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LITTLE HEROINE IS OF THE PLAINS Every day during the fall months little Molly Donlvan walked to the country school two miles distant from her home. And she took charge of and protected two little neighbor children who were somewhat younger than herself, seeing that they were not "run over" by the older pupils for, you know, there are boys and girls, too, I'm Borry to say who &e- light In teasing and annoying their juniors In age and Inferiors In size So Molly threw her protecting little arm about Peggy and Sammy Stone, twin sister and brother, aud uelgh bors of Molly's. During the -severe winter weather Molly, and, of course, Peggy and Sammy (seeing that the twins never went to school without Molly) were obliged to miss many, many days of schooling, for they could not breast the severe weather such a long dl3 tance. But during the pleasant months they never missed a day. Going to and from school was very pleasant, indeed, for their road was over a beautiful prairie, with great fields stretching on every side. It was in the middle west, where very little timber obstructed the prairies, which rolled gently sloping for miles and miles. Also it was the country where the cyclone often did great Carnage to property and life, for no mountains or forests were there to break its fury. One very hot day In the latter part of September for September is one of the hottest months in that part of the country the heat was most op pressive; no wind which is so usual during the autumn bl?w to Rive re lief, and the sky wac full of small, heavy thundercaps. This was omin ous, threatening a storm of some sort. Late in the afternoon the school teacher decided it was best to dismiss school for the day, as every atmos pheric symptom pointed toward a cy clonic disturbance, if not a genuine cyclone. She told the pupils to make all possible haste to their respective homes, saying that the sky was very threatening, indeed, for a great black-browed cloud wns rising over the northwestern horizon. Molly, with little book satchel in one hand and dinner pall In the other, and with Peggy nnd Sammy running close to her heels, went Hy ing over the dusty country road to ward her home, which was not to be Been from tbe gchcolhouse, a long hill Intervening. . - "Hope it won't be a cyclone," gasped out Sammy. And even while he was speaking a gust of hot wind blew fiercely from the northwest. "Oh, that blew the dust in my eyes!" the little chap cried, stopping to wipe his face on his sleeve. "Say, sister tin' Molly, wait for rue!" he called out to the running girls, who were leaving him behind. "Well, brother, don't be foolln' along," called out Peggy, pausing in her speed and waiting for Sammy to coine up. "Oh, got dust In your eyes?" asked Molly, pausing also and looking around toward Sammy, who was still trying to clear his eyes. Then Bhe returned to the little boy's assistance, taking her handkerchief from her book satchel and wiping the lids of Sammy's eyes. "Now, I guess the dust Is all out," said Molly, preparing to replace her kerchief in its resting place. ( 'o, 'taln't," declared Sammy, bat ting his eyelids. "There's dust chunks and chunks of it in my left eye. Uh, It hurts, it does." And the suffering Sammy grabbed at Molly's kerchief to aid in removing the "chunks and chunks" of dust from his eye. Again Molly came to his as sistance, this time turning thn lid back as far as she could so that she night wipe the dust from under it. the bad seen her mother remove dust from the herdboys' 'eyes many and many a time, and Bhe knew just how to go about it. But the piocesfc took time, and before Sammp pro claimed his peepers all right the min utes bad flown, and so had the great black-browed cloud, which now cov ered half the western sky. Then the day grew suddenly darker, and a fu rious wind came of a sudden, bring ing dust, sand and occasional drops of rain. The storm was coming at the rate of fifty miles an hour, and the outer rim of it was upon the three little ones In the wild prairie. Molly, versed In all the things of tbe plains, looked at tbe cloud, saw tbe under clouds whirling round and round; also noted that there seemed to be two strong upper currents of air battling with each other. Al though the atmosphere was insuffer ably hot just before the wind struck it. it had now turned very cold, and Sammy and Peggy shivered. "Uh, let's hurry home," gasped Peggy. hardly able to speak In tbe fierceness of the gale. . ' ' But Molly's observant eye bad seen something that