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Western farmers Ever on
Lookout for Cyclones
Recent disturbances by volcanic
sruption in the island of Martinique
and Guatemala bring out in full meas
are the sympathy of the residents of
:he cyclone district of the Southwest.
The cyclone is by far the worst form
of disaster that visits this country,
coming at unexpected times and deal
ing death and destruction in wide
spread manner.
When the summer days bring waves
of heat across the stretches of hot
sod. then the residents of the prairie
West begin to cast their eyes to the
windward. They are watching the
formation of the clofids, and he who
could not distinguish a cyclone bank
from any other is indeed a tenderfoot.
Then the cry of warning is carried
across the plains, and the members
of every family makes for their cy
clone cellars. These cellars differ in
various communities. The popular
cyclone cellar on the plains of West
ern Kansas, where cyclones a few
/ears ago were almost a daily occur
rence, are ordinarily sod houses, built
low and strong.
In the Russian communities of Kan
sas these cyclone houses serve as the
family residence the year around.
They are about seven feet high, and
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.jjj Tragedy of Love'* Young Dream and an Automobile X
Oh, she was the belle of her tony
set, a winsome and ravishing young 1
brunette, with a pair of eyes that could
read your thoughts and tie your af
fections all into knots. There w-asn’t
a fellow on Big Bug street but had laid
his heart at her shapely feet, and she
kept them guessing, those hearts a- ■
thump, which way the kitten would
Borne day jump. But one there was.
he a scheming chap, and he set for
his game an enticing trap in the shape
of an auto, a rig sans horse that
skimmed o’er the ground by electric
force, and his rivals were ’/'allowing '
in dismay when they saw' the couple
one balmy day spin forth like a streak
for a country ride, on her face a pic
ture of new-born pride, and his rivals
muttered in w'orst of moods: “Our
name is Dennis! He’s got the goods!”
And on o’er country roads they went
In high-grade rapture spinning.
Both in a dream of sweet content
Spasmodically grinning.
They talked of this and they talked
of that, she through her bonnet, he
through his hat, he whispered lies of
the genus white, she swallowed them
in her new delight. Upon the lever
her hand he placed to guide the auto,
and round her waist his arm like a
noiseless serpent crawled and closer
to him her form he hauled. He
breathed in her ears the usual words
that lovers toss to the dickey birds,
and she responded in tones so sweet
each sugared sentence seemed good to
eat. He’d won the prize, and his soul
was filled with joy till the foam o’er
the edges spilled, and she was happy
to think she’d caught a handsome fel
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Comparison of Man-Made Wasto Spots With th«
Work of Nature
The desert still maintains its fast
nesses in the West. There are some
spots better entitled to the name than
others, but each year these fastnesses
are shrinking before the advance of
human enterprise, as the water might
rise over the land, leaving the high
and difficult places to the last. So
these islands are scattered through
several states and territories, mostly
In Arizona. New Mexico, California,
Nevada. Utah and Oregon, in the
great valley lying between the main
ridge of the Rocky mountains, on the
east, and the Cascades, Sierra Nevada
and the coast range on the west. Chief
among them are the Mohave desert,
in southeastern California, a territory
as large as Switzerland: the Colorado
and Gila deserts of southwestern Ari
zona and Southern California; the
marvelous Painted desert of north
eastern Arizona, and the Great Salt
Lake desert of Utah. Opening north
ward from the Mohave desert lies
Death Valley, perhaps the most deso
late and forbidding spot in America,
though comparatively small in extent.
Yet there are few places even in these
desert strongholds that are wholly
without life of one sort or another, and
k large proportion of them could be re
claimed, if water were available. Even
as it is, not one can bar human activ
ity; railroads have been built directly
across three of the worst of them;
built exceptionally strong. The roofs
are slanting, and the houses are set
to the wind, that is, the ends are faced
toward the east and west.
In Oklahoma every farmhouse is
backed up by a cave, a hole dug into
the ground, and covered by an earthen
roof. Some farmers have gone so far
in protecting themselves against cy
clones that they have a small cannon
loaded with salt and buckshot, which
is fired into the whirling clouds as
they approach. This has been known
to turn the course of a
common event to dismiss school on
the plains of Oklahoma when a bank
of clouds begin to arise in the south
w'est. These wind and rain storms
are becoming more uncommon every
day, and it is believed that the plant
ing of trees and the settlement of the
barren sod has had much to do with
it. Before Oklahoma was thoroughly
settled dozens of cyclones w'ere re
ported every day i:i the hot months.
The writer was in New’kirk one day in
the early period of that town’s exist
ence, and saw seven cyclones form in
the afternoon. All of them followed
the course of the Arkansas river, and
“struck” in the Osage Indian reserva
tion, far to the westward.
low who owned an auto; and the jay
birds chattered and rustic cows bawied
hoarse hooraws to their fresh-sealed
And on they sped of their sense bereft.
So tightly did Cupid bind ’em.
