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'j1t EEKtLstY EDITI1O WJNNSBORO, S.C., JANiUAR Y 24 1899, ESTABLISHED 1844.
A LULLABY FROM THE WEST.
H!y. baby: Ho, baby! what 's all the row?
-Ciose up them peepers an' go to sleep now'
Papp's here with him an' no un 'll hurt
if tirree is, som4 galoot 's got to eat dirt!
Juaiv n' Jibo;ophatt hear bow he yells!
Wors"e'n a herd that's stampeded corralt'
Soun.s likV Avaebes a-hantia' a muss
Hey, baby! Ho, baby! dry up yer fuss!
Rev, baby! Ho, baby! look out down there!
That's ycr Pap's six-shooter-better take
Baby 's too little to handle a gun;
Wien yer in trous--rs yer Pappy '11 get one,
Learn ye to siwot it, too. Bully fer you!
Yer a true son o' West.through an' through!
Loo; like a tenderfoot yet, but ye ain't
Hey, baby! Ho, baby! sleep like a saint!
Hey, baby! Ho, baby! Gosh! see him screw
Up his kid face worse 'n coyotes '11 do!
Dry up that noise, er yer Pappy 'It shoot,
Thinkin' he 's trapped by a band o' Pimte!
31ammy'll come in a minute! Now quit!
Panthers fer yellin' ain't in it a bit!
Wha:! her ye quit? put an end to yer fuss?
Hey, baby! Ho. 1:aty! cute little cuss!
-Roy Farre.1 Green, in Puck.
I& 9 I&9A&
: ABIJAH BLAISDELL'S HEN.
It Was Not the Widow Who Gave Way. 0
- BY SUSAN BRowN ROBBINS.
"She's the most remarkable hen in
the coantry. I know she doesn't look
it. No,she'd never take a prize at the
cattle show. She ain't, so to speak,
pure blooded. Some folks would even
call her mongrel, but I think it's more
respectful to refer to her as a compos
ite. Why,she knows more than some
men and most women," and Abijah
would gaze admiringly at his solitary.
"You'd think she'd be lonesome,
wo!ld you? Wl, how about me? 0,
no! we keep each other company. I
don't waut any better companion than
Belinda, and she never finds a bit of
fault with me.
-'Did I ever tell you how it came
about that she was left here all alone?
You know I used to keep hens. I had
those three houses full. They didn't
do well, somehow,.and one wi ater when
grain was extra high and the hens
didn't lay an egg, I got disgusted and
vowed I'd sell off the whole lot of
"Well, a hen man came along, and
he and I went out and caught the
hens, and an awful squawking and
dust they made, too. When the man
had paid me and gone off, I felt pretty
"But just as I turned to go into the
house I heard a little noise, and there
came Beiinda picking along as nice as
you please. I was mad, and I told
her then and there that she needn't
thmk she could get the best of me
that way, and just as soon as I'd eaten
np.a iess of -corned beef I'd just got,
.kill her and have a chicken pie.
'She looked up at me and craiked,
the way she hat. She gives two or
thrLe craikes like an ordinary hen,
and then her voice kind of breaks in
a long, Pitiful wail. It sounded just
as if she said '0,0,0, don't!' if you'll
believe me, I said out loud to her, 'All
right, I won't.
".:ince then she's had things about
her own way. I was going to tear
down the henhouses, but Belinda she
likes to use all of 'e:n, so I didn't.
She always lays in the first one. The
second one she has for a dining room
and living room, and she sleeps in the
"Yes, it's some trouble to take care
ei them all, but as long as Belindla is
satisfied I don't find any fault.
"LP.y? You never saw a hen that
wou1. lay as she does. She hasn't
mis.sed .a day in six months.
"And it's a funny thing, too. My
aunt Nancy came here on a visit and
stayed a month. Now, she hates hens,
but she likes eggs. Well, what do
you think? All the time she was here,
Belinda didn't lay a single egg! But
,she began again the very day aunt
Nancy went away. She knew what
aunt Naney was just as well as I did,
*and she wanted to spite her.
"Why. I don't know b'.t I should
have got married before now if it
hadu't becen for Belinda, but I don't
supp :se she'd like to have any other
Thus would Abijah Blaisdell run on
-about his hen, as long as any one
would listen to him.
TIhe widow Millett, Abijah's next
_door neighbor, talked a good deal
about ' hen, but in a differentstraiu.
She addressed her remarks to herself
or' to the hen, so no one was the
wiser. She hated hens in generai,
and Beliuda in particular.
