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Crochet Insertion Design PRETTY WORK FOR THE LEISURE MOMENTS. Directions for Making All Kinds of Ornamental Work Suitable for the Furniture of Parlor or Boudoir. For the Large Star.—Work 6 chain, join in a ring, 12 double crochets in the ring, 7 chain, a double treble in the nearest double crochet, *, 3 chain, a double treble in the next double crochet. Repeat from * into each of the other double crochets, 3 chain, join to the fourth stitch of the 7 chain. Two double crochets under the near est chain loop, 5 chain, 2 more double crochets under the same loop, 9 chain, turn back over the double crochets just made and work a double treble over the long stitch beyond, turn again, and work 15 double crochets under the chain loop just made, •, 2 double crochets under the next 3 chain, 5 chain, 2 more double crochets under the same loop, 9 chain, back over the stitches just made and catch to the sixth double cvrochet of the pre vious loop, counting from center of star, 15 double crochets under the 9 chain, and repeat from * under each of the other loops round the star. On reaching the long stitch at the com mencement of the row work up the side of it with double crochets, then 5 chain to the sixth stitch of the pre vious loop, and 9 double crochets un der the last made loop, thus complet ing the star. For the Middle Star.—Five chain, join in a ring. 8 double crochets with a chain between each into the ring, 6 chain, 1 treble on the nearest double crochet, *, 3 chain, 1 treble on the next doble crochet, repeat from * all round, the first 3 chain counting as one treble. Two double crochets under the near est chain loop, 5 chain, 2 more double crochets under the same loop, repeat under each loop all round. For the Smallest Stars.—Five chain, join in ring, S double crochets with a chain between each in ring, a double crochet on each double crochet in pre vious row with 2 chains between each, 4 double crochets under each of the chain loops. The illustration will show how and where the stars are connected. When a sufficient number of stars have been joined work a row of chain from point to point on either side of the stars, and finish with a row of 1 treble, 1 chain. —----— COIFFURES OF MANY KINDS _ lit_— Styles That Will Suit Round, Oval or Long Faces. There is no question but that a suc cessful appearance depends more on the coiffure than any other detail of the toilet, for the handsomest gown and the smartest hat will fail to im press a beholder if the hair shows neg lect, lack of style or is unbecomingly arranged, while often the plainest frock or simplest chapeau will puss unobserved if the hair is prettily dressed in becoming fashion. The very greatest care should be ex ercised in choosing one’s coiffure, or in changing from one mode to another. Indeed, the safest plan is to try not one but many styles of hairdressing until some model entirely satisfactory is found and then this one should be worn regardless of changing fashions. Certain styles suit certain faces, one arrangement being the more becoming to an oval face and another to the round face; but then all are not of the true types. There is the short oval, the narrow oval, oval inclining to j plumpness and the long oval, all of which are modifications of the perfect oval face. Equally numerous are the different varieties of the round face. There is the so-called perfect type of round face—that is, neither too thin nor too fat—the plump round face, the broad fat face and the very round short face. Then there is the sharp pointed face to be considered, the one with a receding chin, and the type possessing a very large or aquiline nose, so that it can be plainly seen that, while certain directions may be followed with satisfactory results, it is simply impossible to set down any hard and fast rules, because so few women have features that come up to the standard of perfection. For instance, a perfect type of round face may have the hair dressed high or low, but if the face is short and round the high coiffure must be adopt ed. The fat round face, too, should look well with high arrangement, but the sides must be puffed a little, or the result will be that the fat cheeks appear really fatter. LATE FANCY SENT FROM PARIS - . --— Large Cloaks and Wraps Are in Order in the Gay Capital. The ample enveloping cloaks of the regency which were much worn in Paris last summer are again in order, and second-empire cloaks and wraps of shawl-like draping are considered extremely chic. One sees Louis XV. and directoire models and there is a ft* host of fantastic little wraps and short coats which will be worn over sheer summer frocks and not only over the lingerie materials but over