That ere they knew it the town was left
Some seventeen miles behind ’em.
Then the clouds came up and the
rain came down and sprinkled its
tears on her new spring gown, then
changed from a drizzle to falling flood,
and the road was a channel of slush
and mud, and the auto stopped in re
bellious mood—like a balky mule in
the roadway stood. And there they
sat in that worst of storms with no
umbrella to shield their forms, and
they got as soaked on their auto perch
as a new convert in the Baptist
church, and their love was chilled by
the’rainy slush till it grew impassive
as cold fried mush. ’Twas full two
miles to a railway tow'n. and with
scowling features he helped her down
and off they trudged through the
muddy lane in the pitiless pour of the
blawsted rain, her eyes all chafed with
the tears she shed, his lips calcined
with the things he said, and they
learned at the station with souls
aghast that the last dummed train for
the day had passed.
And his rivals chattered with merry lip.
And approached her with new en
For the language used on that soggy
Queered him with her forever!
—Denver Post.
mines are being opened, and oil wells
driven; land is being reclaimed by ir
rigation. and even in the fastnesses of
Death Valley there are many mining
camps and an extensive borax indus
try. In all the West, look as you will,
you will find no desert more pitifully
forlorn, more worthless than the man
made deserts of northern Wisconsin
and Michigan, where fire has followed
the heedless lumberman and spread a
black and littered waste thousands of
square miles in extent, where once
grew a splendid green forest of pine.
One is beautiful with the perfected
grandeur into which nature molds
even the most unpromising material;
the other is hideous, grotesque, piti
ful, a reminder of the reckless waste
fulness of man.—June Century.
Convicted Man Returns Thanks.
A curious scene took place in a
court at Emporia, Kan., one day last
week, when a convicted murderer,
who had been sentenced to five years
in the penitentiary, delivered an ad
dress of thanks, as follows: “I am
entirely satisfied with the verdict
and the sentence, and I am confident
that not one jury in ten would have
been so lenient with me. I desire to
thank sincerely the court for its Just
and courteous manner of conducting
this trial, and I hope that the blessing
of God will remain with you all.**
Used Extensively in France, Where
Coal Is Scarce.
Electricity is used in the house or
the French farmer, not only for heat
ing, but for cooking of food. Now
that coal is becoming scarce and high,
and forests are inadequate to furnish
fuel, electricity is furnishing the
cheapest source of energy. The cur
rent from a generator is led to a cen
tral distributing station, where it i 3
divided into as many circuits as there
are separate motors —and so power
is distributed. In the farmers’ barns
this power runs foot cutters, milk sep
arators, fanning mills, etc. It can
also be used for cleaning harnesses,
for sharpening tools, for ventilators,
pumps, mills, etc. Yards, stables and
barns are lighted as well as houses.
The water from ponds or brooks or
rivers is raised high enough for its
distribution through farm buildings
and over the fields of irrigation. Ele
vators, hay cutters, hay presses and
cider presses are also worked by
Wife of Canada’s Military Com
mander Noted for Her Beauty.
All Canada is ready to fall in love
with Lady Dundonalcf, wife of the
recently appointed commander of the
Canadian troops. Her simple man
ners, her splendid education, her love
for books and the brilliancy of her
receptions have long been known In
the dominion. She is of Welsh par
entage and is no less popular than her
warrior husband. She has consider
able fortune and spends much of it
each year in assisting charitable or
ganizations. She, too, has fighting
blood in her veins, for she went to
war with the parish council at
Gwyrch castle in England not long
ago because that body presumed to
Interfere with the pruning of her
trees. The war was a bitter one, but
her ladyship was victorious, compell
ing the council to keep its fingers off
her business.
Violins Made from Clay.
An old Scotch proverb says: “You
can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s
ear.” It seems to the ordinary person
that it would be quite as impossible
to make a good violin out of clay, but
it has been done. A well-known man
ufacturer of the Mesßein ocarinas and
porcelain organus has invented a proc
ess for the manufacture of violins and
mandolins from clay. Some violins
have already been completed, and the
inventor has applied for letters patent
for the same in different countries.
Under this process the violins are cast
and every violin is guaranteed a suc
cess and to be excellent for producing
music. The latter quality constitutes
precisely the chief value of this in
vention. The porcelain body, it is
claimed, is better able to produce
sound than a wooden one, since it co
operates in the production of sound,
making the notes soft and full.
They Are Extended to Rear Admiral
The house committee on foreign
affairs unanimously reported a resolu-
tion giving the thanks of Congress to
Rear Admiral Kempff for his conduct
during the aiege of Taku. Chin*.
Veterans Revisit the
Battlefield of Shiloh
What a world of memo
ries; what a universe of
possibilities in the tangled
skein of speculation arise
at mention of the word!
