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TIIE SXOW BLOCKADE.
In the fall of 1884 I was at St. Paul. My friend, John Hall, conductor, had persuaded me to go with him over the Northern Paciiic road to San Francisco. It was late in the season, and I feared a blockade. However, I provided myself with a basket of provisions, for use in case my fears were realized, and started on my journey. When I reached the depot, I found a gentleman and lady seated in my sleeper. I had scarcely time to take a good look at the hitter and in fact I could not make much out of my inspection, for she was heavily veiled when Hall entered, and passing me with a hasty "good-morning,'' went up to the lady's companion. I was busy storing away my numerout traps, and did not hear what was said, until, as it was getting near the time to . start, Hall observed that he must go and see all clear. Then I caught these words: "Look well after Mrs. Forsyth, Hall, and when you give up the train, speak to the next conductor about her." "I will do my best for the lady, sir," said Hall, who a moment after left the car. "You'll have the drawing-ioom to your self." continued Mrs. Forsyth's escort, "and need not be bothered with any one." My back was toward the speaker, and in a little side mirror between the windows I saw that he cast a suspicious and sig nificant glance in my direction as he spoke the last words. In a moment more he was gone, and we were started on our long journey. My solitary companion retieated to her room, and I was left a r 'her desolate master of the situation. With the help of newsapers, books and an occasional word with Hall as he passed through the car, the morning passed quickly enough. We were to carry a dining-car the first day or day and a half a fact that also added to my sense of general satisfaction. When the first call for dinner was made, I was not long in answering it, but quick as I was, many others had been before me, and I was fortunate in secur ing the last table. Scarcely had I com fortably seated myself and settled on the details of my dinner, when Hall entered, piloting the lady who had been spoken of as Mrs. Forsyth. Seeing that all the ta bles had one or more occupants, he brought her over to the one at which I sat. He introduced me, placed her op posite, and to say that I was charmed with her face would be to give only a a Tery faint indication of my feelings. She appeared to be about 23 or 24 years of age, and was dressed in mourning, though not of a sufficiently distinctive character to tell whether or not she was a widow. I must confess, however, thai even at the moment the question oc curred to me, I wished that it might bo decided in the afflinative. The meal passed off delightfully, at least to me, and I managed to ascertain that I should have Mrs. Forsyth's com pany for the greater portion of the journey, her destination being Seattle. I took her back to our car, when she again withdrew into the drawing-room, and I resolved to smoke the soothing cigar. In search of company and a chat, I sought the smoker of the next car, which was occupied exclusively by men, who after a time dropped one or two quiet hints about the enviableness of my position, and their desire to exchange berths. By-and-bye a little game of poker was proposed, and would have doubtless helped to pass a good deal of time, but a clergyman read us such a lecture on the sin of gambling that no one felt quite disposed to materialize as one of his "terrible examples." So, after a while, I went back to my own car and my books. At supper time, as Mrs. Forsyth's door was open, I ventured to ask her if I might have the pleasure of taking her to the table, and was rewarded with a gracious smile and a prompt acquiescence. Although I tried, without seeming to be inquisitive, to skirt round the subject, I did not succeed in gaining any information as to her matrimonial condition. The next day, however, I was fortunate enough to discover that I ' had two or three times met Mrs. Forsyth's single sister, when she had been visiting some mutual acquaintances in San Fran cisco. This fact served as a far better introduction than Hall's had been, and in the more intimate conversation that followed I at last learned with delight that Mrs. Forsyth was a widow of over a year's standing, and that she was intend ing to make her future home with her sister. We lost our dining-car, much to our re gret, on the second day. The third day saw snow incessantly descending, and Mrs. Forsvth began to prophesy all kinds of disasters, and even suggested the ad visability of her lying over at the next station of any size. From following this course she was, however, dissuaded by the joint eloquence of Hall and myself. Each hour that I spent in her society ad ded to the charm that was rapidly steal ing over