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VLTELX+ Mike, we will have to o>
fY vide the gang for ewhUe thii
morning, because there la two jobe
that have to be done right away. They
broke the frog at the north switch last
night, and we will have to put tn a nev^,
one; and then there la a bad rail re?
ported just at the end of the trestle,
down in the hollow. We will load up
while we are all here together, and I
will take two of the men to put in the
?frog, and that leaves three for you. X
guess I'll send Teddy along with you,
too. He can't do very much when it
comes to a lift, but you can put him
on the ratchet, drilling the holes, or
something. You'll need all the help
that you can get, for that's a job that
must be done in a hurry."
J The speaker was William Hogan, fa?
inillarly known as "Old BilL" foreman
of the section gang that kept in repair
five miles of the track of the Burling'
ton on each side of Rock Bridge, HI
and he was giving his orders for the
day's work.
The Mike spoken to was Mike Lynch,
the workman who had been longest in
the employ of the company, as a mem*
ber of the gang, and whose right it waa
to take charge of the second division
whenever the work was such that the
gang had to be divided.
They were standing with the rest of
the gang in front of the little red shanty
or section house in which were kept
their hand car, "dumpies," roils, splices,
fpikes, and, in fact, everything that
goes together to make up a section
?aug outfit.
But we must not forget Teddy, with
whom our story has the most to do. He
?\vns the son of Hogan, the foreman, a
well-built, active, freckle-faced lad,
about 15 years of age, and he was cm
ployed in the capacity of a water boy
during the summer months when he
did not have to go to school.
He had'to carry water for the men to
drink from the neighboring farm
houses when they were working along
the track in the country; and, when not
cither going or coming with a bucket,
he was kept busy carrying tools from
oue to the other, running after spikes
and doing a countless number of little
Hongs that were constantly turning up
.and were always left for "the kid" to
look after.
Besides all this his keen ear was al?
ways the first to detect the rumble of
an approaching train, until the men
had come to depend upon him to give
?hein warning when they were out be?
tween stations on their hand car.
He was a general favorite, too, with
them all, because he was always good
natured und willing to work, and on
this particular morning after his fa?
ther had finished giving his orders
Mike turned to him with the remark:
"All right, Teddy; you come along
with us. You see, your father knows
how to pick good company for you.
We'll make a roadmaster out of you yet,
if you just stay with us, and then we'll
all expect a job as boss some place."
"You can take the hand ear, Mike,
and we'll take the 'dumpy,'" said Ho?
gan, when they had gathered together
all the things needed and were about
ready to start. "And if we get done
first we'll come down and help you
finish up. If we don't, you can come up
to where we are."
And with this the two parties sep?
arated, Hogan and his men starting in
one direction with the "dumpy," while
Mike and the balance clambered up on
to the hand ear and began "pumping"
and were soon moving In the opposite
direction. v
The trestle spoken of, which was
really an uncovered bridge, spanned a
gully known as "McCoupm Hollow."
It takes its name from the creek that
flows through it, and with possibly one
or two exceptions Is the highest rail?
road trestle in the state of Illinois, it
being fully 90 feet from the roils to low
water mark.
It is 450 feet long, and the lay of the
land is such that the track is compelled
to curve so at each end that it is al?
most impossible to see the trestle until
you are almoBt upon it.
Lying, as It does, between two steep
bills, it is a hard pull both ways for
heavy trains, and in order to get out
of the gully without stalling and hav?
ing to double the engineers generally
"let 'em roll" down into the hollow,
some of the more reckless ones often
rushing across the trestle at the rate of
60 or GO miles an hour. It can then
readily be seen that a bad rail at the!
end of the trestle*might mean a very
serious mishap.
It was only about a mile and a half
from the town, sodt was not long until
Mike and his men reached the place, j
and after throwing off th? new rail
they had brougbt, unloading; their tools
and lifting the. hand car tofone sldo of
the track, they proceededtto examine
the rail.
One glance1 at it showed/that ? was in
imminent danger of breaking every
time a train ran over it, one spot in
particular being worn almost in two,
lo they immediately began to-fit the
new one to take its place.
