with other dlcldtious trees to give b
fine effect. In home decoration more
attention should bo Riven to the com
mon -wfiodliuid shrubs. The common
hawthorne tree, the wild crab apple, tlif
sumach, the elderberry, the wild cherry
and In ines the Virginia creeper, the
partridge berry and woodbine should
each have a place on the home grounds.
?Gpyrichtecl -1'' 2)
1901, J. S. Trigg, Rockford, Iowa.
The two Dakotas raised more wheat
than England the past year and Mani
toba nearly as much.
Kansas farmers are realizing a dollar
a bushel for their big wheat crop where
they have fed It to hogs and converted
it Into pork.
Where a tree has ample room to grow
and develop, its root system will be
found to correspond in area occupied
to the size and spread of its top.
it with the wind, as in the old Mosaic
times. Born a serf out of a generation
of serfs, this ignorant, vodka drinking,
illiterate clod of the soil is Blow to
sense his opportunities and waits the
magic touch of modern progress to en
able him to build states like those of
our nown Northwest out of the Siberian
A row of Scotch pines set eight feet
apart for eighty rods along the north
line of our orchard is planned for a
windbreak. Could we do any better?
"In the morning sow thy seed, and at
evening wlthold not thy hands," Is a
good motto to apply In the matter of
sowing grass seed In the spring, partic
ularly clover seed.
There will be a better litter of pigs
and more of them raised to the period
of weaning If the old sow has noiulng
to do with the corncrib before and after
the pigs are born.
The cattle which brought $7 at Chi
cago the last day of the olo year were
what? Just long yearling steers,
finely bred and finely fed, weighing
about 1.300 pounds. This fact is worth
Don't try to be a weather prophet,
for you will get let down if you do. The
little intelligence which some men pos
sess is very often devoted to descant
ing upon subjects about which they
These Make a Mistake.
"We know of some men who are going
to get their heads into a sling by going
daft over this land craze, and these men
who buy farms at $75 an acre, making a
small payment down and expecting to
pay the balance out of profits made on
ihe farm. These forget that these high
priced farms are manyof them well run
out been cropped for 40 or GO years
and that existing higli values for all
farm produce are abnormal and not at
all likely to continue beyond the time
when the law of supply and demand
shall equalize prices. It is all right to
buy such a farm for an investment, but
ing for it when the deed is passed, as it
will rent for enough to -pay a low rate
of interest upon the investment, but
this is a very different propositon from
that of trying to pay for such a farm
from its products.
Profits of Cottonwood Timber.
At a late meeting of the Southwestern
Horticultural Society of Iowa a gentle
man of good reputation made the fol
lowing statement with reference to tne
profits of timber culture on the west
ern prairies: Twenty years ago he
planted a row of cottonwood slips four
feet apart half a mile along the highway
fronting his farm. The trees grew tall
and thriftv. and as they attained large
size drew upon his farm field adjoining
for a width of three rods, occupying
thus about three acres of land. Iist
fall and winter nil but 100 of the trees
weii? cut, and from them were made !!-'.-
000 feet, board measure, of serviceable
lumber and 2."0 cords of wood. The lum
ber sold for $15 per thousand and the
wood was worth $2. IT) per cord, or a
cash value for the timber grown on
these three acres of $1,042. or $47.50 per
acre, or an annual income of $17.?.7 per
acre for each of the 20 years, it should
lie stated in this connection that tlie.-c
trees grew upon the louse soil of the
Missouri slope, a soil wherein the cot
tonwood tree finds its anost perfect de
velopment, and we do not believe the
above record could be duplicated upon
the average prairie soils of the est.
What Is on many a farm Is 25 bush
els of corn to the acre. What might be
is 50 bushels per acre on the same land.
The hew to bring this about is the
great agricultural problem which thou--sands
of men should study.
When a man finds himself the owner
of a farm worth $75 per acre, it then
becomes his duty as a goon citizen to
see that the public highway along his
premises is graveled and made into a
good road even if he has to do it at his
A Favored Spot.
There is a small and especially favor
able territory which embraces the Hast
en half of South Dakota and the North
western one-fourth of Iowa where, time
ly rains falling, a most magnificent crop
of corn was secured, about the best ever
raised in that section. It is needless to
comment upon the kind of prosperity
which follows in the wake of 50 bushels
of corn to the acre at 00 cents a bushel.