me, by discovering new similar ities in tastes or ideas, and even by an occasional warmly contested argument on slight points of difference. When I awoke on the fourth morning the windows were thickly crusted with ice, and though I could not scrape a plaice through which to observe our rate of progress, I felt sure from the motion that we were making little headway. I began to feel a sensible yearning to reach the breakfast station, and was meditat ing getting a cracker from my basket, when Hall came in, and expressed some surprise at seeing me up and dressed. "I think it was hunger roused me out," I answed. "That supper last, night was pretty queer. Are we near the break fast station '!" "The Forks are about fifteen miles ahead." "And how long will it take to get there?" "I don't think we'll get much further yet awhile." "Do you mean, we're going . to get tuck?" "Guess so," replied Hall with a calm; nw which under the circumstances wa a little aggravating. "Well, if we can't get ahead, can't we go back T "Afraid not. We put on an extra er.gine and a plow last night. There's no switch near, and Cie cuts have filled up behind us." "Then what are you going touor" l asked, a little iiotly. "Stay till we're dug out. I've got tele graph instruments on board. When we do stick won't be long now I'll cut a wire and ask for a .relief party." "What about food?" "Oh! they'll manage to send some from the Forks, by men on snow-shoes. ' They did last year." I silently thanked Providence for my well-stocked basket. "Don't say anything," whispered Hall, as he heard the door of the drawing room open. "Let me break it; I'm used to letting 'em down gently." Then turn ing to Mrs. Forsyth, who by that time had come out, said, cheerily: "Good morning, ma'am; hope you didn't find it too cold to sleep?" "Oh no, thank you," she replied; then, after saying "good-morning" to me, she again addressed Hall. "We seem to be going very slowly, and the windows are so frosted I can't see how deep the snow is." "We're pushing ahead first rate," said the unmoved and unblushing conductor. "You don't feel the motion because the snow deadens the vibration." Hall looked at me with a certain trem ulousness about his left upper eyelid. "Shall we have breakfast soon.'" was Mrs. Forsyth's next question. "Well, it may be some little time," aa swered Hall. "Oh, dear!" she gasped, in the pret tiest way imaginable, "and I feel quite faint." I dived for my basket. "I have some things here. We might r lanage to make a picnic breakfast. "No. no: I won't tro able you. I'd rather wait till I can get some tea." "I think you had better accept Mr, Austin's offer," suggested Hall. "We may be a little late getting to the regu lar breakfast station. "Please let me be your host," I urged. "I can even give you tea or coffee. Here's a spirit-lamp and a little saucepan, and I have let me see cold beef, curried chicken, foie gras, ox tongue, anchovy paste, a pot of marmalade, lots of crack ers, sugar, condensed milk, and all the ot-cceterus." "Quite a larder, I declare." uaid Mrs. Forsyth, laughingly, as I finished check ing off the contents of my basket. "How stupid of me not to bring anything ex cept some fruit, and one can't live on fruit out of Eden." "I'll fix up a table," observed Hall, los ing no time in putting his intention into action. "The porter's tired out; we kept him up last night. Now you're all com fortable, I'll see how the others are get ting on." "What shall I open for you?" I asked, as I stood, can-opener in hand. "Oli, I don't know; anything you like." "I like them all. Suppose we have a feast ?" and I began to make a reckless assault on the curried chicken. "No.no!" she exclaimed: "one meat will be plenty." "Will you be kind enough to make the tea?" I asked, as I banded the necessary implements and material. "Certainly. What a dear little lamp and sauce-pan! I am sure they'll make delicious tea !" "I have no doubt of it, with your help. I'm sorry to say I haven't any butter. Didn't think it would keep." "No matter; I like crackers soaked in my tea." Infatuated as I was, I could not ex press my agreement with that essentially feminine predilection. I dished out the chicken as gracefilly as I could, and we began our repast while the tea was draw ing. Presently Mrs. Forsyth looked at me and laughed. "This is funny, isn't it?" "I think it's very jolly." "Oh ! I don't mean the breakfast, but my sitting down as your gust, when, three days ago, I had never seen you." "I assure you," 1 said, "I'm an emi nently respectable and proper person that is, for a lawyer. The conductor can vouch for me. He has known me for years." "Yes, he gave you a good character." "Then you inquired?" I asked eagerly. "Oh, no," she answered, with a shade of mischief in her tone; "he volunteered the information." "How good this