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1 tl&* $ The Hour of life By 8. B. HACKLEY (Copyright. 1919. by the McClure News paper Syndicate.) The all-day steady downpour of rain and ceased, but the night was Inky Mack. O'Neal sat in the train, his big bands clasped around one propped-up knee, his sensitive face bent over them, his warm Irish heart aching with a new sense of the grief from which he was fleeing. It had been four weeks since Mar jorie Ballew had told him of her en gagement to Sherrlll Leedsa four weeks whose every moment had gone to arrange his affairs that he might make this prospecting trip to the state of Washington to find a home where he would not have daily to see her as Leeds' wife. Sherrlll was the grandson of one of the aristocratic founders of the town, and had a fortune besides, and he, John O'Neal, brought up and educated though he was, by the childless old minister of the place, was but the or phaned son of Dennis O'Neal, brick layer. But O'Neal had not thought this would make any difference to Mar- jorieMarjorie whom he had loved since he first carried her lunchbasket to school, and fought Sherry Leeds for calling her "redhead!" He had waited to ask her to marry liim, until he could tell her that his or ders for house-building material war ranted him building a house for him self, only to find she Intended to marry Sherrlll Leeds. "But you made me believe you loved me!" he had cried helplessly, "tMtf&* 1 1 1 i \Wnt Down in the Boiling Waters. i 1 I *"Oh, Margie darling, I love you better I need you more than he." "Mother wishes It, John," had been *er defensive answer. "And II don't want you to quit being my friend. I want you to come to see me often." "I cannot bear to see you again, Margie." In the bitterness of his dis appointment the words had burst from him miserably. "I never want to see you again unless It Is In the hoar of death." "In the hour of death 1" she had echoed unhappily, holding out a trem bling hand which he could not trust himself to take. "Good-by then, John, until the hour of death." "Gibson! All out for Gibson 1" The coach door banged open and the train drew to a standstill in a pros' perous little town half-way across the West A gsy group, bringing the fragrance of carnations with It, came in at the rear of the coach and took seats be hind O'Neal. There were three young girls in the party, an elderly woman and two young men. From the girls' chatter O'Neal learned they were go ing an hour's ride down the road to be present the next day at a morning wedding at which the three young women were to be bridesmaids. "Oh Madge, you'll be almost too trasy, after this- wedding, with mllll ners and dressmakers, to help anybody atse get married, won't yon?" The voice of the girl rose clear and loud. "Right you are, Laurestine I" One of the young men laughed as he spoke and his voice, strangely familiar to O'Neal, somehow grated on him. "Oc- tober Is only two months off, October, when Madge plays the part of leading lady at my wedding!" "Two months is a long time. Many things may happen In two months." O'Neal clutched the arms of his chair. It was her voice, and the man who laughed was Sherrlll Leeds! Sup pose they should recognise him! Once she had told him, banteringly, that she would know the back of his black the shoulders of his over-big "across the Mississippi river." a cowarda weak-kneed cow- WV O'Neal rebuked himself, "bat I Mat face herI cant face them to- 1 The next moment there was a ter wrench of the car, a creaking and of steel and timbers and the went down la the boiling wa off the river through the broken By a strange sort of miracle, the *"fg*f* car hung down coaches la danger at any moment of being drawn Into (he flood. The engineer and his fireman had gone down to death, but none of the passengers were more than bruised and shaken, and there was a frantic exodus from the coaches to the safety of the solid ground beside the track. "Is everybody out and safe?" Mar jorie Ballew, standing white and shaken on the sodden ground, asked a man beside her. "All out but one man," he answered. "He's not hurt, but one of his lege is fastened some way. They've sent up the road for,tools, but it's doubtful whether they get back in time to get him outyou see, the coach is likely to go over any minute." "Who Is he?" she asked pityingly. "Says his name's John O'NeaL Wants Rev. Philip Cavender of Wood side, N. Y., Informed, if-" But the girl was gone. O'Neal, waiting calmly, felt a light touch on his shoulder, and looked up Into a pair of terrified blue eyes. "Margie!" He caught her arm in a