chiffons, sheer voiles and similar stuffs. Whitf chiffon broadcloth was used in the construction of this model and brown velvet ribbon is drawn through large buttonholes in the two upper capes, falling in a loop and end at the bot tom of lowest cape. The .closing is made with brown silk braid and small velvet-covered buttons. The New Lingerie Hat. The new lingerie hat is shaped af ter the popular bowl or mushroom model. A most delectable small af fair. but unhappily not as universally becoming as the wide one of last year, that was nice on both young and almost-young women—although w'e did see it occasionally mis-worn by some who were in neither of these classes. The round bowl of these new models has a ribbon tied about it, perhaps drawn through the holes of embroidery, and fastened at the back with some ends to lie against the hair. Just in front will be placed a huge rose of a pale yellow, and there you have a lingerie hat that is the newest of the new. The Season’s Sashes. Several novel kinds of sashes have appeared this spring upon gowns de signed for younger women. One of these ribbon garnitures, made from opalescent moire, with a narrow black edge, had two fine black silk tassels dangling from the forked points of the “swallowtail” effect into which the ends were, divided. Another sash, made for a charming biscuit colored costume, was likewise of moire rib bon, in this case plain black, tied in a high bowr at the back, the hems being finished with fringe. Still an other was made of delicate chine rib bon having an exquisitely variegated fringe harmonizing with the floral colors of the sash. CHINESE COATS ALL THE STYLE Oriental Garments Are Costly, But Ex tremely Pretty. There is an extraordinary demand at present for oriental garments, espe cially the national costume of China and Japan. “The Chinese coats which were the popular opera wraps of last season have been replaced this winter by real mandarin coats, imported direct from China, which vary in price from $25 to $500,” said a city dealer. “A few years ago Chinese coats and Japanese kimonos were used as dress ing jackets and gowns. Now they take the place of the theater or ball wrap and the tea gown. The most elaborate wraps are heavily orna mented in gold and silver. We re cently imported one lovely model in sunflower yellow, with touches of bronze and- glittering with gold and ferns. “One of the prettiest designs which a lady brought back from Japan her self is of Nankin blue, embroidered in silver thistle-down and trails of mauve wistaria. The kimono is lined with scarlet and opens over a scarlet pet ticoat, while shoes and stockings re peat the same vivid coloring.” Pongee Variously Treated. Hand embroidery in self-color Is considered very modish on pongee. Many very chic little French frocks among the imported models are in pongee of natural tone, dull blue or brown, embroidered in self-tone and lightened by some contrasting touch of color and by lace or embroidered batiste on the bodice. A pretty bolero and skirt model in natural hued pon gee carried out this idea successfully, the only trimming of the skirt being embroidery in self-tone. The loose little bolero, iwith its loose, pic turesque sleeve cut in one with the coat, also had a touch of self-tone em broidery, but it had, too, a gleam of vivid red in the embroidery of the small collar and of the armhole trim mings, and scarf ends of black silk fell from'the collar. REMEDIES FOR THE NURSERY. Best Method of Treating the Almost Dally Small Mishaps. Tumbles that result in broken knees are a very common occurrence in the nursery. Wash the place very thoroughly with warm water and bor aclc lotion in order to remove any garvel, dust or bits of stocking that may have been forced into the wound. Bathe always from the edges to the center of any wound; this gives in finitely less pain. Then dress the place with a piece of soft old rag, smearing with cold bream; keep in place with a few twists of a band age. If a child is slightly burned of scald ed, the first thing to do is to relieve the pain, and then apply a healing ointment. - To effect this, bathe the injured part with a strong solution of ordinary kitchen soda, apply zinc ointment by means of well-greased rags, then cover the whole with a piece of cotton-wool. A grain of dust is a very little thing, but, like a great many other little things, is capable of causing a very great deal of trouble. Never try to remove it with a screw of handkerchief, but instead tear off a corner of perfectly clean white blotting paper, twist this into a cone, and having discovered the whereabouts of the dust by gently but firmly raising the eyelid, extract it with the blotting paper, to which the dust will be found to adhere