tea is!" I observed, tasting some that Ehe had handed me. "I never could have made it so well my self." "It certainly is nice, but it's not due to my skill, but to the quality of the tea." I, of course, dissented from this view, and took several cups or at least glasses, for I had no cups of that tea, which I was willing to swear was the most de licious beverage ever prepared, We were just finishing when Hall came back and said, "Glad to see you getting on so comfortably." "Yes, remarked Mrs. Forsyth; "the road is so smooth we could eat without any inconvenience." "You give the road too much credit, oia'am. The fact is, we haven't moved the last thirty minutes." "You 'don't mean to say we're at the station already?" "No, ma'am; we're stuck." "Stuck!" repeated Mrs. Forsyth. "Yes in the snow. Can't budge an inch. I've telegraphed for relief." "Oh, dear me ! When shall we get out?" "I hope to-morrow," answered Hall, who assuredly disregarded truth in his desire to make things as pleasant as pos sible. "Can't you back down?" asked the lady, after a brief pause, evidently spent in an inward struggle. "No, ma'am." "What shall we do?" "We can only wait, ma'am. They'll try to send up some provisions from the Forks by this evening." , "And in the meantime there .is my basket," I observed, in as cheerful a tone as I could command. I had been yearn ing to offer my sympathy during Hall' explanation, but thought it bent not to interfere with the process which he calhnl "letting 'em down easy." "I was so anxious to get quickly to Seattle!" said Mrs. Forsyth. "I think I'll go and He down for a little whik. Perhaps I'll be able to get some sleep. She took it better than 1 expecteo, observed Hall, as the door hid her ,'im our sight. She's a regular brick!" I exclaimed, with an amount of enthusiasm that would have done credit to a more fitting and tender designation. "For all that, she's gone to have a gpoa cry. Best thing for her; will uo ner low of good. Come and have a smoke." I thought Hall was an unfeeling brute, and I didn't consider I should be much better if I smoked while she was crjing. Still, I went, and as I puffed at my igar I regretted that Mrs. Forsyth could not know the consolation of tobacco, ' II. In the afternoon Mrs. Forsyth resumed her usual cheerful demeanor, and even ventured out for a few minutes on the platform to look at the walls of snow by which we were overshadowed. We had recourse to the friendly basket for din ner, and in the late afternoon w had soms little excitement attendant on the arrival of the snow-shoe party, bringing up some cold meat and stale bread, which we considered vastly inferior to our tin ned supplies. The novelty of the situa tion and the discussion of the chances of speedy extrication whiled away the day, which to me, at any rate, did not seem a long one. When I got up the next morn ing affairs did not seem to have changed, there was no sign of Mrs. Forsyth's stir ring, so I went forward to find Hall and hear is there was any news. Unfortu nately there was not, and after a brief talk I returned, and was agreeably sur prised to find my fair fellow-passenger uitting in the car, with an expression on her face which I flattered myself indi cated wonder as to what had become of .ne. "Good-morning, Mrs. Forsyth. Were you pondering as to what hau become of me?" "Not at all," she answered, coolly; "I am scarcely awake enough to think about anything." "Well, now for breakfast, I said, en deavoring to hide my chagrin by wrest ling with the basket. "What is it to be this morning ? you know, the menu." "But I can't go on living on your pro visions. Supiose we should have to stay here another clay or two. Why, they would he all gone." "You have no choice, unless it is the tough salt beef and very stale bread the snow-shoers brought. The only things worth their bringing were the beer and whisky." "Tiiat's just like a man." "I wouldn't liko to be like anything j else. What uo you say to some ox tongue? I'll open the tin while you make some tea." Then, as she gracefully be gan the necessary preparations, I ven tured to add: "Upon my word, it begins to seem quite natural having you sit at my table and make my tea." "Does it? Well, I sincerely hope I shan't have to do it much longer. What's the prospect of our getting out?" "Not very brilliant. The snow is packed tight in the cut for two miles solid." "How awful ! Wouldn't it be possibl i to get to the next, station over the snow ?" "Only on snow-shoes. There is frozen crust that will bear anything. The relief party had the greatest trouble in getting there." "How stupid of me to venture at this time of the year! But Fanny urged me so ! She's been expecting me ever since I finally arranged my poor husband's af fairs." The widow's handkerchief went up to" her eyes. I silently anathematized