By P. Y. BLACK
Copyright, 1902, by the
S. 8. McClnre Company
Tfco transport waMS:fc$ last nearing
Cuba. With a glass oho.^ould make
out the scattered palms anct: the datjfc:
hills rising behind the 'white beach,
On the deck the men lounged, only haji
believing that the voyage was nearly
over. In a corner a group were intent
on a card game. Presently one of the
three sprang up with an angry laugh.
"Kids for luck!" he cried, throwing
down the cards.
"Nobby," said a lad with the badge
of the band on his forage cap, "say,
can't help it if the cards will come
"Come your way! I'm only an inno
cent veteran, with three service stripes,
and I can't afford to play with sharks
like you. Did you fetch that last ace
down your sleeve, or was it hidden un
der the blanket? You're a match for
Young MeRafferty, commonly known
as "Bones," looked up, with a glint of
eagerness in his eyes. "Honest, Nob
by?" he asked. .-':
"Haven't I just lost half a month's
pay to you, and me a man, more the
shame? But what will the parson say
to me for letting you into a game?"
Bones threw a scared look aft, but
grinned cheerfully as he said, "Hope
he's seasick yet."
He sauntered far forward in the nose
of the ship. Thrusting his hand in his
shirt, he drew out a precious case.
Opening it, he fitted together the pieces
of a flute—the flute which, as all the
regiment knew, was a marvel in his
hands. Bones could play many instru
ments. His dead father had been band
master. Thence arose the enlistment
of little MeRafferty, the child of the
Now his eyes were filled with sad de
sire as he fitted the flute to his lips and
breathed out a sweet, familiar air, the
"Lorelei." Suddenly he started, for a
tenor voice had taken up the strain.
Turning around he saw the chaplain
standing by his side. Together they
finished the verse.
Then the man laid his hand on the
boy's shoulder. "MeRafferty, I hear
that you have been breaking all my
rules while I was seasick."
The boy's eyes glanced up, apt in de
nial without the need of compromising
"MeRafferty," cried the chaplain al
most angrily, "don't lie, don't lie to me
today, for it may be the last time I
may ever talk to you!"
His voice softened at the last words.
He held out his delicate hand. The
boy took it eagerly, for if any one in
the world could influence him it was
"Tonight we will be in Cuba. To
morrow I will be in the front where
the men need me, you in the rear with
"No, no!" cried the boy passionately.
"How can they march without music?"
"The colonel has ordered it, and you
must obey. But, lad, lad, where are
the promises you made me? You think
that I have not heard these things, but
I have. The men have hidden you
away twice because you were the
worse for drink. You gamble every
chance you get. They even say—oh,
Bones—that you don't play fair."
Bones faced him stubbornly. "I don't
like the beer. It makes me sick. And
I don't care for the money when I am
"Then why do you sully your father's
memory and hurt your best friends?"
The boy drew in his breath with al
most a sob as he said slowly
"Because I'm a man, and I want to
prove it I'm tired of being called 'kid'
by all the regiment. When I beat them
enough, they'll stop."
The chaplain laughed bitterly. "You
a man, and break your word! You a
man, and cheat at cards! If you keep
on as you have begun, you will become,
not a man, but a disgrace to the regi
Bones turned away without answer.
If the chaplain could have seen the
tears in his eyes, he might have added
a comforting word. The boy's heart
was swelling with grief and indigna
tion. "Some day he shall call me a
man," he promised himself.
Mules, men and ambulances were
crowded in the narrow, muddy, heav
ily rutted road which led through the
tangled jungle. From the front came
the sound of heavy firing from the
Spanish trenches and blockhouse,
where the red and yellow flag still flut
A regiment of regulars came swing
ing along. With them marched the
chaplain. A slender figure came up
pantingly from the rear. The sergeant,
who was file closing, ran up with an
"What brought you here, you young
devil? Do you think we are on dress
parade? Get back to the ambulances
where you belong."
"I can't, Sergeant Bull," said the
boy. with an injured air. "The doctor
said I was only in the way didn't
know the difference between the litter
and the lancet. Told me to go 1p the
devil, so I came to you."
"Blame you, Bones," said the ser
geant, with a grin, "do you think I
can't tell one of your lies? Go back to
the rear, and be quick about it!"
"Oh, serge," cried Bones, "don't send
me back! I can shoot as straight as
"You've no Krag."
"I'll take your gun when you're
"You little beast go back like a mas
and obey orders."
SLcRafferty's eyes glowed. "That's
why I'm nere!" he cried. "The chap
iain said I'd never make a man, but
I'll prove he is wrong."
Suddenly the company buglers rang
out: "Forward, double time! March!"
