free of The rodents will eat tlie ( these pests, poison baits nt any time. should be given Attention to destroying tlie squirrels in all their haunts lu jias tures, uncultivated fields, fence rows, and roads, as well as from the culti vated fields where complete ixlernilna tiou of the pests is sought.