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.:. *THE THREE INFINITIES. 4IT fhe The vast remote blank darkness sKies, Where silence foldeth the immortal chime A Of wheeling stars in awful companies, White whispers on the lips of ancient Time The nollow waste of the nnfathoni'd deep Where no sound is, and light is but a gleam •Lost in dim twilight shades where never creep The dying rays from dayfide's golden ciream. The dark, obscure, mysterious human heart, Where tierce tides ebb and flow for ever more, Where thoughts and dreams and hopes for ever part For rum or haven on some unknown bhore— O, vast abysm, more deep than starry night, Hore awful than the mid-sea's soundless might! —William Sharp, in Harper's Magazine. MIGH HAVE BEE1S 7 BY GENEVA MARCH. BELIEVE, jusfc as Torn Moore says,. "They're all the same —a jilting, smiling, a throng.' Tat my adv ice, Rick have nothing to do with them!" It was Stanley Bur- roughs, with a sarcastic smile on his handsome face, who made the above remark to his friend Rick Wilson. Both men occupied free-and-easy positions on the piazza, smoking their j*,fter-dinner cigars. "Old fellow, Tom Moore must have been hard to hit in his day, or he tfiever would have written those lines. In fact, I never saw any one except a disappointed man so dusedly hard on the lair sex," replied Rick Wilson, who always said what he thought. "Humph! that's one for Moore, and ""two for me, I suppose," grinned Stan ley. "You may take it that way, if you like," answered Rick laughing "I've always thought, Stanley, that you must have been jilted some time or .other "Shouldn't wonder," and Stanley look his cigar from between his lips and laughed carelessly. Yes, I've been jilted," he added, replacing his cigar and speaking slowly "I don't mind telling you about it. It hap pened nearly five years ago, and as time ib a great healei, you know, I can look back on it now as a foolish affair, and talk about it without feel ing any disturbance in that organ near my left side." "And you thmk all the women are Alike "Yes as I said before, they're all the same, 'a jilting, smiling, cheating throng' "How about your cousin Margaret? asked Rick, coolly Stanley Burroughs raised his hat at mention oE her name "My cousin Maggie is an exception. Four years ago I would have gone to perdition had it not been for Mag, and she has been my good angel ever since. No, there's not a woman living to-day whom I have any faith in, except Margaret," said Stanley, 'earnestly. "Then you don't think they're all the same. There are a great many more like your cousin, it you only took the trouble to discover them "I can hardly swallow that, Rick," replied Stanley with an expressive shrueh of his broad shoulders-^ "Well, if Margaret is the only one you'll ever have faith in, wny don't you marry her9" "Marry Margaret' I neyer thought •of such a thing'" and Stanley eyed Ms friend in astonishment. "Any one can see that she loves you, Stanley." "I hope not, in that way." "You hope not in that way," mi micked Rick. "You are not a fool, Stanley Burroughs you know how your cousin loves you'" "Well, then, I can't help it I'm not inclined for matrimony. I'm perfect ly content as I am, and I know Ma» -will never marry. She finds happi* mess in being near me." "Stan, you're the compound ex tract of selfishness' You won't marry lier yourselr, and you are keeping some other man out of a good wife," said Rick, hotly. "What'" said Stanley, laughing, •"are you interested in that direction' Well, I don't know how I could get along without Margaret, but I wouldn't mind making a little sacri fice for such an old friend as you, Rick. If you are in love with Mag, why "Stanley, you're incapable of mak ing a sacrifice,'' interrupted Rick. "I a,m not in love with your cousin, but I know somebody that is "Now, Rick. I can't stand a lecture, you know," laughed Stanley. "Sup pose we have a game of chess it may keep us from quarreling." Both men rose, and as they did so, heard the rustle of a woman's gar ments at the window behind them. Stanley turned hastily, and drew aside the curtain, but no one Avas vis ible, so they concluded thev had been tinistaken. Little they dreamed that Margaret Burroughs had been standing there and heard every word that had been .said about her. Ten minutes before, she had been «about to join them, when she over heard her name and stood still within ithe window, though every word ,pierced her heart like a dagger. .-* She eat a hasty retreat from the -window when her cousin proposed the game of chess, and hurried to her own .