At a run the company came out of the
jungle into the open. Bones was for
A shell screeched through the air
and seemed to burst immediately over
his head. Three men fell shrieking in
front of him, dropping their guns. For
-U moment be thought of the rear and
safety. Then the grizzled captain, old
in Indian wars, stepped out calmly.
"Steady, my men. They'll never hit
us Hke tiiat twice. They don't know
McRafferty's voice led the answering
jrheer. He ran forward, grabbed a gun
and cartridge belt from one of the
dead soldiers and pushed himself Into
the ranks beside Nobby. The veteran
took a moment to give him a hug.
«Good for you, my beauty! You've
no business here, but keep close to me,
my little, mad soldier."
And Bones obeyed Mm—ran forward,
I dropped, fired. It was a dogged ad
vance under fire. In straggling groups
through tangled underbrush and a
snag beset stream the men charged
San 3uan hill.
At last Bones sank down exhausted
by a little group of panting men., A
despairing corporal looked up the ridge
where the Spanish flag still flaunted
and down the hill at the stragglers.
"It's no use, boys." said he "we can
never make it
"I say we can!" cried the madden
ed child of the regiment An inspi
ration came to him. Drawing out his
flute, he pieced it together and put
it to his lips. Standing erect, his fair,
capless head gleaming in the sun, his
blue eyes glared at the flag on the
ridge, while 'Yankee Doodle" rang out
bravely above the noise of musketry.
From below came a great shout and
hundreds of bluecoats came on with a
run. Bones advanced with them, head
well back, triumph in his air.
There was a rush past him. The red
and yellow flag fell at last. Bones
threw up his arm, with a cheer. Some
thing, the last shot of a retreating
foe, struck him in the chest He fell,
grasping his flute.
There was a crowd about him, and
his head was in the chaplain's lap.
Bones looked up.
"It's taps, ain't it?" he whispered.
"Yes, my man," said the chaplain.
Bones tried to straighten up. "I
proved it to you! I am a man!" Then
he fell back.
Java' Botanical Gardens.
"The one great sight in Buitenzorg
and the most famous thing in Java are
the botanical gardens, the finest in the
world," says a correspondent of the
Kansas City Star.
"The gardens were started in 1817
by the celebrated botanist Reinwardt
and are still being constantly enlarged
and improved. Trees, ferns, shrubs,
plants and flowers have been gathered
together, from all over the world and
arranged with marvelous skill and
taste. Every plant tree and vine in
the garden Is plainly labeled. There
are great laboratories and workshops,
though no hothouses are needed. It is,
in fact a combination of the work of
nature and of man carried to a point
of perfection beyond which the imagi
nation fails to carry one. The magnif
icent trees, the wonderful vines, the
superb palms, the graceful ferns, the
giant water flowers, the beautiful flow
ering shrubs and the curious orchids
arouse an ever increasing interest, and
for one whole morning we wandered
about from one scene of beauty to an
other until at last we emerged by a
grand avenue of canary trees covered
with giant creepers, some specimens of
one variety bearing 3,000 blossoms at
one time, and returned regretfully to
The Help Wanted.
Tim and Clancy werewalking through
the wilds of New Jersey, bound for
New York, when Tim spied a wildcat
crouched in the branches of a tree
near the road. Clutching his compan
ion by the arm and pointing excitedly
to the beast he said:
"Clancy, do yez see thot foine Mal
tese cat? Oi've a frind on "S^asey street
as wud give $40 fur Stand yez un
aer now, an' Ol'll go up an' shake her
dune. All yez'll have to do is to howld
Clancy did as he was told, and Tim
went up and shook and shook till the
cat did absolutely tumble. Clancy
grabbed her. When there came a mo
ment's lull in the cyclone of fur and
Clancy and dust and grass, the won
dering Tim, looking on from above,
"Shall Oi come dune, Clancy, an'
help howld her?"
"Come dune! Come dune!" gasped
Clancy. "Come dune an' help let her
go!"—New York Times.
Various explanations have been giv
en of the origin of the term grey
hound, some authors claiming that the
prefix grey is taken from Grains,
meaning Greek others that it signifies
great, while still others say that it
has reference to the color of the ani
mal. In no other breed of hounds is
the blue or gray color so prevalent,
and consequently the last mentioned
derivation seems the most plausible.
A Fair Question.
Here is a story I heard in Ireland: A
quarrel had taken place at a fair, and
a culprit was being sentenced for man
slaughter. The doctor, however, had
given evidence to show that the vic
tim's skull was abnormally thin. The
prisoner, on being asked if he had any
thing to say for himself, replied, "No,
yer honor but I would ask, Was that
a skull for a man to go to a fair wid?"