Had it been a straight piece'of ?track
this would hove been a very easy mat?
ter, because all rails are made a stand?
ard length, and they would simply have
to take out the bolts at the end, a?ull out:
the spikes from the ties, thjowHhe old
rail out, slip in the.new on* and finish
the job by driving-tin new spikies and
pulling up the bolts)in the ends.
But it was on a,/ curve, and th\? rail
had to be bent fo fit the circle; ao^pfter
placing the new rail alongside thye old
one and measuring to find afut^how^
much ot a curve they would hare\to
give It, they proceeded" to bend^rt^to'
the desired radius. ' ' \
: JThja ja done with a, bending ma*
chine, as it is called, which consists of
an iron frame that looks something like
an immense jaw, In which the rail la
placed and held securely, and then by,
menns of a lever a large screw ia forced
against the rail until it i?)bsought to
the required shape.
After much tugging, puDing and
twisting, all hands working until ths
perspiration was running freely from
their faces, they succeeded in getting1
it bent, and in a few moments they
were ready to take up the old rail. .
Before starting, howeven^Mike pulled
is the most common form of Dyspepsia.
Dr. Deane's Dyspepsia KHs (white
?~<*^ wrapper), one after
Dr. each meal, cure the
/ IVa * t most obstinate
/ ijeane s \ cases> They con.
\ Dyspepsia j ^n no mercury, do
\ tMII J notPurSenorSriP?.
\k PlllS. J and impart a nat
i ural healthful tone
to the stomach and bowels.
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1 DR. J. A. PEAN5 COv KHjptoa, N. Y.
out ms waten ana a' copy ox tee momn
ly time card, which is a necessary part
of every section foreman's outfit, and
after looking it over carefully and then
comparing it with his watch he turned
to one of the men, remarking as he
did so:
"Well, Jim, I guess you can go back
and do the flagging. Forty-nine is the
first train due, and she won't be along
for an hour. We will be all done before
then, but you know the rules. When
she does come along you can stop her
and get on, and have them run down
through here on the lookout for us, and
theu come on into town, for you know
the boss said when we were through
here we should come up to help him
The "Jim" spoken to was a rather
sleepy-looking sort of a fellow?a good
enough worker if he had some one
along with him all the time to tell him
just what to do, but who, as events soon
proved, lacked the first requisite of a
good railroader?quick judgment.
He was not naturally careless, nor
was he lazy; he simply always did the
Tery best he knew how, and as he had
worked in the gang for a number of
years and had "flagged" before Mike
thought he was the best man present
for the work.
As Mike finished speaking Jim mere?
ly said "All right," and. picking up a
red and green flag and a handful of
torpedoes from the hand car, he started
across the trestle and was soon lost to
view around the curve.
Before he had disappeared Mike and
the other two men began to remove the
old rail, while Teddy proceeded to gath?
er together the necessary bars, chisels
and spikes that he knew would be
needed before they finished the job.
When the men had succeeded in re?
moving the bolts from the ends of the
rail, they began to pull the spikes from
the ties, being governed as they did so
by a rule which section men every?
where must observe at all times?I. e.,
when removing a rail from the main
track, to be replaced immediately, the
outside spikes must be left in the ties.
They soon had all the inside spikes
removed, and, after working the rail
loose from the outside ones with pinch
bars, they rolled it over* and dumped
it off at one side of the track, and
turned to pick up the new one to place
it in position.
Just at this moment Teddy, who had
not been doing much for the past few
minutes, except looking on, Imag?
ined he heard a familiar far-off noise
that sounded like the whistle of an en?
gine, but as none of the men noticed
anything, and he did not hear it again,
he concluded he had been mistaken,
and thought no more about it.
When they tried the new rail in posi?
tion, they found that a large "bur," as
it is called, which is really a ragged end
on the rail, would have to be cut off be?
fore it would fit properly. t\ few blows
with a sledge-hammer by one of the
men on a chisel held by another soon
removed the difficulty, and they pro?
ceeded to try it again.
Just as they picked It up, and began
to move with that slow, careful step
that section men invariably use when
carrying a heavy rail, a sound suddenly
burst upon their ears that first startled
and surprised, then frightened and al?
most paralyzed them.
It was unmistakably the rumble of
an approaching train, and their well
trained ears, so long accustomed to the
sound, told them all too plainly that it
was very near, and that It was running
at a high rate of speed.
