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THE ST. LANDRY CLARION.
"Here Shall the Press the People's Rights Maintain, Unawed by influence and Unbribed by Gain."
VO(L. X.-NO. 1. OPELOUSAS, LA.. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 7, 1899. ONE DOLLAR PER YEAR.
- · _ ON I)OT~ARPER EAR.
REUBE AND DANIEL
A Story of the Rifle Pits By M. QUAD.
in Front of Petersburg. ,* .e º * Copyrighted.
He was a man about 40 years old
quarelous, rough of speech and making
no pretensions to gentleness or comr
panionship. We enlisted him, after our
company reached the front, and it was
by accident that he came to G, istead
of another company. He gave his name
as Reuben Hardman, and he was the
only man among us who kept his fam
ily history to himself. Now and then,
after he had stood sentry duty in a
pouring rain, or we had temporarily
been put on half-rations owing to the
muddy roads, Reube would break out
daresDan'I's hide, but if I had
him here I'd wallop him till he
couldn't holler! What on airth did he
go and do it fur and bring all this
trouble on me!"
At such times he was asked who
Dan'l was and what he had done, and
he would promptly reply that it was
nobody's business. We made a good
many guesses about it, but it turned
out that we were far from the mark.
ut twice a week the man would find
1,', . wrong and begin to pitch
iknown Daniel and call him
f names, but he would not
..ear a word against him from
Ilse. It was an old subject
"t around to Petersburg and
ear of the war, and Reube
'efore been put down as ec
" mystery of Dan'l was soon
, however. As our regiment
c-pits in front of the center
lines, the mar Reube was
ailed to occupy one of them.
more than 100 feet to the
e rifle-pits, and to show a
the earth meant sure death.
. a high-pitched voice, and
ce' hearing it could identfy
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S4"V O r
"THE TWO WENT ROLLIN.G OVEJR ANO OVER.
.n the darkest night. It begia
ing soon afte. lie and a comrad
nad reached the pit, and the man soo:
began the old tirade against Dan'l.
"Here .1 'am in rain and mud, ant
half starved and likely to. be shot, ant
it's all on his account!" he shouted
"Durn him, but I'd give a yoke of oxe:
to git my 'jaws dh nbird fur ten ninits
I'll find him sooner or later, and they
won't he Wvisk" he had never bin born!'
He went on in that vein for abou
five minutes, and he had only stoppe,
for breath and to think up some nes
cplas-words, when a voice "from the
confederate pit shouted out:
"Say, now, but shuck my hide if i
don't know the tRitter what owns thal
"Who be you over thar!" called Reu
ben, as he half started up.
"You don't mean it!"
"Of cu.:rse I do, and you are Reube,
I'd know lhat voice of yours if I heard
it in Chiny. Say, old man, how ar'
"'T'm well 'nuff and powerful mad.
What did you go'n turn rebel fur and
;make all this trouble? You hain't got
,no edeuecy about you, Dan'l Hard
"'mn as good as a Yank!" called
"Yon ain't either! Jest lemme git
It of you and i'11 make you sing a
t erent tune! 1 want you to come
r it et',r here and surrender and be
h e . .,, sif!"
S do it!"
%ll, "e w:.. tht' mystery. Reube
an' )a a r, l.ihr.... s and in oppos
ing irm i,. 1,I -I ' , ersation in the
rife~Iits was hea.' . score of men
onetiter -ide. and fi . .one side would
cheeriand then the a.; . When there
was nbreak in the t;ik a confederate
"HeytIri-. Reitbe--come over to the
house tt .st'e Dan'L"
"You to boy, ]asln'!: come home and
be lcitkeý! a federal would shout in
nsswer, .n for a coi.pl" of hours the
firing fron half a doz'.n ride-pits was
When h: ,,uk his second trick in the
pit he wa eager to reopen com
mmnleatior at he exposed his head
and a bull 'at his cap flyiin ten feet
"b*Durn ur hide, but was : tatt you,
Dae'l1" e 'shouted, as he 'rouhed
down. 's, I'll bet it was. Yo'u hain't
goe no re sense 'n 'your hrad than
S shooft at your .own Irother,
~ti u couldn't bhit a barn ten feet
you, e be" ealled w : 9'l
'olrrse ilt me! What ygu En
lay qcadstus fur?"
