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Studying the Ducks With Camera,
Gun and Notebook. :-: :-: x
I was much amused ono day while
examining the ducks that hung !n
front ot tlio stalls of Fulton Market,
Now York.
"What are the redheads worth a
pair?" I asked the clerk.
"Klve dollars," he calmly an
swered. "And those?" I continued, point
ing to a pair of fish-eating suwbllls.
"Oh, those are river redheads; only
a dollar a pair, air."
I think that same clerk nniRt be In
Toronto, for as I walk oar principal
streets I see numerous pairs of these
same "river redheads." It Is worse
than cruelty to animals to offer these
evil-tasting mergansers to the public;
They only resemble the redheads in
a crown that is somewhat of that
color, but of a hairy rather than a
feathery texture. Now, Innoer nt
housekeepers, avoid any duck that
has a pronounced Fnwbill, a serrated
bill, even If you have to pass the
hooded merganser, u Rood eat ins
We were studying the redhead with
camera and .nun. notebook and sharp
appetite. Tin re Is n fearful contest
in these nature-study trips ol ours.
There is the strong merciful dcir to
let all the f-athep d game- pa.-s with
out giving toll to the hunter. Hut,
then, one cannot, with ,'iny relish or
benefit live on the beautiful pictures,
we obtain of the wob-fcot, so a few
find their way to the catnp table.
Sine" we lost sight of the northern
migration early in May we had not
seen a redhead. They had none far
north, by the rr.nrrhy shores and on
the tufted prairies that, edge the
Great Hear and Great Slave I.nkes,
by the lonely Providence and Wnlius
ley Lakes, where only thu semi-annual
passages of the Hudson's Hay
men or the rude canoe of the Indian
trappers disturb the scene. Most of
the birds were mated ere they left
these southern lakes. They had lin
gered on the migration, held by the
Immense submarine beds of wild cel
ery that carpet man yof our frontier
To them the springtime in Canada
must be a season or beauty. All the
old familiar lakes and rivers, ponds
and bays, untenanted by that fearful
Rnlmal that each fall breathes forth
fire nn I smoke nnd stinpln:,' wounds
and broken limbs from every clump
of flims. marshy point, and thick rice
beds. I wonder what these birds
must think of man. I have seen
them feeding ?almly on the lakp
when the deer came In to drink. I
have watched them edge slowly away
when cattle suddenly emerged from
the cover, but let a man step Into the
scene nnd the silky gray wings soon
bear the bright red heads nnd snowy
canvasliacks of the birds far off into
Hawk, the Mlsslssau.san guide, al
ways confused this breed with the
real canvaslmck. I had to point out
to him one day the different forma
tion of the head. The latter bird's
has a lung, sharp curve from head
crest, to point of bill, whereas the
redhead has what you might call a
high forehead.
It was late In September before the
first of th 's" lordly birds arrived on
our southern tier of lakes. Our camp
had already pictured and shot the
early blue-bills, and my cameras were
set and tny canoe couci; tiled awaiting
their return. High overhead I heard
a mighty rushing, tearing sound, as
it a great flame were surging above
me, then the noise took on a rum
bling, rntlllng note that made me
think of distant trains or farmers'
wagons passing over rough roads.
Again It rushed and whistled, surged
and fell. Finally I located them with
the telescope a flock of about two
hundred redheads falling down to the
lake from tho height of their migra
tory flight. It is almoKt Inconceiv
able the wondrous sound this cUrllng,
pitching flock made. -A spiral of a
hundred yards on stiffly set wings
gave out a wild, siren note as clear as
a bell and as loud as a locomotive
whistle. There were eight great
curves yet to do, and 'I'watched the
white silk of the wings and glorious
mahogany of the long necks' and
beads kaleidoscope in the big glass.
They fell past the lens a shower of
resplendent game, full as though
poured from some beneficent goddess
horn of plenty, fell after tbelr thou
sand mile spin within a gunshot of
where your humble servant was en
deavoring to keep his eyes from un
timely popping out.
