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"What f)-.beau±l£u] fabric the Ameri can flag lis-!" exclaimed one girl.' Yes,"'4nswQred thfe otlier, "and it never gofes on the bargain counter."— Washington Star. To Care Constipation STorevar. Take C&scarets Candy Cathartic. 10c op 28a IT C. C. C. (ail to cure, druggists refund money. Front Stoop Repartee. The Dearest Girl—Oh, yes, I will ad mit that woman has her limitations. The Savage Bachelor—Yes usually the limit of her husband's pockctbook. •—Cincinnati Enquirer. PATENTS. XUt of Parents Isnncd Imt Wcelc to Nortliweatern Inventors. Alfred I. Garlough, St. Paul, Minn., lock Mounty A. Lyon, Wisdon, Mont., sack holder George Peterson, Brown ing, Mont., irrigating machine Carl H. B. Randleff, St. Paul. Minn., heating drum for lamps Charles R. Sheldon, Ivasson, Minn., eye shield Orison M. Smith, Duluth, Minn., clamping device for supporting doors, etc. James Trav is, Jr., Cascade, Mont., grain drill James Travis, Jr., Cascade, Mont., combined sod-cutter, harrow and seeil planter Charles O. Wescott, Farming ton, Minn., pipe lock Nelson Witts, Alma City, Minn., rotary engine Ar thur H. Ives, Minneapolis, Minn., cover for ice cream tubs Henry A. Muckle, St. Paul, Minn., vehicle spring. ^er^ln'_p°"irop ft Johnson, Patent Attor neys, "Pioneer Press Buildine, St. Paul. CZARINA AND HER BABY. Photograph That Embarrassed Rus sian Censors. A photograph of the czarina nursing her baby recently appeared in an En glish newspaper, and when it reached the Russian censor the latter was a much-puzzled official. He consulted with the minister of the interior, who was equally perplexed, and vsho de cided to consult with the czar. "The best thing I can do," said the Russian emperor, "is to show this to the czarina, and let her decide." In a few minutes, according to the story, the czar returned, and said, with a smile, to the minister of the interior: "Her imperial majesty finds nothing in the picture contrary to the law. Let it pass." i'ndannted. "Here," remarked the press censor, "is something that you can head up as war news and put in your paper." "It isn't another victory, is it?" re marked the editor. "Of course it is. You can say truth fully that the king has successfully re pulsed an attack of measles."—Wash ington Star. As He Looked at It. Mrs. Enpeck—Ah, well, things are never so bad but that they might be worse. Mr. Enpeck (in whom the !ion has suddenly been aroused)—I kno-'.v it. I might be a Mormon and have three or four of you.—Chicago News. Progress A World's 5k Tribute. A ml Mm America Leads 111 the Nations in the March of Progress. Among the wonders of the World's Columbian Fair the grandest was the exhibit of American products. The Ex hibition was, in this respect, an object lesson of the grandeur and glory of the Republic. Among the exhibits from the United States no article of its class stood so high as Dr. Price's Cream Baking Powder. The Chiefs Chemist of the Agricultural department at Washington, backed by an intelligent jury at the Exposition, found it strongest in leavening power, peerless in its purity and beyond comparison in uniform excellence. Received Highest Award At the World's Fair. The award is a matter of official record. Nothing could settle so decisively the immeasureable superi ority of Dr. Price's over all other powders as the great honof bestowed at Chicago. A DOMESTIC INCIDENT. From the Observer, Flushing, Mich. "Early in November, 1894," says Frank Long, who lives near Lennon, Mich., "on starting to get up from the dinner table, I was taken with a pain in my back. The pain increased and I was oblged to take to my bed. The physician who was summoned pronounced mv case muscular rheumatism accompanied by lumbago. He gave me remedies and injected morphine into mT arm to ease the pain. "My disease gradually became worse un til I thought that death would be welcome release from my sufferings. Besides my regular physician I also consulted another^ but he gave me no encouragement. On Oetting Up from the Table. "I was finally induced through reading some accounts in the newspapers regarding the wonderful cures wrought by Dr. Wil liams' Pink Pills for Pale People, to try them. I took the pills according to direo tions and soon began to notice an improve* ment in my condition. Before the first boa was used I could get about the house, and after using five boxes, was entirely cured. "Since that time I have felt no return of the rheumatic pains. I am confident that Dr. Williams' Pink Pills saved my life and I try to induce my friends who are sick to try the same remedy. I will gladly answer inquiries concerning my sickness and won derful cure, provided stamp is enclosed for reply. FRANK LONG." I Sworn to before me at Venice, Mich.i this 15th day of April, 1898. G. B. GOLDSMITH, Justice of the Peace, ~j Feminine Charity. "Why is it?" asked the Cummin® ville sage, "that the average man Is Mr. Jaggs—It must have been pretty enough acquainted with his ways to sot out his usual drink without a word being spoken?"