"I thought it was some other Yank.
Hope I didn't skeer you into fits. Say,
Reube, how's all the folks at home? I
hain't heard nothin' fur a hull year."
"None o' yer bikness how they are!
Anybody mean 'nuff to run off and jine
the rebel army needn't be axin about
decent folks. I've got a heap of things
laid up agin you, young man, and you'll
do a lot o' beggin' when I git holt of
"You'll never git holt!"
"Yes, I will. Grant is goin' to cap
ture your old army, fur sure, and then
me'n you will settle things. He sent
word by me that if you'd come over to
our side you might go home."
"Tell him to go to grass!"
It was funny what influence that lit
tle thing had on the opposing rifle-pits.
It came to be known by a hundred men
on each side that Reube and Dan'l were
brothers, add their names became
household words. They were on duty
in the pits only three times before their
respective regiments were relieved and
sent to the rear, but the men who came
after them had something to talk about.
After trying their best for a couple of
hours to get in a fatal shot, the firing
would cease and a confederate would
"Say, over thar, what's become of
Dan'l's brother, Reube?"
"Oh, he's all right; and how's Dan'1
"Mighty well. He's up talkin' with
Gen. Lee jest now, and the general's
goin' to order Reube to come over to
us. You felles ought to be ashamed of
yourselves to keep a man agin his will."
This sort of chaffing would go on for
an hour, and the chances were that.
some general officer would be sent down
to the covered ways to find out why
the firing had ceased. One night Reub
was caught trying to work his wa;
through the federal pickets. It wa
called attempted desertion to the ene
my, and was looked upon as a seriou,
ease until he entered into explanations
It is hardly beiieveable, and yet he wa
trying to make his way into the con
federate lines to have a tal.kwith Dan'
and try and bring him over. When h:
was set at liberty his story was knowT
to 20,000 federals on that front, and ii
was: "Hey, Reube!" and: "Youthar'
Dan'l!" up and down the lines for mans
"The blamed idiot!" Reube would ex
claim as he looked across the confed
erate lines. "You jest wait 'till I gil
him in my clutches! He never did
know 'niff to come in when it rained,
but to go and jine the rebels and shoot
his own brother's cap off shows that he
ought to be hammered 'till he can't hol
ler. Oh, you wait! I'll git my paws on
him before this thing is over!"
Dan'1 probably had something to say
in the same vein, and so it went until
the Sunday we broke through Lee's
lines and brought about the beginning
of the end. Our regiment had the honor
of the advance with several others, and
it was a good fight the enemy made be
fore we pushed his thin lines back. We
had been moved five miles to take part
in this attack, and there was not one
chance in a thousand that the regiment
to which Reube's brother belonged
would be in front of us. All through
the fighting, however, Reube looked for
him. Tie closely scanned every pris
oper passing us to the rear, and as we
pushed `on from one field-work to an
other, driving out the ragged and half
starved men who had held them so long
and so bravely, Reubie would occasion
ally growl to himself:
"Durn that Dan'l's miserable hide,
but why don't he show up? He knows
I'm lookin' fur him, and he knows how
I'll make his heels crack when I find
him, but he ought to show up and hey
it over with."
It was when the last stand was made
on our front. There were fitteen min
utes of fierce fighting, and then we
raised a cheer and dashed forward and
oM a feld-work.~ A hundred confed
erates flung down their muskets and
threw up their hands, and as we were
fairly among them Reube uttered a
whoop heard by half the company.
Next instant he flung down his musket
and sprung upon a prisoner in gray,
and the two went rolling over and over
on the ground in a rough-and-tumble
fight. The troops were fighting yet to
right and left, and a portion of our
own command was pressing forward,
mst that "scrap" caught and held the
attn'ion of 300 or 400 men.
"It's Reube's brother Dauni-go ia,
IReube!" yelled one of our company,
whose quick wit had solved the puzzle.
"It's Dan'1's brother Reube--bite him
Dan'l!" yelled a confederate in return,
and then everybody began cheering and
yelling and shouting words of encour
agement to one or the other.
"Durn yer hide, but I'll pound ye to a
jelly!" grunted Reube, as the pair rolled
"Ye can't lick nuthin'! !" grunted
Dan'l in reply, and they had five min
utes of it before being separated.