It means the doubling of farm land
values whereon the crop was raised,
mortgage extinction, new houses with
modern improvements, the substitution
of elegant carriages for lumber wagons
when the coi n raiser goes to kirk or to
n wedding or funeral; it means college
for hoys and girls, a new steel range
tor mother in the kitchen and a piano
for the girls in the parlor. What about
the fellow who is forced to buy this
corn at this price? Oh, that's another
question and not a part of this item.
Live Stock Auctioneers.
We are asked what sort of compen
sation is received by the live stock auc
tioneersnot the little fellows w;o
cry the common farm sale, but those
who sell the blue blooded Shorthorns,
Doddies and Herefords at fancy prices.
Inquiry develops the information that
the best of these auctioneers receive
from $100 to $150 per day for their fier
vices and sometimes more when they
sell on a commission and strike a good
lot of Btoek and a buying crowd. To he
aide to command these prices which if
let alone they would not do. Not many
men are naturally fitted for this busi
ness, lor a man should have a reversi
ble conscience and a tongue hung on
ball bearings to make a brilliant suc
cess at it.
OOD morning." said the editor
as Uncle Bill opened the door
to his sanctum. "How are
you feeling this morning?"
"Oh. tolerable fair fur an ole feller."
ivpllod Uncle Hill. "Say did yer bear
bout me whnppln' that Irish feller?"
"You ami O ration did not come to
blows, I hope." remarked the editor.
"No. 'twas that other son nv Kvin
'.hat was argr.fyin' with me on pnter
::es." said Uncle Bill, as he seated bim
(if after first having located the cus-
:'elore, and continued. "I kin take
bout so much, an' then I'm loaded fur
the other feller, I'm like .limpson's
!,, don't care whether the milk pail
is full or not when 1 git ready ter
kick, I cut loose an' make a business
u v it fur a while, an' ibis flannel
mouth, got his ball u v yarn all wound
up fur me an' I had ter help hini'iin
wind, an' It dicn't take me long ter
take a few uv his snarls out."
"Did you go and fight It out?" asked
"1 gin him a dnrn good lickln' fur
tmce in his life." said Uncle Bill.
"Shades uv Kitzsimmons, but I gin him
a soaker, what made him quit spittin'
"Wasn't you scared," asked the edi
tor, who was deeply Interested In the
"Scared:" exclaimed Uncle Bill.
"Wall. I rather think 1 was. Reckon
yer never was on a train when it got
scared at a buffalo stampede was yer?"
"No," answered the editor. "I was
not, but when a train jumps the track
it usually tips over and then comes a
terrible wreck. Did your train tip
"Nope, it run along 'bout eight mllen
across the country an' struck the track
agin an' run along as if nothiif had
happened," said Uncle Bill, as he
leaned- back in his chair and loked the
editor straight in the eyes.
"What! you sit there and tell me
that a railroad train can Jump the
track, run eight miles across the coun
try and then get on the track again,
without, ever stopping?" said the edi
tor. "Of all the monumental liars that
I have ever heard of, or met, you are
PULL LIKE A.SON-OF-A-GTJN.
When your luck' "on the bum." and you
fear that you've come
. o the very last rnil of your rope:
Wlii n your eourage has fled, und you
feel well-niitli dead.
And have lout ambition and hope;
An you're swept In ashore where the wild
There I only one thin to be done
Dip your earn In the stream, thll put on
And pull like a son-of-a-gun!
Imii't wait for the crash thut will send
you to smash.
Huekle In with a will while there's time;
You will never get out of the current of
Hy imaglnlriK" nil Is sublime;
There urn rapids ahead Into which you'll
There ure treacherous shoals you should
Dip your oars In the stream, then put on
And pull like a son-of-a-Run!
'Hold on there young feller," ex
claimed Uncle Bill, "every word I've
told yer is true an' I'll not set here
an' let yer call me a liar without a
"But Uncle Bill." patronizingly said
the editor, "it is an Impossibility for a
railroad train to "
'Railroad train:" exclaimed Uncle
Bill, who in thuuderation is talkln'
'bout railroad trins I'd like ter know?