tin. deceased, and wished she wouldn't refer to him, especially at meal times. III. By the aid of cards, talk, a very Kttle reading, and two more assaults on the basket, we got through the second day of our imprisonment. Each passing hour saw my subjugation grow more and more complete, and I had to keep care ful guard over my tongue for fear I should prematurely betray my feelings, and perhaps, through my impetuosity, lose all hope. It was true that Mrs. Forsyth grew more friendly and confi dential, but she possessed a quiet though very effective way of checking any at tempts to digress into tenderness. The third morning again showed no apparent change in the outside situation. When Hall came in he, however, ap peared unusually cheerful. "You look as if we were going to get out," I remarked. "Not yet awhile. But that frost last night was splendid, I've got a message this morning that the Forks Snow-shoe club will come down early this afternoon, with extra snow-shoes, and that any of the men who think they can manage it may try to get to the Forks, I suppose you've been on shoes often ?" "Yes; but to tell you the truth, I'm not particularly anxious to get away." Hall broke into a quiet laugh. "I thought I saw wlrich way the wind was blowing." Idid'ntquite relish his amusement, and was about to remonstrate and explain, when suddenly a brilliant idea struck me." "Hall," I exclaimed, "I want you to do something for me, and I'll be grateful all my life." "What is itf "When Mm. Forsyth and I are at breakfast, I vant you to" At this mo ment the latch of her door clicked. I stopped, and pulling him along, said: 'Come outside; I can tell you in a min ute or two, but she musn't hear." On the platform I confided to him my scheme. What it was, and how it worked, the reader will soon learn. On my return I lighted the lamp, pu on the water, and soon had the simple breakfast ready. Mrs. Forsyth, did not keep me long waiting. When Bhe came in she took her usual seat, and did not make her customary protestations about deplenishing my stock. I took this to be a good sign, ajid my spirits rose accord- i ?'y. fi.e c t iin; "-.-. 1 g n . iireMiRLtioUH. arid said: "You re k to be quite a domestic man. Suppimo I hurt tv.n kIiii nn hira with HiKj'tT.-eiiljIa ' people, and with scarcely anything fit to eat. I really don't know what I should have done without you." "Don't you?" I cried; "pleasee say that again. "You musn't spoil your palate with too many sweet things. Any news this morning". "Hall is expecting some every moment. He was going to the wire when I left him." "I wish he could send us through by wire." "I am not in any hurry." "But I am. Think of my sister. "I prefer to think of her sister." At this moment Hall came in. His preternaturally solemn expression caught Mrs. Forsyth's eyes, and I believe spared me a rebuke. "Why, conductor, what a long faceyou wear this morning! Surely things can't be wore than yesterday." "I am afraid you won't like it, ma'am. .The fact is, the difficulty of getting food here is so great, the company has or dered that all the single men among the passengers are to try to push through to the Forks this afternoon." "I am sure," I exclaimed, "I could never manage it on those awkward show shoes." "Very sorry, sir," said Hall, with well assumed imperiousness. The full meaning now seemed to dawn in Mrs. Forsyth. She began to weep. "Do you mean to say," she. expostu lated, "that I am to be left here all alone? It's an outrage !" "I shall be here, ma'am," Baid Hall, consolingly, "and there's an old clergy man in the next car." "I don't want any old clergymen," she exclaimed from behind her handker chief. I made a sign to Hall, and he disap peared. As the door closed on him, Mrs, Forsyth took down her handkerchief and asked, "Has that brutal conductor cone. "Yes. dear Mrs. Forsyth. But it is really not his fault. He has no discre tion in the matter." "Oh, I suppose you're glad to get away." "Indeed no. I'd much rather 6tay." "Then stay." "They won't let me." "What is to become of me ?" "Hall will take good care of you." "I don't want to be taken care of at least not by him. Can't I go too?" "Impossible ! It's even a great risk for me." "It's disgraceful 1" she ' exclaimed, igain having recourse to the handker chief. "They've no business to start trains in this weather. I know I shall i die here, with nobody to care a bit." My time had come, and I made a head long plunge. "Dear Mrs. Forsyth, there is a way ty which I might stay. "In Heaven's name, what is it?" "I hardly dare to tell you. That order applies only to single men, or men with out their wives. "Well?" 