-\^j/ CopyrlsM. MM, by Robert Bonner's Som.,
A Soldier's Honor.
The rays of the noonday, sun were
"testing down with the scorching glow
known only to the South. In the hot,
quivering air every object seemed
steeped in radiant light, and even the
forest afforded no coolness, for it, too,
was pervaded by the sultry atmos
phere, and beneath the huge trees the
burning breath of noon was still felt.
Under one of these trees, whose
branches, heavy with foliage, extend
ed a long distance, two young men had
flung themselves on the ground, appa
rently for a short rest.
Both wore the uniform of the Union
army, one being a lieutenant and the
other a surgeon. The latter, who had
a slender figure somewhat below the
middle height, expressive features and
dark hair, lay in a comfortable atti
tude on the turf, listening calmly to
bis companion, who had started up and
was pacing hurriedly to and fro. The
powerful form, thick, fqur hair and blue
eyes unmistakably revealed German
ancestry but a cloud shadowed the
frank, youthful face, and the voice
trembled with passionate emotion.
"I must go, cost what.it may! Since
I knew that Harrison and his daughter
were on the plantation, I have had no
rest. Say what you please, John, I am
"My dear William, you are on the
eve of doing a very foolish thing," said
the surgeon, without changing his com
fortable position. "I advise you, as a
friend, to drop it the affair may be
"What do I care for that! Certainty
I will have at any cost. A brisk ride
will bring me there in two hours, and
can return before sunset. I'll venture
It at any peril."
"And risk a bullet through your
brain. You have probably forgotteu
that we are engaged in a war and that
it is desertion for an officer to be ab
sent from his regiment without leave.
Court-martials are sometimes disagree
able in such cases, and it would be un
fortunate if Lieutenant Roland should
go out of the world by lynch-law."
The sarcasm of these words succeed
ed in producing an impression where
sensible arguments might have failed.
William Roland started and answered
"What fancy have you taken into
your head Of course, I don't mean to
-go without leave. The colonel will not
refuse it we are doing nothing here.
3 must see and speak to Florence once
more, even though I hazard my life to
"You lovers are always ready to risk
your lives," said the young surgeon,
'Carelessly. "Your feelings are forever
•at the boiling point. A strange con
•ditlon of affairs. Let me feel your
"Cease this Jesting'." cried William,
-furiously. "Can't you curb your spirit
•of mockery even here? But how could
'I expect sympathy or appreciation
ifrom you where affairs of the heart
"From the heartless American!" re
torted John. "Of course, heart and
WJ feeling are the prerogatives of the Ger
|5'|'jman. You have taken out a patent on
them, and consider yourselves actually
ilnsulted if other people claim a little
'Of the article, too. Here we are back
in at the old point of dispute, over
^klch we wrangled sufficiently as boys
—the honor of our different nationali-
p!£ '"ft1 •which you usually came off
you had an abominable way of
cvdgellng German supremacy into me
..and wo were the stronger, I gen
•erally yielded' to your palpable argu
'itmmtm But when there was anything
Which reqnind brains and reflection,
Maxwell summoned. Then
"%ou submitted to fny authority, and, at
"WILL YOU ACCOMPANY ME?"
drubbing to be given.
Will let ns 01*
jirtsiMy„ What do
Sixompllah br ttti
V-r ''vyV 1%
HIS WORD OF HONOR.
A Tale of (be Blue and the Gray, *,
wild ride into the enemy's country?
Tou don't even know whether Miss
Harrison wishes to see you—whether
she did not agree when her father dis
missed you so unceremoniously."
"No, no!" William impetuously re
torted. "Florence has been deceived—
forced she has not received any of my
letters, as I have not had a single line
from her. Her father was always op
posed to our engagement we fairly
extorted his consent. He gave it re
luctantly, and promptly availed him
self of the excuse afforded by the war
to recall his promise."
John Maxwell shrugged his siroul
"Well, you can hardly blame him!