"If you'd mind your own business
and keep on your own side of the
fence, I wouldn't say a word, but I
won't have you in my flower beds.
Shoo! seat!" and she would shake her
skirts at the intruder, and with a
frown on her usually placid face, chase
the hen off~ her premises.
"It isn't alone that you are a hen,"
she would say again, as she sat at her
wind(ow and looked over across at
Abi.a h's yard where Belinda could be
seen. 'But it's your being his hen,
and matking him the laughing stock ot
the neighborhood. He acts just as if
you were a person, and he seems to
have forgotton my existence.
"To he sure, he never did take
much notice of me, hut there was a
time when I thought-" here she
would b:eak off and blush a little;
"well, any way, I should think you'd
be ashamned to make a grown man act
As time went on her hatred of Be
linda ine: eased. There seemed to be
an irresistible fascination for the bed
in Mrs. Millett's garden, and nearly
every dahy found her scratching there.
"I never did see a hen that knew
anything," the widow would say
wrathifully, "and I believe you know
the least of any of the:n."
She spoke to Abijah about keeping
his hen at home, and he fixed up the
fence with that object in view, but
fnce were nothingr to Belina. She
was light of weight, and could fly over
anything constructed of laths.
One day the widow found the hen
busily digg;ng a large hole in the
midst of her pansy bed. Thereupou
in the heat of her anger she gave vent
to dire thr-ats.
"If I find you over here scratching
again, you, Belinda Blaisdell, I shall
kill you. Do you hear? You think I
wouldn't do it, but I just would.. I
have had to kill hens before now and
I didn't like the job, but I alcost
think I'd en'oy killing you, you mean
old thing. Now remember! I'm a
woman of my wor'd and I shall keep
it, if I have to chase you all the way
home to catch you."
As she went into the house, she be
gan to repent of her threats. '"I sup
pose I should hate to kill her," she
soliloquized, "but I said I would,and,
yes, I will, if she scratches any more,
But I'll keep a close watch of her and
keep her away s3 that I won't have to
do it. And I'il get Abi*ah to build his
After that Belinda was on Mrs. Mit
lett's mind most of the time. She
was driven home many times a day,
and never got a chance to have a good
But this thing could not go on for
ever. As cold weather came on,
and the frost hal talen most of her
flowers, Mrs. Millett's vigilance began
to relax, and one day Belinda came
over and found a nice sunny place in
a grassy banking, where she scratched
1 and dusted to her heart's content for
half an hour before she was dis
There she lay her feathers full of
dirt and her eyes blinking sleepily,
whea Mrs. Millett came along an"; saw
The widow pounced upon her, bui
Beli.-da wa- too quick for her. There
upon began a chase which only ended
in the middle house, which Belenda
had alvays used for a diwing room
and living room.
The next day there was news foi
the gos-ips. Abi.a Blaisdell hadlust
"You see, I was awav from home all
day," he said, "aud I didn't get howe
till dark. But I'd left feed eu-ugh for
Belinda's dinner and supper, so ]
didn't worry about her. I went out and
shut the door of the third house, be
cause I supposed she'd gone to bed,
but I didn't look in, as I was in a
hurry to get to my supper.
"Well, this mo-ning I went to let
her out, and she didn't come. The
house was empty. The other two
houses were empty, too, but in the
seco-! one tnere were some feathers.
Now, i suppose for some reason she took
a nction to sleep in the second house,
and as I didn't shut that, some var
mint got in and ca ut her. It was a
fox most like:y."
For a day or two Abijah was low
spirited, but he was of a philosophical
mind, and he decided to make the best
of it, so he began to tear d6wn the
heahouses, as there was no further
use for them.
It was the fourth day after Belinda's
disappearance that A bij- went to do
so ue whitewashing for Mrs. Millett.
"You'd better stay to dinner,' sh4
had said, "then you can work longer,'
and Abijah had agreed.
The widow was up early that moen
ing and had her dinner started be
times. Only a few minutes before
Abijahi came she removed the covet
of a ktle whichi was si ging on the
stove and lo.,ked in anxiously.
"I expect you'd a-b)een us tough as
a biledt ow.l if I hadn't kept you se
long. she said. "As it is. I guess
you'd better bail pretty steady til]
Abijah worked baisi'y and cheer.
fully, anid as the savory smells fromr
th Li kitc in ca ne to lim, his spirit a
rose and he whistled his favorite
W hen dinner was announced he
d'ropped his brush instantly a id came
He e joyed his dinner immensely,
and as hae took a seco1d helping of the
central dish he said, lo.>king across ai
"I believe this is the best chicket
pie I ever ate."