Ver nnor Ignoramus, eiiynne k'.iows
there wasn't, eny railroad trains ter j
Denver from Iowa in them days. We
went on an overland wagon train."
And as he started out Ihe door he
said. "You escaped Mr. Editor, 'cause
ver didn't happen ter be on the train,
Nearly every living thing, except the
family cat and dog, are fond of well
prepared corn silage cows, young
stock, the fattening steers, the sheep,
the hogs, the chickens. A food which is
so generally palatable to all kinds of
stock should be provlded-for them.
Apples on Crab Trunks.
Here is a nut for the apple man to
crack: Two apple trees, one located
near Dubuque and the other on the
prairie In north central Iowa, are hale
and hearty and bearing good .crops of
i fruit at 32 years of age. There Is noth
ing very remarkable about this, but
when we say that both these trees are
Seek No Farther apples, top grafted
Pacific Const Lumber.
With the disappearance of the pine
orests cf Michigan, Wisconsin anil Min
nesota big forests of Oregon and Wash
ington are beginning to be drawn upon
to supply the demand for lumber in the
central Wes.t for $21 to $22 per thou
sand feet by the carload, or at a price
which brings it into competition, with
the product of the northern pineries.
This coast lumber sells at the mills for
5.7 to $8 per thousand feet, and the
troight is about $14 per thousand feet.
The great benefit of the reduced rates
from the coast Is thus easily seen, and
it Is likely to materialize before long.
v 4- V
at " WW
Along the fence on the north side of
a belt of heavy timber we will next
spring set out an 80 rod row of dew
berries, confidently expecting that this
delicious berry will there find almost
Ideal conditions. We will train the
vines along the wire fence if possible.
A good many of the rural mail route
carriers are resigning, as one by one
they find out that they really are the
most poorly paid of any of Uncle Sam's
large list of employes. The fair thing
would be to add at least $100 to their
present compensation of $500, especial
ly as it appears that the business is
more than self-sustaining.
One Hundred Years Ago.
It is a matter of history that a hun
dred years ago. before the fine roads
of England had been built, the farmers
living contiguous to the city of London
vigorously protested against the use
of public money for the Improvement
on the stock of a Siberian crab, the! of the fearful winter roads leading to
Seek No Farther being an apple which the city on the ground that such i:n
it is utterly impossible to raise upon a proved highways would hurt their sales
root graft in the territory named, it be-- of produce by enabling farmers trom
conies a fact of much interest for all a distance to bring their stuff to market.
fruitinen. These trees, surviving the : The years may come and the yen rs may
climatic changes and shocks of 32 years go, but old human nature remains just
and hearing abundant crops of one of . the same.
the best apples in the world on their lit- 1
tie Russian trunks, is an object lesson A Sure Remedy.
11.11 tmuuui oe neeueo oy an inose j A man was bothered almost to death
, , ln,8lwmf! 11110 a"- with a flock of his neighbor s turkeys.
Mt;n. VB HlhU lumw 111 .IllllUUiail UppiCK '
so top worked which are bearing fine
crops of splendid fruit in southern Min-
We note the advertisement "For
Sale" of a 550 acre farm of rich Indiana
farm land in the Kankakee country. 100
acres of heavy timber thereon, at the
seemingly low , price of $27 per acre,
while men are actually tumbling over
each other in their eagerness to pay $45
an acre for lands in the Dakotas.
What's the matter with the old Hoosier
The average yield of the cereal crops
of Englnnd for the past ten years has
been: Wheat, 29.03 bushels per acre;
barley, 33.13; oats, 38.47. The average
Is not high on barley and oats as com
pared with the average crop of the
West and Northwest, but on wheat
England beats this country all to pieces,
save in a limited territory in Oregon,
Washington and Idaho.
nosota, a territory in which the Jona
than npplo is no more at home than is
our colored brother. Facts like the fore
going should be heeded and acted upon
by our fruitinen.
A late report from England states
that there Is plenty of work to be ob
tained on English farms at $3.50 per
week, the laborer to board himself. In
Pa to Do Foie 'Gras.