"What did you go'n make a fool of
yourself fur?" demanded Reube, as
they stood facing each other.
"None o' yer bizness! I guess I don't
belong to you!"
"I guess you do, and don't gimme no
Dan'l was sent toghe rear with other
prisoners, and Reube went along as
guard. After4urther jawjag they be
came reconciled and shook hands and
began to ask and answer family ques
tions. A month later when Reube was
mustered out of service at Washington
with others of the company, Dan'l was
there as one who had taken the oath
of allegiance. They were ready to go
home together. As Reube received his
final discharge papers he turned to
Dan'l and said:
"Now, then, you come along home
with me and behave yourself, and let
me hear no braggin'!"
"Mebbe I'll come and mebbe I won't!"
replied Dan'l, as they moved away to'
"You'll either come or git an awful
"Shoo! Who's afraid of you!"
I We've All Been There
f By M. QUAD. Copyrighted.
When the lame and dejected-looking
man had finally got a seat in the car
? he seemed to feel that some explanation
was due the passengers, and he said:
"I didn't go down with a bridge, and
I wasn't blown up on a steamboat. I
was simply run over by a bicycle. As
none of you may have ever come in
contact with one of those vehicles it
will perhaps interest you to-"
"Say!" interrupted the man on his
right, "you can't tell me anything
about it. I was run down about three
months ago, and I left my cane at home
to-day for the first time. No use to
go on and describe to me how I took a
jump about seven feet high, and then
landed on my ear on the pavement with
my legs tied in knots. I've been run
over by a butcher cart, but between
the two I'll take the cart every time."
"And I don't need to be told the sen
sations," added the man on thl left.
"It's only about a month ago that I
was crossing the street at night. Along
came a bicycler without a lamp and he
was just humping himself. The wheel
didn't seem to hit me in any particu
lar spot, but all over. I was knocked
into the middle of next week and lay
there for half an hour, and I'm feel
ing sore and lame yet. Of course the
man on the bike didn't suffer the least
injury. They never do, you know."
"I was going along, you know," con
tinued the lame man-"I was going
along about my business, when-"
"Ueing run over by one bike ain't
enough to raise a fuss about, mnl
rupted a man across the aisle. "It
stirred you up some, of course, but you
wait until you've been struck by a tan
dem going like a cannon ball! Then
you'll have a story to tell. I was driv
ing out with my wife, and I got out
of the buggy to pick up my lost whip.
That tandem came smoking around a
corner, and as I straightened up with
the whip in my hand the heavens and
the earth came together with a crash
and midnight darkness was upon the
land. Two ribs broken, a shoulder dis
located and one of my knee-caps frac
tured, and my whole body generally
bruised. The shock didn't even throw
the fell-ws off the tandem. It just
checked 'em for a second, and as they
went on one of the would-be murder
ers threw a kiss at my wife! Don't go
to gibing us any vivid yarn about being
run over by a common bike, for it's
nothing to brag about."
"I was knocked down by one," re
marked a timid-looking woman.
"And so was I," added the big woman
with a satchel.
"And I, too."
In fact there was only one person in
the car who hadn't been made a vic
tim. le seemed to feel his position,
and when everybody looked at him
askance he rose up and bowed and said:
"I've been expecting to be run down
every day for a year past, but have
somehow escaped. However, just be
fore I left Texas I had a herd of 800
steers run over me, and as near as I
can calculate 795 of 'em stepped on
some portion of my body."
Then everybody looked at the lame
man to see if he had anything more to
say, but he hadn't, and neither did any
one sympathize with him.
He Found an Excuse.
The woman had been carried a block
beyond her corner, and as she finally
caught the conductor's attention and I
got the car stopped she looked at him
in a way which twenty men promptly
understood. A dozen hats were raised 1
and a dozen men rose up, but there is
always a leader. In this case he mo
tioned the men to sit down and said to
the woman as she slowly descended:
"Yes'm, you bet I will! I've got a a
soft-corn, a sore throat and a headache, 1
and all I wanted was a decent evcase!" I
"Thank you;" she replied.
"Not at all, ma'am-happy to accom- I
modate," and he worked his way back
to the platform and opened such a flow
of cuss-words on the conductor that
after going five bloeks furfher the cur
rent grounded and the ear caEa to
GIRL WITHOUT TALENTS.
