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BHEEP TROUGH. Plan of One Which One Farmer Thinks Is the Best Ever. Here is the plan of the best sheep trough I have ever seen, writes E. R. Buck in Wallace’s Farmer. The cut will give an idea of its construc tion. Use 2xl’s four feet long for corner posts. These are set two feet apart and a four-inch trough is built one foot from the ground, using two twelve-inch boards for the bottom of the trough. At the top of the rack on the end a twelve-inch board is sawed to a bevel and nailed as shown. A twelve-inch board is then nailed along Diagram of Trough. h this bevel on either side at the top of the rack. This gives a wide space to put in hay, etc., so it will feed down gradually. Below this is nailed a six inch fence board. Common six-inch fencing boards are used for slats, which should be cut about two and one-half feet long in order to lap enough, for nailing to the top of the feeding trough and the bottom of the six-inch board near the top of the rack. The slats should be set about eight inches apart. That gives each sheep fourteen inches of feeding space and thirty sheep can feed at a sixteen-foot trough. The trough can be used for feeding either grain or roughage. Casein In Cows* Milk. It has long been known that the casein in cow’s milk varies in quan tity. The old idea was that the casein was always fn the, same proportion, no matter how rich- or how poor the milk might be in butter fat. But It is approximately true that the poorer the milk in butter fat, the poorer is It in casein, the foundation of cheesemak fng. For a long time the butter fat content was used as the standard by which to judge of the value of milk for cheesemaking. But it was found, as the result of a long series of inves tigations, that there was some varia tion between the fat-content and the casein content, and now milk foi cheesemaking is purchased on its fat and casein content. The casein con tent is shown by a special method of analysis, as is that of the presence of fat. Feeding Alfalfa to Hogs. Alfalfa hay is a good feed for hogß, but it must be fed in away that will prevent it from being wasted. The Wyoming station has developed a feeding arrangement that is worth copying wherever alfalfa can be raised. It consists of a box which can be made any sire to suit convenience. The dimensions of the box illustrated in a bulletin of the station are not given, but we should judge it to be about two feet high, two feet wide and eight feet long. It has a cover that shuts down over it when it is filled with alfalfa. In the sides of the box are three holes large enough for the hogs to get their heads through to get at the alfalfa. The apertures are large enough to allow a part of the neck to paas in, so the animals can reach aero as the box. The cover not only keeps the hogs out, but would keep out the rain in a humid climate. FARROWING HOUSE. Building Which Can Be Moved and Is Easily Cleaned. Some breeders very much prefer having the sows entirely separate at farrowing time. It certainly is better in mild weather because the houses may be thoroughly cleaned and moved to dry ground that is clean and In good condition. They are easily made out of inch boards and two by fours. The boards are cut eight feet long for the sides and the runners, which are also the sills, are spaced eight feet apart. The lfyor is made separate and is just the right size to fit between the runners and long •enough so the two by four cross pieces at the ends rest on top of the floor. It ftl a good plan to let the end board ing project an inch below the bottoms of these cross pieces as that makes a corner joint to keep the cold out, and It holds the house firmly in place. In placing them a little earth should be piled against the sides to insure warmth, because at farrowing, time, either in the spring or fall, the days are generally chilly and frequently 1 quite cold. Such houses may be tipped •over and the sun will dry them thoroughly. In this position they are easily cleaned, white*washed or dlsin- CeaUd In some other way. BUMMER CARE OF FLOCK. Things the Successful Raiser Will Be Sure to Remember. In the first place the entire flock should be thoroughly dipped in one of the good commercial dips, which are both cheap and effective. I then find it profitable to separate the barren ewes and any that have lost their lambs, writes an Indiana farmer in Farm and Home. These I put on clover or blue grass pasture and feed corn, either shelled or on the cob. I have had good results feeding them along with fattening hogs, thus saving an extra pasture. Handled rightly these ewes will be in fine shape for market by Juno 15, which time usually finds one of the best markets for the year. For the ewes and lambs to be car ried over two or three pastures should be provided, so that a change can be made every two or three weks. I do not think a pasture can profitably be made large enough to run a llock of sheep the entire season, with best re sults, especially If it has been used for a number of years. During hot weather the sheep will bunch closely In the shade and return to the same spot often during the day, thus getting such spots dusty and un fit for the sheep. By changing from one pasture to another we have fresh grass and fresh resting places, since these places have been disinfected by sun and rain. I think it profitable to run other stock in these pastures beside the sheep, such as cows and calves, or yearling cattle. These animals keep down the rank grasses, and the sheep will thrive better on short grass. If blue grass or timothy becomes long and rank sheep will not eat it well and will lose in flesh. Such is not the case with