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VOL, XIV. LAKE PROVIDENCE. EAST CARROLL PARISH,. LA., SATURDAY. JUNE '8, 190, NO. 5,
LOVE THE VICTOR
Once, far back in the buried years, We will not blaie each other, dear
When life was young and gay Ngy, nay, we both were wrong
There came a maid with sunny hair And now we both are old and free,
And eyes like sapphires, bright and rare, Ieve once more finds us out, you see,
And manners blithe and debonnaire, And warms our heart with melody,
Who stole my heart away. And sings his old sweet song.
Those happy times with hurrying feet So. now we two are one again,
Went flying all too fast, We'll thank our happy lot,
As o'er the meadows sweet with hay And let the gloom of weary years
We often took our wistful way With all their sorrows and their fears,
And swore to love come what come may, Their earking cares and blinding tears,
In vows that did not last. Forever be forgot.
--Gerald Hayward, in Mail and Express.
THE MADE TO OUtER KIPlIN.
By Edward Boltwood.
O N his way up in the elevator
Loring. for the twentieth
time, read the advertisement
In the morning Leader:
Lost-One hundred dollars reward
will be paid for the return of the MS.
of an unpublished epic poem in three
cantos by Mr. Rudyard Kipling, called
"England, I Despise Thee!"
Lost by a messenger between City
Hall and Twenty-third street. The
MS. can be made of no commercial
value except by Scott & Ioring, au
thors' agents, literary brokers and sell
ers of manuscript on commission, St.
Louis Building, Room 111.
When Loring burst into the office,
Scott was already sitting at his desk.
"Andy," said Loring, "I see it's in
"Yes, and I wish it wasn't. We'll
get into trouble over that fake, just
as sure as the world."
Loring laughed as he whirled his
chair to the proper height, and sat
down opposite his disconsolate part
"Why, it was your own proposition,"
he said, "and a better advertisement
couldn't be invented."
"I know that, Hugh. But it's a lie,
that's all it is. What if Kipling ever
hears of it?"
"He isn't very likely to hear of it
in Australia. Besides, we can always
say that somebody has imposed upon
us, can't we? You wait until business
begins to pick up. After reading that
every editor in the city will want to
know what else we have for sale. And
as for the authors-well, agents that
keep Kipling poems on hand will have
more than they can do. We'll have to
hire an extra office before the week is
Scott sighed and rolled his morning
cigarette between his fingers, but in
the act of striking a match he was
interrupted by a messenger boy. He
broke open the envelope, and then
tossed the inclosure over to Loring.
Hugh looked at it eagerly:
"The MeScriblan Company presept
their compliments to Messrs. Loring
& Scott, and will be desirous of see
ing Mr. Kipling's poem, mentioned in
this morning's Leader. They take the
liberty of adding that they are anxious
to secure any other works of cele
brated authors which Messrs. Loring
& Scott may have in their hands for
Loring snorted excitedly.
"But what can we say to 'em?"
haked Andy, helplessly, after the mes
senger had retired. "We haven't got
a manuscript that's worth a cent, and
you know it."
"Oh, don't worry!"' Loring ex
clalmed. "The authors will have that
ad. pointed out to them, as well as the
publishers. I shouldn't be surprised
if Richard Harding-hello, here's an
A second messenger, a note from
Doublepage & Harclure. Even Scott's
heretofore doubtful eyes gleamed at
"Now." he said, "I guess they'll
pay some attention to us. Hugh, this
is immense, so long as we don't get
"Never you mind about that. Come
In! It's probably the great American
But the caller was not a novelist,
he was a sharp-faced young reporter
for the Kvening Universe.
"Came t' see 'bout this Kipling
poem," said he, glaring at Loring
through a pair of very thick eye
glasses. "Course, It's matter 'f great
gen'ral int'rest. Anything y' want
tell th' Universe?"
Hugh cleared his throat and glanced
at his, partner, but the latter gentle
man only rose hurriedly apd looked
out of the window with an Impressive
air of abstraction. The rapid spoken
man from the Universe pulled up a
chair and produced a dirty note-book.
"Youl see," faltered Loring, "I-I did
not read the poem-I-I-- "
"Don't want you t' recite it," the
reporter said. "Only few things ne's
ary for a story. What's poem about?
When was 't written? How much 's
't worth? What's style? Why'd Kip
ling d'splse England?"
Hugh interrupted him, under the
guidance of a happy inspiration.
"I'll tell you," he suggested, "this is
rather a' delicate business matter.
You'd better let me draw up a-a sort
of statement. I'll have It ready in an
"O. K.," assented the newspaper
man. "You'll agree t' give out nothin'
else t' th' other boys? They'll all be
'"The same information will be glv
en to all the papers," Lorlng declared,
"in one hour."
