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His Heart's Desire By SIR WALTER BESANT riIAPTEIt 111 " i'hen you think," said the mate, looking about hlni with doubt, "that we shall do no business here?" lie was a young fellow of two-and twenty or so, a frank and honest-look ing sailor, though his business was that of a cunning kidnaper. He was armed with a revolver, ready to hand, and a cutlass hanging at Ills side. Behind him were four sailors, also armed, ill readi ness for an attack, for Polynesians are treacherous. But there were no Island ers in sight, only two Europeans—one a tail man, dressed in fantastic imitation of the natives; and the other, apparent ly, an ordinary beachcomber, iiulte out of luck, ragged, dejected and haggard. A little way off the land lay the schoon er. His business was to enlist, kidnap, procure or secure, by any means in the power of the captain and the crew, as many natives as the ship would hold, ami to bring them to North Queensland, where they would be hired out to plant ers. "It is an unlucky voyage," said the mate, gaxlng earnestly at the two men before him, whose appearance and the contrast between them pussled him. "Two months out and five weeks becalm ed; no business done. Say, how did you come here?" "For my part," said the German, "I am a naturalist. I make butterflies my special study. I have, I believe, enriched science with so many rare and previ ously unknown specimens, if 1 succeed In getting them to Europe, that my name will be certainly remembered in scien tific history as one of those who have advanced knowledge, tan any mail ask more?" "How did you get such a rig, man?" "I am u linguist," the Baron Sergius von Holstein went 011 to explain, "as well as a naturalist. I therefore learned the language before landing here, hav ing found a native or two of New Ireland lu the mission of the Duke of York Isl and. It Is a great thing to know how to talk with these black children. 1 mil also a surgeon and n physician, so tlint I can Ileal their wounds and their diseases when they get any. You see, further, that I am bigger than most men. I am also thorough. 1 adopted their dress, at least gome of it, and therefore being able to talk to them, I lauded among them without fear. When they came round me with their spears I shouted to them down from the sun. And ns 1 know a little prestidigitation and conjur ing, and am a bit of a vontrlioqulst, I am from time to time able to work o few of the simpler miracles; so that they readily believe me." "How long are you going to itay here?" >.l 1...-. . V T ..U..1 1. !.. "1 know not: New Ireland is rich in new Rpecies; lint I shall liavo to stop as soon ns my means of collection and de scription come to an enil. When that day comes 1 shall l>e glad to see a ship. Hut it will iMt lie yet." ■■They may kill you." "It is possible;" the baron shrugged liis tall shoulders. "Have you no arms?" "I have a revolver, ami my reputa tion for magic and sorcery." "And how do you live?" "The people bring me food every day. If they did not, 1 should afflict them with horrible misfortunes, as they very well know. I should tell them that in three days such a one would bo dead, and then it would be that man's duty to go away and die in fulfillment of prophecy. 1 suppose his friends would never speak to him again if he refused to fulfill the words of the prophet, so great is their faith. They bring me the unripe eocoanut for its milk; there are fish of every kind in the sea, which they net and spear for me; there are kanga roo and cassowary on the hills, which they snare and trap for me; there are birds which they shoot for me; there are mangoes, bread-fruit, bananas, yams, sweet potatoes. 1 assure you we fi*ed very well. Don't we, David?" lie laid his hand on the other man's shoulder. "We have also tobacco. There is, how ever —which you regret, David, don't you?—no rum on the Island." "Is your—your —chum also worship ed asked the male, regarding David with an obvious decrease of interest. "No; David Is recognizod as of Infe rior clay. This poor fellow was wrecked upon the island; he came ashore on >i plank, the rest of the ship's crew and passengers bavins given indigestion to the sharks. He Is not happy here, and he would like you to take him off the Island." "Yes," said David, eagerly, but still In his slow way, "anywhere, so that I can only get on my way to England." "He was Just getting off his plank, and the people were preparing to receive him joyfully, warmly, and hospitably, after their fashion; that Is to say, Into their pots —they have a beautiful method of cooking. In a kind of sunken pot, which would greatly interest you If you were a captive and expecting your turn when I fortunately arrived, and suc ceeded. by promising an eclipse if I was obeyed, in saving him. The eclipse came In good time; but I had forgiven the people for their momentary mutiny, and I averted its power for evil. So long as David sticks close to me now he Is Rafe. If he leaves me, his end Is certain. But lie is no use to me, and for certain rea sons I should very much prefer that he was gone. Will you take him?" "The ship doesn't