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■ \ |St. Paul Garden in Which Only Weeds Are Grown CT- PAUL, MINN.—There are 175 varieties of weeds in the garden cultivated l| h7 W' L' °swald at University farm, St. Paul. The garden is the largest in the United States which grows only weeds, but is as carefully laid out and __ cultivated as the best gardens rais . f\A/rrr)t_i ing dahlias, nasturtiums and pansies. VvCCI/J . * Mr. Oswald is head of the seed i CAfIT CROW testing laboratory and assistant pro ! ANVl’Hinj? 5ljT fessor of botany at the University of j VVEEOS* » _ I Minnesota College of Agriculture. He I • '* uses the seeds of all varieties of weeds that grow in Minnesota to put into collections that are supplied to agricultural clubs and schools. Be fore the garden was started rarely found varieties of weed seeds some times cost $200 to collect, Mr. Oswald , said. A man was oftentimes sent to a distant corner of the state and was i re<iuired to spend a week collecting the weed seeds in sufficient quantities to meet the demand of the experiment station. Mr. Oswald decided that such was poor economy and planted the weed garden. The garden also supplies weeds for the school’s weed herbarium and for laboratory courses. It is also beneficial to farmers who visit the state farm, as I it may aid them in finding the names of weeds that trouble them on their farms. No weed has grown in this garden the spread of which cannot be readily controlled. Quack grass and its troublesome relatives are not permitted in the beds. Weeds that bear seeds which blow away readily are not allowed. There are, indeed, a few varieties of weeds in the garden that do not grow on the rest of the university’s farm, but there has never been a field Infested with a pest weed from the garden. The gardeners say there never will be. Seeds are not left to scatter after they have ripened. Two men work in the garden during the planting and harvesting seasons. They gather the seeds as soon as ripe and dry them carefully to supply next season’s planting and to be put in cases for exhibit. The Minnesota weed garden covers about half an acre. The perennials ihave one part, the biennials have another and the annuals another part, all i their own. Each variety has a bed in which no other weeds are allowed to grow. (Husbands of Cardplayers Aided by the Police _ NEW YORK.—The police as the refuge of the hubby whose wife insists on gambling away her allowance is the latest product of fertile Washington Heights brains. It seems a group of young married women started a friendly afternoon poker game among them selves. It wras very quiet and all that at first, and the limit was ten cents. Hubbies raised their eyebrows but said little. Then the "girls” be gan to get reckless. The ten-cent limit was dashed aside. Many and many a young wife returned to her little flat and reported herself "broke.” The furor spread. Promises to pay, an invention of the devil him self, were introduced by some wifei whose husband is in Wall street. Oh, yes, there was also a "kitty.” It repaid the woman holding the session for expenses and damage, if any. There was a hubbies’ mass meeting. The next quiet little wives’ gathering was startled by the announcement: “The police are at the door.” Chips and money were quickly swept into hiding | places. The police were very gentlemanly. “We are just seeing that no law Is I being violated, ladies. Of course, you know, ladies, ‘kitties’ are not allowed.” ( Then they departed and the game went on, but without quite its accus tomed zest. The next day, in another home, the same thing happened. It was very annoying, really. The police just stood around and did no more harm than a well-disciplined butler. But it looked bad. Attendance at the games, as the days went by and the police remained steady visitors, diminished quickly, and finally fell to zero. It is remarkable how many Washington Heights policemen are smoking ' big cigars of the quarter-each kind when off duty. ! Mystery of the Disappearing Goldfish Solved NEW YORK.—The mystery of the disappearing goldfish which has for months interested diners, waiters, cashiers, and porters at a Harlem restaurant was settled definitely as the seven-hundredth victim went cavorting to his fate. As a result there was a sunrise-shoot jlng service in the rear of the eatery inextmorning. For twO £ears one of the principal attractions at the restaurant has been the large aquarium in the left front window. In it German carp, goldfish, crabs and a couple of real Florida alligators have waded or swum end lessly, attracting attention to a large j menu on which appeared the day’s best bets in the matter of fodder. V?