But before they had time to even
pass an opinion or express any doubt,
they heard it whistle for the trestle,
and In another instant it appeared in
sight, coming around the curve on the
other side of the gully.
As was afterward brought out at the
investigation, it was an extra freight
or ?**turn around," as they are often
called, that runs only on orders from
the dispatchers at headquarters, and
pays no attention to the regular time
card, except for the meeting-points
with regular trains.
Jim had not flagged it, because, as
he reasoned out by some method known
only to himself, it was not 40?
which was the regular daily passenger
?and as there was still half an hour be?
fore it was due, it was not yet time to do
any flagging; so he let it go by, the fire?
man afterward telling how he saw him
standing there by the side of the track,
with his flags rolled up under his arm.
As they were only a few minutes
ahead of their limit?for every freight
train must keep ten minutes ahead of a
passenger train following it?the en?
gineer wanted to keep ahead as far as
possible, and thus finish his run with?
out having to pull in on a side track, and
tet 40 go by him, and he was coming
down the hill at least 50 miles an hour.
Imagine then, if you can fully, the
seriousness of the situation.
Here was a very heavy freight train 1
running with the speed of the wind, all
unconscious of the fact' that there was
a SO-foot rail out on the outside of a
curve net half a mile distant, and which
they would reach In a few seconds at
the farthest.
To stop was impossible, for the most
powerful air brake ever constructed
could not have brought them to a stand
still in time to save them; and without
warning, engine, cars, men and all
would go plunging to the bottom, a
crushed, unrecognizable maBB, from
which, if it did not take Are and burn
up. would be token the mangled bodies
of the trainmen.
As these thoughts rushed with light?
ning-like rapidity through the section
men's minds, and they realized that if
they remained where they were, they,
too, would be crushed beneath the mass,
it is little wonder that Mike shouted:
"Drop it, boys, and run for your
But not so with Teddy; for, swift as
the train was coming, his mind was
Swifter, and when be saw the men were
going to drop the rail, he cried out, in
as firm a tone as he could command:
"Throw it on the ties, men?throw it
on the ties I"
1 And almost unconsciously they
obeyed him, dropping the rail within
a few inches of where it belonged when
fin position.
The construction of a rail is such that
?t is heaviest on the bottom; and as It
flell right side up, it did not turn over,
but lay there ready to be placed in
As the men ran down the embank?
ment, on the inside of the curve. Teddy
picked up a pinch bar and pried one
end of the rail into place, then ran
quickly to the other end and pried it
over. Running now to the middle of
the rail, he drove one end of the bar
down in between the ties, and then,
grasping the other end in both hands,
he threw all his weight against the rail,
thus holding it in position.
And now his object was made clear.
He was taking the one chance in s
thousand?the only one that could be
taken, in fact, and he was risking his
life to do it.
As was noticed when the men took
up the old rail, they did not pull the out?
side spikes, and as a train always
crowds over against the outside rail
on a curve, he figured that if he could
only hold the rail in place until the
iweiirht of the train, was unoa it. the in
Bide flange on the wheels would then
keep the rail in position until the train
passed over it. The rail was 30 feet long,
and he knew that if the train once got
on it there would be little possibility
of it slipping, because it is only about
14 feet between the trucks on a car.
and before one truck would be off at
one end, another would be on at the
other, thus keeping a continuous pres?
sure on the rail until the train passed
over it.
As he stood there holding the bar,
j with the train thundering along with?
in a few feet of him, a thousand differ?
ent thoughts seemed to pass, through
his mind, but never once did he seem
to think of the danger he was in.
He thought of the consequences of a
wreck, of Jim, who had gone back to
flag; but chief among his thoughts was
the one that his father was responsible
for this piece of track, and he would
be held to account for anything that
occurred. He must do as he knew his
father would have done had he been in
his place.
The train by this time had almost
reached him. He could see the look of
terror on the face of the engineer as he
leaned from the cab; for he, too, had
seen and realized what was about to
happen, and was taking the only chance
open to him.
Instead of attemtping to stop or to
slow down at all, he had simply "booked
her up" a notch and pulled the throttle
open to its farthest limit, and was in?
creasing his speed at every revolution of
the wheels.