Ihe May Live a Life of Fulfillment b,
Making the Most of Her Every
"Many a modest, unselfish girl, wh4
does not regard herself as remarkable
either in mind, appearance or manner
asks: 'Where is there a place for a gir
to-day who is not beautiful or talented
who cannot play or paint or sing, can
not permit herself to write an essay foe
a literary clult.ei no ability fol
leadership?' writes Mary Baldwin iI
the Woman's Home Companion, of
"The Girl Without Great Gifts." "Foe
such a one the history of an every-da3
girl who met fulfillment and wroughi
from common material a wonderful
life-fabric may be offered. She was the
plainest of a family, and as she grew tc
maidenhood gave no sign of possessing
anything that would not seem possible
to the most ordinary person. Her sis
ters had each a 'gift.' But nobody ex
pected anything great from 'Miss Mar
garet,' and she never dared to hope that
she could fill any place of importance
even in the smallest circle. As is often
the case with the inconspicuous girl of
the family, she became a general help
er, and was called to assist and fill gaps
in the home service. She learned
through all this to get away from her
self, and in effect said: 'I cannot do
this, but my sister can.' As soon as she
could accept this she was no longer a
lonely girl, but imagined that she had a
sort of partnership in the achievements
of those whom she helped. Let it not be
imagined that she had never experi
enced a regret that she herself had been
overlooked in the distribution of gifts;
there were bitter moments when she
suffered on account of the fact, but this
was before she had given herself wholly
to the purpose of forgetting her loss
and helping others. As sobn as this be
came a fact she began to -eceive of the
blessedness of giving, and the mental
and spiritual enlaigemen: of her com
pensation worked, itself outwardly, so
that she became a very attractive per
son. Finally the prince came, and the
slipper fitted the stay-at-home sister,
and she became a p'rincess before
whom many hearts bowved in the sincer
HOW TO BOIL CLOTHES.
Much Harm Is Done by Leaving Them
in the Boiler Until They are
The purpose of boiling clothes is to
expand the fabrics by steam and- thus
to loosen the dirt and allow it to drop
out; there is no good, but actual harm
derived from "cooking" the clothes;
they do not require "cooking," but
cleansing, and when they are cleansed
that is sufficient. Hence, within half
an hour after the water first begins
to bubble they should be immediately
removed and plunged into clear, cold
water. While flie clothes are boiling
they may be turned with aclothes-stick,
but must not be punched or lifted in
such a manner as to tear them. The
common custom in many households
of putting the second boilerful of
clothes into the boiling, dirtied water
from which the first boilerful has been
taken is wholly opposed to good laun
dry work. When the cook wishes to
keep the juice in the meat that is to be
cooked by boiling she plunges it into
boiling water. When she wishes to ex
tract the juices and have them in the
water for soup, etc., she puts the meat
on in cold water. If youi wish to get
the dirt out of the clothes instead of
dlriving it into the fiber, put the clothes
on in cold water, and do not allow them
to remain in the boiling water soiled
by them till they are dyed yellow.
VERY LATEST STOCK.
It Consists of Wide Bands and Fluft
Trimmings, and Is Called
Fortunate indeed is she who possesses
that physical virtue-a swanlike neck,
for the prettiest new collars and stocks
are so tall and "fussy" that the short
necked sisterhood can only look at
them with longing eyes and sigh.
The "Adelaide," the latest stock, is
higher than any yet seen. It has its
TPE NEW ADELAIDE COLLARETTE. 1
redeemi,:g feature, however, in the lit
tie frill which finishes the lower edge.
Slightly low-cut bodices of a summer
ago which could not possibly "pass"
this season are enabled to do duty by
the addition of the "Adelaide."
A stock of plain silk covered with fig
ured tulle or embroidered chiffon is 1
made and finished with a frill also of
the diaphanoius material or, 'to erur
an. effective contrast, plain .g ".is! 1
used. The frill extends belcý the de- L
fective neck finish copcealing it and at
the same time looking like an original
feature of the bodiee. -,
The True Politleal Pall. j
Seeker-It means a great peal of a
hard putting fl~k man getsa aii r nt a
for an ofilc nowadays.
f _ti~r ~rl3Pf
SALT WATER BATHS.
They Give Tone to the Entire Systeb
and Keep the Skin Healthy,
Soft and Clear.