"Oood," said the Universe, and
slammed the door.
"What are we going to dd?" cried
'Andy. "Those pirates are bound to
get up some kind of a story. It will
ruin us-our reputation and all that"
"I know what I'm going to do,"
said Loring. "I'm going to get away
from here, run to the nearest hotel,
and work out a story. You hold the
reporters till I get back. I can't thblnk
here, it's impossible. Keep up your
nerve, my son. It's all right."
He jumped up from his chair and
into his overoat and out of the omee
before his asutoashed partner could
make ua effective protest
"It Mark Twain and Anthony Hope
come La." he called beek from the cor
ridor, "tell 'em we' sell their stuf
on a tea per cat. eemmlssioa."
But Hugh, l reality, did nt feel in
a eetious mooL He cremsed the
etsma o the mJeffesn 'orns sat
the end of a penholder. The longer
he thought of It the more serious
seemed the situation. A ludicrous ex
posure of the false advertisement
would disgrace Andy and himself be
yond hope of redemption, their dis
tinguished references would fall upon
them Indignantly. their career in the
literary and publishing world would
end forever. IIe anathematized Scott
for suggesting the crazy scheme, and
himself for executing it and the
thoughtless spirit of enterprise which
had made tniem overlook the dishon
esty of the thing. And then he set
himself to the composition of a sec
ond lie to save the first.
He finished it on time and smiled
complacently at the result. It filled
only two sheets, and yet was Impreg
nable in its simplicity. He put the
statement in his pocket, and returned
to the office.
When he entered he found three or
four men disposed on a row of chairs
at one end of the single room. In
the opposite corner sat a little old man,
very much out at elbows, stroking his
gray hair thoughtfully with a roll of
blue paper. 'Scott was at his desk. A
stout, bearded individual disengaged
himself from the row of men in wait
ing and greeted Loring effusively.
"I'm Connors." he said, "Connors,
the literary critic of the Daily Specta
tor. Allow me to congratulate you,
Mr. Ioring, upon the recovery of your
"What!" gasped Loring.
"It's been found," explained Andy,
in a voice that suggested a man de
livering his last speech on the scaf
fold. "The poem, you know, the
epic-the Kipling, 'England.' you
know, 'I Despise Thee.'"
Hugh's horrified gaze turned me
chanically toward the shabby person
in the corner, who thereupon arose and
leaned diffidently against the wall,
shifting the blue manuscript from one
hand to the other.
"This is Mr. Zenker," went on Scott.
"I told him that I couldn't pay him
the reward until you returned."
"Certainly not," Loring put in, hard
ly knowing what he was saying. "It's
absurd. There-there must be some
Little Zenker coughed an apology
behind the roll of manuscript before
speaking. Then he said:
"How do you know, sir, begging your
pardon, without a read out of the
poem? Will you look at it. sir?"
Loring did look at it. The manu
script was pen written in a neat copy
slet's hand. It was properly signed.
The three cantos were bound separ
ately. It answered the description
as advertised in every particular.
"Of course;" suggested Mr. Connors,
pompously. "the interest of the press
in your story determines at the res
toration of this gem to its rightful
owner. But itf any extracts from Mr.
Kipling's lines are available for pub
"By no means," said Loring, who
had found his breath.
One after the other the reporters
started to go out; obviously there
was no meat in this business at pres
ent. But suddenly the" Universe man
turned to Zenker.
"Say, cap'p," he asked, "where d'
you hang out?"
Mr. Zenker bowed eagerly.
"The Pelican Hotel, gentlemen," he
replied, "on the Bowery, I can give
you, I dare say, some striking particu
lars of this incident, being an old
journalist myself. But naturally I am
not at liberty to speak without the
permission of Mr. Kipling's agents
"Well, PYl look you up anyhow,"
grumbled the reporter. "Good-morn
The representatives of the papers
withdrew without a word About the
statement, and Loring tore it up while
he stared at Mr. Zenker. Mr. Zenker
had red eyes and a trembling chin.
His clothes were shiny and dilapl
da4d and a genial odor of alcohol
cliag about them.
"When did you see our advertise
ment?" said Lorlng, sharply.
"At four o'clock this morning."
"And you've written that poem
"Sir!" The red eyes blinked cun
"Let me read it," suggested Scott.
Now Andy was the P'terary expert of
the establishment. Before embarking
with Loring he had been for years an
editorial reader in the biggest periodi
cal bouse in the country. He bad not
finished the first canto of the poem
when be Jumped from his chair In asur
"The very Dickens, it is Kipling!"
be cried. "It's the beat stauff I ever
"But it can't be Eipling," said Hugh.