—Cincinnati Enquirer. He—That St. Louis heiress seems to have made quite a social hit. She—Indeed He—Yes I understand she haa a dczen prominent society people at hei feet. She—Well, she is fortunate in having room there for thera.—Chicago News. The average woman acts first and thinks over it afterward. A girl's hair draws more than ship's cable. Woman's ruling passion crops out ia her desire to rule a husband. After a man begins to take whiskj sick. !C* Triumph j! FARM AND GARDEN. MATTERS OF INTEREST TO AGRICULTURISTS. Some Up-to-Date Hints About Cul tivation of the Soil antl Yield* Thereof—Horticulture, Viticulture and Floriculture. Asparagus Culture In Missouri. Bulletin No. 43 of the Missouri -Ox periment Station, by Prof. J. C. Writ ten, horticulturist, describes in detail the best methods of growing aspara gus, which, briefly summarized, are as follows: This plant succeeds well in any rich soil, a loose apd somewhat sandy soil being preferred. The best varieties are the Palmetto and Colossal. For the best results the seed should be sown in the greenhouse or hot-bed in Feb ruary. When the plants are two or three inches high put the best of them in 2% inch pots. The selection of plants is of great importance. Many of them will have stems that are flat and twisted, or that send out branches near the ground, are tough and woody and should be discarded. Select only such as are cylindrical, smooth, and make at least two inches of growth before putting out leaves. These will make crisp and tender plants. Re pot these young and tender plants fre quently until about the first of May, when they should he planted out of doors. In the absence of greenhouse or hot-bed facilities for growing these plants, it would be best to buy from some first-class nursery good one-year old plants. For the asparagus bed the soil should be pulverized thoroughly to a good depth, and the plants set 12 to 18 inches apart in straight rows four feet apart. Vary the depth of setting the plants in the ground from four inches at one end of the bed to eight inches at the other the shallow set plants will come up earlier in the spring, thus giving a longer producing season. Give clean cultivation during the summer, and in the early winter mulch heavily with old fine manure. In early spring ridge up the rows by turning the soil between the rows over the sprouting plants. The sprouts com ing through this depth of soil will be long, well bleached and tender. This ridging also facilitates subsequent cul tivation, as after the asparagus is cut these ridges may be raked or lightly harrowed to kill all weeds without in juring the crowds below. No aspara gus should be cut until the plants are two or three years old, but after they have become thoroughly established, cutting may continue daily for six ox eight weeks in the spring. Allow no stems to make leaves until cutting ceases about the first of June. After that time the best cultivation should be given until autumn. Under no cir cumstances should the tops be cut af ter harvesting ceases until they have died in the fall. This summer growth makes the plants strong and ready for the next spring's crop. A bed treated in this way every year should produce well for forty years. Partly Analyzed Soils. The analysis of soils is of a good deal of importance to the farmer and yet no analysis can tell exactly what a soil will do or what it most needs. By chemical analysis we get certain results. The test shows the chemicals that compose the soil but it does not show the humus and ready plant food. Thus two soils might analyze exactly alike and yet one of them might be a productive and the other an unpro ductive soil. One might bo rich in humus and the other contain no hu mus. In one the available nitrogen might be large, while in the other there might be no available nitrogen. The analysis of soils is a thing" that should be carried on to a greater ex tent than at present, but we must not look for too great results from it. One of the best analyses of soils is that made by the actual plants. Knowing the needs of different plants ve can largely determine the character of the soil by the relative growth of the plants. The partly analyzed soil may yet be of great use to the farmer who has to buy commercial fertilizer, as he can determine the kind of chemical fer tilizer to use in the largest quantities. But a systematic growing of certain plants will give him a very full stock of information as to the actual supply of plant food in his ground. This is particularly the case with varieties of the same plant. Take for instance the strawberry. It iis our experience that some varieties do well on clay soil, while others will simply do nothing on such soils. The farmer that tries°but one variety of a plant on his ground cannot know that he is getting the one that will give him the best results. StoraRe of Celery. A report of the Maine Experiment Station says: If on well drained soils, celery plants may be left in the rows till the last of November, by having some litter at hand to apply in case of hard freezing. It should be re membered, however, that if the plants are well banked a