For a hand bath (a bath given to th:
body by use of the hands only, or bJ
sponge or cloth) place a handful of sail
in a basin as ordinarily filled for wash
ing. Allow the salt to dissolve, of
hasten the action by stirring it witt
the hand. The water should be as cold
as you have vitality to withstand. Use
no soap. Bathe the entire body. Di
not neglect the face and neck in the
free use of the salt water. This batb
has an exhilarating influence, tones
the entire system, and gives to the skin
a healthful condition that amply repays
for the time and trouble involved. Ii
used in the winter it will be an excel
lent preventive of colds, besides being
a substitute for face cosmetics. No
chapping, no roughness of the skin and
no clogging of the pores will trouble
the person who systematically and reg
ularly takes a bath of this sort. Or
dinary table salt or rock salt will do,
but will notdo so well. The sea-salt
contains medicinal properties not
found in the others. Whether one ex
ercise or not, the body should receive
a daily hand bath of cold or cool water,
especially in the summer, either upon
rising or before retiring.-Edward B
Wariman, in Ladies' Home Journal.
COSTUME FOR NURSES.
Cool and Comfortable Model Which Is
Being Adopted by Hospitals
Trained nurses will hail with delight
the comfortable new costume which is
here illustrated. It is a close-fitting
COSTUME FOR A NURSE.
affair consisting of skirt and waist
which are joined upon the same waist
band. In institutions where the rank
of a nurse is designated by the color of
her uniform, the "head" nurses wear
costumes of white duck while their
subordinates don the familiar blue
gingham gown. The only trimming
upon these uniforms is a double row of
stitching around the yoke and sleeves.
Worry Hinders Digestion.
The cat has served to teach mankini
an all-important lesson concerning the
working of the stomach. The X rays
directed upon a cat's stomach have
demonstrated that any irritation or dis
agreeable nervous excitement arrests
the progress of digestion. Dr. Fritz
Lange, of Munich, who makes a special
study of the stomach, performed a
series of experiments, which resulted in
this interesting discovery. After the
cat had eaten the X rays were turned
on, and Dr. Lange watched the animal'.
stomach through a fluorescent screen.
Then he irritated the cat by placing a
live mouse just beyond its reach. Dr.
Lange was able to observe that diges
tion was absolutely interrupted by the
irritation of the animal. Briefly stat
ed, the lesson for man is: Don't let
anything bother or interrupt your din
How to Make Orange Sponge.
Into a saucepan place a pint of cold
water, the thinly pared rind of one
lemon, and three or four ounces of
sugar. Stir until the sugar is dissolved
and add one ounce of gelatine which
has been soaked in cold water. Stir
and strain and when cool add the juice
of one lemon and three oranges and
more sugarif needed. Whisk the whites
of two fresh eggs, add them to the half
set jelly, whisk again, and turn thbe
frothy mixture into a wet mold to be
placed on ice until serving time, Then
turn out the sponge and serve with the
grated peel of an orange scattered
over the top.
Bolero Coreet Covenrs
Bolero corset covers are just as fash
ionable as bolero jackets. One of the
daintiest of these is formed entirely of
black Italian lace insertion and white
cambric, as fine as the finest of Imhan
kerchiefs, set in alternate strips and
drawn together with a light blue rib
bon over the bust. Another, to be
worn with a pink corset, is of ecru lace
and pink mull. The materiaLis laid in
fine tucks; the neck is ornamented by
a narrow collar edged with lace.
Delicious Rice Bisclits.
These sire delicious if properly made.
Take equal parts of flour, sugar and
ground rice, say a half pound of each,
and half a teaspoonful of baking pow
der. Mix all into a paste with two wel
beaten eggs. Shape into biscuits, and
bake in a brisk oven.
Curled Gangeybread Reelpe.
-Beat seven ounces of butter to a
cream, add eight ounces of brown
sugar, eight ounces of flour, quarter of
anutmeg, 'and mix all with nine ounces
if treacle. Drop a very little with =.a
paoon. on thins, and bakea i a uloWn7s.:
e 67 uhonk be crisp.
COMFORT FOR STOCK
Mubblng Post Placed Here and Ther.
in Shadeless Pastures Will
Save the Fences.
