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Famous Tales and Legends Told in Brief Form Walter Scott’s Tale of War in Lorraine By J. W. MULLER The chain of French forts from Verdun, now being so fiercely fought for, to Nancy, which form one com bined system of defense for French Lorraine, lie in a region famous in history and legend. None is more thrilling than the capture of Nancy by the Swiss. This episode and the destruction of the Burgundian army are a fine part of Sir Walter Scott's “Anne of Geierstein!* Charles the Bold, ruler of Burgundy and Flanders, duke of seven dukedoms, * count of seventeen earldoms, was at the summit of his eminence. In his grip he crushed the estates of Bur gundy and Flanders. He was invad ing Lorraine and already had added * to his titles that of duke of Lorraine. ’ He menaced great Louis of France and boasted openly that he would nail the hide of the old fox to a stable door. He was. bargaining with Margaret of Anjou for the lovely kingdom of Pro vence, ruled by her mild old father, Good King Rene, in excliunge for which he promised to make war in England on the house of York and re establish Margaret’s house of Lancas ter. And with all these affairs on his hands he turned lightly, as to an ex cursion, to make war on the Swiss. In vain did the duke of Oxford, who was in his camp as Margaret’s envoy, advise him that these rough moun taineers were bears who might well ruin all his greater plans. He roared with fury at the intimation that his chivalry of Burgundy, his mallclad mercenaries from all Europe, and his new and wonderful fire-spitting can non might fail to annihilate the Swiss, who fought on foot with arrows and 'mammoth, clumsy, two-handed swords. He said to the Swiss deputation that had come to beg for peace: “A deputation of your most notable persons who shall meet me on your frontiers with halters around their necks and their swords held by the points, may learn from me on what conditions we will grant peace.” “Then farewell, peace, and welcome war,” said the undaunted Swiss dele gates. “We will meet you on our fron tiers with our naked swords, but the hilts, not the points, shall be in our grasp. Charles of Burgundy, we bid you defiance, and declare war against you in the name of the Confederated Cantons 1” Margaret’s nephew, Ferrand de Vaudemont, whose heritage was the dukedom of Lorraine, joined with the Swiss. Charles laughed when he heard it. “On to Neuchatel!” he said. “We will teach these beggarly peasants a lesson!” At Granson, near the great lake of Neuchatel, the beggarly peasants ftyjght Burgundy’s army in a narrow Pms and so fell on it from all sides that by nightfall the shining host was in mortifying flight. The check merely infuriated Charles. Before midsummer of the next year he had ready a new army of at least sixty thousand men with one hundred and fifty pjeces of cannon. They entered the land of the Swiss, who had called on the Free Cities of the Rhine to help them. At Morat, near Berne, the Bur gundian cannon battered the walls around Swiss ears; but the artillery, novel though it was, failed to terrify them. It plowed great gaps among them, but before it could fire again the survivors rushed in with those clum3y five-foot swords and hewed mallclad men down as If they were saplings. Charles himself had to ride for his life with the steer-horns of Uri, which the Swiss blew as war trumpets, braying behind him as he Even he was stunned for a time; but when word came to him that Fer rand and the Swiss had dared to leave their mountain fastnesses and had overrun Lorraine, taking the city of Nancy, he roused himself and laughed r again, gleefully. “They have trapped themselves!” he cried. “I swear that T shall destroy them utterly before two weeks have passed. Three days before Christmas his army sat down before Nancy In a strong position. That night there was a great commotion in the duke’s tent. When his officers rushed in, they saw him standing undressed, with his sword in his hand. He roared that strangers hud been by his bedside. The bodyguard was incredulous, for there were many there who could swear that they had not closed their eyes. But he pointed to a table. Pinned to it with a dagger was a parch ment signed with three crosses. Ev eryone present recognized at once what It was, and even In that armed camp many of them trembled; for the parchment was a summons from the dreaded Vehm-Gericht, the mysterious, mighty secret tribunal of Germany, whose secret, unknown and powerful judges exercised a Jurisdiction that awed even emperors. The