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“Bab,” said Bill one morning, “of all the jobs I ever tackled this is sure the softest. I- have rode liue, as boy and man for the lust ten years, but I never hit a place that was so lonesome.” “Well,” I replied, “this is only my second winter on line riding, and 1 admit that there is little ex citement. I have got a scheme, tho, that will give us oompany and fun, too. You remember how big Red Blunders hml two old timers went up into the Wind River country to make hay? Well, they got lonesome and adopted a bob cat, a ten-foot bull snake, and a hawk.” “Hu,” said Biil, “ain’t 1 heard Red tell that story übout forty times and no two times alike.” “Now then, Bill, here is my scheme: There are bear and bob cat right around here. I have seen their tracks. If we make a trap oat of that old shaok up in ttie gulch, we might catch a cub bear. We cau nail up the windows and leave a hole just large enough for a cub to crawl thru. We can use that honey we got from that bee tree for bait. Then you build a box trap strong enough so that no bear oau lift the tail end and get the bait, and small enough to catch a young bobcat and we will then start in to increase our fami ly.” It was just two days after we got the traps set—l was washing dishes at the time —that I heard Bill yell. I looked out of the door aud saw Bill's cayuse taking a short cut to any old place, while Bill was coming straight for the shack at a mile-a-minuteclip. He cleared the last twenty feet at one bound, and shot thru the open door like a comet. Between gasps he told me to close the door and bar it. I did 60, aud a moment later a full-grown grizzly looked iu at the window. Bill shot it and then told me how he happened to meet it. He explained how he had went over hia beat, and on the way back he rode by the trap to see whether we had caught anything. The trap was sprung, and he concluded that he had better come back to the shack and get his gun. On the way he had met the bear. His horse had business elsewhere and was in a hurry to attend to it, so he left Bill sitting on the trail. We skinned our bear then went to the trap. By tearing a board off the skylight we could see iuside. There stood a cub bear that was about two-foot tall. It was run ning around looking for a hole to crawl thru and “wooting” to tell how mad he was. We roped him and got him out. He took to Bill right away. He socked hie teeth into him just above the knee and started to make shoe strings out of his boots and pauts’ legs. Bill whipped him loose with a rope, muzzled him with his hat, tacked him under his arm, and then we both went over to the box trap. It was sprung. Bill tied his pet to a tree, then I got down on my knees with my coat, and when 1 was ready he raised the door and 1 grabbed. I was kneeling on one end of my coat, so when I grabbed it jerked the coat off my hands. I got hold of the hottest bundle I ever laid claws on. I let go of it as quick as I could, and it run up my back aud started to comb out my back hair with its teeth and claws. This performance so tickled Bill that he sat down to laugh, and, as lack would have it, he sat down within reaoh of his pet —who had got its inozzle off—and Bill got a bite on his left ear that took all the laugh out of him. He finally grabbed the co«t and polled the bobcat off my buck. We took our pets to the shack. I wanted to keep them tied op for awhile, but Bill insisted that ti.ey would get tame quicker if they were allowed to run loose. So we turned them loose. About two the next morning the cat woke us up. He sat upon a rafter singing. Bill swore and threw a boot # al it. About half an hour Inter he threw his other one. Next morning we founds hat the cub bad- eaten-the tqpsi pff both of ,boo<s. Everything was goiug along flue until we got those two “pets,” but now things were going two or three ways at the same time. Bill would be coming to the shack with two saddles aud half a dozen blankets on his shoulder, stub his toe on the cub —who was sunning himself in the door—fall down and scatter saddles aud blankets all over the shack, and then get a set of teeth and claws into his legs before he could get up 5 while the bobcat' would be tearing the bark off bis neck. Bill would scramble to his feet seeing double, and grab the first thing he could lay bands on, and then start in to annihilate everything within reach. We btood about everything those pets did until the ciib crawled into a hole under one of the bunks aud pulled the hole in with him, pre paratory to making his long winter sleep. Bill and I moved out into a tent for obvious reasons, and to hold a pow-wow on the best way to get him out. If does beat all how fortune sometimes favors those who least deserve it. While Bill and I was arguing as to who should rout out the bear, along came Hank. He slipped his saddle, had his dinner, and then wanted to know why we didn’t use the shack. Bill told him. “Great grab!” exclaimed Hank, “you locoed mavericks sure are short of nerve. Afraid to rope a half-grown cub bear and yank him out of yonr shack! " Poof, just you watch me!” He was just entering the shack when I happened to think of the cat, and yelled to hrm to be care ful. He sailed in, closed the door, and we could hear him rip a board off the bunk, then all was still. Then there were sounds of a ter rible racket. Swear words, bang ing of tin dishes, howling and snarling and a