Tbe Question of Foo* and Its
ration For Dairy Cottle.
Since dairying has become one of the
principal agricultural pursuits, espe
cially in the east, the supply of fodder
or the raising of forage claims almost
the first consideration of the farmer,
says T. H. Mitchell of Cayuga county,
N. Y., In American Agriculturist We
have tried on Oakland farm the vari
ous forage crops recommended and
have come to the conclusion that they
are all too expensive on account of the
necessary labor. We except rape for
pigs and sheep and ensilage, which we
have for some years past used practi
cally the year around. Ensilage is just
as valuable in the heat and drought of
summer as in the winter's cold. If
when you cut your ne\|j crop in the fall
any is left in the silo, cut right on to
the old. We are now feeding out of the
smaller of our two silos shown in the
illustration corn put in in 1900, and it
is just as good as that put in last fall.
When building the first silo, place it
convenient for a second one. You may
MB. MITCHEIJl/S S O S
need it. The photo shows that ours are
so placed, and it is not necessary to
move from one to the other while fill
ing. This is not only a saving of time,
but allows one to get much more for
age into a given space, as it has time
to settle. I believe that every one is
agreed that ensilage corn must have
cultivation and light and net be plant
ed too thick. But I believe that it is
not settled that grain in the silo is of
as much value as the same grain dried
and fed as grain. My experience leads
me to believe that by chemical action
or by some unknown cause to me, at
least, the corn put into the silo with
the stalks is not of as much value as
the same would be if dried, ground and
fed as grain. This subject our experi
ment stations should investigate more
We are so well convinced of this that
this spring we shall plant and raise as
good a crop of field corn as we
striving especially to raise a large
quantity of grain, remove the ears and
cut the stalks into the silos. If it
proves a failure, we will let the read
ers of this paper know why. But we
don't intend that it shall prove wrong.
On the contrary, we believe it a decid
ed step in advance,' the serious ques
tion being how to get the stalks into
good ensilage if put in as dry as they
must be if left long enough to mature
the grain. Our idea is to have plenty
of ensilage for winter feed, enough for
summer and some left over. We will
do away entirely with green forage
crops, as they cost too much labor and
do not produce enough per acre, jr
The Steady Milker.
From testing the best milking cow*
are found out, and It Is wonderful how
animals are discovered to be good milk*
ers when a whole twelvemonth is taken*
which yet have never yielded a verj
large quantity at one time, while, on
the other hand, animals which have
yielded an enormous quantity over a
short time and have had great notice
taken of them are really poor milkers
when their total yield for twelve
months is summed up. The cow that
yields a moderate quantity over nine,
ten or eleven months is the sort to hav€
and breed from, and it is only by a rec
ord that this is found out In addition
to this, the quality of the milk must be
taken into account, and it is desirable
to test this from time to time also.
To cure a hard milker confine the
cow so that you will be safe to insert
the teat bistoury into the teat, then cut
the small opening in four opposite di
rections. This will make a free open
ing and aliow the milk to run on its
own accord for a short time, but it will
soon close, leaving an opening suffi
cient to allow the milk to come easy.
In fact, milking in itself wttl keep it
from closing too tightly. Above all
things have your instruments clean,
also the teat.
When an udder becomes swollen and
inflamed because of a bruise or other
Injury, poultice the swollen parts with
hot linseed, well ground, twice dally.
When it has gathered enough so you
think it is ready to break, make a free
incision, allowing all the pus to come
out. Wash the parts twice daily with
castile soap and warm water, and keep
on with poultice until parts are reduc
ed to their natural size. A full dose of
physic is advisable.
The treatment for ringworm is to
wash clean with soap and water and
rub them once daily with a solution of
chloronaphtholeum, according to direc
tions on package.
Horn* That Grow Backward.
To prevent the horns of calves from
growing backward scrape the front
parts of the horns to a thin shell with
a piece of glass, and they will won
Highest Profits Invs.rla.bly
From Pare Dairy Bred Cottle.
At the recent convention of the Iowa
State Dairy association ex-Governor
Board of Wisconsin made one of his
masterly offhand addresses.
In his opinion Iowa farmers are fool
ish in feeding the wrong kind of feed
to the wrong kind of cows. He relat
ed how he had employed a man to visit
100 creamery patrons, see what kind of
cows each kept, what they fed and the
TXPICAIi HQIiSTKTN HEAD.
cost and find from the creamery books
how much milk each furnished. It
was found that thirty-five of these 100
farmers milked their cows at an actual
loss and that every one of these losing
herds consisted of dual purpose cows.