He, a secessionist and slave-baron, and
you with your humanistic ideas! You
harmonize like fire and water, and you
were always a thorn in the flesh of his
nephew, the charming Edward. You
stole from under his very eyes the
wife on whom he had set his heart
He'll never forgive you. Conditions
were Imposed at the outbreak of the
"Yes—shameful ones! I was to deny
my convictions, desert and betray the
cause I serve and fight in the ranks of
the enemy against our army. I reject
ed the dishonorable demand as it de
"With the most reckless bluntness to
the millionaire and future father-in
law. The Harrisons really are not so
very much to blame. You would be
an extremely troublesome son-in-law.
I should have considered the matter a
little. Where a bride and a fortune
are at stake
"You would have practiced treason?
John, don't make yourself worse than
you are. Even you would have been
incapable of it."
"Who talks of treason! You merely
needed to have remained passive and
not fought at all, either for or against
the Union that would have been the
"And a cowardly, pitiful one into
the bargain! Am I alone to Jag be
hind, whfen every .one springs to arms?
Let us drop the subject. Our views
on this point are very widely sun
"They are on all points," said Max
stick to it—this visit
to the plantation is as useless as it is
dangerous, but I don't flatter myself
in the least with the hope of detaining
you. You'll have your own way under
"Of course, I shall. I'm going to .he
colonel at once to ask for leave of
absence. Will you accompany me?"
The young surgeon sighed. He was
probably loath to resign his comfort
able resting place, yet he rose slowly.
"I wish Colonel Burney would put
you under arrest for three days, in
stead of giving you leave of absence,"
he said, emphatically. "But unfortu
nately, you are a favorite, and besides,
it's an established fact that, if a man
wants to commit a folloy, everybody
hastens to help him. So let us go!"
The regiment to which the young
men belonged was stationed in the
next village. After severe battles and
arduous marches a short respite had
been granted, but the men were to
move in a few days. Constant bustle
pervaded the usually quiet hamlet and
was specially noticeable around the
colonel's quarters. When Roland aad
Maxwell entered, they found several
officers there. The commander him,
self, a man advanced in years, with a'
grave but kindly face, stood among a
group of his subordinates, apparently
discussing something with them.
am glad you have come, doctor!^
he said fothefsurgeon. "I was jost
going to send for you. Lieutenant
Davis has reported that two of his men
ai^ ill, and the symptoms appear very
grave he fears fever, and beftrto have
medical assistance as soon as possible.
You will ride over to the outposts."
"Ill go at once," replied Maxwell.
hope it will prove a false aUum,as
happened several ttiftes, -ftp* well
"Certainly. I am especially .anxious
to have roliable information •onuern*
lag the nature of the disease. The
outbreak of an epidemic would, he ex
tremely Inconvenient Just now.. When
do you expect to be hack?'^|||.:^5g
"In three hours, if necessary. But I
had Intended to ask leave of absence
until evening on account of another
matter, which I should like to tttend
to at the same time."
"Of course, if you wishi" said Bur
ney, absently. "Only send me some
"The best in my power. At any rate,
there is no time to lose. I will go at
once." .v, 10/-:
The colonel nodded assent, and the
other officers now joined in the con
versation. The subject was discussed
in all its bearihgs.. If these cases were
really the first in an impending epi
demic, the matter was very serious.
At last Maxwell took his leave but,
in the act of going, approached his
friend, who was standing silently at
"Do you still persist in your re
solve?" he asked, under his breath.
"Certainly. As soon as I get my
leave I shall ride over."
"And perhaps be shot on the way!
Good luck to you!"
"Thanks for the kind wish," said
William, angrily. "Perhaps it will be
"Hardly. Men who, like you, are
forever butting their heads against a
wall, generally have uncommonly good
fortune. Where the rest of us crack
our skulls, they push the stone apart.