"I'm glad yo.u like it,"she answered,
and he n iticed that she blushed at his
They say that the way to a uman 's
heart is through his slo.nach. If this
is true, that chick:n pie must hav<
been the e itering wedge in the case
of Abijah Blaisdell.
Be this as it may. he and the widon~
were marri.ad last June. --Bostor
A Dog Stops' a IKuna.wa'.
A butcher boy in Chicago, foni
years ago, taught a Great Dane pur
to sit on the seat of the delivery
wagon, hold the reins in his mioutl
and pull back on them if the horsE
started while the boy was away.
It was a pretty trick, and has
been the pride of the butcher boy
even after he got a shop of his owr
and. had o'her boys to deliver for him.
A few days ago, as the Great Da-e
was trotting beside the wagon, the
horse shied so~ violently as to throw~
the driver fr.omi his seat. The horse
then ran away nyi the street, the reins
dratgging on the g:ound. The dog
wa, puzzled for ten seconds. , He
looked at the boy scrambling to his
feet, half dazed. He looked at the
runaway horse tearing down thme street.
He looked at the dangling lines and
he decidedn something was to be done.
Sprinting after the runaway he caught
him in a block, seized thme r ins,whbich
were luckily buckled, in his teeth, and
settled back, an animated, seratching.
bouneing~ anchor. The horse was not
so very badly scared,after all,'and the
dog was a big dog to carry on the bit.
The horse stopped presently, the
Great Dane grudting with joy of the
struggle. and thme boy came up. All
which shows the value of ently edu
cation. -New York Commercial A dver -
FOR FARM AND GARDEN
VVVV V 1W' IF VV V
What Calves Want.
If a calf has a ration of half oats
and half corn and half a fee1 of it or
a little more-that is, a little more
than half of what it would eat up clean
if it had a chance-and if the place of
the grass is taken by good ciover hay,
with shelter from storms and protec
tion from excessive cold, with plenty
of salt and pure water, the ca:f will
pay for it all, evea if corn were 40
cents a bushel. We would not feed
an all-corn ration, blcause the calf
re.juires muscle-forming material, and
oats and bran are the cheapest fcods
of this kind. We would not feed all
oats or bran, especially in severe
weather, becanse corn is nueeded to
k.eep up the heat and round out the
Buckwheat is v-ery fattening and
seems to have a whitening effect upon
the flesh. It is much fed by the
French, who are quite successful tar
key growers, and it is thought by them
that this grain imparts to the flesh a
delicions nutty flavor much liked by
Barley is also a fattening food, but
should not be given ia as large quan
tities as corn, nor fed as often, as it is
not so easily digested, but it is very
useful to feed occasionally for a
change. Sweet potatoes coatain sugar
and are conseqnently fattening and
are a valuablenlditionto the fattening
ration when fed in Moderate qanti
ties. Wuen fed in large qnaLati,ies it
is -aid they will impart a yellow tinge
to the flesh.
Warm th. M11lk.
At this time of year it is often a dif
ficult matter to churn cream and ex
tract its butter fat. Warming the
n.iik to 140 degrees is an effective
iemedy for this. It will a!so enable
the dairyman to get a greater amount
of cream from the same milk than he
otherwise would. But the milk should
not be allowed to become much
warmer than 110 degrees or it will
make the butter soft. As the warmed
milk is cooled pretty much all the
cream will rise at once. It should be
skimmed before the top hardens into
a crust, as it speedily will. When put
away to await charuing at this season
cream sho.ild be stirred once a day,so
as to mix all its parts togetber and
prevent mould forming on the sur
The trai.ing of colts should bigia
when they are quite young, when they
are easily handled and submit more
readily than when left until older. I
keep small halters which I put on
them when they are from one to two
years old, and begin by leading them
about; or, if working the mare, I tie
them beside her and it is very seldom
that they fail to go along without any
tronble from.the first. The e is no
trouble about their getting behindand
running batck when meeting other
teams. A colt broken to the halter
when young never forgets it, and is
half broken to work. After it becoines
acenstomned to the halter a bit can be
tied to the halter and the colt will
soon become bridle-wise before it is
old enough to work! This will save
trouble for both man and beast. -J.
W. Shup in the Epitomist.
Sewers anid Farm Drains.