"It's as much Kipling," quavered
Mr. Zenaker, "as the poem you adver
tised one hundred dollars for, gentle
The eyes of the two pptners Sashed
messages between them.
"He's on," said the eyes of Lorlipg.
"He's worth buying." said the eyes
of Stott. Mr. Zenker, in'the mean
time. steadied a trembling hand upon
the back of his chair.
"Isok here," Andy demanded, "do
you write muck of this kind7 Be
ceause tif you do, we'll waive the ip
"My work is mast Irregar, sir,"
te little man replied, "most irregular.
And I do not get ea well with editors.
I am net a faveorite saller la pdlish.
"I should think not," Hugh thought.
"Still. I have some things which I
could show you. ,I left them in my
overcoat at the Pelican."
"Well, bring them in here," sug
"Unfortunately, my coat is held for
room rent," objected Mr. Zenker,
mildly. b'orty cents, I think."
"You go and get your verses," said
Hugh, giving him two or three dol
"And the reward for this Kipling
epic?" added the poet. "The report
ers, you remember, have my address."
"If you'll keep your mouth shut, it
will be worth your while." Andy
was the one who made this acknowl
edgment. "I think we understand one
Mr. Zenker buttoned his ragged coat
over his blue manuscript, murmured
his gratitude, and departed. As for
the younger men, tiey spent their lun
cheon hour in telephoning a revised
"statement" to the newspapers which
made such an unimportant story out
o of the episode that not a line about the
occurrence appeared in print.
"Has Zenker showed up?" Inquired
Hugh the next t morning, before he
had fairly closed the office door.
Scott handed him the Leader, and
pointed without: comment at a city
item in brevier type:
"A well-known Bowery character
named Zenker was burned to death
last night in his room at the Pelican
Hotel. While intoxicated the unfor
tunate man is supposed to have over
tirned an oil stove. The fire destroyed
more than half of one floor, including
the effects of the lodgers, before it
"You'd do more than whistle,"
sighed Andy, "if you'd read that
"Which was written to our order,"
concluded Hugh. "Poor old Zenker!
What a story Kipling might have
made of him!" -New York Independ
Ice Caves Ia Malne.
Being a rock State, Maine abounds
in caves, of which the outside world
knows very little. It is true there are
no caverns like the Mammoth Cave
in Kentucky or the Luray Caverns in
Virginia, but some of them are very
pleturesqug and awe-inspiring. The
Greenwood ice caves are sufficiently
interesting to be better known than
These natural curiosities are about
a dozen in number, Walley's Cave
being the largest. It is a double
storied cavern, the lower chambers be
ing some four hundred or five hundred
feet in length and about twelve feet
in width. The exit is at the top of
the mountain. The upper chamber is
very much smaller, and is connected
with the first by a passage large
enough for half a dozen persons to pass
One of the caves is shaped like a
well, and is from twenty to thirty feet
in depth. There are regular steps,
which wind around the sides to the
bottom. Here are two chambers run
ning in opposite directions, one of
which leads nearly to Observation
Rock. It is called Snake Passage,
and to pass through it one is obliged
to crawl on hands and knees.
The other chamber leads into a cav
ern which is large and somewhat tri
angular, having several chambers,
one of which connects with Well
Cave. The walls of this chamber rise
upward seventy-five feet or more.
In some of the caves ice may be
seen all the year round, and torchlight
produces a beautiful effect upon the
glassy ice and the cavern walls.
There are two great rifts in the
mountain, one running northerly and
the other in the opposite direction.
These are great curiosities and attract
the attention of all who visit the
Amphltheatre Cave is really a great
depression In the mountain over
looked by Table Rock, the highest of
a series of rocks or ledges that con
vey the impression of rows of benches.
Altogether, the caves are well worthy
of a visit.
Laihytte's Rose-Lest Bed.
Mrs. Sarah H. Bradford, mother of
the wife of Admiral Crowinshileld, tells
an amusing incident of Lafayette's
visit to New York In 1824, which al
most became a tragedy for the hero.
Some of the society belles and their
smaller sisters, among them Mrs.
Crowninlshield, resolved that he should
have a bed of roses to lie on, and for
days before his expected visit they
busied themselves gathering rose
leaves, and, having filled a white silk
sack with them, conveyed it to the
house at which he was to spend the
When, however, the Marquis made
his appearance next morning he was
suffering with influenza of the most
pronounced character. With French
tact he endeavored to ignore his condi
tion, the horrid concomitants mean
while proclaiming it, and the anxiety
of his friends being equally hard to
silence, the truth of the matter was
gradually revealed. Lafayette was
subject to a malady known as rose
cold, and the odor of the flowers tor
tured him. In an effort to escape from
it he rolled himself in a blanket upon
the dfloor. It pursued him, and the
draughts from the doors aggravating
the situation a cold was the logical se
Mr. We sad the College Girls.