In another instant they were upon
him. A rush, a roar, a mighty hissing
of escaping steam. He felt the ground
rock and tremble beneath his feet, a
sudden shock as the bar was torn vio?
lently from his grasp and he was hurled
with terrific force to the ground.
When he regained consciousness, he
was lying on the grass, pillowed by the
coats of the men he had last seen run?
ning away from him, with Mike bend?
ing over him, bathing his face with
water from the pail, and there was a
faint suspicion of a sob in his voice aa
he exclaimed, fervently;
"Thank God, my lad, you are not
But Teddy was far from being dead,
and, although bruised and scratched
up to quite an extent, ha was soon able
to sit up and watch the men, as they
finished spiking down the rail that had
been the cause of cM the trouble, and
by the time they were through he was
on his feet, insisting that he be al?
lowed to help load the tools on the
hand car.
But he was not permitted to do any?
thing of the kind, and, after the men
had hurriedly loaded the hand car (for
40 was almost due and they wanted
to get to town ahead of It), they com?
pelled him to take a seat, not allowing
him even to stand and hold on to the
?When they were about half-way to
town, they met Hogan coming down
the track on the run, for the crew on the
freight had reported the incident the
moment they reached town, and he was
anxious to find out what had really
The expression on his face when he
snw his son safe and sound can be bet?
ter imagined than described, and his
j words of thankfulness as he clasped
him in his arms we will leave unsaid.
The occurrence was reported official?
ly to the road master and superintend?
ent of the division, and the result was
that Jim was immediately discharged,
and special rules and notices were sent
to every section foreman on the division
to pay more attention in the future to
what kind of men they employed, es?
pecially when they sent them out to do
any flagging.
After a long consultation between
Hogan, the road master and the super?
intendent, it was decided to send Ted?
dy to school at the company's expense,
and there is where he is to-day, fitting
himself to be a civil engineer.
If he continues the same energetic,
faithful boy, and there is not the least
doubt that he will, hia skill as a sur?
veyor and civil engineer, and bis prac?
tical knowledge of track work, wHl
form e combination some day that, per?
haps to use the words of old Mike, "will
make him a noad master yet."?Golden
How to Properly Court th? Isdal
gence of Notare'? Sweet Restorer.
A light supper just before retiring is
usually of advantage. Babies and brute
animals are usually somnolent when
their stomachs arc well supplied with
food, the activity of the stomach with?
drawing the excess of blood from the
brain, where it is not needed during
sleep. On the other hand, people who
are very hungry usually find it diffi?
cult to sleep. And, then, a habtt of
sleep at a regular time end during prop?
er hours should be cultivated in case
this habit has been lost In accomplish?
ing this the attainment of a favorable
state of mind is of great importance.
Sleep cannot be enforced by a direct ex?
ercise of the will.
The very effort of the will to con>
mand sleep is enough to render its at?
tainment nugatory. The mental state
to be encouraged is one of quiescence,
one of indifference, a feeling that the
recumbent posture is a proper one for
rest, and that If the thoughts are dis?
posed to continue active they may be
safely allowed to take their course
without any effort toward control. This
state of mind and thought is next akin
to dreams, and dreaming is next akin
to sound sleep
Many mental methods have been ad?
vised and put In practice for the pur?
pose of securing sleep, the design being
to turn the thoughts from objects of
Interest to a condition of monotony, as
by mentally repeating well-remem?
bered phrases or sentences or by count?
ing. But the ?tate of indifference, if
this can be obtained, is likely to be the
most efficient, as being the least ac?
tive. The mere mention of these simple
methods will be sufficient to suggest
others equally effective.?Medical Rec?
ord. ...... . i
Cocoannt lee.
Put one pound of the best loaf sugar,
broken into lumps, into a saucepan
and pour over it one-half pint of water;
let this stand for half an hour, and
then place it on the fire and allow it'
to cool for five or six minutes; remove
the scum and boll the sugar until it.
I? thick and white, then stir into It
one-quarter of a pound of the white of ;
i fresh coconnut, finely grated; stir;
unceasingly until it rises in a mass
in the pan, then spread it as quickly as'
possible over sheets of paper which:
have been dried before the fire; remove!
the paper before the ice is quite cold,1
and let it dry.?Boston Globe. j
Auntie's Moloaaes Candy. j
One cupful of molasses, two cupfulsj
of sugar, one cupful of water and one;
tableapoonful of vinegar. Just before!