**-'' I However, during recent months • — ibas been almost impossible to keep the goldfish in the building. At night i they would receive their daily dole of fried chicken and port wine and in the morning they wpuld not be found dying or suffering from indigestion, but absolutely absent. Waiters who were merely waiting took to peering into the aquarium at all hours of the day. The porters stopped cleaning the windows a score of times per pane to see if they could solve the mystery. The other afternoon a newsboy ran into the restaurant and called to the Cashier: “Hey, mister, yer alligators is eatin’ yer goldfish! What’s the idea?” The cashier looked quickly and saw the larger of the alligators carelessly munching what appeared to be about 20 goldfish. A count brought the total up to 700 lost in two months. The alligators were quickly removed with ice tongs, and next day were executed. Newton Horse Ate 36 Feet of Clothesline NEWTON, N. j.—One of the most remarkable veterinary operations ever seen in Newton occurred here when a horse belonging to Nicholas Brazi, a vegetable peddler, bit off far more rope than he could chew and swallow. The | steed, known to his associates as' 1 Gladiola III, is resting comfortably, 'but his owner, Nicholas, cannot sleep a wink. Mr. Brazi was delivering a con signment of new potatoes at the home of Mrs. Pason P. Hoyt, and left Gladiola outside. When he came out | he saw the horse with his head at an ; awkward angle, making a noise like j the last words of a bicycle pump. The ; horse had kicked the last of the new potatoes in the general direction of Newark, and was just punting Mr. Brazi’s business coat over the barn, when discovered. A glance showed Mr. Brazi that Gladiola had eaten a strip of clothesline. Grabbing the charger by the bridle, he backed the entire works into the street, knocking down a hedge which he will have to pay for, and putting in the last | desolate stroke on the failing vegetable business. When 36 feet of rope had ibeen recovered from Gladiola’s maw the incident was closed, likewise the ambitious jaws of Gladiola. <* Investigation proved that Mrs. Hoyt puts sugar in the starch used for washing. A considerable amount of this substance had got on the clothesline and Gladiola is a perfect “nut” about candy. \„ --Tj THE SUMMER BRIDE. One feature of the up to date bridt 1 costume is the cap headdress with 9 long veil over a short skirt. The cut pictures a veil draped coronet fashion under a wreath of lilies of the valley and hanging double halfway down the back, all edges of the net being finish ed with lace insertion. The fabric of the gown itself is white satin, with wonderful bell sleeves adorned »mh applique lace. HER TENNIS TOGS. This Parisian model is put up in white silk jersey cloth, “la Jerz.” as the French call it, strikingly trimmed with king’s blue corduroy, hem and belt. The quaint ruffled finish of the cloth at the waist line, with over belt, is an interesting point. This skirt hikes a white crepe de chine shirt waist with a sailor collar. Please no tiee the skirt's attractive slit pockets. ! WAXED SILKS. Waxed silks, voiles and wool ami mohair mixtures are the craze now in Paris, which is quite mad over thest new “tissus cires.’’ Callot and Cheruit especially have taken up these waxed fabrics, and, in addition to the stiff ness of the material, there are facings of stiffening under hems and peplums Paris flares enormously these days Drecoll being the only bouse that does not emphasize crinoline effects. Pre met is exploiting flare effects extra va gantly. Not only are the Premet frocks stiffened at the hem and at the hip but broad sashes are lined with resili ent fabric and boned at the ends, so that they stand out from the skirts All bodies are snug fitting, and bones are introduced at the waist lino to give the trim waist effect that accords best | With a widely flaring skir*^ WAR HUS CUPID. Effect In United States Seen In Matrimonial Ads. MEN ARE BECOMING SCARCE, Beautiful Blor.ds and Brunettes Seek Life Mates by Long Distance Means, but Their Hopes Are Being Shat tered— Expert Warns Girls of Triflers. Minneapolis.