* room, where she buried her pnle face ^^on her pillow and murmured:j "My God' have mercy! give .me strength to bear this terrible blow!" For years she had loved her cousin, for years she had labored to show him that all women were not like the one who had deceived him. For years she had hoped that some day he would ask her to be his wife, that he would ask her to be his—love her hi return for all the love and care^she lavished upon him. But that hope was gone from her now. Her handsome cousin cared nothing tor her, and in her weak wo man's heart was a keen pain, as the last ray of hope left it. It was no news to her that her cousin thought of himself before all others, but she never knew the depths of his selfishness until now. "And everybody knows that I love Stanley—love him in vain. Ah, that accounts for Harry Raymond's look of pity—Harry, who has loved me ever since can remember. It was he that honest Rick Wilson meant hen he said he knew some one that loved me." Margaret was walking the floor now. "Poor Harry! he has loved me all these years, wonder if he has suffer ed on my account. Ah, he deserves my love! Why can't I love him, in stead of my selfish cousin?" Half an hour after, when Margaret came down stairs, there was no sign of the terrible ordeal through which she had passed, save that her face was a trifle paler than usual. She took no notice of her cousin and his friend, who were still at chess, but passed out on the piazza, and sat in one ot the rustic chairs. The last rays of light were fading away, when a footstep sounded on the gravel walk. She did not look up, but she knew who was coming. An other moment, and a tall, handsome man came up the steps. "Well, 'rare pale Margaret,' why sitting here all alone," he asked, smilingly. "I'm glad you've come. Harry," said she, quietly extending her hand. "You are glad I've come, Maggie? Why, has anything happened?" and Harry's brown eyes were fixed upon her face. Margaret's lips quivered, and she hung her head. "Macrgie, what does all this mean'" "It means, Harry, that if you will let me, I am going to try to love you, and I don't think it will be a very hard task." "Ah, Maggie' al last mine!" and he clasped her in his aims. Stanley Burroughs stood, hat in hand, waiting for Margaret to fasten the rosebud in hus button-hole. "My little oo/, how could I ever get along without you 9 and he pinched her ear playfully. "You'll have to learn to do without me soon, Stan," said she. He was about turning away, but her words made him stop and ask* "What's that, Mag9" "You must learn to get along with out me, I am going to marry Harry Raymond." "Maggie'" he exclaimed, and his heart gave a great bound. He was going to lose her, and he loved her' He caught her in his arms. "Maggie, you cannot mean what you say, you belong to me—you will not marry Raymond'" Margaret shook her head sadly. She was sorry tor her cousin now—that was all. She laid her hand upon his arm, and looking up in his face, said: "Stanley, you know as well as I do, 'what might have been,' but I love the man I've promised to marry." Stanley Burroughs walked through life regretting his loss: "Foi ol all sad woids ol tongue or pen The saddest are these—it might have been." IT WAS THE WRONG DOG, The Little Darlings Mistakenly Thought They Could Have Fun With Him, There wa« a tremendous rumpus and excitement in a prominent drug store on Chestnut street, near Twelfth, one afternoon, says the Philadelpha Re cord. A fair maid, strolling down the street with a large mastiff, stopped in the store for soda. The place was crowded, and among the crowd were two other ladies with two other dogs. The other dogs were considerably smaller than the mastiff, but by a lighting calculation they decided tha* by combining forces they might take a fall out of him. Instantly acting, the rumpus began. In one-fifth the space of time it takes to write it the air was filled with snarls, yelps, barks, growls, dog hair, female shrieks, children's howls and screams, soda water, muffs, small packages, and male profanity. Women and children clambered upon the counters or fled into the street the clerks and soda water boys grabbed the fighting dogs, and the big mastiff was dragged out upon the pavement where a crowd had already gathered. Seeing his mistress on the outskirts of the crowd, the mastiff gave a bound toward her and hurled an old gentleman and a small girl flat on their backs. The crowd scattered as if it had been an