It was in his call upon the young
women of Beecher Hall that Minister
Wu most thoroughly enjoyed himself.
"What Is your name," he asked of
the head of the hall as he crossed the
threshold. "Miss WIllace? You are
not married? How many girls have
you here? Why do you keep them in
one building together? Why do you
shut out those young men? (as Pro
lessor Laughlin closed tue aoor on
the men students). Is this a convent?
Do the girls learn? What do they
study? Do they-'make good wives?
How old are they?"
The interrogatory eloquence was cut
short by the dormitory yell which sud
denl.y butiarst from half a hundred fem
B-deouble e--h-e-r. B-double e-e-h
e-er. B-double e-e-h-e-r, Beeeher'"
The cheer ended in a shrill treble and
was followed by nine "Rabs" fur "Mr.
"O" exclalmed the MIlbstr, taken
aback. "The gils-d they yell? Do
they plaw tootbf, toeaPW-O esa
Soil for White Clover.
White clover is short, will grow on
all kinds of soil and is preferred by
horses and sheep to the red clover.
An application of lime or wood ashes
will enable the land to grow *hite
clover if the red variety fails, as pot
ash is beneficial to all leguminous
plants, but white clover seems to re
spond more readily than any other
kind on soils that are sandy or not fer
Good Iaying Hfles.
The number of eggs that a hen
should lay in a year depends so largely
upon circumstancesof climateand food
as to render it impossible to select
any breed as the best. Individual
characteristics largely affect the result.
In all flocks, no matter which breed
may be used, there will be found some
members that lay from 50 to 100 per
cent more eggs than others, even when
the hens or pullets are full sisters.
Any one who should be so bold as to
claim any breed as the best for laying
would find others ready to make the
same claim for other breeds. Even
the best layers in a flock may be be
hind the others the following year,
and to make claims in favor of breeds
is to refer to some particular flock
Color of Yolk..
There is nothing in the color of yolks
to determine the quality of eggs. The
proportion of the coloring matter in an
egg is very small, and the color of the
yolk is deepened in proportion to the
coloring matter of the food. In sum
mer, when the hens get a variety of
food with plenty of green stuff, there
will be more color in the eggs. Dur
ing the winter when grass is scarce
and there is an absence of all animal
food, the color of the yolks will be very
light. Carrots will make the color of
the yolks very deep, while eggs from
fowls that have no vegetables will be
decidedly pale. Still, the quality of
the pale yolks are just as good as those
high)y colored, but as a rule the pale
eggs denote an absence of necessary
variety in food, and we should en
deavor to give a change when possible.
-Home and Farm.
The Retaining Power of .11s.
The soil varies, even on the same
farm. Some soils permit water to
leach down, while other soils retain
water for a long time. The mechani
cal condition of soils largely influ
ences their capacity for retaining moist
are. Liebig is quoted as claiming that
rain water, filtered through ordinary
feld or garden soil, does not dissolve
out a trace of ammonia, potash, phos
phoric acid or silicic acid, the soil not
giving up to the water any of the plant
food contained, even during continu
ous rains. It is further claimed that
the soil not only firmly retains all
the food of plants, but its power to
preserve all that may be useful to
them also extends to withdrawing
from rain or other water all the am
monia and other plant foods held in
solution. It is possible that Liebig re
ferred only to the insoluble plant
foods, as his claim may not be sup
ported when soluble plant foods exist
in the soil, though much depends upon
conditions. Many soils are rich in
plant food which is not available.
botbeds and Cold Fammes.
