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MATION AND PAIN he BANANA and it RELATIVES m If imm. V you did not Mt three dor.en bananai last year, you did ,,ot have your lhart, Over 40.0UO, 000 bunches, or more than 3,000,000,000 hnnnniis, were Im- irtod lino the Culled State in 110, Tin- Immensity of this iiitiment ' mm be mora reaauj grasped by the statement that ii wouiu cover Jin urea sv im I M t wide, reaching from New Vork to San Francisco, or. plan d end to end, would extend thirteen times around the earth ut the equator. The slip" in the peels Would launch the ships of the world. The wboleaale value of the 101" Importation, nl point of export, wan over 111,600.000, while In all probability the eon eumlng public of the 1'nltrd States expended over 136,000,000 for this delectable frul DuniiK the past ten years the number of bananas consumed In tbe United Btatee baa more ihan douhleil. and the increased tropical acreage under cultivation assures even more itartllng Bgvrea for tbe neal decade, Many European countries are Importing large quant! ties of banenna gtMttCd over fl $1,000,000, nnd with the world's decreasing food supply, and the wheat nop at a Standstill, the banana comae forward iih an Important factor In saving the day. one arre with littie labor win annually produce 17,000 pound of bananas, or more than one and one-third i ini' s hh much food substance as an lo re of eorn, two and one third times ax much ng oata, almost three times an much per acre iih wheat and potatoes, and four times ati mucb as rye, The chemical composition of ba nanaa and potatoes is almoal Identical. I;A'ev2--SJaaA from $10 to JL'O per acre yearly. The net profit, however, averaKes about S0 per acre In tho various banana produc ing seitlons. The batianu often grow a in combination with other product In some caaet It la used as a shade for young Coffl ,. plains. A groat many people are of tbe opinion that the banana would be much better If it was al lowed to ripen on the plant, but thla Is not the case Sued fruit is strong In flavor, does not mniure to perfection, and the skin b realm, nt trading numerous bisects, while, the weight of tbe bunch itself becomei too great for the plant, either one or both coming to the ground. The bunches are cut when the fruit Is one-half to three-quarters matured, though still green and ontlnucs to feed from tne .iins a great amount of Should the Cutting occur i' fruit, although turning hi tbe perfect flavor. the hunch ends tbe life trs but once and Is usual- the fruit, or succumbs a Ii anlng process, which Is of I spent piece to tho fruit Itself Involves tbe only careful labor eh the banana plantation, as the bunches weigh from fiftj to sixty pounds, and ev il slight kno. ks are followed by bruised spots, under which the fruit quickly ripens anil decays. However, b) the liberal use of dried I mm . Mi vlr-jeis!SS.'. I ' -'T1 H'-Vw t II rn.-r.ly WTkV. .-4. ;-. . Jfc. Ii ground rutting I tr. - J 1 jjp -a 1 i - -1 e w-i ij i ns nv ,ea rn.. tjf- ,.TT - imm. TrnV. -mmmm -m? Li O nr . ,, . -TaBw4nwaeasssssD i -t-t . -."' ; urn l.. awmiLisHeK". r i u j,wajv i - Cured by Lydia B. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound. Crrston, Iowiv. " I wan trottbtod for a long time with Inflammation, pains in my sine sick headaches hihi ner vousness. I had ta ken Ho many medi cines that I lai ditoourgged and thought 1 would never get well A. friend told me of Lrdla B, i'nikliam'e vefetgble Com iviunil niul It re. stored mo to health. 1 ha vo no more I'aln, my nerves am stronger and I can no my own work. Lydia E.PInkhatn'g Vrege table Compound cured me after cveryUiing else had failed, niul I rec ommend it to other suffering women.' Mns. Wm. Si.als 00& W. Howard St., Crrston, Iowa, Thousands of unsolicited nnd genu, Ino testimonials like tbe abort pro re the efficiency of J. villa E. llnkfiam'g Vegetablo Compound, which is made eiausivi'ly from roots and berba, Women win) mifTer fiom thosn dis tressing ills should not .i sight of these, facta or doubt the ability of Lydia K. Etnkham'i Vegetable Oompound to restore their health. If yonwinit special advice write fo Mrs. Plnkluaiu, nt Lynn, Hsjsj Oho will trout your letter nn strictly confident laL For SO yearn she Iiuh linen helping- sick women In thla wny, free of chargo. Don't huiltuto write ut once. WAS IT ABSENT MINDEDNES37 m 4 Forty years aso there were very few people In this country who could boast of baring seen a bunch ot bananas. The fruit was practically un known, NOW, In even tbe IBOBt remote country Store, this "pride of the tropics" 1b ii familiar sight Despite tbe fact that millions of bunches are consumed, they beloni; elmoet wholly to one member of the family, the common yellow tiulneo. Scientists have recop.nl7.cd nnd classified as many ns 4o different species, ranging from the ornamental groups mat do net develop fruit, to the giant bnuanas. the Platano of the Bpanlarda, The red banutia Is not cotunion In the Ameri can markets In the United States It Is used only to "dress" fancy baske's of fruit, but In (he tropical countries It Is quite a favorite. The Individual banana Is large, bttl the stalk dors not carry as many "hands" as the yellow arie lies, so as II does not brliiR as lnrne a price to the grower and wholesaler, its aitenalve cultiva tion is not en con raged. Ilnnana culture Is one of the oldest of