neither Sammy nor Peggy had noticed. In fact, not one child in a hundred under fifteen would have noticed It. It was a funnel-shaped cloud as black as ink that kept dipping down toward the earth and swinging back ward and forward as it swept across the prairie at least twenty tulles away from the spot whore the chil dren were. Molly's face turned dead ly pale, and her little hands trembled as she tried to fix her book satchel and dinner pail together in order that she might have one hand free to hold to Peggy with, for the wind was al most taking that little girl from her feet. "Come, hold to me, Peggy," said Molly. "And you, Sammy, tnke hold of my other arm. There! Now we must reach that little draw down yonder the place where the bank is all washed out on the north side. "But that ain't going home!" cried Peggy, her breath almost gone in the gale and her little sunbonnet flying away, "Never mind yoir bonnet never mind anything but what I tell you!" Molly screamed In the children's ears, for now the storm was nearing them so rapidly that Its roaring drowned their voices. And the rain was com ing faster and faster. "It's a very dangerous storm," shrieked Molly, dragging the two little onei by main force, and against their will, toward the "draw" where one of the banks had been cut out by heavy rains into a deep cave-like ledge. "Come, we can't get home now. We've got to crawl under the bank in the drawl The distance was short to the draw, being only a few paces from the road side, and within a few minutes Molly had the twins safely tucked far under the overhanging bank, a little cave like nook secure from the wind and weather, and Bhe herself crawled in after them. And there the three lit tle ones remained for a long, long hour, for the wind swept above them in a perfect hurricane, tearing out by the roots the few stray trees that grew along the banks of the "draw." Peggy and Sammy huddled down like two little mice, keeping their eyes shut tightly while with their hands they clung to the very soil be neath them, digging their fingers into it. But so secure were they that the wind swept above them, never touch ing them with its fierceness. And the the ground being so dry the rain was swallowed up as soon as It fell, thus preventing the little run, or "draw," as the ditch was commonly called, from filling up at once. But as the rain fell In torrents quite a little river was formed In the bed of the ravine, and the children had, some difficulty in keeping their feet out of it. "If the water rises much more we'll get a good soaking," said Molly, speaking to herself. "But we're not afraid of water. It the storm goes over without tearing our cave away we're In luck." , . . And so it did. Soon the wind had blown over, the rain had followed it, still rushing on across the prairies like wildfire, And the great battle field of the storm lay soaked and wind - swept, every tree, every hay stack that had dotted the prairie was gene. Slowly Molly crept from the little cave under the bank and looked about her. Some rain was falling yet, but not enough for apprehension, and to ward the northwest the sky was clear and serene. But all about them the plains lay as bare as though they had been swept by a huge broom. Even the wild grass had been torn out by the roots. Molly looked toward the schoolhouse or the place where It had once been. But the ground was smooth and not one board of the white frame building was to be seen. A great fear came over her. Sup pose her own home her dear par ents! But at that moment she saw a sturdy figure ascending the long hill, and into view came her own father; He was coming very rapidly, looking all about him. When he saw Molly be raised bis hands as it in thankful ness. Molly and the twins ran to meat him. "Why, paps, where did you come from?" asked Molly, in cheerful tones. "Are mamma and the house safe?" "Yes, dear child. But how came you here? We supposed the teacher would keep you in the schoolhouse In the face of such a storm. But " and for the first time he saw, to his surprise and dismay, that there was no schoolhouse. Then Molly told him how they she and the twins bad crouched In the cut-out bank of the "draw" during the storm. And when she had finished, her father took her in his arms and kissed her. "You are the bravest little girl I ever saw or beard of," he said. "You saved the lives of your little charges and of yourself by being cool-headed and brave. And now let's hurry home. Mamma and the father and mother of Peggy and Sammy arc bo anxious to know If you are