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AFTER THE RAIN
By T. R. BEHR A huge raindrop fell upon Kate's cheek, and, mindful of her best hat, she fled to the first doorway until the storm should pass. It was only a summer shower, but she wanted the hat to wear at the picnic to-morrow and she hurried for shelter. It happened to be the open doorway of a business block. A fire had emp tied the place of tenants and there was a smell of wet, burned wood that was unpleasant. But still more unpleasant was the fact that the doorway was already oc- and by Harris Hitchcock, of persons. ‘if my presence distresses you,” he said coldly, "I might find some other shelter.” "Do not disturb yourself on my ac count,” she said coldly. "There is plenty of room for us both." "It will only be for a few moments,” he said with a smile." These furious storms seldom last.’ Kate made no reply to this state ment of self-evident fact. She was de termined not to be drawn iuto a con versation. Hitchcock only Biniled again. No sense of guilt hung heavily upon his conscience. He had made fun of Kate’s favorite matinee hero, and she had angrily declared that she never again wished to speak to a man who was so lost to the appreciation of artistic endeavor. He had attempted to defend his position and had only. succeeded in angering her the more? He knew how frightened she was by thunder showers, and every time she shrank from the heavy reverbera tions he longed to take her in his arms and comfort her, but he knew better than to seek to force the conversation when her every nerve was jangling. But when an exceptionally heavy peal rent the air, he sprang forward and grasped her arm. "Don’t be afraid,' he said, reassur ingly'That struck nowhere near here. There is not the slightest danger." Kate regarded him indignantly. He had sometimes teased her about her fear of lightning, and she was keenly sensitive about her peculiarity. In her overwrought nervous condi tion she believed that he was again tormenting her and, at his touch, she shrank back, her face white with anger and her eyes biasing. "Since it appears that I am not safe form annoyance here,” she said, hot. ]y, "will you kindly permit me to pass?” Hitchcock barred the doorway. "I will go,’ he said, quietly. "Believe me, I did not mean to offend.” Before he could step out Into the deluge she had thrust him aside. He did not anticipate the move( and was thrown off his balance. Before he could recover himself Kate stood in the doorway, gathering her skirts in one hand. Just at that moment a dazzling flash ' shot from the heavens and rent a tree on the opposite side of the street, while the discharge was accompanied by a terrific clap of thunder. With a little cry Kate turned and blindly Bought Hitchcock, who sprang forward to catch her. She threw her self, sobbing, into his arms, and he, oblivious to all else, sought to calm her. Gradually the sobs softened, and at last Kate lifted her head. "You always said I was a silly about lightning," she said, smiling through her tears, "but I never supposed that It would lead me to be quite so fool ish.” “I can understand it.” he said com fortingly "I shall forget all about it and consider that it never happened. We are still our friends the enemy.” “You don’t suppose that I can quar rel with a man, when I’ve been cry ing in his arms the past ten minutes, do you?" she demanded. "It was a Judgment u|K>n me for being so head strong.” "And you are not angry?” he cried. "You were nice and didn't laugh,” she explained. "I'm sorry I was so cross the other night. Though,’ she added, “you were not right in saying what you did about Mr. Kernochan." "If you had let me finish what 1 was going to say I could have told you my reason,” he said with a smile. "Mrs. Kernochan. or Mrs. Cassidy. . rather, is suing him for divorce be cause of his cruelty. I am her attor ney, which is how l came to form my estimate of his character. He was in jail once for wife beating.’ “Harry," she said. He bent his head to catch the whisper. "What is it, dear?" he asked. “You won’t beat me when we’re married?” she asked. "I should say not. Look, Kate, it's clearing up. Let's go and get the ring.”. "It was such a lovely storm.” she sighed contentedly as they stepped out on the streeet. A Clue. H. K. Adair, the noted western de tective, had come east on a divorce Investigation. "I have Just been dictating some evidence to a stenographer who doesn't know her business,” he said, wearily. "Reading over her copy, I thought of a detective story. A de tective had been put on an anony mous letter case. The recipient of the letter said to him: 4 ‘The thing consisted of but one short page, and yet there were 11 words Bpelt wrong.’ “ ‘Then the criminal,' said the de lective promptly, 'was either a type writer or a sign-painter. Is there a lusiaess directory handy 7 • LOVE IN A GARDEN By MARY PARMENTER When a young man and a girl take tq gardening together Cupid smiles merrily, knowing his task half accom plished. When Arthur Cord and May Black began the experiment of the yellow pink he must have laughed aloud. Arthur adored May and May loved him, and Arthur knew It, but the shy little woman couldn’t be brought to admit the fact, even to herself. But Arthur was the only one of all her lovers whom she permitted to aid her in the garden, from which fact he drew a little comfort. One day when she had expressed a wish for some floral novelty with which to win pos sible renown at a club flower show to be due In a few months a bright idea struck him. “May,” he plead softly, "if I produce for you something absolutely novel—a yellow pink, say—will you say ‘Yes’ to the question I’ve asked you so often?” May regarded him steadily for a moment, then she dimpled and smiled In most alluring manner. "Yes —if you really produce a yel low pink,” she said. An anxious—not to say strenuous — time followed for Arthur, who found his task by no means easy. Again and again he began to hope that success would crown his efforts; again and again the desired tint failed to ma terialize. He had small good of the summer, though May allowed him jnore time with her in the garden. Every time he thought of the coming (Tower show he felt his heart sinking. At last came August and the week before the show's opening. And only one of his numerous floral experi ments offered him the slightest hope. For the next seven days he watched that one flower as a mother watches a sick child or a new bride her hus band. May watched it almost as much and anxiously, though she didn't let Arthur suspect it. The day before the show's opening the flower opened also. But, alas! it was not a clear yellow. It was only a yellowish shade of pink. Had Arthur been a woman a fit of tears would have marked this dis covery, which he made alone and in the early morning—never dreaming that from her curtained window May looked on and felt almost as disap pointed as he when his gestures and bearing told her the truth about the flower. As it was, he swore a little softly, sat down upon the garden seat near, and despairingly waited for May to arise and come into the garden. She always worked there for an hour before breakfast, and part of Arthur’s unwonted nervousness was due to his devoted practice of working there with her. He sat up late every even ing—with May when she would permit him, making up loßt work when she would not. And for him was no coo) and comfortable afternoon nap to re > pair the ravages of lost sleep. "I may as well wait and let her know at once,” he now decided, yield ing to utter depression. "I did so hope I could hold her to her prom ise. Now, the little tbischlef, she’s safe to begin the waiting business all over again.' But when May stole to his side he was struck by an unwonted gentle ness in her manner. She sympathized with his disappointment so sweetly that despair grew upon him, thinking of all he had so narrowly missed. At last, feeling that he could bear no more or longer, he rose to go. May accompanied him as far as the secluded arbor in the corner, and there she halted, looking up at him sweetly, while he again fretted at fato. "If only that blessed thing had been yellow!” he mourned, his eager eyes upon her. “I wouldn’t worry about it —dear.” she whispered. "It—it looks quite yellow to me!” The Outlawed Prunes. “There is no doubt,” remarked a head waiter the other day, "that pea pie have a great hesitancy about ask ing for prunes in a restaurant. And yet there are hundreds of people who would rather eat a dish of prunes any day than strawberries out of season. But there have been so many Jokes about the prunes at the boarding house and about them being cheap that people seem to think if they asked for them it will put a plebian mark on them. Invariably when a man orders prunes he will tell the waiter in an apologetic tone —and even then he will say it so low that no one but the waiter can hear him. Just watch the next man you see eat ing a dish of prunes in a first-class restaurant and see if he doesn't keep glancing around furtively like a man afraid of being caught stealing some thing.” Pension Roll Decreasing. Notwithstanding the passage of the service pension law last February, the pension roll Is decreasing, according to a recent statement by the pension commissioner. It reached its maxi mum in January. 