carry passengers," said the mate; "besides " "He is harmless, and you can trust him not to make mischief. I will pay for him If you like." "What does he want to go home for?" asked the mate, doubtfully. Indeed, the appearance of the man did not warrant the belief that he would be welcomed by his friends. "He has to pay a pilgrimage; he has to deliver a message before a magistrate, and to be subsequently elevated to a post of great distinction," said the baron. "Humph!" said tne mate. "He looks as If he'd done something. Better keep lu these latitudes, stranger, where no one n»k* and 110 one cares. But about his fare; who'd to pny 111* passage and his grub, If we take him?" "You will return some time to Queens land. Talis or send this note." He took Ills note book, torn off half a leaf, and wrote a few words upon It. "Send this note to Messrs. Hengstenburg & Com pany, Sydney. Tell them where you got It, Mini they will give you £-0 for It, and will thank you Into the bargain for let ting them know that, so far, the Baron Serglus von Hoist eln is safe. If there Is any money left after paying for your passenger, give It to this poor fellow. He is not such n bad fellow, though he looks go miserable, unless he begins to confide In you. When he does that, loel: him up In a cabin. Perhaps he has done something, as you say; what do we know? As for doing things," he said, regarding his humble companion with the utmost severity, "n man who is tempted to commit a crime ought always to re member that he will some day, In all probability, be wrecked on a desert Isl and, an Island of cannibals, In the com pany of one, and only one, othor Euro pean, and that man greatly his superior; and he ought truly to resolve that under no temptations will he do anything which may make him a nnlsance and a bore to that companion through the vehemence of Ills repentance." David Lolghnn groaned. "Man," added the baron, sen tentionsly, "does not live for himself alone; ami he who rashly commits a crime may hereafter seriously Interfere with the comfort of his brothor man." Duvid hung Ills head. "I forgive you, David. I have protected you from the natives' spears and their pots and carv ing knives for six months, though it has cost mo many foolish threats and vain curses. I have fed you and sheltered you. I have been rewarded by peniten tial groans and by outward tokens of fervent contrition. These linvo saddoned my days ,and have disturbed my slum bers. Groan, henceforth into other ears. I forgive you, however, only on one con dition, that you return no more. If you do, you shall bo speared and potted with out remorse. As for the document In my notebook " "I shall get to England before you," said David; "and when I get thero I shall go at once to Challacombe and make a statement just like the one you have in your notebook. By the time you come to England I shall be " "Exactly," said tho baron, smiling sweetly. "You will have been a public character. Well, to each man comes somehow his chance of greatness. I hope you may enjoy your reputation, David, though it may be short-lived." CHAPTER IV. The mate meantime was considering the note put into his hands. It was very short, and was a simple draft upon a merchant's house in Sydney—-the short est draft, 1 suppose, ever written, and on the smallest piece of paper. "Messrs. Hongstenberg & Co., Sydney. Pay bearer £"(l. New Ireland, INN 4. Itaron Sergius von Holstelu." "1 will take him," said the mate. "I expect to be out another three or four months. He can come aboard with me. But, stranger," he said, persuasively, "call no business lie done? Are they open to reason?" He looked round at the forest and deserted huts. "Can we trade for a few natives, you and me, between us? If I could only see my way to persuade 'em to worship me, I'd —- Idessed ... I wouldn't!—l would ship the whole island. There would be a fortune in it." "They are open to no reason at all. In fact, if they were at this moment to come down upon us unexpectedly, it would be a painful necessity for me —if I valued my reputation as a prophet— to order them to attack and spear both you and your crew; otherwise I should be considered a false prophet. They are wonderfully handy with their lances, and they move in large bodies. Those pop guns of yours would knock over two or three, but would be of no avail to save your own lives. Therefore. I would ad vise that you get into your boat and aboard your ship with as little delay as possible." The mate took his advice and departed with his passenger. "And now," snld the Baron Sergius, "1 am alone at last, and can enjoy my self without any of that fellow's groans. I never knew before how extremely dis agreeable one single murder may make a man." That evening the rescued man, David l.eighan, sat on the deck with his friend the mate. The island of New Ireland was now a black putch low down on the horizon, the night was clear, and the sky full of stars. David was off the isl and at last, and once more free to re turn to Knglnnd; yet he did not look happier; oil tho contrary, the gloom upon his face was blacker than ever. It proved a most unlucky voyage. They lost