'if if you would only well, it's no use, Kate yes, I know your name saw it on one of your books. Kate, I love you. Don't say anything, but hear me out. It is true I have only known you a few days" Her face was hidden by the wretched handkerchief, but from behind it she eobbed, "Only f-f-five." "Excuse me nearly six; but we have leen so much of each other that it seems we have been acquainted for months you said so yourself yesterday." "No; it was you who said so." "You didn't contradict me. And then I've met your sister." "Yes, that is true," she assented, as she again permitted her face to be seen. "I know enough of you," I continued, "to feel sure of my love for you. Can not you care for me a little ? There is a clergyman on the train; he can marry us at once, and then I can remain with you, not only here, but all my life." "What!" she cried, in dismay; "be married all in a hurry, with out any warning, and to you, whom I And then I have no trous- sou. No, it's impossible! Leave me, xd let me die." i don't know what form of consolation I should have tried as she sank back" weeping, but at this juncture Hall tame in. "Mr. Austin," said he, "you'd better be packing up the trifles you want to take with you." Then turning to her: "It's no use crying, ma'am; we have to make the best of it." "Have you ever been snowed up be fore?" "Yes, ma'am, last year twenty-two days." And with that tremulous eyelid again noticeable, he went out. "Twenty-two days alone," ejaculated Mrs. Forsyth, "in a snowy tomb, with a conductor and an old clergyman 1" "Kate, dear Kate, won't you listen to me ? Together the time will not be half so long, for we will share it. Think, too, of what you may save me from. I am not used to show-shoes, rfind may perish on the way." "I would not keep you here for selfish reasons," she said, after a brief pause; "but to save your life, I might be tempted--" "Then you consent?" I cried. "Are you very sure you love me?" "As certain as that I breathe." "Then, Robert yes, I know your name that nice conductor told me you you may ask the clergyman if he will. But oh! it's awful to be married without a wedding dress." "You shall have the handsomest that is to be got when we reach the coast." "That won't be like being married in it. Remember, if you ever repent this, that I only marry you to save your life," "I shall never repent. I love you too much." I Btarted toward the door to see the clergyman. . She culled me back, and as I held her in my arms she whispered, "Robert, I think I am a little selfish, after all." Adapted from Julian Magnus in Harper's Bazar.' ' One of the tinny llumbiii;. Henry Combs, of Creston, la., think hog cholera is caused by an unnatural growth of little black teeth in the bog's mo-jtn. causing fever, and if the teeth are pulled the box will get well. He thinks it so strongly that he performs the operation at twenty-live cents e head. He claims that he never fails. The editor of The Homestead strikes at Combs and bis tooth pulling ncnuense like this: "Of course tbey will find black teeth, it their own stomachs are bsdly out of order their teeth will be black. This gentleman is doing a thriving business pulling hogs' teeth out at twenty-five cents per bead. He or tome other benevolent chap offered to pull the teeth out of our hogs last summer for fifteen cents per head. The hog dentist bas raised his price ten cents. He pulled the teeth ut of one of our neighbor's hogs at that figure. Ihey all died. "Why do we notice such foolishness as this! Simply because the state is chuck full and runnine over with Just such ut er bosh and nonsense. Half the farmers in ine state think that if they will drive their hogs when they have the cholera they will get welL Others believe they will get well if fed salt and ashes, others lime, others cop peras, carbolic acid, wulnut hulls, or walnut bark tea, sulphuric acid, nitric acid, etc One of these remedies for cholera is just as good as another. Except the teeth pulling business tbey are all good if your hogs don't have the cholera Jut it they have the genuine cholera, and you can tell that by opening them, the best cure is a club on all pigs under six months. With proper diet and food about half the old sows will gel well, Country Home. Geraniums. The usual custom is to set the plants in the open ground in spring, and on the approach of frost take up and pot in the most approved manner. In the course of a few days the leaves turn yellow and die, leaving your plant with long, leafless branches, if they do not die outright Those that survive in the course of time begin to grow from the end of branches, and very few flowers are produced. My flower loving friends, if you would have nice, symmetrical plants and plenty of bloom, follow the advice given, and begin operations now. Take cuttings of all varieties Intended for winter Dowering at once. Pot as soon as rooted in small florist's pots, and repot as soon as the roots become matted around the ball of earth within the pot Care muBt be taken