safe. God bless you all. What Joy they will feel when they see us all coming home together, safe and sound." Washington Star. . . Southern Agricultural Topics. Modern Methods That Are Helpful to, Farmer, Fruit Grower and Stockman. Developing Typos of Cotton. In recent years the farmers of the South have been giving the breeding of seed some attention. Naturally this work has been directed to Im provement of cotton to a large extent. Many years ago the average yield of cotton to the plow in the cotton belt was about three bales, but now it is nearer nine In fair years. While In tensive cutlvatlon is in a large measure responsible for this Increase, still the high grade seed Is the most essential feature. Such men as Trultt, Russell and King have made names for themselves that will live for centuries Just through the breed ing of high typeB of cotton. Men are still at work on the prob lem, and It has been hoped that some one would get a weevil proof cotton that would stand the ravages of the Mexican boll weevil, and time and again somebody has tried to put out the notion that It had been done. However, to date It has not been dem onstrated, and the fear Is that it. will be many years before such a state of affairs can be brought about, If ever. But men have succeeded in getting cotton up to such a high standard that it cannot well be compared to the old types. A. T. Drake, a Geor gian, has been working on a typo of cotton that he thinks is the greatest cotton In the world, and Inst year ha sold a limited amount of the seed at the prodigious price of $100 a bushel. The writer planted a peck of It In two different sections this year. ' On one of the farms the soli Is of r. stiff, rel character, and on the ether It Is black, sandy loum, and despite adverse con ditions the cotton is doing remarka bly well In both cases, and promises to yield twice the amount of ordinary cotton. This cctton branches out suf ficiently, and yet It seems to be a cluster cotton, for the bolls grow very closely together. Another cotton I am experimenting with is the Jackson wilt proof cottjn. The sec-d of this was furnished by the National Department of Agriculture from Its own farm down In South Georgia, where the wilt has put cot ton growers out of business in some Instances. Up. here we do not have much wilt, but it will b a good thing to get on the safe side early In case such a trouble does develop. In talking with the Assistant State Entomologist, who has charge, of the State division of agricultural expert ments, he tells me that tbe Jackson cotton has shown wonderfully re' sistant qualities. While other cottons have died down to twenty per cent. the Jackson cotton is flourishing, and only about twenty per cent, of it has shown signs of attack by the'dlsease, This leaves a difference of sixty per cent, in favor of the Jackson cotton That, of course, .maus the whole thing. Rust Is cne disease that attacks the whols cotton belt in some years Now there is a rust proof cotton that promises td overcome this trouble. This new cotton is a wonderful sight to see. The whole field shows a solid front of red1 and brown. This Is the natural color, and therefore there is no show for the rust to get into it One great trouble that has confronted the grower of this variety Is the lack of fruition, but Mr. Dickinson, who is building up the type, has selected so long that he has largely overcome this trouble, and will develop a type as good as any cotton. With the rust proof and blight proof at our com mand, there is hope that we may in time have a weevil proof cotton. In the case of the personal experience of the writer with the Jackson wilt proof, It seems as if I am going to have some trouble In getting a full crop on it this year, so that it seems that there may be some trouble 'in the way of getting each variety of the disease resistant cotton to put on a full crop. However, this year has been a very poor one for testing either of the cottons in this respect. I selected the soil that I thought was most subject to rust and blight to plant the cotton on, and the rains have been so Incessant that there has been an overdoing of the matter. Next year may show something quite different as far as I am concerned. The situation in regard to labor and land values makes It necessary for farmers to consider the matter with much care. One trouble that farmers of the South have Is the dis regard for seed of high type. It Is rather costly, as compared to the ordinary seed, but in tho end It Is far the cheapest. There Is no profit In working