The southern vegetables which fill
our markets in early spring have dis
couraged those who formerly used hot
beds and cold frames to produce early
vegetables for our markets. Only
those who have the most modern ar
rangements can compete with them,
and they are asserting that there is
but little profit in early produce, al
though they get better prices for what
they grow than can be obtained for
the southern products, most of which
must be gathered before it reaches the
best condition, and must ripen during
But this should not cause the farm
ar to cease using these aids to an
earlier production of. his plants. To
matoes, celery, peppers, cabbages and
others can be given an early start un
der glass, that not only gives them a
longer bearing season, but enables the
grower to obtain better prices for any
surplus he may have. He should have
these luxuries of the season for his
own use as early as the mechanic can
afford to buy them in the market, for
no one is better entitled to the fruits
of the earth than the gardener who
And we have sprouted potatoes, corn,
beans and cucumbers under glass, so
that we were able to have them on
our table much earlier than we could
produce them by planting in the open
ground. To do this we generally used
paper boxes to plant the seed In, which
could be easily torn apart and thrown
away when they were carried to the
field for transplanting. The work of
making a hotbed is not much, while
the cold frame, in which the glass
merely protects from freesing, and
raises the temperature a few degrees
during the hours of sunshine, is even
less troublesome and expensive. Plants
that are started in the hotbed can be
moved into the cold trame, and the
former used for other plants.-Massa
The location of the well on the farm
is of the greatest importance. In many
instances the farmer starts his well
near the buildings and yards, and soe
leets the lowest point as a location,
with the idea that he will not have
to dig as deep as he would upon high
er ground. This is often a mistake,
as we know of several places in a vil
lase where the wells near the top of
the hill are not as deep and are not
as much affected by a drought as those
on the lower land at the foot of the
hill, though there mky be 50 or 100
feet difference in the elevation. Bnut
the chief objection to the 1well oa the
low ground is that it receives the sur
teas dralnage from the higher land,
sand thus the wter soon become so
ooatamiated as to be unait er na,
efther by the family or the salamisa
Sto e healthy they must have pure
wrater. In these days .d dri+va we )
a pipe can often be sunk on the high
est gravel knoll or sand hill on the
farm more cheaply than in the low
land, and when water is reached it Is
pure and will continue so, because the
surface water runs away from it and
not toward it. If a windmill is erect
ed the wind power is better, and by
tank and pipes water can be brought
to house, barn and yards, or carried
to irrigate the garden and strawberry
bed in a way to make it doubly pay for
itself, first in saying of daily hard la
bor at the pump, and next in increased
crops by having a water supply when
needed. We hqard a market gardener
near Boston say, a tew years ago, that
he put down driven wells, bought a
steam engine and pump, built a tank
and laid pipes and the increased value
of his crops paid the whole expense
the first year, including cost of run
ning the'engine. Farmers in the east
ern states cannot get the United States
to build reservoirs and irrigating
plants for them as western farmers
are trying to do, and it may be a good
thing to investigate the irrigation
problem when deciding on new wells,
but water for family use is all impor
tant. Many a man who thought he
could not afford to put in a new well
has paid out more cash for doctor's
and undertakers bills than the well
would have cost.-Amprican Cultiva
Wiaterlng -wlme oe Dairy Farms.
Where there is no more remunera
tive market for the skim milk, the
breeding and keeping of swine may
be made profitable in connection with
dairying. Where there is more or less
of milk the year routd, the induce
ment is greater to engage in this busi
ness. The conditions for success are
always breeding pigs on the farm from
good stock, thus saving a considerable
outlay, warm, comfortable pens with
plenty of dry bedding and suitable
Those farmers with winter dairies
who have roomy, warm and comforta
ble stables, are well situated for this
work. With these conditions there is
little if any more trouble in raising
and caring for pigs in winter than at
any other time of year. They can be
made so comfortable as to know noth
ing of the severity of the weather out
side. In large basement stables, there
is usually room enough for a litter of
pigs. With plenty of bedding, land
plaster and proper care, there is little
need of making the stable unwhole
some for the cows. The skim milk
can be kept in the stable where it will
be warm and convenient for feeding.
In a little time after the pigs are
taken from their mother they should
have a small amount of grain feed,
wheat middlings and bran or ground
oats, along with the milk, increasing
the amount as the pigs become older,
aiming always to keep them healthy,
thrifty and growing. In this way they
will grow right along and at six to
eight months old be ready for the mar
ket, where they will be wanted at com
paratively good pirces.
A secondary condition in the busi
ness is the making of a large amount
of manure of good quality, that will
be of the greatest use in the produc
tion of better crops on the farm. For
a considerable number of years I have
followed this method, keeping one
brood sow raising pigs all the time.
With a dairy of 18 cows having milk
the year round I have sold $100 worth
of pigs a year besides fatting enough
for a large family. During this time
no pigs have been lost by disease and
it has proved a profitable business in
connection with dairying.-E. t.
Towle, in New England Homestead.
Warm Water for Cows.
The actual data on this subject are
somewhat meagre, but there cannot be
a doubt but that water at the tempera
ture or ordinary well water is much
better than from a tank full of ice,
which if the cow drinks her fill causes
her to shake for half an hour, and
must be very detrimental to her pro
duction of milk.