It is done add a small piece of butter.;
Let all but the butter bo? briskly With-)
out stirring until crisp threads will fair'
from a spoon (about half an hour), then
. pour into buttered platters or pans.
Commence to pull as soon as it is cool
enough to handle. Another way to test.
Is to drop some of the boiling mixture*
I Into cold water, and if crisp it la ready i
, to cool.?Boston Budget
r0 Bo Established In tho Channel
:?e Dae of Money Will Be Almoat
Eliminated ? Everything- Will
Be Conducted on the Bu?
ilt of TruBt.
An English Tolstoi colony is about to
be founded in the Channel islands. Its
promoter Is J. Herbert Wilkinson, pres?
ident of tbe Institute of Architects and
Surveyors of London. In an interview
In the London Dully Mail he said re?
"We have now under offer from tho
government 200 acres along the north
shore of the island of Alderney at a
very low rental for a period of 50 years.
At any time within 12 months we will
be permitted to increase this allotment
to 1,000 acres. At present we want to
Btart the community with 50 people,
each contributing ?100, and wc have
already received 115 applications, many
from ministers and people in good po?
"A candidate will pay In ? 50 a9 a pre?
liminary deposit when the habitations
ore ready for their occupants. On the
payment of the ? 100 being completed
it cannot be withdrawn from the gen?
eral fuud. A member may leave the
community, say after three years' resi?
dence, and may sell his ? 100 interest to
a substitute, who must, however,heap
proved by the committee. Should he
be thus successful in selling out he will
have lived three years for nothing but
the willing labor of his brain and
hands. For it may be left to tho con?
science of such individuals to work
when and how they will, but all results
of such work must be handed over to
the general fund of the community, and
our motto will be: 'Eaeh for all and all
for each.'
"A committee composed of two
thirds mules and one-third females,
elected by the whole body, will control
the administration, and a majority vote
of two-thirds of the community will be
sufficient to expel anyone who is con?
sidered to be unworthy of the trust and
confidence reposed in him by his fellow
colonists. No single lady under 25
years of age will be allowed to join un?
less accompanied by a parent or par?
"We propose to leave ale and spirits
always out on the table In one room, so
that members may help themselves at
any time to nn extent limited only by
theirownconscience. Wewill trust each
other implicitly. Our meals will con?
sist of breakfast, lunch, light tea about
three p. m. and dinner at six. Each re?
past will be on the table for two hours,
and each may help himself.
"On Sundays there will be religious
service in the house, but no interfer?
ence with individual creeds will be at?
tempted. There are Church of Eng?
land, Wesleyan, Roman Catholic and
Presbyterian churches within the town
In handy proximity, to which those
who wish may go unhampered.
"We are providing a smoking room,
ns it is decided no smoking will be al?
lowed anywhere else In the house.
Glass houses, apiaries and dairies are to
be erected, and we hope to export
grapes, honey and produce to one of the
large London stores, which will give us
groceries, etc., In exchange. The idea
Is to eliminate the use of money as
much as possible.
"There is no money to be made out of
the colony for anyone. I am out .of
pocket up to the present, though I ex?
pect to be refunded the two or three
pounds expended in advertisements. I
feel confident the colony will be a suc?
cess, and we know there are large num?
bers of middle-class people of simple,
refined tastes and pure principles who
would gladly combine to form the com?
munity we desire."?Chicago News.
Spunky Spermie.
People of Speonk insist on having
their name. It is theirs and they have
the right to It. It may not be pretty,
but it is Indian, it is historic, it is
quaint, it is uncommon, it is not likely
to be confused with other places, It has
a character of Its own. Yet a small com?
pany of misguided persons wish to call
It by the absurd name of Remsenburg.
This change Is intended In honor of a
man who gave a church to the village.