little freezing of the tips of the leaves will do no harm, and the mistake is often made of ap plying winter protection too early and thus injuring the crop by keeping it too warm. For winter storage the method in voghe in some celery grow ing districts is to make, on well drained soils, beds of £our to six double rows of plants with a wall of dirt between. Bank up on the out side till the tips of the leaves just show above the surface of the bed. Leave the bed in this condition till hard freezing begins, then throw two or three inches of soil over the surface. Let this soil freeze hard before apply ing litter, and never apply heavy cover at the first approach of colcl weather. The soil in the bed is still warm, and if a heavy coat of manure is put on the top, the frost is soon taken out of the surface soil and the temperature will be high enough to induce decay. The secret of success with the winter storage of celery is to keep cool. As the severe weather of winter approaches, the covering of lit ter may be increased unless there is a fall of snow. To open the beds take the litter off from one end, break the crust of soil with a pickaxe, and remove any de sired amount of celery. Then care fully replace the covering. This plan has the merit of cheapness, and for holding plants through the winter is preferable in a pit or cellar. If the plants are to be disposed of as early as January, they may be stored in a cool cellar or pit. In this case the plants are set very closely together on loose moist loam. To avoid heating consequent on packing large quanti ties of the plants together, compart ments about two feet wide by eight or ten feet long are made by setting up boards, which shall come to the tops of the plants when in*place. If the plants are closely packed so as to ex clude the air it is unnecessary to use boards between them. When plants are stored in this way it is necessary to keep the temperature of the pit or cellar as near the freezing point as possible. If, however, it is desired to hasten the process of blanching, the temperature of the place may be raised. The soil in which the plants are placed should be kept moist to prevent wilting, but t^e foliage should always be kept dry, or there will be trouble from rotting. The Mushroom Season. The mushroom season has opened with a good supply of this delicious vegetable. Years differ very greatly in this respect. During the last five years we have had three mushroom seasons. They were 1894, 1896 and 1898. The years 1895 and 1897 were off years, so to speak. The lack of rains during the summer and early fall made it impossible for the mycelium to develop. At least this was the con dition in Northern Illinois, and we presume the same was true over a wide extent of country. Good rains are necessary some weeks before the fruit of the mushroom appears, for the plant itself is of slow development. It would be of value to our readers if they would educate themselves on the wild mushrooms. At present Agaricus Melleus is growing in large quantities in the vicinity of Northern Illinois and we doubt not throughout the whole country. This mushroom is described in a report of the Depart ment of Agriculture for 1891. It is a honey colored mushroom of great pro lificacy. We will not try to describe it, for we think it unsafe for our read ers to attempt to gather this or any other mushroom on word descriptions. The government publishes colored plates of the principal mushrooms that are good for food In this way one could be about certain of the variety he is gathering. If any of our readers wish to take up the subject at this time, we would advise them to send to Washington for reports on mushrooms. We will add a word of caution. Do not take any chances on varieties that you do not know, and do not trust any of the rules that are given for determining good and bad mushrooms. Such rules are very dead ly, as they fail at the very point where they are supposed to be strong Take for instance the rule that says nut a teaspoon in the cooking mushroom and if it be poisonous it will turn the spoon black or at least discolor it One f the deadly Amanitas will do no such thing, but nevertheless it is as deadly as a rattlesnake, no antidote ha Housing Poultry.—Don't house all kinds of poultry together. Ducks geese, chickens and turkeys should each have separate sleeping places. Hens and guineas do very well togeth er, but they are the only two classes that do.—Ex. vino- been found for it. "ctving Crushed Oats, Cut Hay and Straw are Better than Whole Oats and Hay The London General Omnibus Com pany have recently completed an in teresting experiment with their horses They divided them off for the purpose of testing the effects of two systems of diet. The first section were given daily 16 pounds of crushed oats, 7ya pounds of cut hay and -tyz pounds of cut straw. The other section had 19 pounds of whole oats and 13 pounds of uncut hay. It was found that the condition of the animals under No 1 diet had decidedly improved,"while at the same time a saving was effected of 2%d per horse a. day. The whole stud is accordingly now placed on the first-named dietary.