'While the underdrain on the farm
'if deeply laid is seldo.n liable to get
out of order, it is very diff'erent with
the city sewer. Yet in the latter the
greatest care is taken to fit the pipes
into each other, so as to allow no
water in the soil to get in. The city
drain pipes are always glazed for the
same pupoe We think this is a
nmistaken policy in thjse who lay the
sewvers. T'hey cannot keel) dirt from
comning into the sewer through the
gratings in the streets, and nless this
has enongh water to flnsh the pipe
frequently, some of this material will
remain and obstruct the flow. The
idea seems to be that a connected and
glazed pipe is necessary to keep the
water from comiing out at the joints if
the pipe is full. WVe hatve had ex
perience with many underdrains, and
are sure that there is no such danger
so long as the sewer has a fail through
out its entire length. Where the fatll
is greater the tile will not be full.
When it comes to a small fall the pip)e
may be full, but it wvill not ran out
through the cracks, as there is a strata
of soil or gravel that holds it back.
If there were such joints between
sewer pipes wait:ri would flowv into
them at other times than when the
sewer is flushed, and it would bring
with it enugh air to help punrify the
sewvage, whlich, as it contains the
refuse of houses in cities,is often very
offensive. If the city sewers were
made p wrons they are de?p enough to
drain much land on each side of them.
Is we'et Clover Valuable?
To answer this question somiething
must be knowun of the character of the
plant. It grows sp)ontanieously along
trampled roadsides, even to the wheel
ruts in abandoned road ways, and in
tramped or sodden land anywhere.
When fond in meadow lands it ap.
pears not to 'cent except whlen the
ground has been tramped byV sto:-k
whie4 wee. It grows by preferene i:i
old brick yards. It mamy be grown in
fields by prope tillage. Yl n i: in
no other light we thusi. see that swee -.
clover grows iuxuri::utly .in i e
where few or no other Dlan.ts flourish.
But it belongs totihe great class of iegu
minou~s plants, which avm capabi-, by
the aid of other c.rgraismns, of fixinr
the plant tissues , !Ohio experiment
tation). It belongs with-the clovers
and it may thus be used to improve
the land upon whicli it grows,fand this
appears to be its mission.'It oe-upies
lands that have become unfitted for
good growth of other firage plants.
lts rank then is as a -iseful plant,
capable of increasing fertility of land.
How shall sweet clover be treated?
The plant is the farmer's friend, to be
utilized and not to be outlawed. The
plant g.ows and spreads rapidly. So
do red clover, white clover, timothy,
blue grass and other forage plauts,but
sweet clover grows whe're they do not.
Its presence indicates lack oi con-1i
lion for the others. Viewed in this
WAy it is to be treated.' as preparing
untted lands for otherrops. It may
be mowed a short time tlefore coming
into bloom and enred for hay. Stoi-k
wi.l thrive upon it if confined until
acenstomed to it. The. roadsides, if
taken when free from Anst, may be
made almost as profitable as any other
area in clover by cttiig the sweet
clover and curing for hay. If this is
regalarly attended to *hile stock is
kept from other lands th:t it invades,
sweet clover will be found doing al
ways the good work.for which it is
adapted. -American Agriculturist.
Advantages of Dishorning.
The losses froin A 'u directly
and indirectly caused by t useless
and dangerous horns, is enormons in
the aggregate. The lessening of dan
ger to the attendants is tn important
factor in favor of dishorning. Scores
of accidents have occurred where per
sons have been badly injured or killed
by cattle, not always balls either, but
young cattle and even- milch cows
have been known to turn on their at
tendants and injure them seve-ely.
It is unwise to run any risks when
the instruments of danger can be so
qnickly and easily removjd. In the
Imatter of saving of space in stabling
there is much in favor of- dishorned
cattle. Milch cows need no stalls,
even when fastened with-chains, and
certainly not if fastened with stan
chions. As they do not quarrel, they
can be placed closer together. Yonng
cattle can be turned ia:o a stable
loose, and willbe as peaceable as so
many sheep. The same may be sqid
of fattening cattle. I have seen over
a carload of fat cattle, averaging 1700
pounds each, eating peacefully together
at mangers, all loose.
Stockmen are beginning to see the
advantage in handling di-horned cat
tle. Dishorned.feeders and fat cattle
sell higher than horned cattle of like
quality. While it is advisaule to have
all cattle dishorned, it certainly is
much more necessary to have all bulls
dishorne. Wheia thus disarmed there
is no daiger in handling. them. They
becure db dent and .c6able. )k
horned bull is a dangerous animi, al
ways liable to be treacherous. He
mav be safe one moment, but angry
and furious th,- next. Calves can be
I dishorned very easily when a week or
two old. Trim the hair from where
the horns are beginning to grow, wet
it, and apply caastic potash. This
will blister it and kill the embryo
horn. If carefully done, no scar will
be noticed afterwa: d. The potash
comes in sticks,and should be handled
carefully to prevent in ury to the
hads. If the blistering is done dur'
ng the summnner, apply pine tar to the
wound to heal it quicker and keep the
flies from it.-O. 3. Vine in Practical
A Winter Attack on the Bugs.