forty acres to get the same yield that can be easily obtained from twenty acres. A llitle extra work In the way of preparation, a little extra cultivation, and a little extra seed are the only essentials that will be required to work this change In profits. As soon as the farmer finds this to be the case there will be a widespread prosperity wave. But in the meantime this cannot be confined to cotton alone. There is no crop In the world that responds moro readily to seed Improvement than corn. The South needB corn, and It needs it badly. I have known this year of hundreds of farmers who have bought corn on tho credit sys tem, paying $1 a bushel for it, when It can be grown here for less than twenty-five cents a bushel. There is no chance for the average cotton farmer to get his prosperity on the standing basis till he gets to growlns his home supplies. When he dol that, then he can dictate his terms to the rest of the world, if they be in reason, There are more ways than one by which this can be done. In deed, it Is well for them to work in more ways than one. To-day. there are thousands of bushels of cowpeas going to waste In tho fields because the farmers are busy picking cotton and will not stop to pick the peas. The same Is true of the pea hay crop. Hundreds of tons are drying up In the fields around my farms, and the farmers will not stop to try to save it, as they want to rush oa with the cot ton. Next year they will be paying $1.50 a bushel for seed peas and $20 for hay. What cotton I have In the field could stay there If I had to leave my pea crop In the field to ruin. A man can make $25 easy cutting pea hay, and he cannot make one-fourth that amount picking cotton. I advocate the picking of cotton at once, but I would rather let It stay In the fleldB for a while, as It will keep and the peas and hay will rot. What we want to do is to get onto the idea that we want the things needed at home more than ws do anything else. I can't see why folk will go ahead and grab at what they have at hand when they let the very best slip by them. Just because we happen to need a little money now and won't need the hay and peas till next year Is no reason why we should not give the most valuable subject our considera tion. Going back to our original starting point: Let the farmers of the South take the lesson to heart and see if they cannot get some good from the Idea of seed improvement. I believe In every man doing what he can for himself, and therefore I think it is a duty a man owes to himself to do his best In getting the best seed from his own supply, and ho will then know that he is getting something that Is good. This way of buying something that you do uot know Is good Is often working against the man who has something good to sell that will help the world along. Good seeds are advertised by responsible farmers, aud there is no longer any excuse why men should not have them. J. C. McAuliffe, Harlem, Ga., In the New York Tribune. , Poultry Pointers. Much depends upon care anil watchfulness npw In securing a good balance on the. side of profit. An tarly moult-and high condition of health before going Into winter will bring eggs when tggs bring the most money. The pullets that nreto be early layers are to be liberally fed and have special' attention now, and In their selection thero is usually i-oom for choice.' It Is ,the condition of the flock about tbe time of early frosts that chiefly decides the question of ;.roflt or loss for the next three months. It is really at this time that skill and good Judgment ana most in de mand to put the flock on a paying basis. Marketing the surplus of tbe young Btock, weeding out all oldish or unproductive hens and securing real working value In every individual hen and pullet those are what will make the investment in a score or a hundred hens pay an annual profit of a hundred per cent. Every hen can easily be niwde to earn a dollar in addition to her keep, but to be sure of it there iaul ho nn neglect of a single important detail. Progressive Farmer. Sweet Potatoes. Cuttings can be mndn nt h of the sweet notato vine fn, it crop for winter keeping. For making a crop of bedding roots, I prefer to set the cuttings in Aueust. Then them a yard long and coll the cutting around the hand and net tho coll in the hill with only the tip ex posed. This will give you a hill full of little potatoes that will make far more plants per bushel, than the gen eral crop, and they ae the easiest kept in winter. Progressive Farmer. Keeps Out Weevils. Try sassafras bushes iiaekert in layers with your corn, and kerosene sticks In your cleaned peas for keen ing weevils out. What Should Follow Cotton. Cotton RhnnM ihiv. n f. Kume cron. Sno that vn..