to stop the hole in the bottom of the pot As soon as the dan ger from frost is over plunge the pots in the open ground and repot as often as necessary. Remove the flower buds as often as ttiey ap pear until the middle of August, and when cool weather approaches remove to the win dow and your plants will receive no check and plenty of bloom will reward you for your trouble. If from any cause you desire to save any of those planted out in the open ground the plants must be pruned back severely. Water once thoroughly and then sparingly until growth begins. Also keep in a cool dace. This treatment, given for geraniums, is suitable for rotes, chrysanthemums, helio trope, etc. In fact, It is almost impossible to lift he'iorrope and keep alive. You will also need some soil for next winter's use, and now is the proper time to begin its preparation. Take rich sods from some old pasture or roadside, pile up and mix with 6ome manure, and give the heap the benefit of your soap suds on wash days, and if turned occasionally you will have a soil suitable for all kinds of plants. The following are excellent varieties of the double geraniums: Asa Oray, color salmon; Mrs. E. G. Hill, white tinted pink; Remarkable, violet crimson, very fine; Richard Brett, orange scarlet; Zenobia, cherry, and Gen. Grant, immense truss of light scarlet Orange County Farmer. Fancy roultry. Our farm constituency will of course like to be informed about fancy breeds of domes tic stock of all kinds. They will want to know, you know. This week we present some of thr orna mental fowls. ' SILVER-SPANGLED HAMBCRG8. There are several varieties ot the Ham burgs. They sre among the showiest of chickens. They have flat rose combs, set on horizontally Instead of up and down. The Silver-spangled breed are in color partly white and partly black spangled with white. They are good layers and hardy, but they are not of large enough size to be profitable for market BROWN-RED GAMES. Here we have the most useless of all varie ties of poultry flesh, the Game, good only for fighting. The cock is as plucky as a Duu dog, and will fight as long as there is a piece of him left He will allow no other rooster In the yard along with him. The hen lays only a moderate number of eggs, which are ricniy flavored, and the cock's temper is very bad. The Games have been bred till there is not much meat left on them. Their long, sharp legs and beaks are very prominent Inoculating for Hog Cholera. The Oskaloosa Herald savs: Dr. Schermer- horn, of Jefferson, la., a very worthy man and one who is constantly experimenting in a practical way, thinks that he has dis covered a cure for hog cholera, He has followed out PastJur's theory as applied to hydrophobia and other diseases, and pre- vente the disease from spreading by inocula tion. It is said that out of a herd of 100 which had been exposed, fifty were treated by inoculation and fifty were not so treated. Of the former but one dud, while in the latter the cholera ran its course. lintnbagas No Good. A farmer of Michigan tells bow he found out that rutabagas were worth but little as fattening food. He says he' was feeding two oxen and two pasture milking cows for ths purpose of fattening. , For two months ho fed good hay, corn meal, middlings and on ti.l l'..,:.f.l f.'-UT B.'i.i i ai i I . u i. n. J i i rr i a a 1 1 ' i ' i ' of pcun-is of corn iiin V' bufcineHH; uootit two .'em,ss -i ' would be. This reminds us of the remark ot dry old jokr, Charley R. Beach, ot V cousin, who, when atked if he alv - . feeding cows rutabagas as mn-h es li ! in former years, replied: "No; I bav wind mill now, and it answers the . purpose." American Dairyman. The Profits. Bsoflt in farming consists In devoting most of your land to grass and stock; In maiirr large quantities of manure, and applying ft, to a small portion of cultivated land, giving high cultivation. In this way more grain, roots, etc., will be raised one year with an other than can be raised on the whole forsm by the usual skimming and half cultivating process. Here is success in a nutsnen; your farm and pocket will grow fat; no mistake about it! Profit in stock raising comes from giving thp best care and shelter with full feed frota the beginning. In breeding use only thor oughbred males; half-hretls produce only mongrels and scrubs. One pound of sulphur to twenty of salt will prevent disease, anS keep your animals healthy. Always salt tho hay lit the mow. One is apt to neglect giv ing salt in winter. Add sulphur, as it pre vent hay from molding and keeps it sweet They Always Come. The manner of calling swine is as varied at the number of states. The Pennsylvania requests the presence of fcU herd with "Pig pig, P1. ple-gle. rdft-gio-" The North Caro linian halloos, "Pig-i, pig-i," dwelline on tW "i" each time. The Hoosier