The winter months afford a good
oportunity for the busy fruit grower
to give his orchard a sort of "house
cleaning." And unless he wishes to
be overrun with all sorts of insect
vermin, this should not be neglecte 1.
First, sharpen the ax, and use it
freely in cutting out all peach trees
that have s.iown signs of yellows,
which trees should have been marked
before the leaves fell; plum trees af
fected with black-knot, peach trees
tnneled by bores, andi any trees cov
ered with the guonmy exudations of
the little fruit bark-beetle.
Upon old trees it w.ll be well to
give the bark a good scrapiag and in
this way catch many of the chrysalids
of the Codling moth, hibernating pear
psyllas, oyster shell and seurfy
When pruning, all the cuttings
should be burnt, as the crotehets and
buds of the smiall twigs harbor con,t
less eggs of the plant lice, espe i:slly
the apple aphis on apple,and the hop
louse on plnm trees.
The eggs of several orchard pests
are quite conspicaOus in winter and
they may be easily picked by hand
and then burnt. The hard, g-ay mas'
of the tent caterpillar's eggs, the pien
dat cases of the bag-worms, and the
flat, white cluster of the Tussock
mo:h's eggs, may all be readily seen,
and these pests are best controlled by
such attention in winter.
If any trees are badly infested with
the oyster shell, senrfy or San .Tose
sale in.scets, the winter is the best
and ailmost the only time to advan
Itageously destroy them. Spray the
trees thoroughly with a solution of
potash whale oil soap, two pounds to
the gallon of hot water. . Remnember
that the scales will not be killed un
less they are hit, and the trees should
therefore be carefully sprayed from
Lastlv. don't forget to rake up all
tme leaves and rubbish around the or
chard. Many an iasect, like the
plum eurculio, hides in such refus4
over winter and could be easil3
I:o'n't wait until they are upon you,
to do battle with the bugs; but steal:
umeh o'n the:n and clean them out b;
a winter attack. --E. Dwight Sander
sou, Mairyland Agricultural College.
CutSoms receipts of the Unite<
-tats treasury department nov
a out to one-half the ordinary ex.
peniur of the government.
iN OUEAC N -ICE BREAKE.
A RUSSIAN -SHIP THAT KEEPS WIN
TER PORTS OPEN.
A Powerfnt Vee That Looks Like a
j%kitt1eshi) - Can Carry Passen-ers and
Cargo and Could Plow a Way Into the
Arctic *ea- It Convoys Merchantmen.
At Neweastle-on-Tyne, England,
there has been launched the pioneer
ship of pelagic ice-breakers. The em
ployment of large ice breakers had
been conined to the great lakes of
Cauada until the direction of the si
berian railroad ordered a powerful
vessel of this class, which is being
built on the shores of Lake Baikal,
Admniral Maakoff drew the atten
tionof the Russian governmieat to tie
expe:ience gained in tho-e inland
s-las, and induced it to place an order
tor an oceal-going vessel larger,
heavier and inure powerful than any
ice breaker vet built. The work which
sh is to un(lertakhe is much more am
bitions than anything that has
hitherto been considered practicable,
a:i. it is held by many men of expe
rieuce in navigation amid frozen wa
ters that tbere will be no great diiji
culty in keel iug open many, it not
all, of the principal trade routes of the
world which now are impassable every
witer. The ice-breaking ferry steam
ers vf the Canadian lakes succeed in
maintaiiing practically unbroken con
nection between their stations through
ice four feet in thickness, and they
a:e Often calt.d upon to face what are
actualhy known as windrows, wben
the drift ice has been piled up by
the efYect of the wind to a height of
soaetiies twenty feet.
The greatest thickness of field ice
reported! ny Dr. _ausen is twe!%e feet
and this was in latitudes where even
co.uluercial enterpri.e has not ye.
made for it. e.f an oatlet. Within the
luits to which t;ade has hitherto
been couifiled no such thickness of
ice is to be Lun.