Tank heaters were used to warm the
water for the steers fed on the Kan
sas Agricultural college farm last win
ter. The water supply is from the
city water system, and was let into
the tanks as often as was necessary
to keep the cattle supplied. The tanks
are ordinary wooden ones, seven feet
deep and stand in the open without
protection or covers. Eighty steers
were fed in four lots of 20 pch and
two lots were watered at eaich tank.
The heaters used last winter resemble
a deep east Iron kettle provided with
a removable grate four inches from the
bottom. The lid is provided with opena
ings for admitting fuel, controlling
draft and the attachment of pipes to
carry away smoke. The draft is the
same as the airtight heater, the open
ings being the same-at the top--nd
carried below the grate by a sheet
iron pipe at the side of the body of
We used coal as fuel exclusively and
had no trouble in any way with the
heaters. The fires seldom went out
and only required a little poking and
additional fuel twice a day at feeding
time. The ashes need removing occa
sionally and we found the easiest way
to be to take up the heater, which is
held in place by rods which screw into
a platform on which the heaters are
set and empty out the ashes. This
needs to be done only once a week.
We have no positive way of estimat
ing the values of the heaters, but cer
tainly all will admit that water about
the temperature of ordinary well wa
ter is better for cattle than ice water.
An animal does not drink often, but
drinks a large quantity at a time and
a difference of 20 to 20 degrees in wa
ter taken into his stomach must cer
tainly have its effect. Another strong
point is that when the cattle have to
drink eice water they usually stand
around the tank and sip for a long time
-perhaps have to come out of the shed
where It is warm as compared with
the location of the tank. They fill up
on ice water, shake their heads and
make a run for the shed asian, where
they shiver until taey get the
water. The bad efects of the cold wa
ter esa hardly be estlmtP.d-J. 0
Haney, tin Amercan Arsealturbste
An sathrLty conaider tbat tm
windmill was laperted late lrames
and aItan frem th east in the UIh
ceaury, thaough it may bae bees b
;REMATION'S ODD PHASE
9 NAY IN WHICH PEOPLE 'DISPOSE
a OF THE ASHES OF THEIR DEAD.
ODe Widow Credited With Eating the
Ashes of Boer Busbad - Many Aasho
Scattered to the Winds-Bodies Proe
I Abroad to Be Cremated.
A good many queer things have hai
pened in connection with crematio$,
but perhaps the strangest of them
I was the case of Mrs. Matilda France-.
fort, relates the New York Sun. Ma
tilda ate her husband, which sound
cannibalistic, but isn't.
L In 1896 Mr. Francefort left his.
I sphere of usefulness in Brooklyn anmL
I his soul, it is to be hoped, soared to a
I better world. As for his body, they
took it to Fresh Pond and cremated it.
Then his widow went after the ashes
I and took them carefully home with
her. All widows do not. Some de't
even buy a niche for them at the ere
matory or pay storage for them in the:
But Mrs. Francefort was different.
She got the ashes of the late Mr. F.
and carried them home in a Japanned
1 tin box, llke a tea canister or a spiee
box. Perhaps that was what sug
I gested to the sorrowing widow the dis.,
position she should next make of them.i
At any rate she decided to eat them.'
There was mbch to be said in favor of
this plan. It was economical She
would save the expense of an urn and
Sa niche and a monument by being all
j that herself. Then, too, she and the
I dear cremated had lived together for
a thirty-one years and she was lonesome
without him. She was informed that
the ashes would enter permanently
into her system, and it seemed to be a
clear case of eating your cake and
a having it too. Anybody could see that
1 under the circumstances it was the
only way of keeping the family to
Having decided to eat her husband
the next question was the manner in
which he should be served. Mrs.
Francefort went over his qualities
with a sorrowful heart. He had been
ta witty man, there was always a spicy
flavor in his conversation. Mrs.
Francefort made a note: "Spice."
Then she defied' anybody to say that
he had not been the salt of the earth.
Another note: "Salt." Stilll.sbe had to
admit that he had a bit of a temper.
Note number three: "Pepper." But
then, he was always sweet to her.
Final note: "Sugar." Clearly, Mr,.
Francefort's post-mortem specialty
should be in the condiment line. Mrs.
F. determined to make a seasoning.
S o she put a pinch of him in her cof
fee at breakfast and sprinkled him
lightly over the boiled shad. At lun
cheon be went into the tea, and con
tributed distinction to the lamb stew.