calls, " Whoo-ee, whoo-ee," and his pigs come on the jump froia every direction. A Buckeye farmer reawins with bis big, easy-going, weu-M porker, and eoaxingly cries, "Soo, soo soo. soo, soo. The Kentucky farmer causes ine hills to reverberate with his heavy bass voice, "Foohe, poohe." A Dakotian brings his pigs with a shrill whistle. And thus each star has its own peculiar manner of calling tie swine. How to Jiang Grindstone. To bans- a erlndstone on tta axle and to keep It from wabbling from side to side re quires great skilL The hole should be at least three-eighths or one-hair lncn larger than the axle, and both axle and hole square; then make double wedges for each of the four sides of the square, all alike, and thin enough so that one wedge from each side will reach clear through the hole. Drive the wedges from each side. If thehole through the stone is true, the wedges will tighten the stone true; if the hole Is not at right angles to th plane of the stone, it must be made so, or tho wedge must be correspondingly altered 'la the taper to meet the irregularity of the hols. Hoven. The Toronto Mail says: Hoven, the result of eating too much green clover in pasture, is easily prevented. Have a good straw stack accessible to cattle, and they will always eat sufficient of the dry stuff to neutralize the evil effect of clover. If one bas no stack then give a small ration of dry hay or straw , each day. If the trouble appears, admin ister to the affected animal, as soon as dis covered, five or six tablespoonfuls of spirits of turpentine. Unless the subject is too far gone to stand, this will give relief. Qneen Bee. It it a well-known fact that a colony carni long exist without a queen, and she must be such a one as has met a drone and become fertilized in-order to lay eggs that will pro duce working bees; these are essential to the welfare of the whole colony. The queen, if prolific, is capable of laying 2,000 or 8,009 eggs daily during the honey harvest Just in the same ratio as the eggs are deposited in the cell by the queen, so they will hatch out and become full-grown bees In twenty-one days. Betsy and the Babies. 1 After all the good wife and the boys and girls are the best things on the farm. Don't forget this when you find yourself given up night and day to thinking aDout ana caring for those pies ana calves, ii tne pig or can goes wrong it can1 be replaced with money, but not so with a helpmate wrecked with overwork, or a boy or a girl gone astray. The best type of a farmer is the one wk thinks of hi family first; not that he thinks less of his farm and its belongings, but more of Betsy and the babies. Indicator. Commercial Fertilizers. All mineral manures should be left on or very near the surrace. iney are never bulky, and to plow them In is to bury them where roots of crops wiu nna them so rate as to receive little benefit therefrom. The decomposition of barnyard manure under the furrow gives both warmth and fertility to the roots. But potash or phosphates buried so deeply are either soon washed aw.y or become insoluble and of no value to crops. Especially is this the case in soils having Ut tie vegetable mold. Destroying Mar Bugs. The burning of rubbish heaps, which always occurs after spring cleaning, should be done at night, and when warm weather has ea ticed the May bugs to venture out Many of these will be attracted by the light au destroyed. Few like the May bug in any state, but before he assumed his present active condition he was one of the difl oreiit families of white and black grubs so de structive to strawberries, corn and cabbaga. Making Changes. Every change that is proposed on the farm should, it possible, be aco mpli!hed with deliberation. Especially should this be the case when it is determined to make a radical change in the management of the dairy, ' such as changing from summer to wintor butter making, from pasturing to soiling. Begin the change slowly, and try to leara. the hard places as you go along. Things to Do and to Know. Kerosene oil put upon the heads and under the wings ot chickens will kill them. Do not try to fatten very old cows sheep. It will not py. You can't mukm them fat i Have oatmeal porridge and cream for breakfast The oatmeal makes bone, braia and muscle. Fall pigs will thrive handsomely if a patch, of rye has been planted to furnish them greea food during the fail and winter. Never plant a pea for home use that fciiit wrinkled. The buckBhot varieties may b had a few hours earlier, but they are only fit to s lL ( In setting out trees let them lean townr A the south. This prevents Sun scalding at first The tree will gradually pull itself, back upright ' If you have grape vines weak, feeble ct nearly dead cut them off near ths groumi, and lot new sprouts Rpring up from ths rouLa but do not let over two of them grow.