—Ex. Artificial liakei on Farmfc We have noticed in some parts of 111 inois a number of small artificial lakes constructed in the pastures where the soil is suitable. Recently we saw not less than half a dozen of these on a single large farm. So far as we could) see they supplied the only water avail-1 able for the stock, and the latter not only drank the water but bathed in it.: There was no outlet, and the supply was gathered mostly from the rains.: The result of such conditions is that the water becomes stagnant and foul.1 Water weeds and water life multiply rapidly and the possibilities of disease are greatly increased. It would be better to build fewer artificial ponds and have them more sanitary in con struction. The desideratum is to produce a pond in which there will be a current of water. In such farms as we refer to it will be found impossible to pro duce such ponds without going outside of the natural resources of the pasture. In many townships there are no brooks that run throughout the year. The de pendence in such cases must be placed in a wind-mill, and this is the reason why fewer and better ponds should be constructed. A wind-mill will not give much of a stream, it is true, but It will be enough to prevent the water from becoming entirely stagnant. It will take some study to make the water run through the whole pond, but this can be accomplished by placing obstructions in the way of the current, continually deflecting it. Where there are low swales it will not require much of a lift to get the water to the top' of the ground. This will increase the' amount of water that' can be pumped. If gravel and sand be near and plenti ful, it might be advisable to use some of it for the bottom and sides, as that would probably have some influence on keeping down the growth of slime in the ponds. It would be also well to suggest that the hogs be not allowed to divide the possession of this pond with the other stock. The hogs seem to do more than any other animals to keep such places in an unwholesome state. Preparing Ground for Tobacco. There are many good people that do not like tobacco and think it should not be raised. Yet we are forced to confess that the growing of tobacco seems to be on the increase and to be coming more into prominence every year as an agricultural crop. The zone of its influence seems to be enlarging in an agricultural sense. Parts of the country that were formerly regarded as unfitted for the growing of this plant are coming into prominence as tobacco growing regions. The tobacco plant holds a unique place in our agri culture. We cannot look upon it either as a food or ornamental plants In itself it is a poisonous weed. It was formerly thought that tobacco growing greatly exhausted the ground, but un der proper methods this is believed now not to be the case. Growers of tobacco say that the cul ture of the soil should begin a long time before the culture of the plant, to get the best results. The land should be thoroughly plowed and harrowed in the fall. Stable manure should be used in large quantities, and some fol low the practice of cutting it on the ground before the plowing is done. Others put it on after the field is plow ed and harrow it in. At least this should be done in the fall to give the manure time to decay, as the tobacco plant grows so rapidly that there is no time for manure to undergo chem ical changes after the seed has sent out the shoot. It is advised to avoid the use of manures too heavily nitro genous, and to use considerable pot ash. The ground should be well har rowed, and there are growers that as sert that a tobacco field cannot be har rowed too much. After the plants are on the ground cultivation should be frequent and thorough. Trick of German Stockmen.—The following paragraph is clipped from the London News: The enterprising German merchants have lately begun to run the proverbial carriage and six through the Contagious Disease Act and regulations of the agricultural de partment. Under the regulations based on that act, the prohibition of the im portation of cattle from Germany is strictly enforced. A method of evad ing the requirements of the act has, however, been discovered, and is now in operation. The German merchants ship cattle on steamers, and send with them butchers, who kill the beasts during the passage and have the car casses all dressed for market by the time the vessel arrives at the English port. This week a supply of fresh German meat thus prepared was land ed in the Tees and at once sent off to the Manchester market. It Hurts the Butter Business.—The bitterest foe of American buttermak ers could not strike the business a harder blow than do the so-called creamery papers that advocate the use of preservatives in the manufacture of such butter as is intended for export, or in fact in any butter, no matter for what market It may be designed. It is the beginning of an era of ation, and this, in the end, if adulter no matter legalized, will be ruinous to the traf fic generally.—Elgin Dairy Report.