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A little iun, a tittle ruin, A aoft wind Mowing from the west Ami woods anrl ricMn ere nwc-et attain And warmth withic lbs mountain's breaat. Go nimple is (lie Mrth we trcvl, So quick with love and life lier frame. Ten thousand years have d.iwnfj and tied And (till her magic u the ume. A little lnve, A little fnit, A enft jrnpHlic, a sudf Ion dream 'And life a dry as desert diut la frenher thus a iiiuuutain atrcam. 60 aimple in the heart of mnn. So rendy for new hope and joy; Ten thousand years since it I'eir.in Iiuve left it younpcr than n boy. , Slol.ford A. UrooI;e. M LOHESS CFJULL Seclusion That Attends Airtmint Houss Dwellers Augustus and Josephine, Hiving Tired of Their Suburban life, Move to the City, Where, as Th)y Hive Been Informed, Comfort and Privacy Can Be Assured as Nowhere Else Jo:ephlie Tells Augustus All About It and Gives Him a Mysterious Wirninc : :: :: :: :-: Pining, then, fur tho seclusion that dances attendance upon tlie dwellers in flats, wo moved from tin.' country to the city, gayly, haypily and with never a thoupht f care, fur, as I men tioned to Josephine and as Josephine mentioned to mo, the quirt nnd peace of the country arc qualities similar to the heat and anger of a frozen custard, and we would free ourselves forever from the barking of dogs by night and tho clucking of hens by day, to say nothing of tho crowing of the lusty chanticleer and tho intrusion of gossipy tongues; and as I told Jos ephine further, and as Josephine further told me, there is no place where comfort and privacy can be se cured like as in the heart of a great city, where curiosity counts not and inqulsltiveness Is cot, and ono mas' live the life that one desire's, unsee ing and unseen. For ever, alnce the failure of hr. 4 nursery stock, her grafes,' her berries and her shrub beries, my Josephine had languished,, paled and pined, and I knew'that un less we sought a happier spot her life would be a wasted thing and hen tesder ' heart .would bjtu.,a,las 510 mote. ' 1 ,-i "I'-". ''Augustus!" : 'My love?" 'Augustus! I tad tvo callers to day. The Etranjf'iV V'omeii! "' ! Thus -my Josephine u;:pn my re turn from the marts of trade ia the evenin? Of the first day after we had settled in cur' apart mint and had bw gua to live-the life tLt-.t we desired, unseeing and u:iv;tn. ... ' VTlie eira!rCst w'omen! " repeated she, my love, and lier eyrs were larje with bright ar.iazo and lier lips quiv ered, whereby I l;n?v that thereby hung a tale. "The first one rang tte doorbell In the morning and nsked me if I'd lend to her a saureri'ul of tr.1 r. She stayed an hour, Augustus, aud she told mo all." "All, my low?" "Augustus, she tc!d me all. That Is to say," nddel Josephine thought fully, "all except herself, Tho second woman told me that.'' "She, too, wished to borrow a saui cerlul of " "No, Augustus. She lives in the apartment above, and a handkerchief which was drying In her kitchen blew out of her window and lodged upon cur fire escape. 'When I went for It I could hpt find It; it had blown some where elie, but she said, 'Never mind it, then,', and she stayed an hour, Augustus'.". w.Xft .v.iicJi,I nade my ever fond reply: "My. lovc-TW Augustus! Eo careful to whom you'speak In these apartments!" 'Whereupon' Impressed her for er. llghtenjnejnt, which sho vouchsafed me not. '' "Augustus: "My love?" I "Augustus!- I know what every one has for dinner:" ' Thus said my Josephine to mi?, Bit ting at the dining room tabje on tho evening of the second day. after we bad made our bow to lifo In the heart of a gnat city, pining for the privacy of, an apartment and seeking to live the Hfethat we desired, unseeing and unseen. And answering then the query of my countenance, she 'whis pered: - "First floor frvtt; roast beef, spin ach and. beets; first floor rear, beef steak; onions and potatoes; second floor front, leg of lamb, mint sauce and broccoli; second floor rear " Whereat I stopped her with a ges ture of absolute helplessness, saying: "Tell me " Whereat she stopped me, murmur ing: "Sh!" Leaning then over she whispered: "Every one can hear whut every one say's! The walls are thin. V -' And reverting to tho mystery of every one's dinner, she whispered: "I saw them on the dumbwaiter." And