I forgot to mention that the incu
bus of the trio, Fritz, was asleep in
the bow, Tho day had been very hot
and the overfed lad wilted end dozed
beneath the direct rays of the Sep
tember sun. We lay as quiet as mice
1 had poured a trickle of water from
u pnddle onto his upturned face to
moisten Fritz's snore, and the Inun
dation bad worked like a charm
The birds sat on the calm lake mo
tionless as the languid water Itself.
Occasionally one of them threw Its
bill up full of water and quenched Us
thirst. Within ten minuter the en
tire flock was asleep save the sen
tries. About six ducHcs In all this
brilliantly tinted mass kept their long
necks straight up and watched with
their bright eyes for an enemy. An
hour rested them and nearly broiled
us. Then they began to dive for wild
celery, and many of them eyed the
tempting w ild rice teds, but the thick
yellow cover might conceal an enemy, j
so they were duly cautious. Finally,
a few of them, swam Into the rice.
One big. glorious drake came right
alongside the "hide" that held the
enno'. Then he passed out to where
a few lily pads floated on the surface
and Just as he was rolling his body
over to scratch his head with his
webbed foot a very common habit
I pressed the bull), and the migrant
was ours, photographically.
T.rtst spring while the migration
was going north, I found a spot, a
aiidy be acli In a little bay, where the
bis, handsome birds came to gravel,
1 was there first the next morning,
in fact, I beat the sun a couple of
hours, but I had to build a sort of
fort on that low-lying shore to hide
me, and to erect a place of conceal
ment for the cameras, All was done
ere the light was cleur enough to see
the margin of the lake. I could
hear the birds arriving and settling
far out. I knew their habits. They
Intended to swim slowly in. Then
when they were certain that no ene
my lingered near they would bask In
happy content on that sun-parched
and strip.
The mass of birds did not like my
brush heap. They all swam slowly
past me and tipped up aud dived for
the tiny particles of sand they use for
aid to digestion. The whole bunch
either squatted on the shore or slept
on the calm water within a hundred
yards of me. Patience always brings
Its own reward. One great drake,
with bis red head fairly aflame, under
the brilliant rays of the April sun,
his canvas back glittering like a snow
patch, his eyes shining like yellow
points of Jewels, took a modest po
sition almost out of focus; once when
he raised his hend in alarm I shot the
machine. His haste to leave that
sunny shore was neither graceful nor
Once the seemingly insatiable maw
of the camera Is satisfied the guns
and our Interior departments call
loudly for wild ducks, and there Is no
family among the twenty-four that
visit this province that offers better
sport han the big redheads. At the
first of the season they are unuBually
foolish, decoying to anything. I have
seen them curve down to several
black pieces of wood that were current-swept
from the river bog, but as
the shooting days shorten there is no
bird more wary. That rich call of
theirs, "Ki-yak, kl-yak," the low pur
ring notes they use when In close
comradeship, tho wonderful diving
power they possess this is uncannily
strengthened when the bird Is
It is Now Recognized
op Advanced Life.
Many skeptical and "practical" per- e
sons are prone to scoff at the alleged
irogivss in medical science. They
admit that the average span of life
has been lengthened, and that the
fearful Infant mortality of the last
and previous centuries bas been ma
terially reduced; but this, they Bay, Is
the result of the Improvement In hy-
lene effected as .'much by sanitary
engineers and sociologists as by med
ical Investigators.
They cast up against medicine the
fact, admitted by all, that cancer Is
on the increase, forgetting that this
may be due In part to the saving of
life In the early year's, the result of
which Is that more live to reach the
cancer age.
Cancer Is a' disease of middle or
advanced life; and If more people
live to the time when they ape liable
to suffer from cancer, it Is 'evident
that more will suffer from the dis
ease.. Medical science has discovered tho
cause of the mode of propagation of
malaria and yellow fever, and has
freed, or made-It possible to free, the
tropical .regions of tho world from'
these terrible scourges. It has dis
covered a remedy which bas robbed
diphtheria of most of Its terrors, and
another which has red need the mor
tality of cerebrospinal-' melngltis
from eighty to twenty-five per cent.,
aud promises to reduce it even fur
ther, and to do away with the terrible
sequels of the disease which formerly
made recovery almost worse than
death. It has not yet conquered tu
berculosis, but It Is In a fair way to
do so, and, what Is more, It Is teach
ing the public how to avoid the dis
ease. .