In pastures where there are no trees
or underbrush, stock will often rub
against fences, causing considerable
injury, particularly if the fences are
made of rails or boards. If rubbing
posts are provided this will be obvi
ated to a certain extent, and the stock
liven considerable comfort. Two con
FORM OF THE RUBBING POST.
veitient forms are shown in the illus
tration. The one at a is simply a post
set in the ground at an angle, and the
one at b consists of two posts with a
top piece. One of these posts must be
considerably higher than the other, so
that the upper plece will slope. The
posts must be set firinly in the ground
and, the top piece mortised in; other
wise it will be broken ot.--S. C. Millie,
in Orange Judd Farmer.
THE SPARROW HAWL.
Investigation Proves That the Farm
er Has No Better Friend Than
This Perseoeted Bird.
In -many sections the sparrow hawk
is recognized as a true friend of the
farmer, though in others it is included
in the general warfare waged by farm
ers and sportsmen against hawks of
all descriptions. The value of the spar
row hawk lies in his habit of feeding
on small rodents. He is a rapacious
bird, and destroys great numbers of
these farm pests; also grasshoppers.
Farmers are slow to appreciate the
value of birds of prey. If one young
chicken is devoured by a hawk a year,
the whole race is condemned and no
account taken of the 500 mice and
young rats he may eat during that
period. Mr. W. B. Hall, of Wakeman,
O., was county clerk while the Ohio
hawk law was in force, and he issued 46
bounty certificates for sparrow hawks.
He examined their stomachs and found
them all to contain the remains of
grasshoppers, beetles and meadow
mice; not one held any signs of chilk
ens. The investigations of the depart
ment of agriculture are more con
clusive yet, showing hundreds of mice
against every chicken.
STORY WITH A LESSON.
How a Trae p's Politeness Wai
Awakened by the SIght of a
I. will relate an amusing incident ]
saw happen in a creamery I visited s
short time ago, writes G. B. Lawson in
Creamery Journal The creamery wae
as clean and neat as any could be.
There was not a speck of dirt on the
floor or about any of the machinery.
The door opened and a tramp came
in with muddy boots on. It was rainy
at the time. He made one step on the
inside and stopped, as soon as he saw
the condition of the room, looked at
his muddy feet, took off his hat and
apologized for coming in in such a
hurry with so much mud on his feet.
If that creamery had been dirty and
grimy, as some are, that tramp would
not have stopped at the door and apol
ogized, but would have gone in and
gotten the buttermilk he wanted with
out looking at his feet. Brother But
termaker, do you keep your creamery
so clean that a tramp will stop at the
door, take off his hat and offer an
apology for coming in? If not, try
it and see what a difference it will have
on the looks of the place, and also on
the quality of the product made.
Crescent Carcnlip Mark.
Wherever a fruit is stung by the
curculid a crescent-shaped mark is left
that gradually deadens the portion of'
fruit inclosed, so that'the sap will not'
flo* so freely; This deadening of the
fruit will exten to the stem and looset~
its hold. Inside this crescent mark the
curculio egg will be found. It used to
be supposed that the cure.ulio could not
lay its eggs without making this mark
It. does not at least, but the two opera
tions are entirely separate. . Instinct
teaches the "little trick" to deaden the
skin in order to stop the flow of juices,
which might flood and destroy the egg
she is about to lay. This deadening of
the skin causes the fruit to `ipen pre
maturely, so that when the egg hatches
the worm has ripened instead of greei
fruit to feed upon.
Germs in the Pere-Milk.
With regard to the number of germs
pieeent in the fore-milk; Prof. Harrison
found that in' the fliti few straits o
milk removed from the - teats' they
varied from, 18,000 to 54,000 per eabie
centimeter; while the numbers resent
in the resmainder of thýmilk amounted
to only from 890 to 4,800 per cable
centimeter. These. figures clearly
demonstrate how important It is that
the first few drops of milk from each
teat should be milked into a separate
receptacle and subsequently thrown
away, 'sd siould oa no 'aeeotnt be
mined writh the bMlk of the i .. k
Any land that will grow age4dep
t corn will grow berries.,,,'t r
ROADS NEED REPAIRS.
A Connecticut Law Wisely Provides
That They Should Be Made
As the state is preparing to spend
nearly $200,000 a year for road improve
ments, including the salary and ex
penses of the commissioner and dep
uties, it iq not only ft but absolutely,,
necessaryf that proision should be
made for keeping the roads so im
proved in good condition. Experience
shows that many towns bill not do this.