readily. TREATMENT OF THE PIANO. Things to Be Remembered if You Would Preserve Instrument, When the cold wind blows outside, or chilling rain beats down, do not ia your solicitude for your own comfort forget the welfare of your poor piano. That instrument is well known to be as sensitive to cold, damp oi^ heat as the most confirmed invalid, and in thousands of houses to-day the domestic piano is treated with a lack of regard that harrows the spirit of the unfortunate tuner who has periodically to come and act as physician to it. Never put your piano too near the Are, as the heat draws the wood. Do not leave the window open close to it on a rainy day, as the damp will rust the wires and mold the instru ments interior. On no account should a multipli city of ornaments be placed on the top of the piano as its tone is spoiled in this way, and, finally it should be noted that with too much furniture and drapery in the room piano play ing cannot be heard to the best ad» vantage. Delicious Custard. Heat four eggs light, add three cup fuls of good milk, five tablespoonfuls of sugar, one teasponful salt and a lit tle grated nutmeg; stir well; pour the mixture in custard cups; set these in side of a flat bake pan with some wa ter in same; bake slowly one hour, or until a silver knife comes out clean; remove from oven, then whip the whites of five eggs until stiff and dry and drop on custards walnut size, one in center and one row around edge of cups, leaving the center one largest; put back in oven two or three minutes to add a golden tint; take as many good-sized strawberries, dip in pulver ized sugar, and put a row around cups between the walnut shapes; this makes a very pretty table custard for little ones. Oyster Plant or Salsify Salad. Scrub the salsify, and cook, with out removing the skin, in boiling salt ed water until tender. Peel and cut in thin slices. Season with salt and pep per, cover and set aside to become cold. For a pint of sliced salsify take six tablespoonfuls of oil, and gradually beat into it four tablespoonfuls of lem on juice or three of vinegar, and about half a teaspoonful of onion juice. When thoroughly mixed, pour over the chilled salsify. Turn the slices over and over until they have taken up the dressing, and set aside until ready to serve. Serve on heart leaves of lettuce, also dressed with oil, vine gar, salt and pepper. Garnish with figures cut from thin slices of pickled beet. Preserved Pears. Pare them very thin and simmer them in a thin sirup, allowing one fourth of a pound of sugar to a pound of pears. Let them lie for two days, then add another quarter of a pound bf sugar to a pound of pears and simmer again. Let them all lie all night or longer if you wish, then simmer them once more, adding one half pound of sugar to a pound of pears, making a pound for a pound. The juice of a lemon to four pounds of fruit and a small part of the peel is a good addition. The fruit may now be drained and put in the sun to dry, or they may be poured into the jars with sirup over them. To-Cara for Turkish Rugs. If Turkish rugs are left on the floor through the summer—and they are quite as well there as anywhere, a weekly exposure to the fresh air and sunshine, with a good brushing with a stiff broom, will be all that is neces sary. If they are soiled, a thorough washing every year or two will keep them in splendid condition. If large they are better sent to a rug cleaner; but small rugs may be washed at home, using cold or lukewarm water, a scrubbing brush and any good soap. Rinse well and hang in the open air to dry. If one has a hose the rinsing is more easily accomplished by turn ing that on them. Renovating Flannels. Flannels that have become badly yellowed through neglect may be whitened in this way: Boil four table spoonfuls flour in four quarts of wa ter, stirring free from lumps. Pour one-half this mixture over the flannels, cover and let them stand a half hour. Rub with the hands, but use no soap. Rinse the flannels in clear water of the same temperature, then heat the remainder of the liquid and pour over the flannel again. Proceed as before, rinse thoroughly, then hang out to drain and dry. Never hang flannels in cold or frosty air, as that always shrinks them. KITE FIGHTING IN INDIA. It Is a Real Crate and Gambling Is a Feature of Sport. India knows nothing of flying kites for pleasure, as is done in America and Europe, and ia carried on with marvelous ingenuity in China. Kite* are flown there that they may fight, and the fighting is done by cutting each other’s strings. The string is sewing thread, the finest and strongest, smeared with ground glass mixed with mucilage. Pulled tight and drawn against an other thread, also pulled tight, it cuts