Tn di:nensions and appearance of
the ve,sei wou!d suggest a battieship
were it not that the how is cut away
and forms an exceedingly long over
hang which serves the double purpose
of breaking the ice with which it
comes in con tart by concentrating tho
"vis viva" of the vessel and of pro
teeting the forward propeller. The
eari,er ice breakers were designed on
the principle of breaking down the
ice by brute force. Tho cutaway b ,w
enab!es the vessel to be run partiaily
up on to the ice, and if th eight
thus appied was not sufficient to
break tue ice, the icebreaker went
astern until she came off and tried
rVMin. The principle upon which the
new vessei attacik tie isalso bO -t3
force, bat it is ang-iented by Science.
The forward propeller, by disturbing
the w.iter under the ice, deprives it
of its support and then renders it n
co:nparatively easy task fur the heavy
ves,el to break through it.
The pnnipal di.iensions of the
ship are: Length. 305 feet; breauth,
71 feet. and deth, 42 feet 6 inches.
When fully loaded the draft will be 25
feet and the corresponidinlg displace
ment abou't 800 tons. The propel
ling m:achinery has been divided into
four sets, or which three sets are aft,
each dris ing its own propeller, and
one set forwvard. The comnbined i.ower
of these foar sets of machinery will
be 10,003 horses. There is accommno
dation for thirty fir st-class passen
gers,ten second-class and fifty third
class p)asseingers, besides that for the
captain, officers, engineers and crew
of the vessel. There is ample capacity
for cargo, so that the v-essel, in addi-.
tion to convoying mnerchatnt vessels
throngh the ice, is capable of carry
ing a ~heavy cargo herself. The stein
of the ice breater is cat to form a re
css, into which the stern of another
veset can be securely lashed and thus
obtain the tutmost protectionl from her
Ad.nral Marakolihas also in view
the possibility of augmenting the ice
brea king capiabi.ities of this ves%el by
having the assistance of a se -ond 'es
sel pushin14 her-, as to which he has
alread y muade experiments. The con
voing of merchant steamers is, of
course, the priary ob'est of the ice
breaking stea ner, and it is contident
lv expccted that in a very short timae
te Drincipafl trade routes wvhich de
pendl on .Baltie jo: ts will be kept open
in winter, and thus provile contian
o:ts emiploy.nenit for a large coman
The hull is divided into no less than
foryeight complartmienits, each one of
' hi:h is absolutely water-tight. Wa
ter-tight iu!kheads are, of course,
comm:ioly talked of, but no wvater
tight buIlaheads have been siub)ected
to such severe tes:s as those itn t his ves
521. Every co.npartment has been filled
with water and ptut under a pressture
due to a column of water extending to
the upper deck. In the case of the
lre eunpartments, sneh as the en
gine and boiler roomis, this repr esent
edl a v-ery serious operation. as tue
capacity of each boiler room is nearly
I Entirely Too Per'onal.
During a Scottish t:mr which the
Pot Wadsworth took with his sister
le was greatly struck by Kilchurn
IjCastle. aind~ aldressed a solemn poem
on it Thee vese hat penedl to fall
uder the eve of a boy who had been
aske iby *adies t o read something
j .a. In a '"tuCcent uf its character
I '. they he begya. ii a tone intended
to e :uresi y soleaa, "Skeleton
f nnitesed un:.ml!ity!" unt the ef
a t .t a nd '.: :: il:er thian anyone
-o'. hr in:i'n-.i E, oile of the
aw listeners :1! 1h ...s certainly
rery ti'n, lcand t.o her fet an ex
9il:ed. idi. r.ally: --We\. I amth
:h inest wom an i:1 I.reland, Int I can
.t approve of pjersonal remarks"
m it hrg TDar,atch. -
SHE SET 1000 KUSSU--S.
A Young Woman's Confidence in -Jerry
Kansas,with her usual reputation of
producing many strange and wol-derful
things, is again at the front %ith one
of the most peculiar election bets that
has so far come to light. Out in
Grant county, which is one of the 36
counties that go to make up the big
Seventh Congress d:strict, over which
Jerry Simpson and Chester . Long
haveso bitterly contested for the past
few vears, there is situated at the
junction of the noith fork of the Cim
niaron river and Prairie Dog creek
the little town of Golden, a "short
grass" hamlet, inasmuch as it is situ
ated in that part of Kansas known as
the short-grass region. Golden is not
what might be called a prosperous
village, nor was it expected it would
be when first settled. It consists of
one general merchandise store, pust
office and a few dwellings. The in
habitants of the surrounding country
are mostlyranchien and cowb.ys,who
centre at Goldea for the purchase of
It was Mi;s Lucy Withers, a resident
of Golden, who brought tuis. isolated
prairie town to the attention of the
public, relates the Sun. Miss With
ers is a comely woman of some 20
Kansas summers, a school teacher and
lives with her widowed mother. She
has always been a great admirer of
Jerry Si:pson from Medicine Lodge
and never loses an opportunity to
champion his cause.