The above is the name of a high
priced delicacy much affected by the
so called epicurean rich, and what is
it? A matured goose, is shut up in a
box so small that it can just stand up
right and stick its head through the
hole In the top. It is then fed the most
concentrated foods highly seasoned with
condiments. This feeding is done for
cibly, the food being forced down the
gullet of the bird with a stick made for
that purpose. Soon after this treatment
begins the liver of the bird becomes en
larged and diseased and keeps on grow
ing in size until it will weigh as much
as the liver of a good sized calf. The
Lird is kept until it Is just ready to
die, when it is killed and the iiver
taken and given special secret treatment,
when It is packed in jars and gold la
beled and then passes through the usu
al channels of trade to the epicurean
Kindly requests and protests were no
good. One day he took his gun and
bagged the best bird in the flock and
had an ante-Thanksgiving dinner
Next day the turks disappeared and
Lever bothered him after.
POSSIBILITIES IN A BOY.
Development of Great Qualities Not
Philistine: I have profound respect
for boys. Grimy, ragged, tousled boys
in the street often attract me strangely
A boy Is a man in the cocoon: you do
not know what It is going to become
his life is big with possibilites. He may
make or unmake kings, change boon
dary lines between states, write books
that will mold characters, or Invent ma
chines. Every man was a boy: it seems
"I Oln Him a Soaker."
HOW MORRIS "CASHED IN."
A Far Western Tragedy Described in
Far Western Vernacular.
Don't tlniit Idly by when there's clouds In
There's a duty for you to perform;
'Tin u slicn to beware, when the Ught
ntiiK's red glare
Announces the oneomini? storm;
Whi n the waves madly sweep o'er the
And ihe ilattKeriius Journey's- beun.
I'lp your oars hi the slreani, then put on
Ami pull like a smi-of-n-KUii!
It Is easy to row when the cut-rent lit
And the stream is all placid and still:
..'hen the waves ure as!"ep. to sail o'er
Hciiulres no nautical skill:
But once vou are led In the billows of
The dangers have only begun
Dip your ours lit the stream, then put on
And pull like n son-of-a-KUti '.
In the vovage of life, with its toll and ltM
You will meet with the waves of rebuff:
You will oftentimes sail, In a financial
Through u. channel that't rocky und
If In safety you'll land on the silvery
With a joy that the voyage Is won.
Dip your oars In the stream, then put on
And pull like u son-of-a-gun!
15. A. BKINI.NSTOOL.
flannel fur a while, an' say. yer cottldn t
tell the date uv him when I got through
with him. He jest looked like a can
uv terniaters In a railroad wreck, he
did. by ginger."
"Speaking of railroad wrecks, sain
the editor, changing the subject. I
have had some very close calls in my
lime, some narrow escapes, one of them
was the great Ashtabula disaster where
1 whole train went through the bridge.
but I was fortunate enough to escape
How did yer happen ter escape?
asked Uncle Bill.
"Oh. I didn't happen to be on the
train," replied the editor, who ban a
smile lurking in the corners of his
mouth, as Uncle Bill was taken with a
violent spell of clearing out ills throat,
when he recovered his composure, the
editor continued, "Were you ever on
a train when It gotiff the track?"
This was the opening Uncle Bill
wished for, and he replied: "Was 1?
Wall, now, I guess you'd a thought so
if you'd a bin along. .lumpln' gal
lops uv Buffalo's, but there was a mess
This aroused the editor's curiosity,
and he anxiously said, "Go ahead and
tell us all about it."
"Wall." said Uncle Bill, "this hap
pened way back in the GOs. that's a
long time ago an' mebby I've furgot
come uv it, but howsoniever. guess I
kin tell 'bout all uv it. Yer see 'twas
all on account uv Helen's health she's
my wife yer know Wall, we 'lowed,
as how we'd take a trip ter Denver,
on account uvthe embracin' atmosphere
what they has out there. So I went,
down cellar an' drew on my bank ac
count what I had laid away. I had a
New Denver (B. C.) Claim: In 1 SOT
there were flush times in the Sloean.
The overflow of the Rossland boom
swished through the silver camps and
roated them with gold. The wash struck
Sandon the hardest, and for months the
town had its Cairo-like streets literally
paved with dollars and playing cards.