like a knife. A good string must be long enough to let the kite ascend a thousand yards, light enough to let the kite bear it at that height, and fine enough to cut another string. Making a kite requires as much care as choosing the string, says the cor respondent of the New York World. The kite has to sweep through the air with the swiftness of a swallow. There fore it must be small, extremely light and strong enough not to tear as it rushes against the wind; for the edges are not turned over and gummed down all around, as th^ are in our kites. In such a kite uie balancing is a far more delicate operation than in large and heavy kites. Two pieces of bam boo are taken, thinner than a goose quill, and are scraped even and smooth. These are shown in the diagram as A, B, and C, E, F, D. They are laid on a square which is from 12 to 16 inches square. No twine is used in the making, but the bent stick is kept in position with four small pieces of paper gummed on at the points C, E, F, D. The straight stick is similarly fastened at the ends, but the piece of paper at B is two or three inches long and triangular, for it acts as a light rudder. The kite hag no tail. The exposed edges of the i>aper along E, A, F and C, B, D are not bound or protected in any way and have to bear a consider able strain when the kite makes a dash against the wind. A small piece of paper is also fas tened at G, where one end of the loop of thread is tied, to which the long string is attached. The other end of the loop is tied at the crossing of the pieces of bamboo. The diagram shows the back of the kite; the loop is on the other side on the face. The best kite of this kind that can be made does not cost more than one anna, that is, two cents, although wealthy kite fighters pay as much as a dollar to a man who pretends he can make a kite which will be unconquer able. Kite fighters are most careful abput the balance of their kites, and when a kite seems all right in the hand, their intent eyes notice a fault as it flies, and, pulling it down again, they add a piece of paper the size of a postage stamp or a small twist of cotton to one side, or they pare one of the sticks, and so get the balance per fectly true. CAN YOU MAKE THESE? Little Houses That the Birds Will Find Delight in During Summer. A friend of mine, a dear little boy of 11, received a lovely toolbox for a birthday present the other day. He is very handy with his tools and eager to fashion pretty things. “Can you tell me something usorful and nice to make?” he asked me. From Two fcheese Box Lids. And then, with the approach of the String season, I thought of the re turn of the birds, and I said: “Why not build a birdhouse?” “Are they hard to make?” he ques tioned. “I will show you two pictures of birdhouses, and you can copy them." And I showed him these: 'Oh, I like them, and I will try GOING TO COLLEGE. A Story of a Boyhood Experience of Gen Lew Wallace. When William Wallace, the elder brother of the late Lew Wallace, de parted for college, 30 miles from his home, Lew was inconsolable. In a few days the desire for his brother's com panionship got the mastery, and the small boy resolved to find his big brother. In his “Autobiography” Gen. Lew Wallace tells of the undertak ing: It did not occur to me as the least needful to have my father’s permis sion to make the change of residence. There was living in Covington an uncle not greatly my senior in years or wisdom. To my delight, I heard he was going to Crawfordsville. The chance was too good to be lost. I went out early in advance of him, and lay in ambugh for the traveler. “What are you doing here?” he asked. “Waiting for you.” "What for?” “I want to go to Crawfordsville with you.” “Have you any business there?” “Yes, I want to go to college.” “To college!” He fairly choked with laughter. His good nature finally overcame his scruples, and letting me mount •be hind him, he jogged on. The pony was fat and slow, and of prodigious breadth of beam. My legs cramped, and I suffered in every bone and muscle, but I set my teeth and gave no sign. About the middle of the afternoon we drew up in front of the basement entrance to the college, and unloading me, my relative pushed on to town. X-V Ut.JlUTUlt.Ul. juuniug UJU UJUU JO sued from the door, followed by half a dozen young men. Small wonder that they viewed me askance. My straw hat, ragged and rain-stained, hung to the back of my head, and al lowed my shocky hair the greatest lib erty. My feet were bare and un washed. My trousers hung depend ent upon a single suspender of cloth "listing.” My shirt, guiltless of a button, offered a display of neck and breast red as a Mohawk Indian's. The benevolent-looking gentleman inquired: "Where are you