A few evenings before election there
was a social gatheringin the neighbor
hood, and it was during this time that
Miss Withers and a young and well
to-do rancl'man by the nane of Har
old Owens ;ook opp.ilng views on the
politicsl sitiation. The youug teacher
questioned .%Ir. Owens as to the depth
of his faith i2 his candidate's election
and whether or not he was willing to
wager some cf his possessions to show
his canfidenc. This was somewhat
cf a set-back ior the youtg ranchman,
but he iaformcd her that he had 30 of
the finest steers that ever graed in
Grant county, all of which he valued
at $1000, and which ho would bet that
Mr. Long would be elected to Con
"What have you, Miss Withers, to
show your faith in the return of SimDp
son to Congress"" asked the ranch
Now, the teacher owned no steers,
neither had she anything ejuivalent
to 30head of cattle,bat sie determined
not to be outdone. She hesitated a
moment and said:
". will wager you 1000 kisses at $1
estch against your steers that Jerry
The youlng ranchian had civilized
bieking bront o,:, mastered the lariat
and many other difinlt feats in a
ranchman's life, but this offer was the
most perplexing proposition that had
crer b<en handed him. There was
something fascinating about the col
lateral ofered, and he replied:
"I will accept with the understand
ing that in case I win you allow me
to collect my winnings on the install
"You may suit your pleasure abont
"T hen it is an agreement, and our
listeners are the wit nesses." -
The election resulted in a bad de
fet for Mr. Simpson. Harold Owens
says he will collect 20 kisses a week
util the obligation is cancelled.
An Emperor Who Liked a Scoldling.
The Emperor of Russia, whose pas
sion for pease was his most distin
gnishing characteristie, was much at
ached to the iate Queen of Denmark,
his~ mather-in-law. Never having
)een educated for the throne, th'T
burdens and care of autocracy sat
heavily upon him. The late Queen of
Demark had a shrewd tongue, and
was wont to exercise it on her numner
os andi powerful connections. As a
mother-i n-lawv she was not deficient
in those qualities attributed by bar
barian and civilized nations alike to
the mother of a man's wife. The
Prince of WVales has not visited the
Danish court e scept at rare interva's.
WVih the late Russian emperor it was
different. He enjoyed his annual
visit to Freienborg as the happiest
period of hais year, and his zest was
enhanced by the way in which
he was taken to task by his
mother-in-law, who vigo ously scolded
him when his actions did not, in her
opinion, achieved the standard she
laid down for her sons-in- law. I was
told on one occasion, when the T.sar
was in Copenhagen by a high fnne
tionary at the Danish court, that the
late Russian emperor wvas probably
the only man in Europe who looked for
wad to his mother-in-la's annual
scoling asone of the keenest pleas.
nrso is life.--London Letter in
ea Robbers Who Extart Blackma.il.
"Wreckers is but another name for
sea robbers," said a prominent ntaval
oticer, when discussi ig the casting
away of the Maria Teresa. His re
mars were directed toward those wvh(
tried to obtain some title to the vessel
in order to get salvage. "Every mar.
iner knows,'' lie continued. "'wiat
these wreckrrs are like. If a vessel
is discovered in the leatst-iistress they
at once put off and try and b,oard her.
If they get their feet upona her deck,
no mattLr what is afterward done,they
at once claim salvage and libel the vts
se, comnpelling her owness to go int<
court at great exi ense. These pirates
are little better than blackmailers, fu:
many seafaring :nen prefer to pa;
something rather than go into the
courts. Thnere a-e u.any capta ns o
vessels who, as s:on: a' they sð
wreckers apmachinug. arma t :e.:r reeta
Iwith handspikes an.d be.t them oT i
they atte:nypt :, lbo.tra in orde. to avoit
Ithe blackm:sil or the expeuse of die
fenditg a case in the eonrs."~'-Wash.
FIFTY iM-K TM-Azr
Ive wandered to the city, Tom, rve hunted
Where von and I drowned chipmunks out,
An High bee's meadow lot.
The lot is in the same place, Tom, and yet
it doen't grow
The rosin weed and grass we knew, just
flfty years ago.
That same old patch of ground, Tom, where
Kirkbride kept his cow.
Is in a business centre, and you wouldn't
know it now.