Indus tries. It has been known Flnce the oneln of the human race. I.oiik before the dawn of his tory In the old world, perbgpi long before the old world rose from the waters, man lived on the fruit of the Musas. The banana was gen erally considered a native of southern Asia, and to have been curried into America bv Kurnprans, until Humboldt threw doubt upon Its purely Asiatic origin. Quoting curly anthorg who asserted that the banana was cultivated in America long before the conquest. It Is claimed that at the time of the lncas tn Pern, bananas formed one of the stuple foods of the natives of ihe warm and temperate regions of the Montana. In spite of the uncertainty as to Just which country may claim the fruit as Indigenous, all tropical lands iiBBcrt their right to It. The first Importation of bananns to the Dgitad States occurred In 1S04, when the schooner Heynard. on a voyage from Cuhu, brought Into New York, as a commercial ven ture, a consignment of .10 hunches; but tho real beginning of the trade dates buck to 1M16, when Mr. Charles Frank undertook tbe Im portation of fruit from Colon to New York. Previous to that venture smnll BgrgOM con sisting mainly of the red banana had been re relved at Irregular Intervals from Cuba. In 1870, Captain Haker, an owner of a Cape Cod schooner, took a charter to carry gold mlnera and machinery 100 miles up tbe Orinoco river In Venezuela. After discharging his cargo. Captain Haker ran Into Jamaica to secure some cocoanuts as ballast to New York, carry ing a few bunches of bananas on the dec k as an experiment The result promised a great future for the industry on that island, which has been fnlflllag, tbe exports last year reach ing 4.0D0,000. On the American continent, bananas are suc cessfully grown through f.n degrees of latitude, from TamplCO, Mexico. 2f degrees north, to Asuncion In Paraguay, la the Tropic of Capri corn, :." degrees south a belt over 1,000 miles tn width. Cultivation of the fruit is practical- EsyWATdt l - gglt Mrs. Nelson My husband Is awfully absent-minded. I Mrs. Bllson In what way? Mrs. Nelsof Re went fishing yes terday. When be had finished he threw away tho llsh and brought home the halt. ly restricted to the eastern coast line, for the banana Is one of the thirstiest of plants, and Cannot be expected to produce Its tmximum amount of fruit In districts where there are less than 100 Inches of annual rainfall. Un fortunately for humunliy, great areas of the land lying Within this belt are high, dry and sirrlle, while others are sandy or rocky, so only a small fraction Is so located thai banana growing can be made profitable. The altitude must not Invito danger of frost, and high tem perature Is Beeeaanry for the growth. The southern roast of (he Mexican gulf, the Puerto llarrios section of Cuatemala, the Puerto Cortes district of Honduras, the Puerto I.lmon district of Costn Itlra, the Itluetlelds district of Nicaragua, the Kocns del Torro region of Pun ama, the Colombian province of Santa Marta, and certain portions of Cuba, Jamaica, the Do minican Republic, Haiti and Dutch Oulana, all combine tho favored elements of soli and cli mate. The plant has two natural enemies the gopher and the wind storm but against al most nil other tropical conditions Its hardi hood Is remarkable. It Is a matter of common observation that the banana is absolutely seedless, cultivation through Innumerable generations having led to a vegetable method of propagation. Some of the primitive seed-bearing varieties are still said to exist In Isolated regions of the far cast The first step toward cultivation Is the clear ing of the land. Into tbe tangle of shrubs and vines and the thick snarl of tropical vegeta tion the laborer comes with an nx und "machete" and cuts low everything but the plnnt trees. When nil of the small timber and brush has been felled planting is Eomtnenood. Young shoots are frhtatned from a planta tion already In hearing and these are placed In rows about 12 feet apart. When the planting lu Uulnhcd, tbs only labor necessary Is to keep own the weeds nnd enre illy elenn the ground bout the the root of each talk. The banana plant will row with wonderful rap lily under favorable cir uinslancae in fact, the rvetopment from a new- olauleii SUCKCI I plant In full bearl I imply short of n nua. Within a spa six or seven week wo or three i , more than doul slse, and a mouth or so later the leaves cease to unfold and a spike ap pears out or the center of lbs crown. This Is the fu ture stalk of the bunch I ,,rrteH a huge led blossom HI the end. It drvriops rapidly, continually banding more nnd more uii.il In a abort tlg " "ir",cl plotely upon itself, so that the bananas grow end up or In a position the reverse of which Ihev are usuallv bung From seven to twelve months after the blossom appears the fruit Is ready for the gatherer. At Irregular inter vuls along the entire stalk, and only extending pul of the way round nt any one place, the bracts break forth tiny ridges of flowers--which nro almost immediately replaced by nine to twelve embryo bsnanas. Thrse are the future "hands" or the bunch, so called on account of their resemblance to tbOM mem bers when held In a certain position. The banana has a . urlous and prodigal meth od of propagation, for before the parent stalk nnd troll have matured Dew ones spring up These nre oCghOOts thai grow from the root