1905, with a few more than a million names on it. In the next 18 months it decreased 18,000; there were 16,000 fewer names | on it in the following 11 months, and t the net decrease for April was 2,977, j or at the rate of about 35,000 a year. | This is what one would expect 40 years after the close of the war. Swiss Stone Throwers. One of the national sports of the mountain canton of Appensell, in Switzerland, is the stoue-throwlng contest, in which rocks of great size r e thrown for a prize. Garden Farm TRELLIS FOR GARDEN CROPS. Is Easily Constructed and Provides Ample Bupport for Plants. After using bean poles, slat frames, and wooden trellises of one kind or another for years; until the supply of poles was exhausted and prices for wooden frames became prohibitive, I began using a combined wire and string trellis, such as is shown by the drawing, says a writer in Farming. This arrangement serves equally as well for either beans tomatoes, peas, cucumbers (under glass), or other climbing plants, being especially de sirable for sweet pens, nasturtiums, fancy gourds, etc. It is desirable, too, because all of the material used in its construction, with the exception of the string, may be used year after year. Those who have never trellised up their tomatoes, either for home use or for a select market supply, do not realize what a’very considerable gain in yield and quality is secured by this method. I do not hesitate to say that under ordinary conditions I have been able to more than double the yield, and in some cases triple the marketable product, over the bush method, to say nothing of the in crease in quality, which invariably se cures for the grower the top of the market, it being ixjsslble to secure an earlier and more even ripening and greater uniformity in the size of the fruit; all of which are desirable factors in gardening for profit. In tying up, many of the bloomless lat erals may be cut out, giving the main vine more strength and allowing the sun readier access to the fruit to hast en ripening. Trellised frujt Is always bright and clean, and almost exempt from blight and rot. In planting to matoes for trellising the plants are set at less than half the distance usual when grown in the ordinary way. This trellis may be made to cover almost any length of row; the longer the "run” the stronger the end posts and the "dead-man” or guy post will need to be. The end posts should.be solid and about nine feet long, so they may be set two and a half or three Combined Wirs and String Trailia. feet in the ground, or even deeper, depending on length of row, with at least six feet above ground—this height applies especially to the tall growing lima and string beans. It is best to sharpen and drive the post, but if set in hole tamp firmly, and plant a dead-man eight or ten feet from post In line of row. This may be a large stone or chunk of wood, buried deep enough to hold the strain. The dead-man and top post are connected by two doubled strands of heavy wire, that may be twisted with a stick in the centter totake up any slack remaining after wires are stretched and remedy any sag from strain after vines grow heavy. Stretch the bottom wires first, ten to 14 Inches from the ground, and se curely fasten. Next stretch the top wire five and a half to six feet from ground, taking extra care to have it as taut as it can be made. Drive stakes or strips one by two inches firmly in the ground along the line of wire every twenty to thirty feel and staple both top and bottom wires to them. These serve to support the weight of crop and hold the trellis against winds. Just before the vines are ready for the first tying put on the string, or | trellis proper. I prefer some soft string, such ns wool twine, which af fords the tendril of the plant a firm hold beside being cheap. The distance that these strings are spaced apart at top and bottom will depend on the crop to be trellised; ten to twelve inches for beans, when plated in drills and 18 to 20 Inches for toma toes, for which a heavier twine should be used. In passing over the wire the twine must be knotted to make it cling to one place, else the first gust of wind will blow it into bunches and so make it worthless. The knot that I use is simple, after one gets the "hang” of the twist. Pass the twine up over the wire, carry the ball over the opposite side and down, then up and over both the wire and the string Just laid over, then down and through the loop left large enough for the pur pose and draw taut, when ylu will have a simple crossed knot on top. not under the wire, that will depend for its security on the tautness of the string. The same Bort of knot is made at bottom, except that the move ment is reversed. Since I have had considerable trouble cuused by the slipping of the string