from, my son?” “Covington,” I answered. "What's your name?” "Lew Wallace.” “A son of Gov. Wallace?” "Yes.” “Any friends here?” "Only William.” “What do you expect to do?” “Go to college, if I like it.” The circle hemming me in broke into a laugh that put a stop to the inquisition. In the midst of the fun my brother appeared, himself a model of attire and deportment. To his credit, be it said, he did not disown me. “Why, Lew, when did you come?” he asked, taking my hand.' "Just now.” "What for?” “To be with you and go to college.” There were tears in the go4d fel low's eyes as he led me off to his boarding house. A PUZZLING TRICK. It Is Done with Dominoes and Will Keep Your Friends Guessing. A good trick with dominoes is per formed as follows: Arrange 12 of them in a circle, as shown in the accom IUI The Domino Layout. panying picture, and tell one of the spectators that you will point out any domino that he may think of. When he says he is ready, you tell him that you will count round the cir cle by touching the dominoes pro miscuously, each touch counting one, and that when you have counted 20, including the number of spots on the domino thought of, he must tell you to stop, and your finger will then rest on the piece chosen. Let us suppose, for illustration, ex plains Good Literature, that he thinks of the double-deuce, you, of course, not knowing that. Begin, touching the pieces with your finger, counting 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and so forth, skipping about the circle as you count. But when you come to the eight count, you must touch the double-six, and then count regularly around to the right. Thus six-five will be 9, double-five 10, five-four 11, and so on, until you come to double-deuce, when he tells you to stop, because that is the domino he thought of, the four spots on which, added to your count of 16, makes 20. A Pony’s Good Sense. girl ten years old, named Mary Sears, living in Arkansas, was riding her pony along a highway when he shied at a cow and she was thrown to the ground and suffered a broken arm. It was a mile to the nearest house, and the girl was not able to mount again and in too much pain to walk. The pony seemed to understand this after a time, and he galloped away and reached the house of a planter and Kept up a whinnying until he was taken notice of and a man sent to fol low him back to where the girl was found. It was plain that the intelli gent animal knew that something out of the usual had happened, and in this case just as good a messenger as a boy would have been.. An Adjustable Personality. Little Ian was trying to dress him self after his bath. He got his shirt on front side behind. Looking ruefully down at himself, he said: “Guess I’d better turn myself around so my shirt will button in front.” DRAFT HORSES IN THE SOUTH. Increase of Population In Cities Has Op fined Up a Market, The breeding of draft horses has not made as much progress In the south as «it should have done. This is particularly true in sections where limestone predominates and blue grass •thrives naturally. The excellence of the light horses produced in this sec tion is positive proof that draft ani mals of superior merit could also be raised if the right type cf sire and dam were available for the work. The light horse has been such a favorite, however, as to almost exclude the consideration of any other type of ani mal until within tire last few years. This was really not surprising, for the old-time farmer of the south depend ed almost entirely on the mule as a beast of burden, while the horse was used chiefly for saddle purposes or for driving; and the light horse was of course better suited to this purpose than any other type of animal. Even today the light horse is in great de mand, and animals of excellence and merit bring profitable prices and find ready sale; the one misfortune in this particular being that the supply is quite inadequate to the demand, and there is not enough system and care exercised in the breeding of light horses to overstock the market with animals of superior merit as long as the demand for good horses of this type is as great as at the present time. The great demand for draft horses during recent years has caused this industry to look up materially, and there is certainly an opportunity for its development in the entire region mentioned with success. The rapid increase of population in our cities and the growth of various industrial concerns has opened up a market for draft horses for dray purposes which was comparatively restricted a few o err* ontl ■f H1C flPTTIJlTIfl 191 llkftlV to increase for a number of years to come, for only high-class animals are purchased for this work, and after all there are