He left the room. Doctor Maxwell
did not spoil his friend by pretty
speeches that was evident He took
ldave of the young officer who might
"perhaps be shot on the way" as care
lessly as if there was nothing In pros
pect save an ordinary ride. William
scarcely heeded it his mind was filled
with other thoughts, and he availed
himself of the first pause in the con
versation to approach the colonel and
request a brief private interview.
Burney opened the door of a small
room adjoining, and the two men en
"Well, Lieutenant Roland, have you
anything important to ask?" said the
colonel, when they were alone.
"I merely wished to request a short
leave of absence," replied the young
man, with apparent calmness. "There
is a family matter to be arranged
which is of the utmost importance to
"And which you can arrange while
on the march?"
"At least I hope so. I intend to visit
relatives who live on a plantation only
a few miles from here. I have just
learned that I was in their immediate
The request was not singular, and
was easily granted, yet something in
the young man's face attracted the
colonel's attention, and he inquired:
"What is the name of the plantation
you desire to visit?"
William hesitated a moment, then
"Springfield? That is beyond our
outposts. Are you not aware that it is
in the enemy's country?"
"I know it."
"And yet you wish to go there? It
won't do. I cannot permit it."
"I took a similar and* far more dan
gerous ride a week ago on staff duty,"
"That was in the service duty re
quired it: but this is a private affair,
and I cannot permit one of my officers
to risk his life for such a matter. No,
(To be continued.)
WHEN MEN MISS SUCCESS.
Idleness and Incompetency Keep
by dtudflng the failures
Business Novice Down.
Walter P. Phillips, the founder of
the national newsgathering corpora
tion known as the United Press, and
the inventor of Phillip? telegraphic
code, a typical, energetic American,
who has put many young men in the
newsgathering business, believes that
the cause of failure everywhere among
young business beginners lies in in
competence. Nine-tenths of the young
men who are struggling for a name
and place in the world are unfitted
for the callings they have picked out
for themselves. Besides an unlimited
supply of energy and whole-hearted
ness in the work before him, the suc
cessful man of the future must know
his business from A to Z. The next
greatest drawback to success is idle
ness. Nothing worth while is accom
plished without work, and plenty of
it. Things do not happen without a
cause, and behind every great life
there are years of concentrated energy
and tireless industry. Idleness will
make any man a failure intelligent
work will land| any man among the
successful. It is all so simple and. so
trite that one hesitates to put the fsct
down in cold blood, and yet how few
men recognise or, recognizing, live up
to the axiom, that labor conquers all
things! Idleness and the conscious
ness of incompetency should make any
man ashamed of himself and drive,
him to do something that is worth thie
doing. It ii within the grasp of every
one to l«sm aome one thing that will
yield both pleasure and. profit., ac
cess comes only to those who seek i*
The yotuig mas who is really tu
earnest will not have to be advise^
how Zip succeed. He may
Good Reasons for Dehorning.
It is to be observed with satisfac
tion that a considerable portion of the
cattle now brought from Ireland are
dehorned In the country of origin,
and the sufferings of the animals, both
on shipboard and daring railway tran
sit are proportionately decreased. It
is a matter of profound regret, both
in the interests of the owners and the
animals themselves, that the practice
of early dehorning is not generally
adopted in Great Britain. The operar
tion, when performed at an early age,
is practically painless. It is clear
that such powerful means of attack
and defense as are afforded by long
and sharp horns are not needed by
animals when in condition of domesti
cation, while their misuse by the more
powerful animals causes cruel suf
fering to their weakly companions,
even in the stockyard. When cattle
are conveyed either by sea or by rail
way the evils attending the presence
of horns are enormously Increased,
and the consequent amount of mis
chief done is often of a very serious
character, even from a merely finan
cial point of view. As was pointed out
in a previous report, on all occasions
where horned 'cattle are traveling it
may be observed that a few of the
animals in every pen or truck act as
the "bullies" of the party. They ap
pear to attribute their own discom
forts to the animals near them, and
do the best to retaliate by goring their
neighbors, and the more space given
them the more injury they do. Even
when closely packed these pugnacious
animals succeed in keeping all their
companions constantly moving, and
make the general condition of all more
miserable than it otherwise would be.