summons called on Charles to appear at a given place and time un attended and deliver himself to the ‘officers of the tribunal, who would lead |dm to the place of trial. Falling ap OopfUcM by J. W. Mollar pearance, he was outlaw and doomed to death without hearing. “I know from what quiver this ar row comes!” said Charles, his lips white with rage. “It is shot by that degenerate noble, Albert of Geierstein. By St. George of Burgundy! Nothing shall save him after such an insult as this! I'will hang him to the highest steeple in Nancy and his daughter shall choose the meanest herdboy in my array for husband!” Little more than a week later, on the Ist of January, 1477, in a bitter dawn of ice and snow, there came a sound like the roar of an avalanche. The officers rushed to their posts and were cut down by men who appeared here, there, everywhere. The artil lerists manned their guns, and found that they had been spiked. The Swiss poured through. A red glare broke out and lit up the scene. The Burgun dian camp had been fired at four ends. When day broke the duke of Oxford found the body of Charles, duke of Burgundy, lying mired by a waterhole, and neur him, in the disguise of a Bur gundian man-at-arms, lay the body of Count Albert of Geierstein, the avenger of the Vehm-Gericht. “Anne of Geierstein” has for its hero and heroine the son of the ex iled duke of Oxford, the loyal Lan castrian, and Anne, daughter of the strange and eccentric count of Gei erstein (Vulture’s Rock), a castle in the Swiss Alps. The novel is not one of Scott’s great ones, but it is worthy and sound; and it possesses a sentimental interest to his admir ers because it represents what may truly be called the sunset of his genius. He had his first paralytic seizure in the year following its publication. EYES OF THE YOUNG PEOPLE Backward Student Rapidly Makes Up Lost Ground When Astigmat ism Is Corrected. The oldest boy In the class had been called upon to read and had pro duced humiliation on the part of his teacher, who was entertaining a vis itor. The boy bent over his book, studying out the words one by one. Smaller children read the lesson off quickly. Thoroughly despairing of Tom, for that was the dull boy’s name, the teacher addressed the visitor: “What would jiou do with a hopeless pupil like that?” “Have his eyes examined,” the an swer came quickly. “Why, I never had thought of that,” gasped the teacher, and then with the thought came various recollections of Tom ns he sat In his seat crouched down over his book and her sharp ad monition to sit up straight; of his ut ter failure to copy problems or sen tences written on the board; of his in ability to learn, which came not from lack of trying, but from what she had termed “dumbness.” The teacher visited Tom’s father and mother. After considerable per suuslon they consented to take the boy to an oculist. Tom was found to be suffering from nstigmntism, which caused the words on a printed page to double and dance before his eyes. A pair of glnsses corrected the difficulty, and Tom returned to school able to see as well as any normal boy. He is still handicapped by being two years behind his grade, by a painful lack of self-confidence and by a reputation of dullness. However, all of these handi caps are being rapidly overcome. A child who needs glnsses needs them at once and not several years later. To wait until he has grown older on the plea that he will break his glnsses or outgrow them Is to do him nn Irreparable injury. Priestly Humor. The guests nt the silver jubilee of Rev. James Lynch of St. Martin of Tours parish, Brooklyn, learned, in a very simple way, of the secret of his great success amongst his people. Here Is his speech, which, for cold and un romantic truth-telling, has never been surpassed : “Dear brethren; At my silver jubilee I was anxious that you should ’make a fuss over me.’ You have actually made a fuss over me. I am grateful. When the memory of the glit ter nnd glamour of thlfc day shall have passed away, you may forget that the bishop was here; you may forget the beautiful sermon preached; you may forget the beauty of the church and the sweetness of the music, but you will never forget that it was the one occa sion since my arrival here some years ago that, on entering the pulpit, I did not talk about the collection.