egg thrown against the barn door, the big dog barked loudly, and the old man grew red in the face in his efforts to do verbal justice to his feelings. The excitement lasted until a reserve policeman came up and asked what the matter was and was told nine different stories, all of which were wrong. Inside the damage was computed at six broken tumblers, five or sit dresses ruined by soda water stains, and a huge bowl of fresh eggs rendered val ueless by being sat in by a fat baby, which was placed there by its mother during the first outbreak of the ex citement. One of the small dogs had about a hall pound of meat bitten out of him by the big one. PERTAmiM TO THE FARM. VALUABLE SUGGESTIONS CON CERNING FARM WORK. Grooming? the Farm Horse—Smut in Oats—A Barbarous Prac tice—Preventing Milk "'H Fever—Other piaaMatters. r^rst **s4 Grooming the Farm Horse. In that delightful book, "Tom Brown at Rugby," there is a little in cident whieh "points a moral" for all owners of horses who fail to give them the attention they ought to receive. When Tom and his friend had res cued Tom's humble playmate from the minions of the law, who were after him for poaching the young "convict," though fagged out and dripping wet from a long run in the rain, would not come in to his sup per until he had thoroughly rubbed down and cared for the horsa they had brought with them. That was the true spirit of a horseman—of one who understood the needs of the horse, and had the disposition and force of character to sacrifice his own immediate comfort to minister to them. A man who owns a ten or twenty thousand dollar race horse will spare no pains to keep his valuable beast in the best possible condition. He is provided with comfortable and even elegant quarters, and his food and exercise and grooming are as carefully looked after as though he were a prince in disguise. Such care keeps the horse in excellent condition, ready at any time for the special function for which he has been trained. Now, is there any real reason why the farmers' horses should not, in a degree at least, be as well cared for as the far less useful animals devoted to racing and sport? Tt may be urged that farmers haven't the time, and when the day's work is done are too tired to attend to such trivial matters as making the horses clean and tidy by thorough grooming. But if it is essential to the health and continued value, it is not a trivial matter. It has an important bearing on the pro fit the owner derives from them. They last longer and are worth more while they last. Many tanners are simply thought less of the comiort and safety of their horses. They leave them un blanketed in cold weather when heated with exercise and neglect to groom them carefully before and after the labors of the day. It these things oc curred to them and they appreciated their impoitaiiee they would find time to attend to them. They abuse their horses through mere heedless ness. Others simply don't care and let their horses sufiei because they are too lazy or heartless to give attention to their needs But such neglect, whatever the source of it, shows the lack of a real affection for the horse, of the com radeship with him which made "Tom Brown's" hSmble triend forget him self till he had cared for the dumb creature which could not care for it self. If farmers would devote a little more time to the grooming of their work horses the effect on the appearance and condition of the animals would speedily indicate its value. A horse's skin is very sensitive, and thorough work with the curry comb and brush, with frequent washing of the legs to keep them clean, makes a vast differ ence in his comtort and health. Horses that are put into the stable reeking with sweat and with legs cov ered with mud do not rest as well and are more liable to take cold or con tract some other ailment than when they are well rubbed down and made as comfortable as possible. It is an old, true saying that "the merciful man is merciful to his beast." But, judged by their treatment of their faithful, useful work horses, how many American farmers can be in cluded in the category? Smut In Oats. Our experiment stations are getting down to work of practical value to the farmer. Dr. Arthur of the Indiana Btation has made a study of smut in oats, and his conclusions are thus summarized: 1. The annual loss on account of smut in the oat crop Indiana is very considerable, varying from $500. 000 to $1,000,000 a year. 2. The occurrence of smut in oats may be completely prevented at alittle trouble and expense, and by means entirely within the reach of ©very farmer. 