Two sixteen-story houses, Tom. are stand
ing there to show
flow things have changed since we were
kids, just fifty years ago.
A pair of worn-out breeches, Tom, would
on.:e have bought that lot.
I had the breeche.--could have bought it
just as well as not.
And go-d and hard I kicked myself because
I didn't kn6w
Enough to pound sand in a rat hole, fifty
A Kansas paper, referring to a fatal
accident which befel a prominent citi
zen, says he "met death at the hands
oi a horse."
"I don't believe in being affable to
inferiors." " ou don't? Just think
how lonely you would be if everybody
felt that way."
":obby, won't you give a penny to
help build Lafayette a monument?"
"No'm, not unless we git his birth
day fer a hollerday."
Miss Totling-Miss Sincoe was born
with a silver spoon in her mouth.
Miss Dim i-g (after a glance at the
Priscilla-What are young Win.
th ro and his wife quarrelling about
so bitterly? Priscella -Oh, about
which of them loves the other most.
At Sunday school a little girl was
asked, "Way should y..u not hide
your light under a bushel?" '.he re
ply came pat, "For fear of setting
fire to it."
Crawford-How is it that those de
falcations are always by trusted
clerks? Crabshaw-.3ecause the ones
tha, are not trusted never get a chance
at the money.
Kaiser Wilhelm (watching a sword.
swaliower)-Faugh! I couldn't do
that. Court Fiunkey-Ach! Yes.
Your Majesty already has done every
thing except that.
AMistress (angrily)-See, Bridget, I
can write my name in the dust on this
- mantelpiece. Bridget (admiringly)
There's nothin' like eddication, after
all, is there, mum?
Parker-One place is just as good
as another for a man without money.
Taeker-Yes, and it's- fortunate, too,
for a man without money can't stay in
the same place long.
WNhy, Frankie," sid. his imoth#r1
"what are you reading in that book
about bringing up children?" "I'm
just looking to see whether rm being
properly brought up."
"I know Miss Longsince isn't real
ly handsome any moze, but she has a
dear little mouth." "She has, in
deed. I happen to know that her
last dental bill was $87.50.','
Mrs. Newlywed (with evident sur
prise) --Aren't you the very man I
gave some cake to two days ago?
?nodding Pete (in explanation)
Yes'm. Y'see, I didn't eat it.
Maud-My mamma says she can re
member when your mamma kept a
grery store. Marie-My mamma
says she can remember how much
your mamma owes for her groceries.
Professor-TOO bad ! One of my
pupils, to whoam I have given two
c.rses of instruction in the cultiva
tion of the memory, has forgotten to
pay me, and the worst of it is I can't
reiember his name.
"And, resibrJ igt there
are two things I must jnt. upon:
truthfulness and obedience'" '"s
mu; a.id when you tell me to teIl
the laidies you're out, when you're in,
which shall it be, mum."
Mrs. Upjohn-Our minister is a
highly learned man. I believe he
knows every word in the dictionary.
.'a rs. Dvownlieigh - That's nothing.
Our preacher uses lots of words that
ain't mn 1he dictionary-at all.
"It's a conundrum-to mehow a man
can keep his seat in a street car when
there's a lady standing." "Well, if he
is really polite, it must be a hard con
undumtohim, too." "Why so?"
"Jcase he gives it up."
son-i-la w, a young lawyer)-I'm not
oiug to give my daghter a cash
lory, but I have some doubtful
c.ims for $10,000 that I will make
over to you, and you can sue on
Little William was standing at the
window watching the approaching
storm. Great black clouds overspred
the sky, when suddenly a bright flash
of ligtning parted them for an in
stant. "Oh, mamma," he said, "I
saw that funder wink."
A Marriage Test.
Both in the northern and western
Iislad's of Scotland the -natives~ have
some peculiar castoms unfamiliar to
the dwellers on the mainland. One of
these, known as the "marriage test,"
is racti'cd in the Island of St. Kilda,
where the population barely exceeds
10'. Evcry man, before he is deemed
suita:e for a husband, has to perform
an volution attended with -no little
Jbodily risk. The-St. Kildans are, of
coure, adept rock-climbers, and the -
as)iut for ma'rimony is therefore
subjected to the t.est of balancing him
self on ouie leg on a narrow ledgi
overhaging a precipice, bending his
,od at the same time in order to holdI
he foot of his other leg in his hands.
If found lacking in . courage the
mien wiithdraws from-ber betrothal,
Iand sacald the man fall over the leMe~ '
it is p:exmed that in that case h.