tearing up in gen eral. Surely something was going to happen. We didn't have long to wait. The door flew open and Hank came out with a bobcat combing his mustache and a cub bear hanging on his hip pocket. Hank got a grip on the cat and threw it with all his might. Bill caught it. 1 started to run, but tripped over a root just as Hank jumped by me. The cub tore in to me, and by the time Hank got steady enough to shoot, I had parted with a good suit of clothes and lots of hide. But I was not a marker to Bill. He looked like he had been trying to lick a tor nado. Hank had lost a little com plexion and was real hostile. That settled the pet business for the winter, and after this mix up we got along tine. 1306. Monetary Complexities. Money in its diversities is so com plicated as to oonftise those persons not familiar with its peculiar nomen clature which is used principally by the sportively inclined or those in pursuit of the elusive but de sirable commodity. The word is employed more ways to my way of thinking than any other word in the vocabulary. We might say that it is almost rendered nameless by the opprobrious and corruptible appellations attached to it. • They are so numerous and equally at variance that it taxes one’s memory to even try to recall tlio-e which are peculiar to ceitain localities less lone those obtaining iu differ ent parts of the states and pro miscuously transmitted by nomads who wander hither and thither in quest of —we may say experience. Occasionally yon run across such phrases as these: He doled out the spouduiix as tho it were hand bills; the mazurna was very muoh lin evidence;he possessed simoleons galore; they were lavish with their pin; in their extravagance and dis sipation they consume"the dough? as if it were kneaded for their: special benefit; the spendthrift does not know the value of a saw buck until he is on his uppers; he has the rooks to pave bis way.; they taxed me a plunk for admittance. Then we have those appropriate to the “upper ten and lower five,” those interchanged by the sporting fraternity* gamblers, show people, itinerants, peculiar to a locality, slaug aud argot. Their mode of expressing their impecuniosity differs exceedingly in that if you were to accost either soliciting a loan or temporary assistance they would invariably reply to your re quest in somewhat the fallowing: All iu, running light, dean out,- skinned to the wrapper, basted, to the bad, broke, financially embar rassed, shook down, exchequer depleted, on uppers, not a sou, picayune, or red, flyiug light, shy of the goods, doD’t know what it looks like. That which suffixes itself to the cabalistic sign is designated in somewhat the following whioh oan be used mostly in either the sing ular or plural: First we have the almighty dollar which is equiva lent to one hundred cents, the same in coppers, sous, markaes and reds; twenty nickles, koses and jitneys; sixteen picayunes, ten dimes, eight bits, a rock, cartwheel, sawbuck, scad, dud, spot, stoker, case, shinner, doby, iron, plunk, simoleon, ducat. Then we have that appertaining thereto and which is purely used in the plural. Bach as chink, wad, dough, roll, kush, bunch, cash, pelf, spondulix, legal tender, nia zuma, tin, monetary, wherewithal, means, bundle, currency, goods, pecuniary, specie, riches, filthy lu cre, brass, hoard, shekels, coin, price, realm, notes, plant, treasure, wealth, boues, junk. There is a distinction between a gold and silver certificate and gold and silver coin. The former being styled yellow and white soft, respectively; green, one, two, five and ten spot; V, X, XX, half century, century, five century, and ten century. The latter is al so yellow, white hard; thus discriminating the precious metal from the baser. Hey-Rube. Pure Food Lais. A satirist writing of pure food laws would doubtless claim that they were enacted by man to pro tect his stomach from the bargains of his better half. He would not be far from the truth as, while wo men purchase the greater share of the food supplies of the country, their voice was not heard in the pare food agitation. Altho investigation has shown that the adulteration of food prod ucts was eveu more general than was Rt first supposed, it has also demonstrated that pure food has always been possible to obtain if the buyer (in this case the women) would pay the price. Many a manufacturer’s reputation haß been wrecked upon the necessity of producing a “popular-priced” arti cle. Women are great bargain hunters, bat poor business reason ers, this first fact has accounted for a great deal of the misrepre sentation and adulteration of food supplies. All retailers unite in saying that i —— i i fl Pica Tor Joy. ' | “ 4 We are tbe heirs of progress, ours is the pride of place, f 0 We who have conquered nature, we who have conquered 0 A space! A Ours Is the vietor's pean, triumph without alloy; 0 But, sated with gold and glory, we hunger, we thirst for joj! 0 i++ + 4 4 Rack in the dusty ages men struggled and tonght and fell, J 0 A Found all life's tale worth telilng, enjoyed It paseingwell. A * Knew not the varied splendor* that our sad hearts employ, w 0 Lacked, it may be.