leaning over still further, her trrea inre with tho news she brought, she breathed: "I smelled them cooking, too!" And almost In a pantomime: "The folks above have corned beef and cabbage! And tbey go in strong for cheese! " ' , Thus lived we in the privacy of our apartment, "Augustus! " "My love?" "Augustus! " The janitor and his helper were in our kitchen all day to Jay. A pipe! " Thus said my Josephine In the evening of the third day after our ar rival into the lifo of a great city. "A pipe?" I said. "Leaked!" whispered she, my Jos ephine. "They had to put everything out Into the hail, and even then they didn't finish It. They'll be back again to-morrow." The next day was Saturday, and returning early home I helped to en tertain the janitor and his assistant, holding their tools for them, handing them the oil can and performing other little offices, while on a swinging bridge in front of the house a painter brightened our woodwork, his gaze frankly and reflectively meeting ours whenever we chanced to look at him. Thus flourished we. But it was in the evening that we found our greatest measure of seclu- slon, rest and quiet. Of the distant elevated and the nearer surface cars I speak not, caring not; of the woman In the first floor rear (she who loves her beefsteak and her onions) I speak not, notwithstanding the passionately sad ballnd3 she slng3 with such a quiver of voles that my love bursts into tears: of him on the sixth floor who breath3 tender secrets Into his flute I 6peak not; It is tho conversa tions that rest us the most, intimate conversations, personal and prlvato conversations, floating to us from the windows of the court or permeating through the walls, and hearing which Josephine sometimes looks at nie and smiles, and sometimes looka at ma and laughs, and sometimes looks at me with a new alarm, whispering ini-, plorlngly :,: . , ; . "Augustus! ' To wfctch-I make my fond reply as ever: ''..- .. "My love?" "Augustus! Be careful to wjjom you,speakin these apartments! " And leaving her remark a mystery, sho solved yet others, ' "Augustus!" "My precious one.", . 'Augustus! 'Did you ever heur anything like, tljese sparrows? " ;'' Thus did' she soife' another mys tery, for eVery? morning had my sleeo been broken by n"chattei ing Jjltherfo undetermined. Looking out, I saw a.' flock of sparrows, sv. li lfng around the housa and.ltokiu'E In at the win dows. Hold and braren they were, .as bis as hens almost', with fight jf faces and dor.rin Coring chirps, rJ1 .wjwrjvlleokod tout at them they looked-back impudently, sharpening their . beaks with savage emphasis on the fire escape and daring mc to coma out r.nd be pecked. "At least," I cried unto my love, "at least I shall, bo careful how I cijer.l: unto the sparrows!" Whereat we made merry andwere plad, buried in the privacy of our a;,artment, living the life that we de sired, unseeing and unseen: New York Sun. CAnUS AXD DOMINOES riny the Prir."ipnl Occupation of luihi-li Army Officers. Very seldom if he can help It docs tho Turkish army officer appear on horseback, and when not' on duty he looks upon his horso- merely as a method of locomotion, he has no affection or understanding "for the horse. Tha-superior officers have no horses of their own, and belng.gener-. ally bad riders, and without. military Qualities which would raise them In the estimation of their men, they are i:?Ither loved nor .retpcc'.cd by them. Mairicd.ofTicers keep.entirely to them selves, such thing3. as invitations ,to Cne another's houses being unUnown, a::d tho only ' occasions' 'upon which officers meet twether at a'.l are on the days of assembly when they are called 'together for tho Sultan's birth day or accei sion celebrations. The' pay of the' lower 'i-ank3 is as frartll as that of the superior officers 13. h)gh. The young cavalry officer who makes a good impression on bis entry into the service -soqn talis to pjeces; thrfiugh 'want of occupation either of mind or body.