clover or rape, however. Free access to salt which is damp ened with turpentine during the dry season is a good thing. The odor of the turpentine keeps the flies from their noses and heads and destroys some of the internal parasites. I have found sheep to be the most profitable live stock ihat can he kept on the farm. Mutton can be produced in this locality at a lower cost per pound than beef, taking no account of the wool, which itself makes a nice profit. During the past few years the price has ranged from 28 to 34 cents per pound for medium wool. DRENCHING A HORSE. Method of Holding Him to Administer the Djse. Make a loop In one end of a rope and put it around the upper jaw. Pass the other end of the rope over a sill or through a ring to get the head up Raising a Horse’s Head. Thiß leaves the lower jaw and the lower part of the mouth free, says Prairie Farmer, so that the horse can swallow, which is the idea of the new method. IS SHE DOING HER BEST? Some Suggestions Regarding the Profit of Your Cow. The man who is milking cows for the purpose of making money should remember that if he wants to know what his cows are doing all he needs to do is to use the Babcock test and the scales. Bu£ remember this: That the Babcock test and the scales tell what the cow is doing but not what she might do under improved care and with better feeding. Careful scientific investigations show that the percent age of fat in the milk cannot be changed materially by any system of feeding or care but the total quan tity of fat produced can be increased very materially by improved care and better feeding. In other words, the total flow of milk can be increased, and that means the total amount of fat increased. Many a good cow does not have a fair chance to show what she can do. Several of our different experiment stations have purchased cows which were unprofitable under the conditions in which they found them, but which responded very quick ly to improved feed and care. If you are not making the money you should out of your cows by all means get a Babcock test and a pair of scales and go to studying the individual cows. At the same time go to studying how to feed them better and give them better care. Improved cows are not much good without improved dairymen. THE STOCK. Constipation Is the forerunner of all diseases and disorders in live stock. Keep the bowels open by feeding an abundance of green feed, or giving liberal doses of epsom salts or raw lin seed oil. Never let the pig go hungry if you want to make a 300-pound hog at the of Beven months. This does not mean that you Bhould be continually stuffing it with corn, but allow it all the pasture it can eat and then add enough grain to balance the green feed. Women and Home MAKE HOME BRIGHT HARMONY THE KEYNOTE OF SUC CESSFUL FURNISHING. Proper Consideration Before Decora tive and Color Schemes Are Put Into Effect Will be Well Re warded by the Result. When furnishing the house, study harmonies. Don’t overcrowd, or be too ornate. Consider the lighting of your room before choosing the decorations. A dark room can be made light and cheerful with the proper colorings. Expensive things in poor taste make for inartistic results. Better a ten cent candlestick with good lines than an elaborate candelabra that is shod dy-looking. Don't jumble colors unless you want your house to resemble a May pole. Don’t mix woods. Mahogany, golden oak and ebony in one room make a combination that has only utility to recommend it. Buy your furniture gradually if you cannot get a good quality at once. A piece or two at a time, the best of its kind, will ensure you a well-furnished home eventually. Don’t have your gas fixtures ornate or garnish. Keep lines simple and colorings dull. It is handsomer and more likely to hurmonize with the rest of your furnishings. Don’t have curtains and portieres elaborately draped and of huge figured designs. Straight lines and neutral colorings will never jar on artistic sensitiveness. ll# careful about your lamps. They mar be the ugliest things in your root* or the most beautiful. Bases of darV rich pottery, dull brass or cop per with graceful lines; shades either of impel*, silk’ or opalescent glass to blend with the other coloring are al wav?. harmonious. I’Vm’t have too many pictures. Bet tei a few good, ones than many mcM'.ocre ones. See your pictures are well hung, and suitably framed. Too many buy tht picture for the frame. Simple, djrK wood frames for etchings or en gravings, dull gilt for water colors or oil paintings and narrow lines of wood hnrnonizing with the darkest tone in ttv? photograph are a good choice. A safe rule for bric-a-brac is useful ness or undoubted beauty. Cheap, cfi'de frames, vases, clocks or small ornaments destroy artistic effects. Wall paper is all important. Too CUSHION FOR PORCH CHAIR. Head Rest That Will Add Much to Comfort of Sitter. Delightfully comfortable as wicker chulrs nearly always are, they gener ally have one weak point. The wicker frame to the chair at the back never makes a comfortable resting-place for thfc> head, and a sofa cushion of the ordinary kind hardly meets the diffi culty. as it has the most uncomforta ble trick of slipping up and down. and refusing to stay for any length of time In one place, A clever contrivance which obviates this difficulty altogether Is 3hown In our sketch. Tt takes the form of two cushions joined together In such a way that while one part hangs down over the back of the chair the other serves as a comfortable rest for the heud, and one, moreover, that can never slip about or get out of position. Cushions of this kind, covered with soft silk and bordered with hem r.titched frills, will prove both useful