To those persons who have closely
watched them during their travels
there can be no doubt that a consid
erable portion of the sufferings ot
Horned cattle is caused fey the ill us
age they inflict on each other. De
horned cattle seem, with the absence
of power, to lose also the inclination
to injure their companions, and there
can be no question that If the practice
of early dehorning was generally
adopted throughout the country, more
would be done to diminish the suffer
ings of cattle when traveling by Jand
or by sea than by any other means.—
Banffshire Journal, Scotland.
Money in Cattle.
The Farmers' Review recently ad
dressed to one of the leading cattle
breeders of Kansas the following in
Would you advise a man who pur
posed raising cattle for the beef mar
ket to handle pure breds or grades?
Would the former fatten enough fast
ef or the beef be of enough better
quality to justify the expense or time
required to collect such a herd? In
your opinion is it more profitable for
the farmers of the middle west to
breed and feed than to buy and feed
cattle for the market. Of course the
feed supply alters the problem from
year to year, but in the long run and
generally speaking, which would be
the more profitable? Also what, gen
erally speaking, is the most profitable
age at which beef cattle can be mar
The following reply was received
We are not breeding pure-bred cattlo
exclusively and for breeding purposes.
Our advice to those contemplating the
production of beef would be to buy a
high-class of grade cows, or if the
plainer sorts of pure breds could be
had conveniently would prefer them,
then buy good registered bulls of
pronounced beef type of course we
would say Shorthorns. Crowd your
calves and mature them as quickly'as
possible aim to put them on the mar
ket at from eighteen months to two
years, but not later. Up to this age
they will make more pounds Of beef
for food consumed than they ever
will afterward. Calves grown in this
fashion will produce a much better
quality of beef and will command a
higher price than those that are al
lowed to run down after being weaned
and then to be .fed up again. Some
men buy their feeders and may#
money, but we believe that 80 per
cent of the men who depend on buy
ing their feeders go broke sooner or
later, while the men that breed and
feed their own cattle are almost with
out exception making money.—-T. K.
however, and he*111 always
a surrey of the great legion of,*ha.
that. ,tWO:, Onuses •.
Son, Shawnee County,
Cactus as Stock Pood.
In a recent drouth In Australia the
Prickly pear was utilised for stock
food with considerable success. This
Is a variety of cactus an4 grows faifr
ly on the western plains of the United
States. In Australia the plant was
prepared by boiling, which iwmovod
the spines. Is Mexico, we are told,
the larger plasts of this gesus are
used to some extent, the spines being
burned off Is the fltre. If seeds oas
be bred out of fruit, why eaasot
spines be bred ottt of cactus? its
drouth resistant Qualities should
it a valuable forage plant for —«l
Tha origiaal Southdowns, foiuut on
the chalk'hills of Sussex, were much
•mailer thas ^ha bread we' sow
P"""- ajeeWl* !*»s
Wl leca,ts«taM tbt mora wilorm
jwwn tfcfct no#
notation a teeal Question.
Crop rotation Is a anbjeet that
engaged the attention aad study of
the. very best talent among agricul
tural investigators and pracUcal fam
era for a great length of time Is all
ot the older parts of the world when
agriculture has reached its hlgheat
state ot development, says Professor
A B. Chilcott, in a bulletin of the
South Dakota Experiment Statjon. If
we could appropriate the results of
their Investigations and experience we
would find a rich store-house of facts
in the literature of the subject, par
ticularly the records ot the long line
of experiments carried on by Sir J. B.