tense grip. "Go back!" "John," she breathed, and his heart beat strangely, Joyously, while there came calls of distress from the elderly kinswoman and the\ girls outside the car, "If It is the hour of death to you, I am going to pass it with you I" "Come out, Madge," pleaded Sher rlll's voice through the open window. "Don't risk your life!" There was no answer from the girl. Leeds' voice hardened with fear. "Marjorie, I'm coming in to carry you out!" "Go, Marjorie!" besought O'Neal hoarsely. Go, darling!" Marjorie slipped the solitaire off her third finger and passed it through the window to Leeds. "You need not comeyou have no authority over me now, Sherrlll," she said tensely "I didn't know where my heart was when I promised to marry you. I know now!" With a little sob she slipped to her knees, and, throwing one arm about O'Neal's neck, laid her head on his breast, whispering contradictorily that she had loved_hlm all the time. Five minutes Tafer O'Neal stood on the firm ground and watched his prison house go down In the muddy waters. Marjorie clung to him and hid her eyes. "Look up, sweetheart," he whis pered, his face glowing, "it Is the hour of life to us!" The Opal. Have you ever heard of the opall So asks Frank G. Carpenter in "How the World Is Clothed." It is a beau* tlful stone, composed of a material call ed quartz, save that It contains more or less water and gives forth some of the most brilliant colors known. It sometimes looks white and again may be pale-yellow, red, green or blue. Fire opals shine like fire, when the light strikes them, and show almost all the colors of the rainbow. The opal Is found in Mexico and Honduras, and also in South America. It occurs in Hungary and Saxony, and there are large opal mines in eastern Australia. Some have also been discovered in cer tain of our western states. About the finest specimens, however, are from Austria-Hungary, the most beautiful opal ever found coming from there. This stone Is of about the size of a man's hand, and It weighs 17 ounces. It is now among the jewels of the Austrian crown. Opals are usually Imbedded In other stones. They have a different form from the diamond, sap phire, or ruby, and are usually round or oval In shape. Palestine OH Production. The present method of manufactur ing olive, and sesame oil in Palestine consists of a circular stone trough in which a stone disk rotates on edge like a wheel and Is operated by a horse, mule or camel. One man is constantly stirring, removing and replacing the olives as they are crushed and another carrying the whole olives to the mill and returning with the crushed ones. A crude wooden box press is used to extract the oil. The primitive devices, while they still exist, are rapidly, fall ing into disuse, as they are too labor ious and do not produce as much oil as modern presses. Modern French presses are operated where no power exists, by a long beam pulled by rope and tackle, while some are operated by kerosene engines. With these presses one squeezing is enough, Instead of two or three under the native methods. Under the native process the oil ob tained from the last pressings is used In soap making. The Raven's Warning. Tradition has it that all the calami* ties which dog the footsteps of the Ill fated Austrian royal family are fore shadowed by the appearance of a raven. When the Archduke Maximilian de parted for Mexicoand execution-* a raven followed him on the path and when the Archduchess Christina left for her unhappy life in Spain a raven hovered over the carriage. A whole flight of ravens is said to have hovered over the crowning of the late Francis Joseph, and one of the IB-omened birds dashed a peach from the hand of the Empress Elizabeth the day before she waa murdered at Geneva. FaaMUsSa^anmaaahdhaei BaMfeAaWSB^ Bafi rvsvwVfffivn ww The Italians and Spaniards kiss only by favor and are decidedly lax in their osculatory observances. Swedes, Nor wegians, Dance and Germans are es pecially generous la the dlstributloa of their favors. The French kiss apoa the slightest provocation soinsttsasa men have beea known to kiss each ether several times ariag a brief eea- itJoo. .HM'OYTMTV SAVE LABOR IN CROWING BEETS Use of More Horses and Larger Implements Reduces Work of Farm Laborers. COMPARISON Of PLOW CREWS Approximately One Hour an Acre Less of Man Labor la Necessary to Operate Plow Drawn by Three Horses Than by Two. (Prepared by the United States Depart ment of Agriculture.) Many farmers are solving the labor problem by using larger Implements and more horses. Such practices have enabled sugar-beet growers greatly