** That Bwampy Bectfon. Church —You know my brother bought some property down on Long Island and built a bungalow, and he*s, called it Submarine. Gotham —Funny name for a place, lan*t it? ••Oh, no; you see down in that lo cality r.early everything Is under wa ter a lot of the time.” THE CHEYENNE BECOKD. TAX OF $100,000 ASKED FROM BENEFICIARIES OF JOHN H. HARBECK EBTATE. Colorado Inheritance Tax Commleaion Buea In New York on Property Valued at $15,000,000. WaatM-a Nawapßpar Union Ntwi Service. Boulder, Colo. —Suit against the ben eficiaries of the will of the late John H. Harbeck, Colorado and New York multimillionaire, to recover approxi mately SIOO,OOO alleged to be due this state as inheritance tax, was filed in New York by Leslie Hubbard, state in heritance tax commissioner. Hubbard claims to have affidavits by which he can prove that Harbeck was a resident of Colorado at the time of his death, Nov. 8, 1910. If he es tablishes this point the bulk of the es tate will come under the laws of this state. When Harbeck died the estate was appraised at $3,041,020.87. Many of the stocks have since become, war brides, and it is estimated that the es tate will now reach $15,000,000 in value. William H. Harbeck, a nephew; Mrs. Kate Harbeck, the widow; Albert S. Brown, Francis B. Clarke and G. W. Carr James, as beneficiaries, are made defendants in the suit filed by Hub bard. The specific amount asked is $01,037.53, and interest at 6 per cent since Harbeck’s death. Mr. and Mrs. Harbeck lived in Boul der for ten years. It was presumed that most of Har beck’s fortune was New York proper ty. About a year ago it was learned that it consisted principally of stocks and bonds and was, hence, assessable under the Colorado inheritance law. Petition was made by Attorney Gen eral Farrar last February, at which time Walter Appel of Denver was ap pointed administrator by County Judge E. J. Ingram of Boulder. Record Filings at Pueblo Land Office. Pueblo.—All records at the Pueblo land office in number of homestead filings within one day of eight hours were broken Jan. 2 with a total of 232 applications for over 75,000 acres of land within the district covered by the local office. The total receipts of the office for the day, including only land filed upon, were $5,885, and a corps of four men were kept busy from the opening hour until the close waiting on the eager people who de sired to take advantage of the recent 640-acre homestead act. Three Injured in Auto Crash. Colorado Springs.—Delacy Dutch of Pueblo is lying at the point of death at Bethel hospital, as the result of an automobile accident, one mile south of Colorado Springs, in which his ma chine failed to make a turn and crashed into a telegraph pole. With Dutch in the car was Miss Helen Mar tin of Pueblo and R. G. Barger, 22, of this city. Miss Martin suffered the breaking of both legs and Barger has a broken knee cap and a fracture of the left leg. Ore Found Worth $25,000 a Ton. Grand Junction. —Miners reaching here report a strike of carnotite ore of fabulous value made in a new sec tion about eighteen miles southeast of Gateway, Mesa county. They bring specimens of the ore which are far richer than anything of that character ever shown here. It is estimated that much of the new ore will run to $25,- „000 a ton at the present price of ra dium ores. The vein was struck in a property owned by George Pickett. Barber Died in Pagosa Springs. Pagosa Springs.—A man named George Barber died in a Pagosa Springs hotel in November, 1900, un der strange circumstances. Myrtle A. Wright and W. P. Neff, who brought him to this city, were arrested and charged with administering poison to him. A Sioux City, lowa, life insur ance company is said to have lost heavily by Barber's death. Brighton Physician Ends Life. Brighton.—Sending his wife down town on an errand she had intended to intrust to one of the children, Dr. Elias L. Kenyon took advantage of her absence to kill himself on the back porch of their home by shooting him self in the right temple. Mine Superintendent Drops Dead. Ouray.—-Word reached Ouray that Superintendent Joe Scott of the Camp Biard mine, after eating a hearty sup per at the Camp Bird Mill boarding house, dropped dead as he turned to get up from the table. Moore Succeeds Allen as Judge. Denver. —Gov. Carlson appointed Julian H. Moore judge of the Denver District Court to succeed George W. Allen, who resigned to become associ ate Justice of the Supreme Court of Colorado. Canvass Gives Higgins a Plurality. Denver. —A canvass by the House and Senate in joint session of the vote in the November election for state treasurer gave Robert H. Iliggin* of Pueblo 126,033 votes, against 124.- 330 for Harry E. Mulnix of Denver This gives Higgins a plurality of 1.703 Becomes Movie Fan on 90th Birthday Pueblo.