two men in an encounter with the na tives; they had no success in trailing; the captain continued to drink. The end camo unexpectedly. One night tho watch on deck were startled by a bright light in the cap tain's cabin. The light shot into a flame, and the flame leaped and ran along the sides of the cabin and caught In the deck and licked the timbers of the ship. The old schooner was as dry as tinder, and caught fire like a piece of paper. In five minutes it became apparent that they must take to their boats. As to the drunken man who had done the mischief, he came out of the burning cabin and danced and sung until the flames drag ged him down. In the tierce glare of the burning ship the mate looked at David reproachfully. Implying that this misfortune was en tirely due to his presence. "Even now," he whispered, "I will not tell the men you have ruined the voy age, burned the ship, killed the captain, and may be will kill us as well. What have you done that we should be punish ed like this for taking you on board? Is It —is It murder?" ABERDEEN HERALD, MONDAY. AUGUST, 28 I*o6 Dnvid noddpd his head gloomily. "Then," said the mate, "whatever hap pens to us. you'll get safe ashore. You won't be drowned, and you won't bs starved." Three weeks later there were only two survivors in that boat. The other men had all drunk sea water, and so gone mad one after the other, and leaped over board in their delirium. Only Ilavld Leighan was left with the mate, and they were lying one in the bow and one in the stern, as far apart as the boat would allow, and they were black in tne face, gaunt and hollow-eyed. When they were picked up the signs of life were so faint in them that the skipper, a humane person, took counsel with his mate whether it would not save the poor men trouble to drop them into the water at once. Hut in the end he hoisted them aboard and laid them on the deck, with their heads propped up. For the rest of the voyage the rescued mate kept aloof from the rescued passen ger. He would not speak to him; lie avoideil that pnrt of the ship where he happened to be. As for the latter he found a place abaft near the helm, where he could sit upon a coll of rope, his head upon his knees. And there he remained, gloomy and silent. There was trouble, too. First, the ship sprung a leak, and the pumps had to be worked. Next, there was a had storm, anil the mizzen mast went by the board. Thirdly, a tire broke out, and was sub dued with difficulty. However, the ship at last sighted land, and arrived, batter ed and shattered, at the port of Sydney. When they landed, and not till then, the rescued mate spoke his mind. First he went to the house of Ileng stenhurg & Co., where he presented the baron's draft, gave news of his safety and touched the money. He then led his passenger to a tavern and entered into a serious conversation with him. "As for this money," he said, "you weren't a passenger more than a few days, and I can't rightly charge you much. Take fifteen, ami I'll take five. With fifteen pounds you can get home, which I take to be your desire, anil give yourself up, which I take to lie yuur duty." It will he understood that the un fortunate David, In the extremity of his starvation and remorse, had been talk ing. "A Providence it is," said the mate, "that where so many honest fellows were took, T was spared, else you would never have had this money, and you wouldn't, therefore, have been able to give yourself up, and you would never have been hung. A clear Providence it is. and you must regard it as such, and remember it when they take you out comfortably with the chaplain and the rope." David took the money, rolled it up In a rag and placed it in his pocket, but said nothing. (To be continued.l WITH A LITTLE DIPLOMACY, How a Real Virginia Colored Woman Gets Wliat She Wants. There is a certain young married woman in Washington who has a charming flat in one of the uptown apartment houses. She was born and reared In Virginia, and. consequently, sets great store by the colored race from her own particular State, says the Washington Star. She maintains that they make the most reliable as well as the most efficient help, and her servants are always from the Old Do minion. A chum iff hers felt privileged to often admire her exquisite taste in dress, especially some of the pretty negliges—which are always particular ly dainty when worn by a pretty wom an. While calling on her the other day this chum asked to see a flimsy pink thing which she had seen her friend occasionally wear and which she wished to have copied. What was her astonishment when her friend said that she had given it to the cook, who had such a cute way of getting around one that it was simply impossible to refuse the poor tiling even one's pret tiest neglige. Being from the North, It was utterly Impossible for the visitor to compre hend how a colored maid servant could perform a feat of diplomatic strategy so complete as to fairly wrest away a pretty woman's dearest treasure — a pink silk kimono, all folds of billowy lace. However, her ears were soon to be opened and her eyes made to see, for Just then the mother of the