It has not yet solved the problem
of cancer. That it will do sc. how
wounded. Of all the water Bnakes to
chase, a wounded redhead bears the
palm. The legend of them clinging
to the weeds below and drowning
themselves Is all rot. When the
wounded bird, In its Intense desire to
escape Its pursuers, dives beneath
the surface. It opens Its wings, and,
aided by these, used almost as in
flight, swims rapidly along. The
hooking of the wings In this subma
rine work offers a fine place for weeds
to lodge on. The passing bird drags
these from their moist rootage if she
can. If not, she endeavors to shake
them off. If the poor bird is unable
to do this, Bhe drowns there weed
entangled. Frits brought In a very choice bag,
nine redheads, a big enough day s
work for anv man but fHncy that
the natural height of the lake was
raised by tho outjourlng of Bhot, as
I would hardly dare to tell you how
many shells the fat boy took to kill
ese nine. Five shells to a bird Is a
hunter's rule. Tho noise from his
"hide" reminded me of a steady bat
tle, lie admits he used eighty shells;
In fact, the word Bhell has a rankling
effect on Mb happy nature. Once, In
days gone by, when he was greener
than he Is now, I had secured a lucky
point, and had some very fair Bhoot
ing, but as I was just about out of
ammunition, I signalled for Fritz,
lie came with nil the caution of tho
amateur hunter, making u noise like
a devastating wind In the brush.
Then 1 called for a couple of hand
fuls of shells nnd waved him back
Into cover, as 1 saw the next flock ap
proaching. Fifteen minutes later,
Just as I had rammed the list two
shells Into my gun, I heard his fat
voice gasping, "Here they are, sir!"
I put my hand back out of the "rough
house," anj as I am a living human
being I reeclved a handful of wet,
sandy clam shells! Bonnycastls
Dale, In Toronto Globe.
South U Ilufld Roads.
Eight hundred miles of Improved
roads are to be undertaken by the
Southern Appalachian Good Roads
Association. Of these 300 miles are
to be In North Carolina. Poor roads
are Bald to cost that State $10,000,
000 a year.
An enormous number of tourists
go to the Southern Appalachian re
gion, but because ot the poorness of
tho highways In general they see but
a small portion of It. The great sys
tem of roadways now proposed Is
planned to make that wonderful re
gion one of the most attractive in all
the world. Manufacturers' Record.
Hell Ringer For Seventy Years."
Sir. John Skinner, aged eighty-six,
assisted In the ringing of two peals
on Broadtiyst bells last week In cele
bration of his birthday. He has rung
at all the principal event of the pe
riod at Exeter Cathedral for upward
of seventy years. Including Queen
Victoria's coronation In 1838, her
wedding In 1839, both her Jubilees
and King Edward's birth and coro
nation. He is believed to be the old
est ringer la the country. London
Barometers were
Torrlcelll In 1643.
first made by
as a Disease of Middle
ever. Is not doubted by those in
formed of the strenuous efforts being
made In every country by earnest and
trained Investigators. All over tho
world Institutions have been estab
lished for cancer search. One of
this sort has existed in Buffalo, New
York, for over ten years; the disease
is being studied by a commission In
Massachusetts, by another In Eng
land; there are also institutes for
the study of cancer in Berlin, Frank
fort and Heidelberg In Germany, and
an International society has" been es
tablished and meets regularly for the
comparing of results.
The results thus far, from the'polnt
of view of the layman, have not been
found, a great deal has been learned
about the nature of ' cancer. The
cause of It has not yet been definitely
established. But the study has been
systematically ' prosecuted --for .only, a
decade, and despite the paucity of re
sults, the outlook is promising. ' '
Twenty years ago a man who pro
phesied the freeing of Havana from
yellow fever would have been laughed,
at. , Ten years from now, we may
hope and 'believe, the problem of can
cer will also have been solved.