Sandon Is built In a gulch between high
mountains over which the sun oeeas
sionally peeps at the burg. In those
days it was a hot locality. All night
long the pianos were thumped "below
the dead line." while above it the booze
factories had no keys, and the clinking
glasses kept time to he rattle of cnips,
and the cries of "That's good!" "I'm
pat!" "Put in with you!" etc. These
were the days when it often cost a
plunk to look at your hole card, and
t hubber were under the table. Gamblers
were thicker than coons at a cake walk,
and a flash of sunlight made the lower
end of the camp look like a railroad
switch yard with all danger signals
turned on. The town never closed up;
it was one long carnival of wine, wo
men and cards. When one shift went
llewey another took its place, and Can-
ndn'B Monte Carlo never blinked an
About this time Morris Butterman
hailed the camp. Morris had no yellow
in him, and packed more than fiO years
on his broad back He Had been a gam
bier for nearly half a century. Ho had
faced the tigers in Montann, shot craps
In New Orleans, dealt stud on the old
Mississippi, and peeped from behind
ihe "four" in many a draw game. So
when he hit the camp he was not afraid
of anvthing in sight. He dealt faro in
the Bucket of Blood saloon, and kept
his shirt bosom ever white. For a long
time his meal ticket had figures on
it, and then the splits came. The crash
in silver, and then the strike, soon made
Sandon look like a dirty deuce in a new
deck, and the old gambler went up the
lull to rook for a while, but he did not
suit, and wandered back to town again
broke, but sad. silent, and proud. Sev
eral of the boys noticed that he did not
eat regularly and proffered him aid. but
he shook his head anil stood pat. One
dav. about 5 in the afternoon, he passed
through the Bucket of Blood to the
stairway at the rear on the way to his
room. As he mounted the steps he
turned nnd took a long look at the bar
and Handsome Jack. Late the nex
THE BOOK SOLD MOST OF ALL.
big flat stone down there what acted
an my cashier an' I could most always afternoon Jack went up stairs to the old
Even the Most Popular Novels Be-
hind Becord of the Bible.
draw 011 it fur a Iodic money, if I'd
only git on the right side uv it, an' ns I
was sayin' we started on the trip, the
train was loaded down with passengers
an' It was a durn long train too. Trains
didn't go as fast them days as they do
now, but we was goin' along at a pur
ty fast gait jest the same, when all uv
strange, but it is really so. Wouldn't
These diseased livers bring yot; like to turn backward and see Alira-
the producer, the small farmers of Al-
lauuici lu uuaiu iiiiiiacu, ,, n, 44 . a. . . ..
which connection we remark that there ' ' "''., ' "T l"r T"c
is plenty of work on American farms at,"'c,T. l"86T.:"' ".'UU"T, ,
$5.50 per week, with first class board
meat three times a day and two pieces
of pie and washing thrown in and in
some case3 a likely show to court the
hired girl or the old man's daughter
The world's sugar supply is very
large and Is constantly increasing. Mod
ern methods of culture and manufac
ture applied to the sugar cane and the
sugar beet are revolutionizing this in
dustry. Once put Yankee brains and
machinery in conjunction with the su
gar producing soil of Cuba, Porto Rico
and the Philippines in cane culture and
manufacture and with the vast irrigat
ablo sections of the desert west of our
own country in beet culture and Amer
ica need riot depend for a single pound
of the vast quantity of sugar which It
consumes upon any foreign nation.
the higher price they bring. Now, it
tempted to order "pate do foie gras" on
your bill of fare at some tony restau
rant, you will know just exactly what
you are getting and eating.
It will soon be tree planting time
again, and we would like to offer a
suggestion about tree planting around
the home lot. Please do not set the
trees out on regular lines, squnres and
the like. The only trees set In rows
should be those bordering the street
and t hose in the orchard. The best model
for tree planting for home embellish
ment is to be found In tho native for
ests or, rather, In the openings at the
edgo of the timber natural and artls
ham Lincoln at 12. when he had neve
worn a pair of boots? the lank, loan
yellow, hungry boy, hungry for love.
hungry for learning, tramping olf
through the woods 20 miles to borrow a
book, and spelling it out crouching be
fore the glare of the burning logs?
Then there was that Corslcan boy
one of a goodly brood, who weighed
only 50 pounds when 10 years old, v.iio
was thin, pale, ami perverse, ant! had
tantrums, and had to be sent supperlefs
to bed or locked In a dark closet be
cause he wouldn't "mind!" Who would
have thought he would have mustered
every phaEe of warfrre at 20, and when
the exchequer of France was In dire
confusion would say: "The finances?