Hfbkneyed though the
subject may be to many—
3ld of talk an*d tired of argument—still
what a level for the imagination, which
seeks gore and annihilation to arouse
Seated on a broken trunk in its
still dead closes, the grizzled veteran
will admit that had not Gen. Albert'
Sidney Johnson been fatally shot the
unison of states might have been
the ephemeral vision of an infant gov
9rnment, and Mason and Dixon’s line
k Chinese wall instead of an imagin
ary division.
It was Albert Sidney Johnson, al
ready galled by unfavorable criticism
from the Southern press, who met
Shiloh as the beginning or the end of
his real life, and with his eyes fixed
for favor or for fate, opened in an
Instant on the Union center with six
ty-two cannon that wafted away the
blue like chaff and sent the raw re
cruits from the north Central states
cowering toward the Tennessee, where
Sen. Nelson asked permission from
his superiors to shell them for cow
It was behind Albert Sidney Johnson
that the Army of the Mississippi, their
throats black with powder smoke,
spread distraction throughout the
North by that first day’s victory.
Historians for the next 100 years
will doubtless slip over the causes and
effects of that terrible battle as they
have during the last forty, and the
world at large will not be the less
enlightened, but the memory of Shi
loh will stand longer than the stones
which were dedicated to Ohio soldiers
there June 7, 1902.
It was on this occasion that sixty
two Ohio and Indiana veterans found
their way back through the toilsome
years, their tears and their cares, to
bivouac for another night on the camp
ground where death once hovered over
:hem, and in the blistering sun of a
Tennessee June hear the words of
the orators about the gallantry of the
jays gone by. Bent figures and
maimed forms clambered over the
rocks and struggled through the
ravines of that immortal home of
fame, to look again upon the earth
that drank the blood of their friends
and foes on those two days of the
Above all and over all the robin
was singing with an evident desire
to split his joyous throat, and the
color of his breast being redder than
usual in this locality gave rise to
speculations along other lines. An
old Confederate veteran, who lives
near the battlefield, is authority for
the statement that ever since these
birds tasted American blood in the
historical battlefield pond and in the
rivulet which carried it to the muddy
banks of the Tennessee, their breasts
grew redder with a crimson that did
not fade with time.
It was at “Bloody Pond” that
the wounded Federals and Confeder
ates crawled to slake their death
thirst, and after drinking felled their
heads into the stagnant waters to
drown side by side.
Only a few years ago the United
States government began the work of
making a garden spot out of the
Entrance to Shiloh.
Shiloh wilderness. Since then $200,-
000 has been spent on boulevards, etc.
The National Commission will spend
SIOO.OOO more, but out of all the money
(Special Letter.)
appropriated for the park not a cent
has been used to erect offices on the
grounds. The government puts in
foundations for all monuments erect
ed there. Besides tnose that now
stand fifty more are to be put up.
Two hundred and fifty cannon used in
the civil war will be mounted on cast
iron gun carriages and positioned in
the park to indicate the movements
of regiments engaged. Five mortuary
monuments to the memory of gener
als who lost their lives upon the field
have been erected. Upon them are
the names of Johnson, Gladden, Wal-
Ohio Monument
lace (W\ H. L. Wallace), Raith and
The Southern states have done but
little individually up to date. Gen.
Patterson asked the Tennessee legis
lature for $30,000; was offered SIO,OOO,
and let the matter drop at that. Ten
nessee will have one monument to
cost SIO,OOOO, which will be erected
near Chapel church. The Northern
states that have appropriated funds
for the erection of regimental monu
ments are Ohio, Indiana. Illinois, lowa,
Wisconsin and Pennsylvania. The
Hoosiers dedicate their monuments
next September. Gov. Nash will be
president, as well as United States
Senator Beveridge.
An old lady, Mrs. Helen Weather-
head, who lives near the park, was
present at the recent dedicatory exer
cises. Mrs. Weatherhead’s six sons
were in the battle. Three were with
the Confederates and three with the
Federals. On the first day three of
the sons helped to drive the other
three from the ground, and happened
to occupy tlieir mother’s yard after
that day’s fighting. The next day,
strange as it may seem, when the first
victors were dispersed, the other three
sons camped in their mother’s yard,
and the old lady had the pleasure of
seeing all of her boys during the
fight, and not one of her family lost
his life in the struggle.
T. J. Lindsey, one of the delegates,
was hit in the face with a bullet and
was left for dead under a pile of the
fallen. The good Sister Anthony,
whose work at Shiloh will perpetuate
her name, placed her hand over his
heart, and, finding warmth, ordered
him sent to the hospital three days
after the fight. He was finally nursed
back to health, and for years he vis
ited his benefactress annually to pay
his respects to the noble Christian
While Shiloh is not in acreage what
Chickamaugua is it will in time excel
the latter because of its natural ad
vantages from a picturesque point of
view. Its position on the bluffs of the
Tennessee, as well as its rolling hills
and splendid trees, will, with the care
and culture added, cause it to eclipse
in beauty the other national park. It
is already a garden spot, but within
a few years it will be the Mecca for
thousands who seek to escape the su)»
try weather of Inland places.

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