—Mrs. Susan Jamison cel«» brated her ninetieth birthday by at tending her first picture show. Sh» is in excellent health and active men tally. TRAINING COLLIE DOGS Unfailing Source of Help and Sat isfaction to Fanner. First Essential In Breaking Animal for Any Purpose Is to Teach Him to Mind—Pup Learns Quickly What Is Wanted. Upon farms where stock is kept, a well-broken collie dog Is w an unfailing source of help and satisfaction, while an unbroken, untrained dog is a con tinual nuisance. In handling stock with a dog, it is important that the dog be well-trained, and that great care be exercised while the animals are getting used to being managed by him. When those two conditions are ful filled it Is surprising how easily and economically stock can be taken care of. The first essential In breaking a dog for any purpose Is to teach him to mind. Dogs are Intelligent and af fectionate animals and are usually gratified to do the will of their master. If possible, an animal should be brok en to mind without fear of punish- Friend of Any Farmer. ment In breaking dogs to handle stock It Is a great advantage to have stock that Is used to being driven by a dog, upon which to break the puppy. Stock that Is not used to a dog ts often easily frightened, or it may fight the dog. It is an excellent plan to have an older and well-broken dog to assist In the training, as dogs are imitative. The puppy quickly learns what is wanted by association with the older dog. In training dogs avoid shouting. It is as easy to teach them to mind a single word or a whistle, and much more satisfactory, and remember that much more can be accomplished by kindness than harshness. TEST SEED WITHOUT CHARGE Department of Agriculture and State Laboratories Will Perform Work for Farmers. The seed laboratory of the United States department of agriculture, and also the seed laboratories of many of the experiment stations of the state colleges of agriculture, will make with out charge tests of alfalfa seed and other seeds both for purity and ger mination. The test for purity deter mines the percentage of pure seed and weed seeds, including dodder. Samples sent to the department should be addressed to the Seed Lab oratory. United States Department of Agriculture, Washington. D. C. The name and address of the seller, the year and place of growth, the price paid, and the name and address of the sender of the seed should ac company the sample in so far as this information can be given. SHED TO STORE THE MANURE Loss by Leaching When Exposed in Winter Amounts to Considerable Sum—Keep It Covered. Chemical analysis made during five years at the Ohio experiment station show that barnyard manure loses about one-half Its potassium, one-third Its nitrogen and one-fourth Its phosphorus when exposed to the weather for three winter months. At prices prevailing before the Eu ropean war the fertility constituents In a ton of manure would be worth about $2. The* loss by lenching three months would then amount to about 80 cents. At the present cost of potash the loss would be nearly $2 from this material alone. A shed to store the manure should pay for Itself this win ter. FEED VALUE OF SUGAR CORN Growers of Crop Give It More Atten tion Than Ordinary Stover—Good Winter Stock Feed. Large growers of sugar corn think highly of the fodder derived from this crop nnd usually give It more care and attention than ordinary stover. Owing to the sugaT It contains. It Is a good winter stock feed, since sugar is both fattening and heating. Furthermore. If grown for the can nery or the market trade. It Is apt to carry a goodly measure of small ears. Matured sweet corn possesses prac tically the same feeding value as field corn. SHAPING UP A STRAW STACK Few Minutes Spent in Cleaning Up Will Be Well Paid For—Straw la Valuable Property. Every strew pile has quite a lot of straw strewn around the stack that will be covered up by snow and prac tically wasted If It Is not taken care of. This straw la worth money, and a few hours put In shaping up the stack and picking up the scattered straw will be mighty well spent. HOGS INFESTED WITH WORMS Animal Cannot Economi cally While in Weakened Condi tion—Remedy Is Given. A hog that Is Infested with worms cannot produce pork economically, be cause Its system Is not In normal con dition. Furthermore, such a hog is also more susceptible to contagious and other diseases than one not af fected In that manner. We have of ten made the statement that worms are frequently the indirect cause of cholera. Do not understand us to say that worms will