comparatively few of these bred at the present time, and the market does not seem likely to be overstocked in the immediate future. The experience of those who at tempted the breeding of draft animals was so unfortunate in many instances that it is little wonder that farmer* lost interest in breeding this type of horses. The early sires introduced were, as a rule, defective in many re spects, and when bred to mares of varied conformation, many of which were also unsound in one or more particulars, it was not surprising that the offspring was neither a draft or intermediate type and quite unsuited to the market demands of that day. Past experience has therefore taught the farrier to be rather shy of breed ing draft animals, and has led in many instances to false* conclusions con cerning the possibilities of this fea ture of the horse breeding industry. Some have concluded that the draft animal is quite unadapted for use in the south. In the far south and In the cotton fields this is probably true, but throughout the Appalachian re gion tt is certainly not the case; for while the draft animal may not be needed by the average farmer, still he may be successfully.grown in this section and sold at good profit because the region is so contiguous to the great markets of both the east and west, and buyers occasionally passing through this section Joking for ani mals of the draft type even at the present time; and, of course, it would be easier to stimulate an interest in this class were the industry more widely and favorably considered. There are a few draft animals in va rious sect'cns of the region mentioned, but they are so few and far between that ft can hardly be classed as a special industry up to the present time. In certain places, like Harrison burg, V i., the breeding of draft horses has become quite wel established, and monthly horse sales are held, to which buyers from a distance come because of the good qualities of many of the animals offered for sale. This shows how quickly merit in this class of horses is appreciated anS how easy it is to establish a market for any animal of fnerit raised on the farm. Size of Eggs. For several days the Indiana pa pers have contained accounts of eggs of enormous size laid by industrious’ and enterprising hens. Harry Albert lias a Plymouth Rock hen which has surpossed the record. A few days ago this hen Is said to have laid at his home, 1509 East Oak street, Xew Al bany, an egg that measured 8% inches in circumference from end to end and 6% inches at the center. It weighed over a half pound and was equal in bulk tc a half dozen ordinary eggs. When broken it was found to contain another egg perfect in every way and of the usual size. Fruit Seriously Damaged. According to reports from different parts of the state the Kentucky fruit crop has been materially damaged by the recent cold snap. The fruit is said to have been destroyed ip some’ localities. It is thought the damage to the crops will be more serious be cause of the exceedingly warm weath er which prevailed for two weeks be fore the cold came, affording the trees a fine chance to bud. It is not be lieved that the middle west will ex perience another cold season equal in severity to the one just passed. Tobacco Statistics. The total sales of leaf tobacco on the Louisville market, Jan. 1 to March 31, 1907, were 50,329 hogsheads, against 60,752 hogsheads sold- during coresponding period last year. The re jections during these three months were 6,324 hogsheads, against 6,938 hogsheads rejected during first three months of last year. Of the total sales this year, 35,620 hogsheads were Burley and 14,709 hogsheads dark tobacco. Up to March 81, we had sold of the 1906 crop 51, 425 hogsheads. CORN AND COTTON. Some Practical Suggestions For Im mediate Application. Comparatively few farmers have yet “caught on” to the use of the harrow or weeder during the very early stages of the life of the corn and cotton crops, especially the latter. Hut these few, as a rule, have fotind that there is no detail of surface culture that costs less of labor and is at the same time more effective than the stirring of the surface soil, the mere breaking of the thin crust that is formed on plowed land after every rainfall. Most farmers, or at least many, ap preciate the Importance of using a cutaway, or a smoothing harrow, im mediately following the broadcast breaking of land, in order to get the surface into better condition for sub sequent operations. The use of the smoothing harrow, with the teeth slanting backward, or some one of the seveial weeders now available continues the harrowing process after the first rainfall on the newly planted crop. Many years ago the writer con ceived the idea and adopted the