—War in Europe Is play ing havoc with mail order matrimony In America. The lovelorn, languid and lackadai sically lax and even the tritiers are tri fling only In trifles in the romantic game of passion by post. An ample young lady, Titian haired, dimpled and doll-like, in temporary charge of the offices of a matrimonial paper here, testified to these facts after qualifying as an expert on long distance love for home consumption. “Things are not as they used to be here,” said the doll-like person, shak ing her Titian tinted tufts In an em phatic negative. "Time was when money flowed in— flOO and more every day. Six address clerks were busy as could be. Then the war broke out. Only two girls are working now, and they're on half time. “Any oue who thinks American spin sters are husbanding prospects for ob taining husbands In advance of an aft er war demand for marriageable men In Europe is badly mistaken." The paper is a monthly, published for the past twenty-five years. It's a sixteen page mall order affair, closely printed and filled with “ladies’ and gentlemen’s personals," as for example; BEAUTIFt'L Bohemian girl, with hig laughing brown eyes, brown tresses, pretty teeth; age. twenty; five feet five inches tall; weight. 130 pounds; quiet disposition; neat dresser: lover of home; good cook; fond of music and dancing; Protestant faith. If suited will marry. HELLO, GIRLS! I am the fellow that’s easy to get along with; am thirty-two years old; five feet seven inches tall: weigh 138 pounds and have gray eyes and black hair; work in a wagon yard, but still at home with my parents. Would he delighted to hear from jolly, good natured girl, as I want a wife. Scores of personals filled the paper for April, but those from men are growing woefully scarce. The young woman in charge was concerned for both the paper and its patrons. “A man from Montana called tlie other day,” she said, "to tell how he got his first wife through the papei and that he wanted us to get him an other. “I asked him what he did with the first one and he said sadly that he was a widower by death and so back for a second, though be didn't even hope tc get one better than his first. So a sat isfied customer always returns, and we’re doing good for some people. “But there are n lot—girls especially —who would do better by leaving well enough alone. Xot because of triflers— although men are always trifling and don't have to correspond to do it—but because few find happiness. “Men are always looking for money or women to keep house for nothing, and many girls would do better to keep their positions and stop seeking happy homes. “Yet thousands are doing It. Out basement Is full of applications—just loads of them." The young woman then volunteered the statement that after years of ol> serration of the “game,” she wouldn’t answer a gentleman's personal If 11 ■was accompanied by a photograph oi a man more perfect than Adonis. And another paradox. The owner ci the paper Is fifty and still single. _____ * WOMAN RUNS BUSINESS. Young’s Widow Carries on His Work After His Death. La Crosse, AA’is.—Mrs. Bertha Young, manager of a large lumber company, has closed the company’s offices In this city and moved to Minneapolis, which is more accessible to the mar ket The local lumber company was or ganized twenty-three years ago by John IX Young, who managed it until his death eleven years ago. Since that time the work has been carried on b; his widow, who has shown remarkablt talent as a manager. The company operates six retail yards In Southert Minnesota—Fairmont, Fulda, AATialen Dunnell, Alpha and Chandler. Mrs. Young is a social favorite and the mother of a large family. BULL BROUGHT $4,000. Herd of Cattle at Auction Nettec Owner $54,000. Norway, la.—In a record breaking sale of stock on a ranch near here recently eighty head were sold In three hours for $54,000, the highest price be Ing paid for n bull, $4,000, while a bul calf brought $2,100, and a heifer call $500. The sale was attended by hundreds of stockmen from all parts of thi United States and Canada. Gets 200 Pounds of Turtle. Lawrenceburg, ’ Ind. — George W Coombs, aged forty-nine, caught near ly 200 pounds of snapping turtles ii Tanner’s creek, about eighty milei from here. Coombs used a trout lin« and baited the hooks with frogs, fish lng nearly all night. He sold part ol his catch for 10 cents a pound ani butchered the two largest turtle* weighing nearly fifty pounds, to giv< several friends turtle soup at a local ■moker. Pitching • Camp T«nt. Tlio spot where your tout is to stand should is* open. Have it as close to the woods ns you wish, but so that the sun will shine on your tent. Sunlight is the healthiest thing in the world. It is the host disinfectant. If you pitch your tent under the thick trees there