und ornamental. For Bore Feet. For soreness cf feet or numbness of legs, place a teaspoonful of salt in the palm of each hand, dampen and rub vigorously for a short time, and rinse In clear water. many figures rarely give as good re suits as neutral, walls with the figures confined to borders, coiling or panel ing. If the paper is figured keep the drapery plain, generally of the prevail ing tone in the paper. Never have heavily-figured uphol stery when thb walls are figured. With a flowered paper, however, in bedroom or sitting room one or two chairs or a couch may be covered in cretonnes to match the papering. Don’t think an artistic house Is only to be had with much expense, a distinctive, harmonious furnishing \o a question of good judgment and color sense. CLOCK AND MAGAZINE RACK. Fine Ornament for Hallway, Though Somewhat Expensive. Roed is used extensively for sum mer furniture, and is even made up into beds and bureaus, as well as hall clocks, bookcases and porch settees. It is somewhat expensive, however, in these newer forms, the bed and bu reau costing about S6B. and the clock which is shewn in the accompanying illustration,! costing S3B. TO SUIT THE COMPLEXION. Colors Should Be Carefully Chosen for General Effect. It is generally believed that blue is the blonde’s color, but if she has the slightest tinge of green in her pale blue eyes, that color will be fatal to her, though, strangely enough, green is becoming to blue-eyed blonde’s. Turquoise may be worn by those with green eyes and so may white, pale and dark green, mauve, deep brown, navy blue, cerise, silver gray, bluish pink, black, yellow and lilac. The blonde with vivid red and cream coloring will look her best in shades having a tendency to diminish these charms. The pastel shades of heliotrope, blue, lavender and green will suit her better than the true tones of the col ors. while for evening wear lily-leaf green and pale lemon may be chosen. In pink or blue only the most delicate shades should be selected. Slipper Bows. One of the most attractive of the slipper bows now in fashion is made of very soft, thin silk with three loops on each side. The silk or satin Is of such a soft quality that it does not, when looped, stand out at all, but is arranged to lie quite flat and so ma nipulated as to look like the petals of a flower. The loops are graduated in size so that the lowest ones come out the furthest. Tiny gold beads are sewed on the ends of each loop and there are three or four strands of these beads across the center of the bow. Red sllppors will be worn a good deal during the summer, and for some of these there are hows of velvet rib bon to match the slipper exactly. Uses for Lemons. There Is much wisdom in the old horror of being "nine miles from a lemon.” It is astonishing how much good a few drops of the juice can be made to do. Taken in a glass of water before breakfast. It begins the day right; a bit In the rinsing water after a shampoo will make tho scalp clean; n few droprf In any fruit juice will muke it “jell;" put some In the boiling rice and the kernels will be kept white and distinct; wash the huger tips with lemon to remove stains; excellent as a gargle. TALK OF NEW YORK Gossip of People and Events Told In Interesting Manner. Slump in Breach-of-Promise industry f EW YORK.—Signs and portents are I that the breach-of-promise industry N 1 is flattening out In this city. A few days ago a large, ornate, somewhat over decorated female person came quite a sad cropper, so she did, while endeav oring to make a well-known New’York lawyer give her a trunkful of money, and deeds to houses and lots and other bijouterie, through legal mandate, be cause, said she, he had promised to marry her, and hadn’t made good. The case not only was decided against her, but she was arrested before she could get out of the courtroom, and now they have a perjury charge against her. In commenting upon this case a cap tain of police, who used to be one of the stars of the memorable Brynes de tective staff, told me that he knew of half a dozen accomplished but quite conscienceless women who up to a couple of years ago derived large and steady incomes from the business of suing or threatening to sue wealthy elderly New Yorkers for breach of promise of marriage. The breach-of promise game began to go bad here two yearß -or more ago, said the cap tain, and now these women are oper ating the same game in other parts of the country. They operate in different cities under different names, and they Fortune of “Postage Stamp Bidder” Fades WRIT of attachment issued by Justice Bischoff against the prop- A erty of Abraham White, “the postage stamp bidder” who cleared $200,000 profit on a single deal which involved the investment of just 44 cents in postage stamps, is taken as marking , the slipping away of the fortune which grew into White’s hands as rapidly 1 and easily as if by magic. The attach- i ment is issued at the instance of New < York creditors who hold a draft on 1 which they say they cannot collect the i money. i In 1896, when White was a poorly . paid telegraph operator, he learned through a message he was handling < Millionaire Seeks Lincoln Relics NEW YORK multimillionaire, be lieved to be J. Pierpont Morgan, is A negotiating for the purchase of the Lincoln memorial collection, located In the house where Lincoln died, and owned by Capt. Osborne H. Oldroyd. While Capt. Oldroyd admitted that he had been approached by an agent of the collector and asked to set a price on his famous collection, he would not divulge the prospective purchaser’s name. He said the man was a multimillionaire and his agent had informed him that he sought the collection for the purpose