produce cholera, says a writer In an exchange. Far from It. Cholera Is a germ disease and can be produced offty by the chol era germ, but a strong, vigorous hog is not nearly so susceptible to cholera as is one whose system Is In a run down condition. A very good, practical remedy for worms consists In feeding one pound of copperas to 100 pigs for a period of five days. Then feed no copperas for six weeks; after that feed cop peras for five days again as before and continue this intermittent copperas feeding from birth to block. The cop peras should be dissolved in water and mixed with the grain, preferably ground grain of some kind. Many hog feeders are using this remedy and recommend It very highly. PREPARING SOIL FOR WHEAT Quite as Much Depends on Prelimi nary Work for Best Development as on Use of Fertilizer. Quite as much depends upon the proper preparation of the soil for the best develop tit of plants us the use of fertilizers. A case in point Is that of an Intelligent Missouri furmer who lived in a section where the ideaV pre vailed that wheat could not be profit ably grown there. He had tried to raise wheat on his farm, in the old, rough way, and could get but ten or twelve bushels per acre. He visited the state experiment station at a time when a plot of ground was being pre pared for wheat and became so Im pressed with their thorough methods of soil preparation that he prepared a field on his farm In the same way, and from this harvested a crop of 35 bushels of good wheat per acre, the only fertilizer used being stable ma nure. MODEL PLAN FOR FARMSTEAD Sketch Shows Suitable Arrangemdht of Building, Windbreaks, Etc., on Small Farm. In response to a query The Farmer gives the following plan for placing buildings on a small farm: We submit herewith a sketch show ing a suitable arrangement for build ings, windbreaks, etc., on a farm that must face the north. A south or east Plan for Farmstead—(l) House, (2) Well, (3) Poultry House, (4) Wa tering Trough, (5) Main Barn, (6) Machine Shed, (7) Hog House, (8) Corn Crib, (9) Granary. face Is very much to be preferred If It can be had. We believe It Is better to have the farmstead next to the road, about half way from either corner,, rather than to have It set back in tne middle of the farm. COVERING FOR MANURE HEAP If Protection of Some Kind Is Not Given Valuable Nitrogen and Nitrates Are Lost. The manure heap Is a scene of bnc terlnl activities. When It lies very long the nitrogen Is transformed tnto ammonia and escapes. When it escapes It Is gone forever. Some of the manure changes Into ni trates, and these are washed away and lost If the manure heap is uncovered. Nitrates are soluble, and when they are washed away the farm loses all their value. A part of the nitrates are attacked by bacteria and become nitrogen gas. BEST PLACE FOR SEED CORN Unused Room in House Where It Will Escape Severe Freezing and Keep Dry Is Favored. Seed corn must be stored In a dry place where It Is well enough pro tected to Insure It from severe freez ing. Lofts of stables are not always dry. 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Bayard Swope, a New York Jour nalist. was talking about bis recent German visit. “You see In Germany,” he said, “in numerable mutilated young men. These young men, no matter how severe their mutilations, are cheerfuL They know other young men, you see, who are immeasurably worse off thau themselves.” Mr. Swope shook his head. “Immeasurably worse off," he re peated. And he went on: “A cheery young Bavarian captain who had lost his sight put the matter to me in a proverb which runs: “ ‘I had no boots to my feet and murmured, until I met a man upon the road who hud no feet.’" Far-Sighted Lad. Raymond, six-year-old pride of aa Irvington family, strenuously objected a few nights ago, when his mother asked him to go on an errand to the corner grocery. After considerable questioning, the lad explained that he wouldn’t mind going If he didn’t have to puss by a lumber yard, which Is situated betweet the grocery and his home. “Why, you’re not afraid of thoee stacks of lumber, are you?” queried hie mother. "It’s not the stacks, mamma. It*» what’s behind ’em,” answered Ray mond. —Indianapolis News. * Russia is a large producer of as bestos. The best cast at dice Is not to play. Instead of Worrying about the high cost of living, just buy a pack age of Grape-Nuts —still sold at the same fair price. Enjoy a morning dish of this delicious food, and smile over the fact that you've had a good breakfast and Saved Money Isn't that a fair start for any day?