- The greater part of the- morning and evening ha sits over his coffee and cards or dom inoes. There are but few newspapers, and those that do exist are so severely censored by the Government that they contain little but weather statistics, gazettes and announcements' of the bestowal of decorations. : What the Turkish officer realiy thoroughly enjoys is a. gramojihone. instruments playing the waltzes and reproducing the music baTl songs of all the cities of Eurerpa are in the greatest possible- request,' chiefly be cause, .tbey tor.ke -mut-ic. sWthouC ray rjei-conal trouble. Chicago Ncwi: Korea's annual average rice crop is ' placed at 2,060,000,000 pounds. V ' i vfrrvl: --4'-"$ : PNSIES AND SWEET PEAS. Don't forget to go over the pansles and sweet peas every day and remove all withered flowers. Don't let them suffer for want of water at any per iod of their bloom. GRAFTING. "V Two thlng-i must bo rarTully sciiiht after in grafting. One is to tet:ure the growliu of the scions, aud tho other is 10 hits ten the matter of healing of the wounds. If the work is properly dons a tree will rarely break where t'aa union takes placa between the stocc and tho scion. In fact the limb is somewhat stronger at that point aftyr the wound ia properly honied than anywhere else'. You vlil mice that tho limb Is larger at tho pliiC- of union than either above or belcw, due to the fact that the down ward flow of th elaborata tap Is checked at thU placa r.nd sprend out over the wound and thu3 ma'ceii tho limb stronger here than anywhere else. Farmers' Home Journal. MULCH THE YOUNG TREES. The mulching of young trees atd shrubs serves two purposes It pro tects them from sudden changes and from drying out, and also fertilises and makes moist the s-dl about their roots. Forest leaves are a splendid mulch, but leaves in the garden nnd orchard usually bl.jw away before tiie winter is ovor. 'There i.i not enotish brush and ether material to hold them. Where Icavos are available, they may be placed about the shrub bery and covered with brush or ctlnr heavy material to hold them In place. In the ubsenoe of ttiitnblo brush, man ure will serve tho purposa. Coarse n-aimre, consisting largely of straw or corns.talks, or both, makes excel lent material for mulching, and it is I'lit rly always ttvailubla on the gen eral farm at trre bsginning of winter when the mulch should be applied. "r,i sersv Hwuk Journal.- POSSIBILITIES OF THE BEACH . . .... PLUM. - There;. Isva. fruit well known : on L,ong Isjan,d,that is so .attractive to our New. England,.nelghbbrsliat they worl, over.tlpie.rul, devise. ingenious! :, mature seeds even in February or Echejn'cs.ot "riva'ilijs the wpods-n nut- March, before we are likely to think meg to' gather a crop that Lor.:; Isi- j they need attention. The sample and has not only In' aljundanre, but sent, has a few dry, empty seed ves wlth high quality, and "tha: is tha sets on it. Others are yet green and beach plum; It grows with a remark- . able luxuriance Tnv tha sand close to ! the s.alt tVaterton-beth tho north and ' south shores otthe. island, hut where 5 bushes have been carried home at ' souvenirs and playfully planted In j somebody's flower bed or vaepnt place in the front yard, tha beach plum has ; mode a bigger and stronger growth r.cd produced even better fruit tha a in what seems to be Its native habi tat. If soma of the owners of so-called waste land would ipend a few dollars and cover a few acres with beach plums they would soon make them selves richer and the populace happy, j Because while the beach plum Is not , particularly pleasing to the palnte ex cept when dead ripe, it Is easily a ! serve, and fills a long felt want dur. ing ohr trying winter season. II. B. Fullerton, Loag Island Experiment Station. CARING FOR BULBS. When .tulips, hyacinths and other bulbs are through blooming, and the last blossoms have faded, pick off the seed nods and if possible, leave the hulbs.ln the bed's until the tops begin to turn yellow". This gives the bulbs a chance to ripen before digging thero. up. i '. ' ' If It if wished to' plant the bed' with something else the moment 'tha bulb blossoms-fade,- pick' oft the seed pods is beforehand dis- the bulbs up immo(liat(jly,jH6lng a spade, thrusting it deep into' the ground below the bulb, so as.topry.it up. This should be done carefully, because, the sterna of tujips.'especially ara .brittle and break easily just above the bulb. When all the bulbs have been dug, take them to a convenient place In the back yard and 'heel them in, leaving them until the tops are dry. By heel ing