will always be an unhealthy dampness, and mosquitoes will dock in. I hen. too, in thunderstorms there is less dan ger In the open than under trees. The nil important reason, however, for pitching your tent in the open is the matter of health. Do not put tip the tent in a hollow. Water will lodge under it with the first shower. Set it on a little knoll. All this holds good, whether you use an A tent, wall tent, lean to or any other jjort of shelter. Once the tent Is up in place dig a drain around it exactly un der the edge of the canvas, so that all the water wiil run off the tent into tins drain and be carried away. I etei Johnson in St. Nicholas. Persian Word- Naturalized. Regarding the Persian language, we all have a few words from that source in our vocabularies, although we may not he aware of our indebtedness. There are about a dozen words in the English dictionary which trace to Per sia, the most, common being perhaps “orange” (although this was thought by some to be derived from the Latin “aurum”—gold). “Sash." meaning a ribbon or band (the “sash” of a win dow Is the Latin "capsa”), “shawl” and “taffeta" are other Persian words which have become thoroughly ac climatized, as have "chess,” “caravan,” "lilac." “dervish" and “lac," while "emerald" and “indigo,” “azure,” "bazaar,” “jackal.” “musk,” “para dise” and “scimitar” have also been traced to the same source. — London Opinion. Baring the Feet at Worship. In India Hindus and Mussulmans alike wear both sandals and shoes (slip pers) and the latter boots also, but the Invariable rule is to remove them after entering a private house just when stepping on to the mat or carpet on which the visitor takes his seat. They must lie cast off. the right boot or shoe first, before the worshiper enters a temple or mosque, and it is still re garded as an absolute profanation to attempt to enter either fully shod. But the domestic habit arose out of its ob vious propriety, and the religious rit ual of “the shoes of the faithful,” now and for centuries past observed throughout Islam, can be demonstrat ed to have been dictated by, if indeed it be not derived directly from, the uni versal social etiquette of the east. As Usual. Ended were the gay days of the hon eymoon. and the newly married couple had come back, crossing the threshold of their new home as man and wife. Just inside the doorway the man paused, drew his bride closely to him and whispered: “This is our world, darling. In it we will try to accom plish great things.” He was proved a true prophet by subsequent events. Within three months they were fight ing for the world's championship.— London Telegraph. Clever Man. With a sigh she laid down the maga zine article upon Daniel O'Connell. “The day of great men,” she said, “is gone forever.” “But the day of beautiful women is not,” he responded. She smiled and blushed. “I was only joking,” she explained hurriedly. Won't Give Them an Opening. “I don't ask people how they are any more.” “Why not?” “I've decided it is better to take it for granted that they are well than to give them a chance to spend half an hour of my time telling me about their ailments.”—Detroit Free Tress. Its Vocabulary. “That parrot of theirs: Why, it rat ties off all of the gossip of the neigh borhood !” “Yes. When it was learning to talk they forgot to take it out of the room the day the sewing society met.”— Browning’s Magazine. Waters of the Pacific. To remove the water of the Facific ocean it would require the filling of a tank a mile wide, a mile deep and a mile long every day for 440 years. Just Acquainted. “Do you know her very well?” “Not very. I've met her only once or twice and so don t know a thing that's wrong with her.”—Detroit Free Press. PRACTICAL HEALTH HINT. Indigestion. The belching, swelling and full feeling so frequently com plained of after meals will be cured and prevented, too, by eat ing acid fruits for dessert in stead of the usual sweet pud dings and pies. Apples, apri cots, peaches, pears, oranges and grapes are excellent for this pur pose. Pineapples are excellent too. The gastric juiee (in the stomach) normally contains about 2 per cent of acid. if this is ,n. sufficient for any reason of ill health digestion is interfered with. So it will therefore be good to aid digestion with acid fruits. San FrancUoo’s Natural Harbor.