ns a result of careless workmen, I suggest that enough pains be taken with this part of the work to insure the permanency of the twine when once placed. If you will try one of these easily made trel lises you will find that the satisfac tion and ease with which you are able to gather the crop will more than pay for the trouble and slight expense in nutting it up. HEADS OF APPLE TREES. Locality Has Much to Do with Styls of Growth. Whether the heads of apple treei should be compact or sparsely fonned depends t>> some extent on the local ity in which the trees are grown There arc lands of sunshine and there are lauds of qfpudy skies. In the states where much cloudy weather exists during the growing season It is necessary lor the trees to catch as much sunshine as possible, for the ripening of the fruit and especially for Its coloring. In some of the states it is advisable to prune severely and thin out the branches to make it pos sible for the sun to get at the fruit. That condition is true of parts of New England and parts of the Pacific states toward the northwest. Even in the eastern part of the United States it pays to keep the heads of apple tre« - fairly well thinned out. As we go west toward the Rocky mountain the conditions change In favor of tlie dense and compact heads. The sun shines eternally during the day time i:i several of the states west of the Missouri. The heat injures the fruit where it pours upon it unob structed, and the sunlight is so übund ant that it colors up the fruit with little or no trimming of the limbs. •file question of high and low heads is generally settled in favor of low heads, especially in the western states where the wind blows with great force. The low lieuds protect the fruit from being switched off and where the trees are close together the wind that blows upon an orchard is deflected upward by the thick, low heads, while if the heads are high it passes under the trees and through them to a great extent. This greatly Increases the danger of the trees be ing broken by the wind. There was a time when the whole sentiment was In favor of high headed trees, says Farmers’ Review. The farmers wanted enough room under the trees so they could plow’ about them and drive about them easily with the farm team and with the farm implements. For several generations, therefore, the farmers planted their trees so they could use the ground for gardening. Those that remember the old New England orchards remember the tall-trunked trees, some of them so long that a good sized ladder was required to reach the first limbs. There was no danger of the horses hitting their heads when they plowed about them. But few of those orchards are seen now. They passed away with the com ing of a more intensive agriculture. Science pronounced them too expen sive In the way of time required for harvesting their fruit. The High-Top Sweeting that bore apples at a long distance from the ground no longer has to be climbed and shaken to get the fruit. It is no more, but in Its place stands a tree with head close to the ground and with a trunk so short that there is not room enough be tween it and the ground to do any climbing. The modern mathematician has fig ured out that the low-headed tree costs far less to care for and gives as good general results, though Its fruit may not be so highly colored. It is easy to trim, for the trimmer can reach about all the limbs from the ground. It is easy to spray, and less spraying material is thrown away than in the case of the taller tree. It costs little to gather its fruit, and the fruit is less bruised when gathered. GOOD VEGETABLE BOX. The Sieve Bottom Aids in Getting Rid of Dirt From Roots. Make an opening in the bottom of a grocery box, writes a subscriber to Farm Journal, and cover it with the stout wire screening used for cellar windows, having about a half-inch mesh. Nail on two handles made Box With Bcreen Bottom. from old hoops, that will swing down out of the way at the ends. Use this box when gathering vegetables from theh garden and wash these by im mersing in a tub of water or by pour ing water over them. Care in Feeding. If the hogs are in a dry pen, start in by feeding them a little green clover at once. As soon as the corn is hip high, give them a little of it to eat. It may not add a single ounce of flesh to their carcasses, but it will accustom them to eating it so they can be fed a fcrent deal of green corn when it becomes large enough. The one great mistake in feeding green corn is that the change from dry feed to it is made too quickly. By start ing in gradually now with corn and green clover, this rapid change can be avoided. Spray. 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