"The reason for this," he said, "is ig
norance and nothing else." The farm
er was trying to dairy without cows
suited to dairy performance, and he
fed foods not suited to the production
of milk. The highest profits in every
case came from the herds which were
dairy bred and dairy fed. They had
dairy form and aptitude and food con
taining a sufficiency of protein.
Mr. Hoard's main contention is that
the patron is in the rear. The cream
erymen and the creameries are reason
ably up to date, but the patron has not
progressed. He is in the rear, and so
long as this is the case no satisfactory
progress can be made, for no creamery
can prosper without milk from prosper
ous patrons, and they cannot prosper if
the milk pays little or no profit
a re of a
While we believe in selecting for the
dairy cows that are of what is called
the dairy type, so often described and,
we are sorry to say, variously describ
ed by the many writers, we must take
exceptions to the ideas of some writers
who place too much stress upon tbe
importance of these points. There is
occasion to observe the individuality
of the animal, which we think depends
very much upon the care given her aa
a calf and a heifer. If she has been
bred as a dairy cow either for produc
tion of milk or butter, she should also
been fed for the same purpose
almost from the time the calf is drop
ped until it reaches the dealer or the
dairyman. Any lapse in feeding la al
most as bad for the usefulness in the
dairy as an outcross in breeding. Per
haps we might say that it is worse, for
we would expect to make a good dairy
cow from a fairly well bred grade ani
mal that had been properly fed up to
and during the time she was fresh
with her first calf than from one of the
best breed that had been unduly fat
tened or starved during the first three
years of her life.
Pac Butter Wit Care.
Butter for shipment or for the home
market should have much greater care
than is usually given at the farm
dairy, says New England Homestead.
Of course the size and kind of package
will depend upon the demands of the
customers. If tubs are wanted, see
that the butter is put in solidly. The
top may be smoothed off evenly by
means of a straight edge or wire. 4.
cloth is then spread over the top of the
tub, and a light layer of salt is sprin
kled over the cloth. If prints are
wanted, see that they are carefully
and neatly made, are wrapped in parch
ment paper and carefully packed. Us*
special care with small packages de»
signed for custom trade.
Removing Odors From Milk.
Many of the odors that affect milk
and cream are exceedingly volatile or
evaporate quickly if the milk is quick
ly cooled and is exposed to the air in a
thin sheet as it is in the aerator, where
it runs out over cold pipes or through
a cold air in a slow flow of thin stream
or drops, says American Cultivator.
This includes the odors from weeds,
even the wild garlic, which is more
powerfully scented than the onion, the
odors from cabbage and turnips and
the stable odors, which cannot always
well be avoided when the cattle are
milked in the barn. We say they can
not be avoided, because in many barns
there is a cellar filled with decompos
ing manure and in those of older con
struction a deposit of liquids below the
floor, so that it is almost if not quite
impossible to prevent the air from hav
ing some part of the odor from below.
Address all Communications to
In such cases the only remedy is the
aeratcr, so placed that it will permit
these odors to pass off and not allow it
to acquire new ones. We say the only
way, although a new stable with ce
ment floor, kept clean by brushing and
washing each day, might prove more
effective if every farmer could afford
to take such a radical measure.
Foods That Taint Milk.
The presence of wild garlic or wild
onions In pastures, the use of turnips
and other feeds containing oil, must be
avoided where cows are giving a large
amount of milk. Feeds which have a
bad odor, such as silage, must be fed
right after milking and at no other
time otherwise the milk and resulting
butter are aptto show the effects. In all
cases keep these feeds away from the
cow during milking time. Taints from
silage or other foul feeds are transmit
ted through the air consequently if
the air is full of silage odor the milk is
apt to show it. If, however, feeds of
this kind are given directly after milk
ing, the product from the cow cannot
be distinguished from that produced
from other feeds, although condensing
factories and some creameries prohibit
Charles Darwin's mother had a decid
ed taste for all branches of natural his
Miss Ida. M. Snyder,
Treasurer of tbe
Brooklyn East End Art Club.
If women would pay more attention to
their health we would have more happy
wives, mothers and daughters, and if they
would observe results they would find
that the doctors' prescriptions do not
perform the many cures they are given
In consulting with my druggist he ad
vised McElree's Wine of Cardui and Thed
ford's Black-Draught, and so I took it and
have every reason to thank him for a new
life opened up to me with restored health,
and it onlytook three months to cure me."
Wine of Cardui is a regulator of the
menstrual functions and is a most as
tonishing tonic for women. It cures
scanty, suppressed, toofrequent, irreg
ular and painful menstruation, falling
of the womb, whites and flooding. It
is helpful when Approaching woman
hood, during pregnancy, after child
birth and in change of life. It fre
quently brings a dear baby to homes
tnat have been barren for years. All
druggists have $1.00 bottles of Wine
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