-lor eomfort, bUtnever they lacked for Joy! 0 4- + # 0 We who have tamed life's lious, have all but vanquished fate, 0 A Find never life’s wise enchanting, or waatelt soon or late; i \ Does victory undiluted the soul’s fresh youth destroy? A 0 Powers of the bygone gladness, give us to taste of Joy t V A —Putnam’s. 0 j AND the Lord spake unto Fra Blbertns, saying: Verily, the most necessary thing' in a shop, store, bank, railroad office or factory, is to keep the peace. He who scrappeth not with hie neighbor, and shutteth up and closeth his gob, is getting a cinch on the foremanship. And the foreman who smothereth a feud, and turnetb the hose on the clique, is already engaged to the proprietor’s daughter, and the painter is busy putting his name on the sign. Those who say “Ha Ha! See me do him!” are already done for. For what anybody says is naught save alone for him who says it. Beware of the clerk who dealeth in fairy tales about his fellow workers, and for them maketh life difficult, for he is already putting salt on the tail of a blue envelop. A civil tongue and a deaf ear means money in the bank. My son, deal not in a Chicago Tongue, and it is you for a raise. He who do eth his work and cutteth out the gabfest, shall on the Great Day of Readjustment, stand in.—Elbert Hubbard. women do not understand real economy, and that they have only a vague idea of relative values. It is impossible to sell the average woman a can of tomatoes for more than ten cents, difference in qual ity or actual weight of contents cut no figure—“pigs is pigs” with her. Dnriug a bad year when to matoes are h»gh and a standard article cannot be canned to retail for ten cents, adulteration com mences and a mixture of unripe tomatoes, much water and color ing matter is produced, labeled tomatoes, price ten cents. Side by side with the genuiue article, at only twelve cents, the inferior product will invariably be pur chased, even should the seller ar gue at length upon the false econ omy in this action. The ‘same bolds good for extracts, spioes, condiments, vinegars, jellies and other food products most easily adulterated. The first demand for strictly pure food regardless of cost caine from large lumber and railroad camps where armies of men were fed. These camps were at first the dumping ground for cheap and adulterated food, but mutiny and sickness soon convinced the mauagers that pure food of the best quality was the greatest econ omy in the end and they have been vigorous in their demand for high-grade goods, and most of them are using such goods today. It is not the purpose of this ar ticle to uphold the manufacturers who stooped to adulteration, but to point out that the temptation was great and that the buyers were mostly to blame by their un reasonable demand for quantity and not quality. Many of the mannfaotnrers whose product came under the ban of the pure food laws were entirely innocent of any intention to defraud the public and were marketing a high-grade product, produced under highly sanitary conditions, but preserved by chemicals which the laws de clared dangerous to health, but which from constant usage had come to be regarded as harmless and necessary. One result of the pure food laws which mast have been a consola tion to the American manufactur ers was the large number of for eign produots which were declared illegal. The writer does not know A MESSAGE. of a single French product which passed inspection; all of the high priced and highly colored delica cies from that country were shown to be illegal and England fared no better, as most of the “Purveyors lo His Majesty” (it is to weep) use too much poison to preserve their products. As a rule manufacturers have not taken unkindly to the pore food laws; they see temporary incon venience, but in the end the plac ing of their business upon a high er plane, and deliverance from unfair competition. At present the greatest bar to harmony be tween manufacturers and the laws, is that there is a woeful lack of uniformity in the laws of different states. So what is meat in North Dakota may be poison in Minne sota. Thus an article may con form strictly to the pure food laws of Minnesota, yet to be sold in North Dakota the same article will require an entirely different label and in some cases a different name. That this is causing end less trouble aud no little expense is self-evident. A visitor to a large jobbing house today will see cases marked “N. Dak. trade only,” “Montana only,” “Legal in Minn.,” etc. The demand is for an extension of National leg islation on this subject aud the re peal of conflicting state laws. Tho in its infancy pure food legislation has done wonders, not only in protecting the public health, but in arousing the busi ness world to the necessity of a higher code of honor. Now, if oar women can be educated to the fact that “bargains” do not always mean economy, man’s victory in his fight for better food will be complete. E. J. O. What Books Ought We to Read? (Continued from page one.) x-rays; the telegraphing thru space without wires; the transmission of thought or mental power from ope part of the earth to another; the latest discovery, that by swallowing minute globules of electricity the human body will become transparent, except the deseased parts of it; the photograph ing of human thoughts; the weighing of the sou), etc. Telepathy is becom ing a science by itself of the highest importance to mankind as it .finally may reveal to us the .next world, and solve this vexed problems of life and death, that philosophy never has (been able to solve. Accordingly hooks (hat deal soberly and scientifically with this subject, I consider very important to study. * ?au* Jfw ... ,yr . *v ' .