- ,.... cotton land is chosen by this rule. How to Kill Roadside v( Weeds growing alonir , roads may do much damage;! weeus ot turuia are caused in roadside weeds that have b lowed to go to seed. Many have laws dealing with the y ntlon of weeds along the rJ and fh Manual of the Iowa H( Commlsqlon gives methods I strpylng various weeds, in h ,. rag-wpess and IV Irs are cot- ana in squirrel-1. J-rass Is L ing very abundant'. ?ays a wrlv Englnedrlng-Conrraetlr.g: i'"', "The squlrrel-taU grisj Is nual or winter annual, appei,' abundantly in the fall. To pret '.' its seeding In the meadow, J ' should be cut early. In this JS'i grass will have a chance to jrJ,.'; it will not be necessary to pii" the roadside if the grass is cutfci way for a few years. , ' "The mustards may bs txii't nted by treatment with copp'ri phnte solution. This Is made ij- use of one pound of copper sul'il to four gallons of water; flft;". Ions should be used to the acn. 'The horse nettle as weii ut thistles are perennials and hem Is more difficult to exterminate tbe The following method of exttrt atlon of the Canada thistle nav applied to this class of weods-.i j "The only method of treating ! to cut down and remove all o! v roots' as far as It Is possible to ii If done frequently and tnoroij. the weed can be removed.' n r patch is a small one, cutting oft; parts below the ground several lu; as soon as they appear above t ground several times during (hei son, will .certainly destroy lt. large patches plow.Jho ground. I .row and remove tlft '"thistle; (. burn the material or put Into -. post-heaps. This should be dom: or stxitimes during the season u caslon mas' require. . "The best mode of extermlLj the horse nettje is to ' smother1! plants. ; This Is probably the moj. fectlve 'arid least expensive methii removing; this plant. For this; pose clover Is tli most suitable pii The soil should be hai:r0h?d ortt rated fregdentlj -inttl the tint seeding, which njjj be any time!' ing May and Junej Planting tote or oats is fl' method also ustdli,'. stroylng the horse nettle. Tbe p!s -should be kept down before i: time. Thew-re-moval of the v-. ; when In a wellraifcvanCed stage, V before the ' pcodueMoti- of seed v when cut, w-Jth.: clever, or early t eals), Is often resorted to, the I. being to kltytha plait by shock. T. method is. simply an-effective ns . of preventing the prediction of t "Dock, which -is a common everywhere along roadsides! caf, exterminated as follows: The t efficient , means of destroying weed is 'to root it out by haid .: this is done very readily lc ' spring when the soil it wet, bju. hold of the plant . Just at the it: of the ground, giving the root I ;! twist and at the same time t ward pull, and. the root will Tf come from the soil. Where l! common, however, it is some plowed or a pud Is used. This i od Is not, however, so efficient a pulling method." Literary t).' Ductless Road. Interesting are a numbei fl perlments now being condi :t ; the office of pu'blio- rads t! United Staterff Pepartment' f j culture, one v-foiz the effort to a dust proof rlad by combinlri heretofore little used blast fi' slag with asphalt of tar. Tti. dcavor Is of the utmost econoc ? portance, because If the hopp success Is attained unsightly r tains of slag will soon . di;: from score of cities, and l ' market will be established for quantities of this material. For several years the scleii-! the office of public roads, ai ' in many of the more proir' States, have been working to ; two objects, the utilization f bi i products In road building tl 'l development of dustless roads. perlments already conducted that crushed rock, combined illlt' ; or asphalt preparations, bldi W' ; solve in a measure the dustlca 1 problem. Exhaustive lr"5: , tests have indicated that slag It V blnatlon with preparations of ' asphalt may be made to srT " substitute for crushed rock. , tlons of experimental road are being constrVt which will tiX- the material! ( jactual serrft ( If the results are as satlstc: the preliminary conditions in-' , the slag-asphalt or slag-ttf ' will realiie the hope of the (";'.. for both the utilisation of bji and the attalnment of a dustM - New York Tribune. Foul or Fair Weathf Small Wallace accepted , tion to a party, as follows: "Dear IxjuIb: I will come 10 , pnrty If It don't rain" (then that he might have to stay 1 ' that case) "and If It. docs."