3 Prevention is effected by treating the seed oats in such a manner that all adhering spores of the smift are killed without killing the seed 4. The recently discovered hot wa ter method of treatment is recommend ed as much superior to the copper sulphate method heretofore recom mended. 5. The hot water method consists in immersing the seed gram for five minutes in hot water standing at first 135° to 145° F., which may drop during the operation to 130° or may fall even below 130° if the time is cor respondingly prolonged. 6. After drying by spreading upon a floor, the seed maybe sown immedi ately, or after a time, with equally beneficial results in either case. 7. This treatment not only removes the smut from the crop, but improves the growth and increases the yield. 8. The increased yield is sufficient to pay for the labor and trouble of treatment several times over. f*ig| The smut of oats is of a parasitic nature, like that of wheat, but is a different species. The germinative power of the former is a hundred-fold I greater than that of the latter, and hence its greatest destruetiveness. The hot water method of destroying smut is called the "Jensen" process from the name of its discoverer. It is cer tainly worthy of trial by every farm er whose crops are usually injured by this pest, A Barbarous Practice. lH The season is now here when some peopla commence one of the most cruel and barbarous practices ever re tained by a civilized people, viz.: That of burning the lampass from the mouths of young horses! At what time or among what people the prac tice originated I will not pretend to say. It is jnos likely a remnant ot the dark ages of barbarism. But there is one nation which should either discontinue it, or else say less about the general difficulties of useful knowledge, that is America. The idea that the enlargement of that part of the root of the horse's mouth is a disease .is absurd, and has long been exploded by all veterinary surgeons, and is ridiculous to a man Eorses ossessed of common sense. All are subject to be affected be tween the ages of 3 and 5. In some cases the soft, spongy enlargement descends to a level with the fore teeth, yet upon examining it there will appear to be no tenderness or in flammation indicating disease and if left alone to the operations of nature it will disappear and the horse will have a sound and a healthy mouth.— H. M. C, in Rural New Yorker. Stock on a Grain Farm, In looking over the past and laying plans for the future, this subject comes up and puzzles hundreds of us. Some of us know how much grain or hay it takes to make a pound of pork, beef or mutton, while others are still guess ing at it. But the difficulties do not stop here. The majority of us don't Know whether it is more profitable for the farmer and better for the farm to keep stock on a grain farm where clover hay sells for $5 per ton, I know it is said clover hay ought not to be sold off or the farm, but never theless it is sold, and sold now at the above fisure, and there is always a demand for fat hogs, sheep or cattle. If stock was kept on such a farm a large amount of the grain and all of the straw and cornstalks could be fed up and the manure put back on the farm. Or is it more profitable to keep only what stock is necessary to do the farm work and plow down clover and sell all the gram, straw and cornstalks and hay that was left, like some do, getting from $1 to $1.50 ptr ton for straw, from 2 to 3 cts. per bundle for cornstalks, and $5 per ton for clover hay? What do the tanners say? Shall we keep stock on the grain tarms or not?—Geo. W. ParkeL, in Ohio Far mer. The Intelligent horse. We hear men sometimes remark that they have good horse sense at least, and sometimes we think they probably do not understand that horses are very teachable and intelli gent animals. Nearly all persons who own or use horses know that they are easily taught the meaning of, "nee," "haw," "whoa," "back," etc,"but few horses are trained to put their head into the halter when it is taken up for them, or to come to the wagon to bo hitched, though these are as easily taught as the former. Horses are sociable and in telligent animals and musjb be kindly treated if you wish them to obey you gladly. It may be necessary some times to use the whip upon a horse, but in most cases it is not. While I do not say a horse should never be struck with a whip, I do say a horse should never be abused by that very prevalent and cruel punishment of jerking. Be kind to your horse. You are his guardian and upon you his happiness depends. Take an interest in your noble animals and they will return your kindness with patient toil, and you will enjoy life better for having been a benefactor instead of a beast.