From carelessness or parsimony they
allow what has been made a good road
to deteriorate from the moment the
original work was completed, and
nothing deteriorates much more
promptly than a neglected highway.
If the state has paid hall or two-thirds
the cost of the improvements it has am
plegromnd for requiring that the towna
it has aided shall use proper diligence
to retain and continue the benefits of
the state's contribution. In this sense
the clause in this year's bill which di
rects the commissioner to see that
proper repairs are made from time to
time is the most important feature in
it. It is founded in both justice and
That the danger of neglect is no idle
fancy is known to all who have looked
into the results of road-building. in
Connecticut thus far, but it is oppor
tune to quote a 'few iiah. frdm the An.
sonia Sentinel on the esbject because
that excellent paper illbstrates the po.
sition from the experienceeof its own
bailiwick. It says: "This will compet
the repairing of thaeoads which, owing'
to neglect and inefficien., are fast be,
coming worthless,; such as the road,
in Ansonia and Derby, d ld two or more
Towns will have to reinmenber that it
is one thing to build roads becaIse tiey
can have half or two-thirds or three.
quarters of the eost pdicda the state,
and quite another thing to uandertakq
the responsibility of creating and
maintaining good roads. the former
phrase has described the situationui"..
thus far. Towns have been urged to
vote roads so as togget "their share of
the state appropriation.". ' whey could
buy a road for half price or less, anti sA
they were ready to do it. But ;i er)
road builder knows that money se
spent is wasted unless a eontin.;
ual annual outlay follows it. Yoq
might as well buy a, steam en.
gine and try to rung it withipv'
constant care as to build . goon4.
road and leave it alone. Under the.
old system some roads have been built
which would not have bee' touohed it
the condition for proper maintatance
had accompanied the apprdpiration,
No community which will not keep up
its roads after it gets them careu
enough about good roads to be helpe4
in obtaining them.--Hartford Tir.h '
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RELIABLE BRAKE BLOCK.
Used with Success by the Teamsters
in the Mountainous Regions
of the Northwest.
A three-cornered block (a) of wood
is fastened by chains or wired to thr
brake beam of a wagon so that it wit
drag on the ground about two inchet
behind one of the rear wheelq of, thq
EFFECTIVE BRAZE BLOCE.
wagon. The driver stops to rest hit
team, and instead of applying the
brake, the team is allowed to slackeý
its traces so the weight of the load will
rest on the self-acting chock block.
When the team starts again the team
merely has to start the load instead
of having to pull against the brake un.
til it can be loosened.-Orange Judd
FRESH DAIRY NOTE&
When milk is to be taken to the.
creamery do not mix the milk of the
night and the morning even if it will
save the use of one can.
The milk cow nmtt be kept clean;
the milkers must be cleatat'milking
time; and the vessels in whiah thg uiij
is put must be clean at all times.
Do not aerate the milk in the stabT~
or in the lee of the stable. Th-i al
in which the milk is aerated mustabe
pure, else the milk in being .erated
will sufler more harm tPauy the .era.
tion will do good.
Milk for the creamery munt.b infil
in its proper con4tjon. The farmer
that has permitfeif 1ht h fk o get into
bad, shape had better feed :it t:o his
hogs or poultry than attempt .to bl.
it to the creamery where it wili
likely to spoil a hundred other btcbes
of milk.-Farmers' Review. .
The Boiled Butter B..1asi,.
One of the worst.and most inidious
enemies. of good cream butter Ji
process or "boiled" butter. W/leh at-f
ter becomes so bad and rancid as to be
absolutely worthless for any purpose,
it is melted to its original oil, treated
with alkaloids, feed front volatile oil,
r'crystalized, and then churned with
sour milk to freshen it; This priduces
a: thoroughly renovatid and It is
claimed wholesome butter with a good
body which will easily show, a butter
fat content of 80 per cent. From a
standpoint `too of chemical analysis, it
aunot- be eonsidered adulterated nor
an imitation. The-only protection the
producers of good fresh butter hale-.I
to iasist that this manufactured prod
t' shall be sold as renovated or boiled
uttcer,-Jour aed o eAgreture,.