of the original planting, resembling sprouts from the "eyes" of a potato, and each In turn be comes a parent stalk with Its fruit. It follows that unless most of the continually appearing new plants are cut out I which Is the practice) the first stalk In I few yeurs will become tho center of a nilnlaiuie Jungle. The plants grow to a height of from tlfteen to thlrty-flvo feet, spreading In all directions, until tho soil Is overburdened with : i n enormous mass of stalk and leaf growth, and stunted fruit Is produced In planting for the market about ll'in hills are allowed to the acre Someilmes the number can be snfely Increased to 22f, In which case there will be MO Stalka, However, after one year all of these stalks do not produce a mar ketable bunch of bananas, nnd the uverage yield is not over 100 full bunches to the acre per annum Perry, the wel estimates that a tor rrotn ten to a market value dining alter the own authority on bananas, over can produce a bunch en cents, which will have 10 cents. The cod or pro i crop Is confined to culti vating and harvesting, which may be done for banann leave the fruit Is sarrly brought to the railroads. Bananas grown for the market are plnnted, ns n rule, on the border of navigable waters limitations arc divided Into sections or rones of about ten to twenty miles In length, and tho zones are cut" In rotation, thereby ( leaning up the mailable supply of fruit In one or Bcvcral sections while It Is maturing In others. In Costa lth'tt the system which has been evolved for bundling the fruit from the time It Is cut from the plant until It Is placed on the dealer's Utile Hand In the far Interior cities of tha United Btatea is Indeed marvelous Whi n a Iteamef starts from a l ulled States port to secure its cargo a cable la sent advising or the di parture, so that preparations can be made tor cutting the crop ihe carrying ca- pacltj or the vessel Is known almost to a hum h. Baeh plantation manager fnrnlabae at the oe ginning or the week an estimate of the amount of fruit he can rut, und one, two, or three sec tions n:a be called upon, according to the size of the slop and the quantity nl frail available In each section. About thlrtyslx hours previ ous to the ipected arrival of the steamship or- drrs nre sent to the planlations, notifying Hu m to cut fruit for delivery on a specific datH. Tbe day heroic the steamer Is due triilns are made UP and Bent out to pick up the fruit, these trains being so timed that simmers will not ba delayed waiting for cargo. On tr.c morning of the rutting, the plantation Is nil aBllr First out are the "cutters," who go up and down tbe long avenues of banana pi. mis, cloaely Inspecting each banging bunch. Ui cutting the fruit long lances are used, palm poles armed with broad steel blades. The stalk of the tall plan! Is half severed at a point about eight rret above the ground. The weight or the fruit causes the top ot the plant to bend slowly to the earth, where thr bunch Is cut from the stem by a stroke of the machete. Following the cutters come the picking up gangs, w ho de liver the fruit nt the receiving platforms along the railroad track An Inspector watches the fruit us It Is passed Into the cars. He counts and grades each bunch, rejecting those that show signs of ripening and those, that are un ds raised or bruised. Alter cargoes are discharged In the United Stales, solid trains of bunnna cars run as "spe cials" every day In the week from New York, llaltnnore and New Orlenns to all of the large l ines of the country. Carloads are even shipped to Calgary. Canada, over 1,000 tulles from New Orleans Tbe front ventilators of the forward cars of these trnins, and the rear ventilators of the last cars, are connected by means or canvas tubes run Into a main trunk chute. A powerful exhaust draws off tbe bent thrown out by the fruit In lis ripening process, and the fans cir culate cold air through every car In the train. During the winter months the operation Is re VOrsed. and fruit In transit during very cold weather Is warmed while proceeding to lie dcsllnaUoa , Tuberculosis Patients Nenlected. tint of more that! 116 public hos pitals lor the Insane, with a popula tion of fully 150,000, only TO, or less than one-third, make any provision for their tuberculous Inmates, and this, too, In spite or the fad that th percentage of deaths from this disease Is very lilgb among this class of peo ple. Siirh Is the substanc e ot a state ment made recently by the National i lor the Study ami Proven- uborouloeti Seventy hoe I states, providing all told ii heils ror tuberculous In nts, sums up the provision this class or sufferers, al though Hi,' percentage of deaths from tuberculosis among tile Insane ranges from B0 to 100 per cent, higher thun among the general population. Assoclatl Hon of pttnla in about 3,1 sain- pal made foi Of Short Duration. "Dimply Is alt bid to ask old Mr. Plunker for his daughter's hand " Why. Pllmply told ma yesterday he stood In With the old gentleman." "nh. that was only for a few min utes In the vestibule of an other, build ing during a shower " r A Large Package Of Enjoyment Post Toasties hi Served with cream, milk fruit fresh or cooked. Crisp, golden-brown bits of white corn delicious and wholesome A flavour that appeals to young and old. "The Memory Lingers" Sold by Grocers Poitum Ctral Qimnany, Ltd. tlattlo Creek, Mich.