to reduce their expenses for man labor and increase their operations. The normal man labor required in growing sugar beets will vary from 80 to 135 hours or more an acre. Under average conditions, where more horses and larger implements are used, the man labor on machine operations will be reduced approxi mately 25 per cent. A direct comparison of plowing crews in Michigan and Ohio, where conditions under which the work is done are uniform, shows that approxi mately one hour an acre less of man labor Is necessary to operate a plow drawn by three horses than by two. With the larger outfit, as also when a tractor is used, a float or plank can be attached to the plow, and thus the breaking of a cloddy surface can be done with little additional effort or cost In disking in the Michigan and Ohio districts it was found that a four-horse outfit saves one-quarter of an hour of man labor an hour over the two-horse equipment. Saving In Sugar Beets. Cultivation of sugar beets furnishes a striking contrast in crew efficiency. In Michigan and Ohio it was found that 1.9 man-hours an acre were re quired to cultivate once over with a one-row Implement, 1.6 man-hours with a two-row cultivator, and only .9 of a man-hour for a four-row cultiva tora distinct saving In man labor by using the four-row machine. As many fields require attention before it is possible for the grower to get the work accomplished, any saving of la bor and time is an advantage to the growing crops and affords more man labor for crops competing with the sugar beet in the distribution of labor. Under average conditions a crew of one man and two horses working con tinuously will lift approximately 1% acres of beets a day. A crew of one man and four horses will probably In crease this area to two acres, or pos sibly 2% acres a day under favorable conditions. The performance of the lifting Implement can be Improved still further with the addition of more horse power. If, by using an extra horse on the lifter, this work can be performed in a shorter period, more time will be available for hauling the beets to the factory or loading station. Harvesters Mean Further Economy. An appreciable saving In farm labor will undoubtedly be accomplished through the development of mechanic al harvesters. The hand labor oa sugar beets, comprising such opera tlofls as blocking, thinning, hoeing, pulling, topping and loading, consti tutes from 52 to 75 per cent of the to tal man labor required in growing the crop. The pulling, topping and load ing, when combined, make up 24 to 42 per cent of the work. Estimates made by several growers show a variation of 24 to 99 hours In the labor require ment for the hand work in harvesting. It Is very apparent, says the bulletin, that this amount can be reduced to a few hours an acre with the introduc* tion of the mechanical harvester. SOY BEAM IMPORTANT CROP Haa High Protein Value and May Be Fed to Advantage With Less Nitrogenous Crops. (Prepared by the United States Depart ment of Agriculture.) The soy bean has an Important place among soiling crops. Having a high protein value, the crop may be fed to good advantage w4th less nitrogen ous crops, such as corn, sorghum, su- A Field ef Soy dan grass, and millet. The great va riation hi the time of maturity of the different varieties of soy beans or the planting of the same variety at differ ent dates will make it possible tc have a succession of green forage throughout the greater part of th summer and fall. Whea the crop has become weU established Jt grows well daring drought nmnimw K. WH1TC CIDTii Mum THE TOMAHAWK. WHITE EARTH. MINN. CULTIVATION NEEDED IN CORN PRODUCTION Object Is to Promote Earl) Growth and Development Methods Will Vary to Meet Require ments of PlantingPrevent Weeds From Robbing Soil of Mois ture and Fertility. (Prepared by the United States Dey&rt* ment of Agriculture.) Approximately 100,000,000 acres of corn in the United States are annually given two or more cultivations. Culti vation Is considered essential in the corn production. The general purpose of cultivation is to promote the early growth and later -development of the corn punt The usual type of culti vation Is sometimes modified to meet special conditions, such as retarding the vegetative growth of the plant by cutting the corn roots in early cultiva tion. The kind of cultivation will al-o vary to soma extent to meet the re quirements of different methods of planting. i Some of ttre most successful com growers begin their cultivation before they plant their crop. They claim that a deep cultivation of the soil at this time is of as much value