|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
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
(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
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
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
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
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
“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
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
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.
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
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, 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
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
Minneapolis.—War in Europe Is play
ing havoc with mail order matrimony
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
"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
“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
“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
“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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
Within three months they were fight
ing for the world's championship.—
With a sigh she laid down the maga
zine article upon Daniel O'Connell.
“The day of great men,” she said, “is
“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
“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.
“That parrot of theirs: Why, it rat
ties off all of the gossip of the neigh
“Yes. When it was learning to talk
they forgot to take it out of the room
the day the sewing society met.”—
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.
“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
PRACTICAL HEALTH HINT.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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. _;.
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