of adding it to his museum. Mr. Oldroyd said he had made one condition in the beginning, and that was that the collection, the accumula tion of which had been his life work, should not be separated. Asked if the Intent of the New York man was to be stow it on some public museum, he said he understood the man wanted it Congress May Pension Mrs. Cleveland PENSION of $5,000 a .year will probably be voted to Mrs. Cleve- A land by special act at the next ses sion of congress. Such an act would be in line with the precedent estab lished in 1882, when similar pensions were voted to Mrs. Tyler, Mrs. Polk and Mrs. Garfield. That same year Mrs. Lincoln’s pension was raised from $3,000 to $5,000. Mrs. Garfield continues to receive tier pension. The only other president's widow alive is Mrs. Harrison, and she is not the least in need. Besides this, Mrs. Harrison, the Becond wife of the president, married him long lifter ho had left the White House. Though these pensions have been granted to the widows of presidents ns such, all those who have been pensioned hereto fore have baen the widows of men who exhibit a marvelous vampirish shrewd ness In the selection of their victims. As a general thing they endeavor to pick out foolish elderly persojis with a penchant for letter writing, and men, too, whose social and financial stand ing is such that they will usually ar rive at a compromise under threat of a suit rather than have the cases actually lugged Into court. This cap tain of police told me of one woman, now living In a superb home on Long Island, who prospered so exceptionally in her working of the breach-of-prom ise game that she picked lip something like half a million dollars at it in the course of 15 years. She has now "re tired from the business” and is dressing herself to the careful tion of an accomplished family of sons and daughters, who know nothing of their mamma’s record as a gouger. The police captain instanced the case of another female schemer of this sort who had three separate and dis tinct breach-of-promise suits running in three different cities at the same time, the woman figuring In each case under a different name—and she won two of the suits at that! But the New York papers, which take to this sort of thing as felines gloat over catnip, are liable to go without breach-of-promise headlines for quite a spell now, since Mae Wood, Senator Platt’s pursuer, got thrust into the Tombs on the perjury charge, and since, just a few days ago, another woman fell so severely down on her case that she, too, was stuffed into a warm cell. Thus do New York’s favor ite industries slump and go to pieces one after the other. Oh, well! of the pending sale of a batch of United States bonds to the best bidder. Although he had no money, he in vested 44 cents in postage stamps and sent in a bid for the bonds. His bid being a shade the best, $1,500,000 of the bonds were awarded him and then he went to Russell Sage with his bar gain and Induced the financier to ad vance the money to carry out the bargain. The transaction was quickly concluded, with a profit to White of approximately $200,000. Since that time he has been much favored of fate and his wealth hqA grown by bounds. He is reputed have made millions on the stock ex change but he has been compelled to go deep into his pocket to keep from collapse a wireless telephone company he is promoting. He lives in extrava gant style in the Long Branch man sion which formerly belonged to John A. McCall, president of the New York Life Insurance company, and which cost the latter SBOO,OOO. for his private collection. J. Pierpont Morgan has an extensive private collection in New York, but Mr. Oldroyd declined either to affirm or deny that he was the man seeking the memorials, declaring that the field w'ould soon be narrowed down by such a process to one man, and that he was not at liberty to discuss the matter at all. Congress, in 1596, purchased the bouse in which Lincoln died, after he was shot by John Wilkes Booth in Ford's theater, across Tenth street, and has allowed the owner of the col lection his rent free. Thirty thousand dollars was the price paid for it. The purchase of the collection, the most complete in existence, by the government and its retention in the old house, has been discussed many times, but has never been brought be fore congress in the form of a bill. Mr. Oldroyd, who is now quite aged 4 keeps a personal watch over the co™ lection, and during the years he has had it in Washington thousands ol tourists have visited It. The collection fills the entire first floor of the house, including the room in which Lincoln passed away. The room is in the same condition as It was thon. have seen mlllturv service. Their widows were entitled to a pension under the genera] laws. Mr. Cleveland Is one of the few pres idents who was nover a soldier, ex cept that as president ho was com mander-In-chief of the army of tha United States. Many persons do not know that President Lincoln saw active military service. The pension office records however, show that ho was the captain of a company of militia in the Black Hawk Indian war In the thirties. His widow was entitled to a service pen- Hlon on that account. Mrn. Llncoln’fl Pennine papers were looked up the other day by Dr. A. li. Thompson, chief of tho flnniice dl vlalon of the pnnttlon omen. Investlga lion disclosed that U. A. 1.. Morrlflold. at. present a member of tho board of porinlnn rovlow, approved tho original application of Mth. Lincoln. Congroas hen grantod a number of high rale penttlonH It, other than pres- Idonta' widows. Tho wives of Gen., John A liOgnn, George D. ami Frank I-. Illalr nro now on fifeS rolls at $2,000 a year.