I will arranp-e them
Distinctly and vivid'" I remember a
squat, freckled hoy who was born in
the "Patch." nnd tned to pick up eo-il
along railroad trucks in Buffalo. A f- v,-
Our Farm Machines In Russia.
American reapers, harvesters, horse
1. .. n n ,1 i Aiirmia A ma VnlrlfV O 1rY-ifor1 (n
" ; oVnenln Vn. Rn K" young and do no harm, but they
Li' to th eve uslon of all other kinds. soon e"OW, nnd then you see the mis
Few people realize the enormous field ' , ' ,
this opens to the American manufac- there be found a mm, with c-ourr.p
turn- of farm machinery, the cereal 1 'Gh t0 1:iv, t ,e x lf tllp lm!t .l,f
producing area of Russia far exceeding 5,1,nds5"nc, 11,1,1 ,ir,,,'u w ' a
I., evient tbnt of this countrv. There ! himself planted. Nothing eoi iU the
; front y::r.l or lawn as a couple of ovcr-
tlc combinations of forest tree, fihrtib
and vine, with an interval of grat , months ago 1 h -d a motion to ma';e ee
meadow between. Find some pretty 1ove the court of appealt at Rocheri.er.
spot of this sort and study tho way n.- I That boy fro-. i the "Patch" was t':e
turc has arranged tho trees and shrubs-. .Initio who wrcto t!;e opinion granting
Another thing, don't get the trees trio j my pcl'tien.
near tho house. They seem all right Vd with the boyn. Yo i r.r-j
dealing wim soui-stuir. ursnny wurt
;unt r. ;ou:id the corner,
lie patient -.vii'.i
are vast sections of Russia where oven
yet the Russian peasant cuts all bis
grain with a scytha or cradle, tramps
the grain out with oxeu and windows
greens ret 2') feet distant Zvc.ta
house. 1 Evergreens are tili ii;r)t
they should gi'ow alone and bo Grouped jly liavciii.il
The first. Pii'Tini'In cilde' to n;nv
i'.-r to win . tole-rij'.hv In tbnt lyir
between rto:"te and i-iniinla. I. ir
will shortly li ilie'ntli'jed. a.-, t' e
ki'.ont'.ei-:-, c-a iutwecn the Iii';''-
i ii-d ba-.i hen r,u"e" ;,.
bet leltv p.rtTth!
1 .MMC, .CW ,
a sudden It appeared like the hull
earth wa:i movin' an all ter onte some
one hollered 'Buffalo stampede,' an' by
gum ytr could uv hecr'd yer breath
while a pin dropped, "caute everyone's
heart jest sunk right down Inter their
hoots fur 'bout a minute, when all uv
a tuiidfn the durned train got scared
in' jumped tho track an" took right
ccvo'ia the prairie. Wall, sage brush
H'l' Indian scalns, but Uhto was a mess
uv It. fur a while. Men an' women go
IV bur.ip.'r-er-tee-buiv.p on their eents
some o:J 'em, give right up fur gonner
in' some on 'em scrcchln' an' ycllln',
i.V the-e I set holdin' on ter the sent,
-.vlth Helen a holdin' on ter me, hut I
lov.vJ I cf ttld ride fast aa tho durn-
man s room, and ioiinu mm tieati. ne:
had put on his bent clothes, got under
the blankets, took a a swallow of poison.
and cashed in.
And thus Morris quit the game a
Old. broke, and nothing lienind tne
real, he preferred to pass up rather I
tnan nurtien ins irienus. .iiusi u iiumi
of tragedy in the fever of mining-camp
HE HAD HIS SUSPICIONS.
Colored Minister Looked Askance at
Carnegie's Fifty Dollar Bill.
Uala ciNl 6a."
Des Moines Leader: It is related
that on the last tour of President Mc
Kinley In the South, Andrew Carnegie
was in Ihe party and all were asked
o attent i negro church in Thomasville,
Ga., wh re a very fervid colored min
ister off elated.