friend's laundress came Into tic room and asked for the weekly \« ish. She was a beaming old black "mammy" and sat down familiarly 011 a iow seat while Mrs. X. proceeded to count and check off from her list the clothes the wom an had brought. Then began the con versation which was to illustrate the diplomacy of he Virginia colored race. "I d«clar'. Miss Mildred, I surely Is glad to see ; m so sprightly this morn in'. I nev r seed you look prettier, with the loses all bloomln' in your cheeks an' your face mos' fat again. I guess you's wonderln' why Lil didn't come for the wash this tnornln'. Now, maybe you don't know It, Miss Mil dred, but that there gal 0' mine surely does love you. This mornln' she came downstairs and says to nie: 'Ma, I dreamt las' night that Miss Mildred was took to the hospital and was cut all up, and I's scared to go after the clo's this mornln', 'cause I's feared I'll see crape liangin' on the door.' "So I tol' her I'd come for them clo's and I lef that gal so worried she wan't able to do a mite o' work. De Lord knows, chile, 1 surely Is glad to see you lookln' so much weller than I 'spected, an' I mug' say ag'ln that I neher did see you lookin' so dowu right pretty. Miss Mildred, honey, you ain't got no kind o' drink around han dy to heat a body up with this col' mornln". Is you, honey?" The brain of the caller was suddenly Illumined, and "mamtny" went on her way, warmed and rejoicing. Maacnline View. Mrs. Shopps—l see Cutt & Slashem are advertising Rome lovely house gowns at a bargain. Shopps—Well, our house doesn't need a gown, but It ought to have a coat of paint. tJnrle Sam's secretary of state Is umnlly a $"'>,< KM) or $r>O,OUO man who secves bis country for ijiS.iKM).—Chica go Tribune. The Sultan of Turkey Is beginning to wonder how those reports that iio had the worst government in Kurope originated. Washington Star. The Kilnsas convict who was pa roled and Rent In work In the harvest fluid now has an idea of what real punishment means Wnslilngtou Post. When the beef trust remembers how Commissioner (iarflehl lured It on with false hopes It is not surprised at any governmental knocks Chicago News. Mr. tieorge .1. Could Is going Into poultry farming, or course, his ex perience with geese that lay golden eggs will be a lot of help to him. Bos ton Transcript. Oklahoma shows strong reasons why It should be admitted as a State, but does it expect the I'nlted States Sen ate to be swayed by mere reusons?— Chicago News. Despite his latest gift of $10,000/KH», there is reason lo believe Mr. Rocke feller lias laid away enough in a safe spot so he will not suffer during his old age.—Detroit Free Press. If education Is the greatest moral force It might be a good thing for Mr. Rockefeller to attend some of the col leges which he is helping with his money.—Norfolk (Vn.) Landmark. The beef trust can expect little sym pathy In its battle for the markets of the world as long as it is endeavoring to escape trial on tne charge that it Is robbing the American consumer.— Pittsburg Dispatch. Peary says that his expedition may open up :$,000.(X)0 square miles of country hitherto Inaccessible. It will be some time, however, before the "why pay rent" sign follows his trail. —Washington Star. Abdul Ilamld. Sultan of Turkey, is reported lo be in a critical condition. The case wouldn't be so bad If the Sultan coTild only feel sure that the doctor wasn't tr.flng to poison him.—- Chicago Record-Herald. In the light of past performances on the part of Russian gunners, it would have seemed safer for those Odessa mutineers to bid defiance to the rest of the fleet and take chances on being sunk. —Detroit Free Press. Secretary of the Navy Bonaparte has rejected "Nestor" and "Orestes" as names for colliers, lie |>oints out that one suggests antiquity and the other insanity. Another one of "them literary fellows" in ofticc. —Syracuse Herald. Undue attention Is being given to the Missouri judicial decision Ihat a wife Is entitled to "frisk" her hus band's trousers and take any money she finds. No judicial determination could alter or affect that custom.— Washington Times. The Chinese officials who were once regarded as being pro-Russian are fast vanishing as the situation changes. They are all entertaining grateful feel ings toward Japan. Diplomatically there will be some subterfuge played, but on the whole Japan will get all she wants.—Toklo Asahi. According to the best judgment that can be formed at this distance, we are unanimously of the opinion that Mayor Weaver has wiped up the earth with the gang in Philadelphia. There may be some fragments, but tliey are not able to sit up and take notice.—Montgomery Advertiser. The State of Kansas has reached the conclusion that it has no power to control the traffic of the Pullman r;r.rs, as the Pullmans are not common carriers. They're certainly not com mon carriers, nor even common charges—they're just plain, ordinary Common plunderers.—Pittsburg Times. If it be true, as M. Witte declares, that M. Trepoff Is the real Czar of Russia, then Nicholas Alexandrovitch Is relieved of tlu- responsibility for a cast amount of folly, stupidity and cruelty. Whether the creature can be (treater than the creator Is a question Tor casuists, however.