—A. J. Lusk in Ohio Farmer. Preventing Milk Fever, To prevent milk fever should a cow be dried off when she persists in milk ing all the way through? This is a very hard question to answer. There has arisen of late years a new school of medicine or a new practice in the old one that says when a cow is taken down with milk fever after calving the udder should not he entirely milked out but only the excess of pressure taken off by slight milking. The philosophy of this, as we have seen it advocated, is that the glands at that time are active and ready to go to work as soon as the udder is empty, and to keep them quiet the udder should be teft fairly filled. A full ud der makes no demand upon the sys 'tem of the cow unless it is over-crowd ed while an empty udder calls for work on the part of the milk secreting glands This looks like good logic whether it is good medicine sense or not. Carelessness About Chickens. Carelessness is the disease that car* ries off most of tne young cmckens. One way which it does this is by not properly protecting them from cold draughts and dampness. If there are openings about the bottom of the coops the little chickens, being close to'the floor suffer from it. AH the ventilation should be jrom above, so that they will not be in line of the draught. Do not let them run out, either, when the weather or ground is cold or damp. Clear, dry, cold weather will not hurt them, but the dampness will. Be careful, too, in giv ing the water. Keep it constantly be fore them fresh and clean, so that they may get to it as wanted, but have the trough arranged so that they can not plunge in and get wet all over. If you will observe this matter and then keep them free from lice, yon will probably grow most of your chicks to maturity and find some pleasure or profit in the business. Otherwise not. W" £$V %v A RARE COLLECTION OF CANES. A Theatrical Manager Who Is the Proud Possessor of More Than Eight Hundred Walking Sticks. J. M. Hill, the theatrical manager, is the owner of a museum. This mu seum, however, differs from all others in that it'eontains nothing but canes, and it is doubtful if there exists any where a larger or more valuable col lection of walking sticks than is there in shown. Although possessed of this immense store-house of rare and costly speci mens of the canemakers' art, it is a curious fact that Mr. Hill is never seen carrying one, nor, indeed, has he ever so done. The entire lot was pre sented to him by personal friends and up to the date of the accident which resulted in a broken leg and confined Mr. Hill to his bed for several weeks it consisted of less than three hundred. This catastrophe, however, seemed to emphasize his need of a further num ber, for five weeks more than five hundred more were sent to him by his many acquaintances and friends. They represented every zone and were of all sizes and dimensions. Notable among Mr. Hill's collection are a splendid sjiecimen of the Heidel berg students' staff known as the Ziegenhainer, various types of the blackthorn bludgeon, canes with com partments for cigars and liquid re freshments, and others containing swords, torches and articles for gentlemen's toilet use while traveling. Besides these, there is a cane that can be turned into a stool or field-rest at a moment's notice, as well as one of the Louis XlVth snuff-box sticks. Then there is a heavy staff that was once the property of Frederick William I., of Prussio a shillelah that belonged at one time to O'Brien, one of the Manchester martyrs, as well as several others made from tropical wood? and yines and mounted with walrus tusks and the snouts of the swordfish. For the snuff-box cane, Mr. Hill, it is said, has been offered fabulous amounts by Messrs. Stafford and Whittaker, who are also in the cane collecting line, but he will not part with it. The museum now con tains 832 canes and is valued by connoisseurs in the thousands. PATENT PROOF-READING, The Curious Plan Pursued by a Nov ice in the Service. Capt H. C. McCallum is now a resi dent of Detroit. This simply means that he has returned to the home of his childhood. When a young lad at school he was known as plain "Hank," a rough-and-tumble youngster, who was for