Lawes and Sir J. H. Gilbert at
Rothemsted, England. It would be
almost impossible to overestimate the
value to the whole civilized world of
the work of these investigators, nor
do we undervalue the work done by
the army of agricultural investigators
connected with .the United States De
partment of Agriculture and the va
rious state Experiment Stations. But,
unfortunately, In the matter of crop
rotation their results have a value to
us in only a very broad and general
way. This Is essentially a local prob
lem and can be solved only under lo
cal conditions. Nor is this matter of
locality confined to a comparison ot
this state as a whole with other states
or countries. Each of the several sec
tions of the state has its local condi
tions, peculiar to itself, and in the ul
timate analysis every farm will have
its peculiar conditions and every
farmer his Individual' problems to
Fattening Hogs in Montana.
Bulletin 37 of the Montana station
says: Fattening hogs is moBt econom
ically accomplished by finishing in
the pea lot or grain stubble. The
pigs should be turned op the peas ai
ioon as ciie pods are filled ud the
peas begin to harden. If sufficient
pigs are used, say ten per acre, not
a pea will be wasted and even a por
tion of tho vines consumed. One acre
of peas, producing at the rate of 35
bushels per acre, which Is an average
will provide a fattening
i-atlon for ten 150 to 200 pound hogs
'or from 40 to 45 days. Climatic con
ditions permit the pea harvesting by
nigs even r.s late as December 1. Thi*
is one of the easiest fattening meth
ods now practiced in Montana. The
which peas can be grown
is very large and the time of forag
ing so extended
by favorable weather
that the product
need not all be mar
keted at one time. In order, however,
to make the best
use of forage condi
tions, winter litters must be raised.
Pigs from spring litters do not reach
a large consuming
enough to take advantage of the early
forage. Both late fall and early
spring litters should be raised in
order to get the most out of the foods
and the market conditions.
Breeding Age for 8wine.
When size is desired in the boar and
sow they should not be bred too early.
One year is probably young enough to
permit them to be bred in that case.
If a sow iff not bred till she is a fear
old she will have obtained a good
growth, and will be of good size and
vigorous at the time she produces her
first litter, at sixteen months of age.
Her weight at that time, if a Poland
China or Berkshire, would -be in ex
cess of 400 pounds, perhaps 600. A
sow will generally produce a better
litter the second time than the first,
if she is mature at the first breeding
time. Many such sows have proved
to be good breeders up to ten years Of
age. The rule of using only young
sows for breeding purposes is followed
by many, but is not to be commended.
It gives early maturity, but seems to
decrease the stamina.
Corn Needs a Balance.
Of the various, feeds for pigs avail
able to the farmers of this, country,
corn ranks-first, says a bulletin ot the
Kentucky station. It is a crop grown
to some extent in all sections, is much
relished by pigs, is easily handled, and
lays on fat rapidly. With these quali
fications it is np wonder that it has
largely superseded all other feeds and
is used to a great extent as the slsgle
article of diet in the fattening ration.
Not only has it become in most In
stances the sole, feed1 given to pigs,
but it has materially infiuenedd- the
character of the animal in the corn
growing regions. There Is so doubt
that com albne Is In a great maay
instances unprofitable. Investigations
have shown that pigs not osly makes
better gals per pound of feed, but that
the anijnals ,are, more thrifty and lese
liable to, disease when fe4 eosMAed
Varieties of Broom
Bulletis 174 of the Department of
Agriculture, says: Tlprs
varietal sames used ssllfMra of
broom corn Med, but mittr thaaa
#re simply1 sew Bsmes^apflj^ to old
strains of broosi com' do
sufficiently isipro«ai tr deserve spe
cial designation-^ -JWaii itpiws ana
I fWM»a£t«wn In
so essi*t§nce, an
ft** iOOTilACK'B RKTORTat'
It Battled Finally a Bceldlng Command
From a Merf Clerk.
"Shine! Asabodda want a shine?''"-
The mlddlfraged Italian bootblack
reiterated his question so often that
one of the clerks In the office grew
"Oet out atid stiy out!" Ke"ishouted.,'''
And the clerk hadn't a word to say.