as later cultivations. It causes the soU to warm more quickly, destroys early weed growth, and incorporates the veg etable matter more thoroughly into the soil. Corn is cultivated to prevent weeds from robbing the corn of soil moisture and fertility, to put the surface in the best condition to absorb rainfall, to warm the soil by drying Its surface quickly, and to save moisture by check ing the capillary rise to the soU sur face. Corn should be cultivated often enough to keep down the weeds and to maintain a loose soil mulch until the crop has attained its growth. To sat isfy this end a greater number of cul tivations win be necessary when rains at Intervals of a week or so cause the surface soil to run together and crust. This crust must be broken and Cultivation Is Essential in the Produo tlon of Xorn. the soil mulch restored or excessive run-off and evaporation will soon rob the crop of much-needed moisture. Promptness In restoring the soil mulch after each rain is of great Importance. This work can be rapidly and less ex pensively performed by use of double cultivators widened, and by driving astride each alternate row, as by this practice the mulch is restored in half the time necessary to drive astride of every row. Corn should not be cultivated so long as the soil mulch is in good condi tion and free of weeds. Corn should not be cultivated when the soil turns up In clods, breaking the corn roots and permitting the soil to dry out to a greater depth than it would if not cultivated. HA CROPS FO LIVE STOC Many Farmers Unmindful of Neces sity of Providing for Fall and Winter Feeding. ^Prepared by the United States Depart* ment of Agriculture.) The high price of rough feed em phasizes the necessity of all farmers planting a sufficient acreage of sum* mer forage crops to enable them to provide themselves with hay and other roughages for their live stock during the coming year. With tht abundance of pasture available la thf springtime farmers oftentimes arc un mindful of the necessity of providing for that period during the fall when pasture will be dry, or during the win ter when there will be no feed avail* able. The county agents should be con .sulted with reference to the availabil ity of seed. Where, outside purchase] have to be made the order should be placed at once, so that the seed may he on hand to sow when the soil hi in good condition and the season Is not too far advancd. Among the several summer haj crops for the Southwest sorghum or Sudan grass are undoubtedly la most favor. In the southeastern terrltorf sorghum and cowpeaa, planted aay time before the first of July, will ma ture a great abundance of good qual ity rough feed for mules or cattle. The county agents should be consulted with reference to best crepe for local conditions, method of punting aad I 4eaniity of seed per acre he ha ta different localities. O a warm day there's no more refresh ing luncheon than Libby'* Veal Loaf, chilled and sliced! So easy, too. Ask your grocer for a package today* Libby, MSNeill Libby,Chicago KD Dandruff WiftCutiaira St: Sow Ointment alooaS. Sample eeeh Sift. S. Beaten." EveixWomaii Wants ANTISEPTIC POWDER PERSONAL HYGIENE fas water for dearhi pelvis catarrh,ulceration and Bin onussadid by Lydia E. Ms*\Ce fee tea tkroataad HABOLD asanas, If* DaSafeAm, Brooklyn. N. X. Everything Lovely. "Howdy, Gap!" saluted an acquaint ance, upon meeting the well known Rumpus Ridge citizen on a shopping expedition In Tumlinvllle. "How's everything going with you?" "Finer'n frog hair, Jurdl" triumph antly replied Gap Johnson. "Of course, my wife has been sorter puny, yur of late, and several of the children have got the measles and mumps and one thing and another, and the lightning struck the corner of the house tuther night and like to have tore the whole place to pieces, and one of the kids fell out of a tree and broke his arm, and a feller took a shot at me day be fore yesterdsy and ventilated my ear, and such as that, but I swapped for a running horse last week, and a couple of my hounds have got six pups apiece. Aw, I tell you, they cant keep a good man down I"Kan sas City Star. II II Well Known. I was hurrying home up the hill when a little boy Came rushing down in such haste that he ran headlong Into me. He was quite breathless and very flushed. "Have you seen my pa?" he managed to stammer. "I don't know your pa, little boy," said He looked at me In round-eyed won der and his pink cheeks fairly stuck out "You don't know my pa?" he said in credulously. "Why, I know pa Just as easy PExchange. 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