It Is said that whenever a lull came
In the services the deacons took up a
collection, but through hospitable mo
tives avoided passing the box to the
white visitors. The old pastor rose at
last and preached a sermon that was at
the same time eloquent, earnest, and
Idiciilous preaching right at the white
folks and i s description of the pov
erty of the churn was so Impressive
that when the deacons passed the con
tribution boxes around for tho third
time Mr. Carnegie intercepted one and
dropped a ?."0 bill in tho box.
The old preacher counted their con
tents. When he had lininhed he placed
n handful of small change on one side
and a crisp greenback on the other.
Clearing his throat, ho said:
"Uit ddern, we has been greatly bless
ed bv dish yer contebutlon. We has
hcah fo- doliahs an' fo'ty cents dat Is
good, 'aril' if do $10 Mil put in by do
v.iii'e gemmen wid U gray whiskers
is r.lno good we Is blpssed a whole lot
morih."- And he looked KtiprMously at.
hn giver of libraries und campaign
.'u::da. .. .
New York Sun: "There Is one thing
In the way of a Christmas gift that you
don't hear much about," said the busy
book store man, "but whose sales at
this time reach tremendous propor
You may tnlk about your multitudi
nous editions of popular novels, but
the Bible leads them year in and year
out. It is probably Issued In more edi-
ons and got up In more styles and
shapes than any other book In the
ISvery bookseller alms to keep as
large an assortment as his trade will
allow; and as the profits on them are
from 25 to 60 per cent, they're a de
cidedly paying line of his business. In
most of the larger stores there Is a
man who iIocb nothing else but buy and
sell these books, and as there are not
many men who are up on Bibles, they
command a good salary.
"You'd be surprised at the different
kinds of people who buy Bibles at
Christinas time. The boy who is away
from home is one typical customer.
"He is npt to say that his mother
gave him one, bu that he has read it
through many times and the print is a
little fine. It Isn't improbable that
he'll buy another large, well-bound
volume to send home, just to show the
old folks that he hasn't forgotten.
"He may not be living up to the
teachings of the book, but when one
Is shown to him he always softens and
rarely goes out of the store without it.
"Young girls, whether working for
their living or the daughters of well-to-do
or wealthy parents, nre frequent
buyers of Billies, either for themselves
ir for some friend, most often a girl
"Old women are perhaps the heaviest
Olivers of all. It Is the grandmother
jr the aged aunt, you know, in every
n-ell regulated family, who considers it
ler duty to see thnt each child of either
lex has a copy of the book.
"It Is the old women, too, who are
responsible for many of the Bibles to
be found In the prisons. Millions of
Bibles are bought and sent to prisons
throughout the country every year.
"Tract and other relieious societies
buy many of these, but it is a fact that
the majority of them are sent by kindly-disposed
"Kven the Chinese buy Bibles. It Is
remarkable how easily the Celestials
learn to read Kngllsh, and hundreds of
them are learning every year In the
mission schols of the city.
"When they have mastered the al
phabet they begin reading the Bible.
.They seem to understand it, and wheth
er i'ley oeueve in n ur iiui, il iuut-
Next to Christmas, Easter Is the
briskest time of the year in the Bible
trade, and all'tne church holidays have
an effect upon it. But at Christmas
people buy them In the most expen
You would be amazed st. the beauty
and richness of some of the editions it
you're not up on the suhject. We have
one, for instance, that Is bound In seal,
full gilt, on India paper, that is a great
seller as a gift for women.
"It is really a wonder In bookmak
Ing. There are several thousand pages
printed on both sides. It is unabridged
in every particular, and the type is
legible, yet it is not much larger than
a Columbian stamp. .
"From this the editions rary through
every conceivable size, shape, binding,
type, to the great family-record Bi
bles In one direction or the cheap,
poorly-printed board-bound editions In
"Here Is one final litle peculiarity of
the trade that Is an open secret to ev
ery Bible salesman. A man may ob
ject to the prices on all other books,
but he will never question the price of
a Bible. This is not true of women."
Edward North, who had been Greek
professor of Hamilton college for 67
years, but resigned a month ago, re
ceived 700 letters appropriate to the
day on Chlrstmas morning from the
alumni of the irstltution. The Idea
was suggested to the alumni by a St.
Louis "grad," and among the letters
were one from l-ei rotary of War Root,
v'ho graduated In '04, and ono from
ox-Attorney General W. II. H. Miller,
if the clusa of 'f,i.
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