—New York Press,"
When Man Stays at Home.
is surprising how soon
An Old 8oldier's Experience.
Dennard, Ark., Sept. 7th. Mr. E.
Hicks, merchant of this place, has
written for publication, an account oi
a personal experience, which is very
"I am an old Federal soldier,"
writes Mr. Hicks, "and Shortly after
the close of the war I was talten sick,
I had aches and pains all over me,
fluttering of the heart and stomach
trouble. I just simply was never a
moment without pain. I could not
sleep at night, aad I was always tired
and fearfully weak.
"I tooK me^fcine all 'the time, but
for a long time I was more dead than
alive.- Altogether I suffered for over
twenty years, and I believe I would
have been suffering yet,. or in my
grave, if I had not read of Dodd's Kid
"I got ap almanac which told me of
this remedy, and I bought some of it.
1 started with three pills a day, but
increased the dose to six pills a day. I
had not Used many till my pains
gan to disappear. I kept on and
I can sleep and eat as well as
"How long did you hold public of
"And your salary, I believe, wa9
M-000 a year?"
"I can't figure out how you Vwent In
with nothing and retired with
Don't oome around here: bothering., ...
"Now, why you say thatt" exblaim*
ed the bootblack. "Why not I come in
heref I shtna shol. All ri*. I busi
ness in here. I good as you.. When it rV
rain I stay home. I work when I
please. You not come you lose your
Job. So there.'
of the company of a man who Is too
much at hoifte. Men are wise in get
ting away from their roof-trees a por
tion of each day. Among their wives
will be found a very general opinion to
this effect. There will be found ev
erywhere a disposition to pack men
off in the morning, and to bid them
keep out of the way till toward even
ing, when it is presumed that they
will have a little news of the busy
world to bring home, and when baby
will be sure to have said something
exceptionally brilliant and precocious.
The general events of the day will af
ford topics of conversation more in
teresting by far than if the whole
morn, till night. A very little Inquiry,
too, will elicit the fact that men about
home all day are veijy apt tp be fid
gety and grumpy and interfering—al
together objectionalbie, in short.—1The
could, and feel like a new man, with
oo pains or aches left.
"1 will always recommend Dodd's
Kidney Pills, for they are a wonderful
Too Much Publicity.
"It is queer how many people are
bothering over that matter just as
you are. I,can't understand how it is
that men waste so much time trying
to figure on things- that are none of
their business. Sometimes I am so
disgusted with my fellow citizens be
cause of their inquisitive ways
am almost tempted to go away
here and never come back again.*'—
What Is Curiosity?
There has been complaint from thr
beginning of history that women art.
"curious," says Success. What Is
curiosity? If is an uneasy appetite of
an ill-fed mind. People fully educated
and fully employed are not curious,
mental growth of man, and then Jias
had to confine that enlarged capacity
to precisely the same field of activity
which was sufficient for a squaw.
Women have been accused for cen
turies of a tendency to "gossip." Wnat
Is gosslp? It is small talk about peo
ple—the discussion of personal af
fairs which are not our own. The
tendency to this vice is a reaction
from the persistent presence of our
All Clear to Him.
"Yes," said the traveling artist, who
had paused to contemplate the charm
lag view from Mr. Meddergrass' front
yard and to drink a cup or two of but
termilk "yes, I should like to linger
to this lovely spot all summer. To
me there ceuld be npthing finer than
to remain here and bask in the light
of inspiration, while the wonderiul
scenery grew1 more and' more upop.
me. Do you grasp my thought?"
"I reckon I do,' said Mr Medder
grass. "You mean you'd like to loaf
around ,here long enough fo get hay
seed Ik your hair\jtW- then sit still
"Yei, the ^ei|^j^ j^jmplain
^j'W#^\iftitlDnate, He has
•f being a judge of
''time a^reitty jwoc
1^ think the w^|g§||
.. ... nifs
but there afce pnly
rfk^os the •taeai
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