all the tun and mischief going, but at the same time was rec ognized as a bright and precious boy. He left home early to take a a single-handed crack at the world, and comes back a winner He is a esse! owner, a capitalist, and a man who knows how to make money as opportunities present themselves. When introduced to a representative of the Free Press, the captain said: "Why, I am a newspaper man myself. Yes, sir I'm one of the 'protesh.' Wnen Lincoln was assassinated, I went down and invested a half dollar Free Presses. I made several dol lars, reinvested, and wound up with a big day's earnings." "Was that the extent of your news paper work captain?" "Not by a lony shot. About twenty five years ago the proof-reader on the old Post was takfn sick. He asked me to go down and serve as his 'sub.' "But I know nothing about the busi ness," was my reply. "Go in, old boy, I'll back you. Just correct the orrors and you'll have no trouble Tell them you're an old hand at the bellows and anything will go "Well, sir, I tackled the job I didn't know one of the cabalistic signs used by a proof-reader, but the old Post never came out cleaner than it did the next morning." "How in the world did yon manage it' "Simple enough. Every time that a batch of proofs came in I took the compositors down and bought them a drink. I would have patented the scheme, but it really came higher than a first-class proof-reader." Fashion Note. "Papa, can't I go and get me a new dress?" "Why, child, you have plenty of good dresses." "Yes, papa, but thev are out of style." "Nonsense, girl! the trees come out in the same style every spring." "Yes, papa, but they always look green too." Papa, aside one might know he wouldn't get ahead of an editor's daughter—All right, go to the store and get a dress. Tell the clerk to charge it. Our Elastic Language. First Customer—I wish to select a vase. FloorWalker—Yes,madam. James, show the lady to the crockery depart ment. Second Customer—I wish to select a vawz FloorWalker—Yes,madam. George, show the lady to the bric-a-brack de partment A Lost Mine. Tradition says a very rich mine was discovered somewhere near Salt lake twenty-five years ago by a Mormon, and tor some reason Brigham Youns forbade the prospector to work the mine or make its whereabouts known. Just before dying the man indicated the direction in which the mine lay, but hundreds of miners have vainly sought the treasure. .Fp^ Williams, S to of iSAMPLEROOM —AST)— BILLIARD HALL A Fine line of Wines. Liquors and Cigars aiways kept in Stock. NEW BLOCK Minnesota Street, New Ulm. JULIUS KRAUSE HOUSE AND SIGH PAINTER AND Paper Hanger. Ceiling Decoration a Specialty. All W'ork Executed Neatly, Prompt ly and at Low Rates. Shop, Corner Broadway and Fifth Street North. NEW ULM. MINNESOTA FAAS & KOBARSCH. Tlieabo\e parties would m\e the public notice that they are now prepared to do all manner of plumbing and aic leady to guar antee satisfaction. Charges reasonable Office at Kobarsch's shop COMMERCIAL HOTEL, Chas. Stengel, Prop. Opposite Depot. I will sene a hot ami cold lunch c\ery morning, and at the same time the lines line of wines liquoii, and cigar-, will always be found on hand I will endea\ or to ac commodate e\erbody to the be^t ol sati-, iachon, hoping to alv\avs extend and mi pio\e the place •'""""IE^ CHAS. STEM.EL. NEW ULM, MLWESOTY H.FRENZEL, -Manufacturer of- SODA WATER, SELTZER WATER A N CHAMPAGNE CIDER. Centre Street, New I Im Minn. SALE AND OARDING STABLE. Fine turnouts inrimhed with oi without In vers at reasonable rates. Fishing, Hunt ing and Pleasure Parties Furnished Teams Ladies Saddle IIorse- Fine Caina^es lor Funerals Ofhce and Barn in Skating Rink Fine Hear«e for FuneiaN is kept Order for such occasions KRETSCH & BERG, Proprietors. Cement Work. The undersigned announces that he is now prepared- to do all kinds of ce ment work, such as sidewalks, cellars, cisterns etc., either by contract or by the day. All kinds of material and especially cement of the best quality kept on hand and sold at low figures 1 7t JOHN LUETJEN. H. BLANSCHEN CONTRACTOR AND BUILDER. Estimates on buildings or on materi al and labor, more especially on ma son work, furnished on application. Prompt attention given all work and satisfaction guaranteed. The sale of all kinds of cement, lime, adamant (a n»w kind of hard plaster) and plaster hair a specialty. NEW ULM, MINN. BRDSTS HEADQUARTERS. t^or the Best of Liquors and Cigar» the'only place in the City is at Chas. Brusts. Minnesota Street, NEW ULM, MINNESOTA.