At dinner-well, at dinner the supply
of Mr. Francefort's ashes went down
in more ways than one. And what
ever the gentleman may have done in
life, there is one thing sure, he never
disagreed with his widow when he
was dead, though a little of him did
perhaps go a long way.
i People who take to cremation seem
I to have a fondness for having their
ashes scattered to the winds. There
r was the first man who was cremated
a in this country. That is to say, the
a first in recent times. Toward the end
. of the eighteenth century a southern
I er by the name of Lawrence left a re
f quest to be cremated. His sons built a
i furnace especially and the first crema
I tion-not Indian-took place on Ameri
I can soiL
But in 1876 Baron von Palm was
" cremated in Dr. Lemoyne's private
crematory at Washington, Penn., and
his ashes were scattered upon the Hud
son River. Then there was Ernest
· Rosin, who, in 1897, stood on the BEads
j bridge over the Mississippi and poured
his father's ashes into the stream be
low. In both cases the dead men had
asked to be thus thrown adriftt. It is
said that Joaquin Miller has made a
Another case of the same kind was
that of William Petersen Appleby, an
officer in the Mexican and the Civil
wars. His body was cremated at
Fresh Pond in 1898 and the widow
took the ashes to her home In Hemp
stead. IHer husband hgd asked her to
scatter them abroad on the first windy
day after his cremation. She walted
Suntil a gale was blowing, and then in
Sthe presence of some of her husband's
tfriends held the ashes out by handfuls
and let the wind blow them away.
At Bromberg, Germany, in 1897, the
ashes of one Robert Aromns were sold
at puble auction for $8.75. The pur
chaser was not a member of the dead
man's family. The records stop short
there, and one is left rguessing who
I wanted the ashes badly enough to pay
S$8.75 for them. It would seem, too,
I that there must have been more than
one bidder, for $8.75 would hardly
I have been offered as a starter.
L1 ' heremains of Abble Sage Blchard
I son, the writer, who died in Italy,
were brought to this country to be cre
I iated. They were incinerated at
a Fresh Pond. Her brother died from
t the shock and was cremated on the
I Kate Fleld's body was also brought
Shome to be burned. She died in the
r Sandwich Islands and was burled
a there. It was a long time before her
• friends got the money together to
s bring the remains to this eountry, but
I it was finally done, and they were ere
mated at 8an Franelsco. Mrs. Whlt
SIng, to whose eforts the carrying out
Sof Miss Field's wishes were due,
t brought the ashes from Sa Prancisco
Sto Boston in a handbag filled with
flowers. The ashes were finally buried
t at Mount aborn beside the grave of
I Miss Field's mother.
Emma Abbott, the singer, was cre
mated at the Washington Crematory.
An interesting item about this case il
. the eostliness of the gown In which the
Sbodly was burned It was an Imported
Sgown of silver and gold brocade. and
Sthe papers of that date placed its cost
I at goo. That may have been a trl
p hih, but the gown was certaily
Sworth a great deal
A pecauliar case was that of T, E
Davis and his wife. Davirs was a Call
tomrla mllonaire. The wife died ast
LShe was remasted, and bar hisbl d
pa br ashes la a bOx twie tthe usal
alse, becaus bee Ibseded to bare hli
own mingled with Ms ws wf e Le
S a Io l die h las tr.
lpe., md the ldsahesfe Sat sia
,I wm n s ssbisthe Sdyr. se hdme
-seu embasss a tl a he aesJis
2 · .,· A'·
he eremated it. Then he was Instruct.
ed to send on the ashes, but this he
declined to do until his bill for em
balming and cremating had been set
In the meantime trouble over the
ldead man's will had broken out in
Californa, and nobody was paying
bills Just then. So a peculiar state of
affairs came to pass. The urn with the
wife's ashes-which rattled lonesomely
around In their ample receptacle-was
produced as evidence in court, while
the busband's ashes were held in Phil
adelphia as security for the undertak
Apropos of California eremations,
there was that of Durrant, the young
murderer. The crematories in San
Francisco were so squeamish that they
refused to burn the body, and the
father had to take it to Pasadena.
The medical men of the State had
been keenly interested in the young
man, and were anxious to have the
brain for 'examination. The family
was determined they should not get it.
So the father did not let the coffin out
of his sight until he saw it placed in
the retort of the Pasadena crematory.
Pet animals have sometimes been
cremated, but the prize Instance of
this kind was when a rich London
woman had a pet Yorkshire terrier,
named Monkey, cremated, and the
ashes placed in a $3000 urn.
Branch 90 of the Cigarmakers' Inter
'national Union is at the Labor Ly
ceum in East Fourth street. On the
top of a desk there is, or was not long !