Youth's Companion. '
Undeserved Boost.
Butcher (subscribing to local char
ity) "Well, put me and the missis
down for a guinea."
Tout "I see a Joint gift."
Butcher "Joint gift! What d'yer
mean? We're going to give money,
not meat." London Opinion.
Venezuela has a large English tele
phone company, .but that company
does not hold any time concessions or
monopoly from the Government. Tn
field is opn to tempetifcan. .
aBi 'THElORT;' "M)
A lovely evening dress Is muda In
shimmering moonlight bluo tones,
suggestive of a moonlight night off
the Southern coast.
It is built ot shot satin arranged
with soft, clinging draperleB, over
which Is worn a long tunic of silk net,
bordered with embroidery of green
and silver threads and cabochons
which Is artistically swathed and
crossed at the back, terminating In
motifs of lingerie. The corsage Is
fashioned of satin and pale green
chiffon and silver lace, while the
tlght-flttlng tucked sleeves are en
With this dress is affected a large
blark hat decorated with shaded
feathers and an evening mantle of
bronze-green velours sou pie with a
collar and capuchon of satin In the
same shade bordered round the hem
with a flounce-of richly-embroidered
satin. Philadelphia Record.
Mrs. Balrd, who has been called
"the queen of chess," has published
1200 chess problems nnd no woman
has eclipsed Die position which she
holds in the chess world. She pos
sesses about fifty prizes secured in
open competition, and of them she
has said: "These are tho product
of a combination of labor and recrea
tion. I say labor, because I am not
such a chebs enthusiast as to believe
that problems to stand the public
test can be produced without per
sistent application, partaking of the
nature of work, and recreation, be
cause the work has been a pleasure
how great a pleasure only a problem
composer can fully realize." Mrs.
Ealrd's father, mother and two broth
ers share her enthusiasm for chess.
She has other recreations, including
archery, tennis and cycling; while she
has always been very fond of design
ing illuminations. London Tit-Bits.
"Every dream, like every laugh or
tear, bas Its cause," said the psychol
ogist. "Every well known type of
dream has a cause equally well
"You dream, for Instance, that yon
are In church, or at the theatre, or
on the street, with hardly any clothes
on you, and you nearly die of shame
The bed coverings falling off U the
cause of the dream,
"You dream that a dog has bitten
you or an enemy hus given you a stab
with a knife. Some slight pain a
cramp, a touch of rheumatism is be
hind all such dreams.
"Innumerable persons dream of
flying. Time and again they dream
this dream. It Is because the respira
tion of sleep, the great, deep, billowy
breaths, rising aud falling rhythmic
ally, are so akin to flying that they
bring visions of It to the sleeper's
"Au uncomfortable position In the
bed causes dreams of painful effort,
of unendurably hard work, like moun-
tain climbing or the lifting of heavy
"1 say nothing of the mental causes
of dreams, slnco we all know well
enough that the things we talk or
think about awake aro apt to be
talked and thought about that night
in sleep." Iew York Press.
Undoubtedly there are dollies fully
consecrated to the Important business
of naming girls, "bo happily Is that
task accomplished'. Gladys Is a child
of the spirit of mischief. Josephine
wears a sweet gravity, and Mary, too,
discourses of serious matters. Nora
In some incarnation, has seen fairies
scampering over moor and hall, and
the remembrance o'f them teases her
memory. KatherUie Is not so faith
less as her ways'fnlght lead' you' to
.Detieve. Laura wttnout ' datk eyes
would be Impossible, and her pre
destined Petrarch would never deliver
his soanets. Helen may be seen only
a'gatnst.a background of Trojan wall.
Gertrude must be- tall and fair, ,and
ready with ballads(-ia the winter twi
light. Julia's reserve and discretion
cumnisnu ner co you; DUt Bno has a
heart of laughter. Anne is to be
found In the rose- gardpn with clip
ping shears and. a basket. Hilda is
a capable person; there is no ignor
ing her militant character; the battles
of Saxon kings are tlll In her blood.