practice of “chopping out’’ his cotton ahead of the plow, the seeds having been covered with a two-row drag, which left the cotton beds perfectly smooth and flat and very inviting to the use of the hoe before disturbing its evenness by plowing. This chop ping before plowing (siding) involved the delay of the latter operation a week or ten days. It was soon ob served lhat cotton did not “grow off" so well when the plowing was thus delayed until the chopping was done This wa3 more than forty years ago —before the day of weeders and of the common use of smoothing liar rows in southwest Georgia. If the plan of surface harrowing the plant ing fields after the first downfall of rain had been put into my head and then applied to the surface of the fields it would have been of great practical value. As it was, however, the old slow plan of “siding” the corn or the cotton with two furrows and then hoeing was again resumed. It was a case of “backsliding”—as some church folks have it—Into the old ways. When a good heavy rainfall oc curs after the corn, and especially the cotton, has just been planted, the immediate effect of such downpour is the formation of a crust on the sur face, while at the same time the grass and weed seeds that lie on, or just beneath, the surface germinate. This crust largely excludes the air from the soil, but—to the surprise of many it is asserted—greatly facilitates the escape of the soil moisture, so often likely tojpe deficient during the month of May. At the same time the grass and other weeds spring up and com mence to choke the young plants whose growth and development is our object. What is wanted, then, is to break up the surface left by the shower and prevent the formation of the thin, compact crust. At the same time the effect of stirring the immediate sur face is to either prevent the germina tion of weed seeds, or their immedi ate destruction—before the young weeds and grass shall have had time to get a firm hold on the soil. This breaking of the surface may be most quickly done by the use of a slant toothed smoothing harrow, or a weed er. It is necessary only to run a small steel tooth every two or three inches and to a depth of one-half to one inch. A four or five-foot section of a smoothing harrow' can be drawn, for this purpose, by an ordinary mule, and will go over nine or ten acres in a day without much effort. An eight foot weeder may also be drawn by a good horse or mule, and will accom plish sixteen to eighteen acres a day. The operation should commence as soon after a rainfall as the land be comes in proper condition to stir without injury (the test being when the soil crumbles easily from the teeth of the implement), and with out waiting for the plants cf the crop to come up or to reach a certain size after coming up. W hether to run the harrow or weed er in the direction of the rows or squarely across at right angles or di agonally across should be determined by the lay of the land, the character of the surface and the stage of the plants—if they are up. Generally it will be best to run across the rows, eitfier diagonally to the right, we will say, and next time to the left, so as to cross the direction first assumed. If the land was well prepared and nicely planted, there will often be no necessity to plow the cotton in the common way until after it has been put to a stand. An eight-foot weeder, as already stated, will go over, say, eighteen acres a day. A scooter and scrape, or a twister, giving two fur rows to each row, will go over about three or four acres a day. So we see the weeder may go over eighteen acres a day thrice—a week or ten days apart-*-with much less labor than the plow would require to go over the same area once.—R. J. Redding. Tennessee the Canteloupe State. The increased acreage put into canteloupes this season is surprising. In Lawrence county the acreage has persistently increased for the past 1 three years, and it looks as if the agricultural classes are now more aroused than at any former time. Hundreds of new acres w'ere planted on the first of April that never smelled a delicious Rocky Ford be fore. Many country people, too, have caught the melon enthusiasm and are turning their corn fields into .ante loupe patches. The man who claims that It costs no more to keep a pure-bred cow than it does a scrub makes a mistake. It does cost more to keep a pure bred, if she is a heavy producer. At the On tario experiment station last year the cow that gave the largest milk yield cost $47.33 for her feed, while the low est producer was only $22.12. But the best cow gave a profit of $117.18 over the cost of food. Cleanliness in the poultry yard is worth a whole medicine chest full of remedies in preventing disease.