—Chicago Chron icle. How providential it seems that the only man in America who is known to have two hearts is a plain, indus trious carpenter who earns his liveli ■hoixl with his hands at New Koehelle, N. Y. .lust contemplate for a minute (he effect on society of two hearts hi a man like John I>. Rockefeller.—Kan sas City Star. If the exclusion law is to be so con strued or modified as to admit Chi nese students, we'll probably find that tbout 100,000,000 Chinamen have sud denly become inspired with the most Intense desire to study everything In Uie books from Confucius down to Lanra Jean I.ibbey and Mary .Maclane. —Los Angeles Times. "Tear this up." enjoined Statistician Holmes, of the Department of Agri culture, in one of his incriminating let ters. There is no known preservative of written matter whose action is »<> •ur« as "burn this letter" or "tear this op."—Norfolk Landmark. The warden of the Ohio State prison Uncovered recently that some of his eharges had been making counterfeit money. Can this have any connection with the fact that the prison contains ■ baker's dozen of ex-bankers?— Ipokap* Spokesman Review. Improved Hay Devices. The man who has stood with his back to the stack pitching hay 1, 5" hand under a hot July sun w '" predate the picture here shown, says a writer In the Ohio Farmer. The der rick or pitcher will cost the man on the farm about ,sr> In cash. It Is mounted on runners twelve feet long. The base of ttie frame is 10 by 10 feet square and the top 5 by 5 feet. The telephone pole in the center Is twenty five feet high. The arm is fourteen feet long and the brace about twelve feet. The ]K>le and arm can be turned In a complete circle by means of a crowbar inserted in the pole near the bottom. An entire haycock can be easily lifted straight from the ground to a A IIAY DIiKRICK. level with tile top of the stack, then carried over and dropped at any place on the stack. It will keep two men busy on the stack all the time, and they will not have to reach over the edge of the stack to help get the hay up. Resides, It does not drag up the side of the stack, as many pitchers do, nor does it make the stack heavier on one side than the other. A round stack can be built twenty feet high and easily made to hold from twelve to fifteen tons. It saves time, money, help, muscle, patience "and other things too numerous to mention." Costly Crop Peats. Tile proceeds from the wheat crop, the average annual farm value of which may be roughly put at four hundred million dollars, have in more than one year been cut down as much as tlfty per cent, as a result of the ravages of the chinch bug and the Hessian fly. King Cotton alone was damaged to the extent of nearly tlfty million dollars by tiie so-called Mexi can boll weevil, in the single State of Texan, in 1903, according to a care fully compiled report issued by the Census Bureau. The apple crop has been reduced as much as twenty-live per cent in many seasons through the operations of the codling moth and other Insects. 80 one might go through the entire list. The burden is dis tressingly heavy, but It is safe to as sert that farmers themselves—who, obviously, ought to know as much of this phase of the matter as anybody— will agree that their losses. In practi cally every Instance, would be far greater wore the scientific knowledge of the Department of Agriculture's staff not put to account. A careful survey of the facts leads to the conclu sion that the total damage each year would be from two to four times as large were it not for the Department of Agriculture's unremitting warfare against the pests, and that a maxi mum annual destruction of two billion dollars, or nearly one-half the whole yearly value of the country's crops, at present, would be possible.—C. Arthur Williams in "Success Magazine." Breaking for Wheat.c=i The early broken wheat ground is usually the land from which the larg est yields are taken. The land breaks well. No clods to uiasli, 110 packing to do late in August. When the ground becomes hard and breaks Into large clods a great deal of labor is required to get the seed bed fine and well packed for the proper germination of seed. Then again the doubling up of work that causes so much extra labor and worry may be prevented later on at sowing time. Instead of having to break land, harrow, drag and roll, then immediately follow with the drill. A surface harrowing may be all that the seed bed needs before sowing the seed. The work of sowing wheat need not come 111 a lump, if taken In time. Churn Often. The best butter is made by churning every duy, but upon most farms there is not enough cream to do this, if churning is done but twice a week good butter can be made if the cream has been kept cool and then ripened properly. Some farmers that keep but two or three cows churn but once a week; under such conditions, great care should be taken to keep the cream to fifty degrees Fahrenheit, if possible. When cream is kept at a high tempera ture for a long time, the butter will have an old flavor. If cream Is kept much