Sago, a novel exhibit. It was a collec
tion of fifteen cans and one urn, con
tainng the ashes of sixteen members
of the union. In a vault alongside of
the bowling alley in the Arlon club
house there is a similar collection of
the ashes of dead Arlonites.
t Helen Bertram, one of the Boston.
ians, was credited with carrying her
husband's ashes in a chamois bag sus
pended from a gold chain around her
neck. As the ashes from a full grown
body weigh from three to five pounds
it is doubtful if the singer carried
more than a small sample of her hus
band with her In that way. It Is by no
means uncommon, though, for surviv
ing widows to carry the ashes of the
departed with them whenever they
In a state of nature teas trees grow
to a height of forty feet; in cultivation
they are dwarfed by pruning to not
Imore than three.
The common potato, when decompos
ing gives light enough to read by-a
light so vivid that once a cellar at
Strasburg was thought to be bn Are
when shining with the phosphores
cegpe of decomposing potatoes.
A bird never before seen at the Lon
a don Zoo is the open-bill, and it owes its
name to the fact that the two halves
a of Its beak do not meet for some dis
tanc9 from their bases. The open-bill
is tall, with long legs, presumably for
I wading, and hails from Africa.
a A South Paris (Mo.) man recently
secured a prize in the form of a horse
which snores so it rattles the dishes in
I the pantry. The owner of the horse
hap to turn out in the middle of cold
I nights and go down to the stable and
- teed the horse so he will stop snoring
and the family can sleep.
'0tessional story-tellers roam from
house to house in Japan, to spin their
yarns, In the city of Toklo there are
a about' 00 of these professional roman
cers. Their pay averages twenty cents
Ss ahaur. When the story-teller dlscov
4.' that his romances are becoming
Sdu11 from frequent repetition he moves
into a new district.
There is at present to be seen in the
British Museum an extremely curious
I once possessed by Queen Vie
t a and presented by her to that in
stituation. It is composed entirely of
a tortoise shell, and though both costly
Sand curious can hardly be said to be
elegant. It was made some years ago
t euprely for Her Majesty by the na
tfiSi of the Samoan Islands, who have
Stheir own ideas on the subject of fash
SThe inhabitants of Hanover object
a to sying highly for the fire brigade,
Swhich seldom has to extlngialsh a fire.,
o so teyt now require that the wearers
of the itgulation helmet and saxe, shall
atteo4 to accidents and sudden illness
I In the publle streets. For instance,
says a Hanover correspondent, it an
I old lady feels taint she has but to at
trcAet the attention of the nearest po
p lleeman, who In his turn telephones
forthe fire brigade, which promptly
turns up in a carriage and four.
Dlmmeoted br wys**nm*eie GeOrm.
The standard Joke about the French
man who got "extenuating elrcum
stances" In his trial for the murder of
his parente on the pathetic plea that
he wtas an orphan, says the Westmins
ter Gasette, is not so far removed from
the truth as might be imagined, ac
cording to the story told in the Parld
letter of the Daily Chronicle. A man
was tried for parricide, and the medli
cal expert declared that the prisoner,
instead, of being punished, was to be
pitied. He was dominated by hystero
genic germs and ant-peristaltle symp
toms, and the idea of "suppressing'hls
father for the benefit of his family"
Swas a thing that grew and had to be
completid. We quite agree that many
Srimes arise from physical and mental
defects reacting on each other, but It is
Shard on the aunfortanates who asse
"suragpreed" The case reminds one
of the sstem In "Erewhon," where
moral oqenees are treated as physical
S.swre Oselee.t T owa nsee.
a An extraordinary survival from the
i primitive tradition of the clergy open
I ly Iotoethag their own "daues" in kind
t from the people may now be seen in
s funll swing in the rrarl distrtets fet
r UPPer Saoy, in Switserlad. hvery
year about the middle of October,
dersymes, attended by youths bear
lns sacks and baskets, go tfrom village
l to vtage, receiving the Ceatribfltes
I fo their prisbesers. No sort et con
I sranese 'commedity esmes amiss,
lthglh mosey is meet tovored, aud
Severy emeg, the seaek or tassk~t goes
bekair the y leaded. Theso esattibe
- tims re a p dpular test of espsetahill.
l ty, s inssT a bo~aswie was bes
I hSbW*bes benew the whole amous
I at o at ~e~ds to the paohiaI Iha.
;i.· r .
State Grea ntf f Loniial
Governor-W. W. Heard,
Secretary of State-John Michel.
Superintendent of Education--Johb
Auditor-W. S. Frazee.
Treasurer--Ledoux E. Smith.
U. 8. SENATORS.
Don Caffarey and S. D. McEnery.
1 Distriot--e. C. Davey.
2 District-Adolph Meyer.
3 District-R. F. BIroussard.
4 District-P. Itrazeale.
5 Distriot-"J. E. RIansdell.
6 District-S. M. Robinson.
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