^' gan Francisco has the advantage of • natural deep water harbor. The bay of San Francisco Is one of the few very greut harbors of the world. Of those otherwise so situated as to be come great commercial ports It Is per haps comparable only with the har bors of Sydney and Bio Janeiro. There are seaports whose commerce enor mously, for the time being, exceeds that of San Franeisco, but for the most part their harbors are very costlv works of art. The Lord never made them. Harbors can lie made anywhere on a seacoast with money enough, and where the situation of the country de mands a harbor where none naturally Is the man made harbor has to serve the purpose, and it reallv does verr well. 3 But such harbors require continual tinkering, and ns the city grows more laud must be dug out, and the money Is often hard to get. Happy is the commercial people which is so fortu nate as to live by one of the great nat. ural harbors of the world.—San Fran cisco Chronicle. Electric Current. One of the simplest electrical devices known to the average person is the in candescent electric lamp. According to the Electrical Experimenter, if we could obtain a sufficient number of these lamps of the twenty watt size and string them along a wire line from the earth to the moon, the lamps be ing fifteen inches apart, the amount of current necessary to light them would then represent the amount of power generated by all the dynamos in the United States, which In their entirety have an output of about 20,350,000,000 watts per hour. For another Illustration we might stretch a line of two conductors fifteen times around the earth and place on this 1.000 watt lamps, 100 feet apart. The power required to light this gigan tic line would also represent the elec trical energy produced by these ever humming dynamos. Ways of the Burman. The Burmese are a fascinating peo ple. Unlike the native of India, a Bur mau can laugh and enjoy a joke, i" have seen a native of India smile. I have never seen one laugh, whereas the whole idea of the Burmese, as a race, would appear to be to enjoy themselves and make the best of a short life and try to make it a happy one. The men are sportsmen, and If they are lucky enough to make money they spend it. Their chief amusements are horse, or, rather, pony, racing, cock fighting and gambling, and they will back tbeir fancy with their last coin. On the other hand, they are lazy and indolent and ns soldiers or policemen utterly untrustworthy, but brave and fearless of death.—From “And That Reminds Me.” Mimics Among Birds. Birds, from the ostrich down, are imitative. The ostrich, where he lives alone, is silent, hut in a country where | lions abound he roars. Why? Be- I cause for centuries, admiring the lion’s roar, he gradually learned to roar him self. Among small birds, buntings im itate pipits, and greenfinches imitate yellowhammers. They seek their food in the winter together, and they grad ually steal each other’s calls. The jay Js an insatiable imitator. Some jays will Include in their repertory not only the cries of songs of other birds, but also the bleat of the lamb and the neigh of a horse. Even the nightingale imitates. In a nightingale’s song it is sometimes quite easy to detect phrases he has borrowed from other birds. * The Thing to Do. The youngster had just been told the story of Daniel in the lions’ den, and the question had been put to him: “What do you think Dauiel did the very first thing when he fouud he was saved from the lions?” The child reflected a moment and then replied, “I suppose he telephoned home to his wife to tell her he was all right.”—New York Times. Hotel Insurance Against Robbery. At a well known hostelry In Venice it is the practice to charge guests 2' centimes per diem for insurance against fire and robbery, the amount covered for this premium being 1,50C franes. This is a very convenient ar rangement, as robbery is far from un common in Italy.—London Truth. Billy. Do. As William bent over ber fair face he whispered, “Darling, if I should as! you in French if I might kiss you, what would you say?” Nancy, calling up her scanty knowl edge of the French language, exclaim ed, “Billet doux.”—St. Louis Fost-Dis patch. A Would Be Widow. He (who has just proposed)—I hope you don't think that I am too old for you? She—Oh, no! I was only won dering if you were old enough. Illus trated Bits. Not Filling. Lady of the House—Von say you haven't had anything to eat today: Tramp—Lady, de only t'ing I we swa ^ lered today is an insult.—Loudon An swers. Financial Note. ^ "Pop, what Is a promoter: “A promoter, my son, is a man ean make either a dollar or a pen y look like 30 cents.”—Life. Be true to yourself and you do net need to worry about what the bora think. _;.