In is meant to dig a trench about sli Inches deep and as long as neces sary, lay the bulbs In it, tops up, in a single rowf and cover only the roots and bulbs with moist earth. In about two or three weeks, or when the tops are. dry, d.lg up the bulbs and clean them. Remove all the old roots, tops and bulb scales and place the clean bulbs in shallow boxes, leaving them to dry thoroughly la the sun before storing them away. When dry, -put them away in a'cool, dry place, where they will not be reached by the sun. Althongh thr?30 suggestions apply jvrJnclpaliy t tulips, because t!:ry are tho most widely used of spring bulbs, the wnjotrsnrnont, should be given hyfirhrttl.3.e!rd-.'nrcissl. Where the bulbs are left in the ground perma nently do not pull tha tops until they Iciin to tilrn yelrow. Modern Farm Methods 1 As Applied in the South. Notes of Interest to Planter, Fruit Grower and Stockman - A Worrisome Weed. The common name Is chlckweed. The botanical name Is Alslne media in Brltton, and Brown's Illustrated Flora; but in Gray's Manual it is Stellarla media. It is a pernicious weed, but so often neglected and omitted from lists of troublesome weeds, probably because of its small size and inability to prove very de structive to larger cultivated plants. It is an annual plant, and in theory annual plants can be exterminated in one season by preventing them from producing a crop of seeds by which to perpetuate themselves In the case of this plant, how ever, the theory is not easily ap plied, says Country Gentleman, be cause of the peculiar characters of the pest. It is very hardy, rapid In its development, tenacious of life, persistent, and quite unobtrusive and barmlesr in appearance. Late or Alslne Media- -After Brltton weed. -Chick- autumnal seedlings live through the winter, and la regions of mild, open j winters tbey beglu to flower and unopened. There are also flowers and unopened . buds, so that seed production may yet continue a Ion?; time In plants of the same ago as this sample. Indeed, seed produc tion may continue till' freezing weath er stops it in November or December. If the plants are dug up or plowed , out Bnd left on the ground they are likely to renew their growth unless they, are put in piles and destroyed, or" unless a prolonged period of dry, hot weather should deprive them of life. ' Plowing Infested fields In fall and seeding with rye or winter wheat may help keep It in check, or plowing ear ly in spring and planting with some crop which shall receive frequent and thorough cultivation will not only destroy the young seedlings that may spring up, but will check seed pro duction in the older plants. Spray ing with a solution of sulphate of iron or copperas, one and one-half to two pounds to a gallon of water, has been used with success in subdu ing this weed. It should be applied In dry, plear weather. ' Alfalfa Growing in the South. The following article was written from' Auburn, Ala., July, 1908, by Mr. Joseph Wing: But alfalfa Hhey can grow here, even.on these san'dy red ridges. How? Why., by liming heavily. We used to think: that alfafa in the South re quired a. certain time of sowing, re qulrcfl this, that and the other thing. It is yet true that there Is a right and wrong way to sow. it, but we had not .guessed the one thing that made suc cess certain, and without which all the elaborate ' preparations In the world resulted In failure. We had not learned then that lime Is the key that unlocks the knotty problem. True, we had said timidly "lime," but we had not said "how much, A little lime, we had said. Now we know that alfalfa wants not a little Ume, not even enough lime, but "too much'llme," as one enthusiastic lime advocate expressed it. Just put on "too much lime," and sow alfalfa seed at almost any time of the year, and you will get alfalfa. Of course! if the land Is also made rich you will, get bigger alfalfa. But with "too much lime" you get alfalfa and no grasses, no weeds to trouble, that Is the point Without the lime you get nothing the alfalfa Bacteria starves, .the alfalfa becomes sickly, failure re--Bults. Wcj didthink that fall seeding ,Vas the , essential tb"lng. We stiu ,)alt , AugirstQr-.. Sepreivrtvor Merit rig uwbl iv, uir -duuiu, uui Air. Jones, over on the lime rock, bows