below fifty degree* Fahrenheit, it Is likely to develop a better flavor. Buckwheat. Essentials are that the land be clean, warm, and In a fine moldy state to re ceive the seed. The rows may be drilled. If that Is the method of sowing, fifteen inches apart, the seed slightly covered with harrows, and a very light rolling given to level the surface, so that all plants have equal chance of starting together. There is a good deal in this latter, for where irregular ilrsi growth Is made there are always enemies to take the plants as they ap pear. A Uood Stock Tonic. Each of the many stock foods, or condimental spices now on the market, has its own particular composition, and It Is better, both from the points of view of economy and cleanliness, to make use of these, but if this is quite impossible the following recipe may be safely adopted: Turmeric, one-naif pound; cumin, one-half pound; gentian, three-fourths pound; ground ginger, one-half pound; grains of paradise, one-half pound; bl-carbonate of soda, six ounces; fenugreek, six ounces; blood root, four ounces; asafoetlda, four ounces, brown sugar, Ave pounds; fine salt, 1 3-4 pounds. The above in gredients should be well ground by the druggist and be thoroughly mixed with one thousand pounds of finely ground meal, or, if desired. It may be fed without the meal. When mixed with maize meal the quantity to be fed to a horse, cow, or ox nt each feed is one pint, and to each calf, foal, sheep, or hog, half a pint. When fed without the ineal It should be giv en in the proportion of a tablespoonful to a horse, cow or ox, and half that quantity for each of the smaller farm animals. Indigestion In Cowa. It is a common expression to speak of n cow as losing her cud when she stops ruminating. The trouble is du« to indigestion wholly, und may be easily remedied, in most cases, by a proper diet. Usually this trouble oc curs most frequently in the win tor, when (lie cows nre heavily grain fed, but sometimes occurs with cows in the summer who nre on the range, but are receiving some grain. In such cases p good plan is to cut out the grain ra tion entirely for a few days, or until the cow again chews her cud. For a time after she resumes ruminating, feed her largely on the grass with some good hay, and gradually get her on to the grain. A day or two after the grain ration has been cut off the cow should have a single dose of one pound of Epsom salts and two ounces of ground ginger root mixed in two quarts of warm water. In the winter reduce the grain ration one-half, giva her the medicine named above at tlia beginning of the treatment, and inakg up the ration with roots or ensilage. At all times cows should have free ac cess to rock salt, for It is a great diges tive. To Pat Potatoes in Cellar. Here is an excellent device for use in unloading apples or potatoes from a cart to the cellar. Take a piece of No. 12 wire (telephone wire) and run it from a stake in front of the rollwa.v down through the rollway, or potato bin. String two iron hooks on the wire and hook the loaded basket upon these, when the load will slide smooth- FOB STORING POTATOES. ly down and across the cellar, where the helper can empty the basket. A light cord attached to the basket al lows the man outside to pull the bas ket back for another load. This saves a large amount of heavy lifting and saves time also, since two baskets can be kept going. Fig. 1 shows tho hooks on the wire. Fig. U shows the device in action. Selecting Mrood Stock. If one has raised a litter of line pigs of good breed there are probably sev eral among them that will make good brood sows If properly brought up. The individuals should be carefully watched as they grow and when the selection Is made the pigs should be Hbout five months old. From then on they should be separated from the market stock, and until the end of the season, placed on the best grass pos sible. All females Intended for breed ing purposes should have legs carbon aceous food than that given to thoso Intended for market. From one-half to two-thirds corn Is enough in the ration from the time the young sow begins to eat grain. The lirood Hows. <iiva brood sows the freedom of tin pasture fields when with young pigs and us soon ns the pigs are old enough to est, feed a little shelled eoru and dry middlings with a mash of wheat middlings and milk. Sows with pigs should always have access to a good blue grass pasture and should not be fed too much corn. The largest part of the ration should be made up of oats and bran with a little oil meal. Have plenty of charcoal and ashes con stantly available. An occasional feed of salt will be found profitable. Top Dreaatng Forage Crops. At the New Jersey Experiment Sta tion tests have been made of nitrate of soda as a top dressing on forago crop* In connection with the manures and fertilizers generally used. In nil cases a very marked Increase due to the ap plication of nitrate occurred, ranging from 34.1 per cent for corn to 06.6 per cent for barley—a profitable return from the use of the nitrate on all crops except the barley, which, owing to unfavorable weather condition!, did not make a large yield.