Marjorle has scribbled verses In se
cret, and Celia is the-quietest auditor
at the symphony. And you may have
observed that there is no button on
Elizabeth's foil; you do well not to
clash wits with her. ' Do ou say thnt
these ascriptions are no square with
your experience? Then verily there
must htj,ve been a snd mixture of in
fant candidates for the font In your
parish. Shirley in such case will
mean nothing to you. It Is a wasbf of
Um to tell you that' the nam;
may become audlblo without being
uttered; you cannot be made to un
derstand that the r and 1 Blip Into
each other as ripples glide over peb
bles In a brook. Aud from the name
to the girl may you be forever de
nied a glimpse of Shirley Claiborne's
pretty head, her brown hair, and
dream haunted eyes, if you do not
first murmur the name with honest
liking. The Reader.
The "Aeronette" or aeroplane dance
Is the up-to-date dance this season.
It originated lu France, and some of
the American dancing masters are
teaching it to their pupils.
Here Is the correct method oi danc
ing the aeronette, as described by the
1. The aeroplane goes quickly over
the ground while gaining speed for
tho ascent.
The dancers, with arms out
stretched, bend slightly forward and
gallop six times.
2. The aeroplane pauses lightly
and goes off into the air.
The dancers raise the arms first
on one side, then on the other, while
raising and bending the knees and
taking two steps; this Is the balance
of the plants; now make six turns
("Bostonstep") , then balance for two
steps and tako six turns of the "Bos
ton" again. Repeat this six times.
The movements should be very
smooth, suggesting the skimming
through the air, and balanco of body,
arms and feet In perfect unison. A
single Jerk will spoil tho whole Il
lusion. 3. Descent of the aeroplane.
The last movement of the dance is
a slow gliding forward, the bodies
bent forward, the hands unclasped
pointing toward the ground In front
and raised at the back. Six steps
are taken in this position and the
dance Is over, It Is the second move
ment which, like the flight of the
aeroplane, can bo continued as long
as desired. New York Journal.
Many double veils of contrasting
colors aro offered.
Some of the new veils sent over
from Paris have very large dots.
Puffs are still worm, but are small
and soft and Irregular in shape.
Velvet and satin are the materials
most used in the new millinery.
Red Is a brilliant exception to the
rule that makes for dull-hued colors.
The scarab Is a leader among dec
orations for pins nnd dainty buckles.
For children's ha.ts nothing Is more)
lovely tbaa tho popular panne rib
bons. Browns, in the khaki and leather
order, are promised for out-of-door
Lynx, black fox and pointed fox
are best In small furs for general
Velvet is again In flourishing Btyle,
both in millinery and in coats and
A newcomer among hatpins has A
big hend ot wood carved in bird or
insect shape.
The military coat, simply bloused
and belted, will ' be prominent In
tailored suitings.
Gold bands' are now much more
fashionable for the hair ' than the
erstwhile ribbon ones.
With the return of the long waist
lines, short-walsted frocks and gowns
are being lengthened by deep belts of
peasant: bodice fashion, from which
there usually drop sash ends. '
Some of the smartest of linen coats
are sleeveless, and are made up. In
short and long panels, the short ones
edged with deep fringe. Such coats
are almost' always elaborately em
broidered or braided".
Shawl-like draped capes or cloaks
have been turned out by soma of the
best Parisian designers, and some of
the smartest of them are constructed
of exquisitely embroidered , Canton
crepe with fringe for trimming.
Delicate hues with metallic' notes In
the neck flulsti are dainty and at
tractive over summer frocks, and
are usually chosen by youthful Wear
ers, but some of the smartest capes
seen have been in neutral and deep
The Clean-Up.
"That fellow has Just cleaned up
a million bones.", ,
"A newly rich, eh?" '
"No; he prepares the skeletons of
the RonSeVAlt anma trr nnnelnn In
I tbe museum." Kansas City Times.

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