in .March. la April, in May, in July or August or September, and gets good stands In any month. So let our Joy at having the prob. lem solved at last swallow up ourchv grin at having guessed wrongly for so long a time. We are glad to hare the thing solved at last, and to know finally the secret of successful alfalfvf culture In the South. It is, first, land not wet; next, land filled with lime;, then manure or fertilizers to make the land rich; then seed, preferably In the fall, in a good seedbed, and the result is certain to be alfalfa. And how much lime? No one knows that definitely as yet. It seems that four tons of fresh burned lima to the acre is rtone too much and eight or ten tons of ground limestone. But land that Is worth now $2 3 per acre may by 'he application of this lime and fertilizer be made to yield sit crops of alfalfa hay a year, worth here to feed to the plantation stock at least $15 per ton. Say four tons to the acre only, yielding $60, and with no need of sowing next year. So, little by little, the problems down here are being solved. Let mo repeat a?aln, to stop the Interminable flow of ques tions: If your field of alfalfa is being devoured by crab grass, it probably needs lime, much lime, and also phos phorus. With enough lime and phos phorus In the soil alfalfa will be free from crab-srass and weeds. I hops to see the day when a million tons of lime will be used in a year in this Southland. Breeders' Cazette. Coarse Vs. Finely Ground Corn and Cob Meal. W. A. C, Golddale, writes: Does it pay to feed corn ground with the cobs when the most of the cob is In pieces nearly as large as grains of corn? I am feeding it to cows and young cattle. How about Red Poll cattle where grass Is scarce for milk and beef? Answer: We are inclined to favor the feeding of corn and cob meal, because In our experiments to date it has seemed to give, us about the, same results as corn meal, and wHcnf corn goes over fifty cents a bushel, It is such an expensive -feed that It must be used with the greatest econ omy. Possibly you can so adjust your mill as to grind your corn finer. We cither wish It ground down very fine, a result that can be brought about by running It through the mill a second time, or else broken and left very coarse. .We are feeding split corn to our beef cattle and they eat a largo per cent, of .tho cobs without any apparent injury, but when the cobs tjj-e only partially ground down and left sharp and angular, they will. Irritate the digestive tract to some extent. Red Poll cattle make a very good dual purpose breed. They are not especially noted for their rustling qualities, but will likely give you as good satisfaction as "any of the so called dual purpose breeds. Cattle to be successful must be well fed and cared for, and while you may not have a large amount of native pas tures, you can use soiling crops and the silo to supplement your natural grass to good advantage. Knoxvllla Tribune. " pjg pen. "'. . I Intend building a substantial pit pen, containing about ten pens (8x1 feet). Shall I use plank or concrete floor? (l) Shall I use concrete for the outside run? ' (2) Shall I use' boards, Iron or wiro to enclose and divide the outside run? 13) Ho, would you bulldapen? (4). F. A. L. Answer 1. A. concrete floor well drained is the only proper floor for a pig ren, but It should be so mada as to receive a plank' lining for the sleeping quarters. In croBs section the outline of the -floor would rtt something like this: 2. Preferably not: thonth it may be necessary if the soil is'soft or mucky or clayey and cannot be well drained. A well drained, gravelly soil Is ideal for a location. 3. The outside runs nuouiu oe divided by a low concreio wall eighteen inches to three feet high; in this posts should be im bedded, to which the fence may ba attached, and this may be of wood or wire, as taste dictates, t. W should also strongly recommend a similar' concrete wall for the building up to the bottom of the windows. Coun try Gentleman. Follow Tubllc Taste. Breed the kind of animals that are the most in demand not the kind 5'ou like most If you are breeding them for profit. You will grow poor' trying to educate' the public to like what you like, if the publlo has de elded it wants somtthtug different. v