He was one of several New Yorkers who
took up summer residences in that
place and who, the natives say, have
been corrupting the morals and de?
stroying the sweet simplicity of the
district with their dress and their airs
and their turnouts. They rightly ask
If the village is not more than one
church thereof, the public more than
the summer boarders? It is even so?
und If the sturdy farmers keep up the
fight they will keep their good old
name. Speonk let it be, ns a lesson to
dudes, ns a warning to egotists and peo?
ple who rrionkey with geography. The
land Is full of burgs and villes and
towns?Smlthburgs,Rumvilles and Jay
towns?and It is truly a solace to find a
village that does not belong in this
category of tiresome vapidities. Speonk
It must be, to the end of the chapter.?
Brooklyn Eagle.
An Enjrllsh Bull.
The late Archbishop Magee 6ald that
some of the best "bulls" were perpe?
trated by Englishmen. The truth of
this statement is Illustrated in the high?
ly credible specimen recently con?
tributed by James Lowtherin the house
of commons. "The right honorable
gentleman," he said, "has already
burned his fingers by listening to the
honorable members opposite."
Oar Weather Bureau.
Crimsonbeak?Speaking of tCeorge
Washington, the first president of these
United States
"There is one thing certain; If the
policy adopted by him for truthfulness
had been curried out wc never would
have had a weather bureau."
" Merit talks" the CHHB fig
intrinsic value of I *3j I MAC
Hood'sSarsaparilla. ? C*l
Merit in medicine means the power to
cure. Hood's Sarsaparilla possesses actual
and unequalled curative power and there?
fore it has true merit. When you buy
Hood's Sarsaparilla, and take it according
to directions, to purity your blood, or
cure any of the many blood diseases, you
are morally certain to receive benefit.
The power to cure is there. You are not
trying an experiment. It will make your
blood pore, rich and nourishing, and thus
drive out the germs of disease, strengthen
the nerves and build up the whole system.
Is the best, In fact?the One True Blood Purifier.
Prepared only by C. I. Hood & Co., Lowell, Mass.
Hood's Pills SV^^iP^Stsfzsc!
?In a colored Baptist church of 18
members at Catonvillc, Md., nearly half
uf the members arc trustees.
?Rev. Eugenie St. John, of Kansas, a
well-known woman clergyman und ud
vocate of woman suffrage, will go to
Europe <to study the problem of mu?
nicipal government.
?Dr. Abbott remarks in the Outlook
that "Christ repudiates the idea that
IJod finished His creative work in six
days and then rested." He presumably
bases this extraordinary statement on
the Muster's declaration in John: "My
Father worketh even until now, and I
?Mr. William T. Ellis, who more than
two 3'ears ago went from Philadelphia
to Boston to become one of the editors
of Golden Pule, has recently returned
(o the city of Brotherly Love and be?
comes assistant editor of the periodicals
of the Presbyterian Board of Publica?
tion, whose editor is Rev. J. R. Miller, D.
D. Forward, the young people's paper,
is to be Mr. Ellis' especial field.
?Extemporaneous speaking of the
right kind, according to Dr. Buckley,
the brilliant editor of the Christian Ad?
vocate, Is "the delivery of thoughts pre?
viously conceived and adapted with
more or less fullness and precision, to?
gether with such thoughts as may oc?
cur and such feelings as may arise, in an
arrangement of words, sentences and
paragraphs wholly the birth of the oc?
?Since Leo XIII. has filled the chair
of St. Peter he has repressed the humor?
ous side of his nature, which made him
greatly in demand as a dinerout while
filling the office of nuncio ait Brussels.
Always severe in matters of propriety,
says the Indianapolis Journal, he was
deeply offended on one of these occa?
sions by a barcn who passed him a box
of snuff on the lid of which was enam?
eled a feminine figure en deshabillo.
Admirably controlling his nnnoyance,
his future holiness replied: "Very pret?
ty. Is it your wife?"
Some Curious Superstitions Regard?
ing; It In the Popular Mind.
There is n superstitious regard for the
number three in the popular mind, and
the third repetition of anything is gen?
erally looked upon as a crisis. Thus an
article may twice be lost and recovered,
but the third time that it is lost it is
gone for good. Twice a man may pass
through some great danger in safety,
but the third time he loses his life. If,
however, the mystic third am be suc?
cessfully passed all is well. Three was
called by Pythagoras the perfect num?
ber and we frequently find its use sym?
bolical of deity. Thus we might men?
tion the trident of Neptune, the tree
forked lightning of Jove and the three
headed dog of Pluto. The idea of trinity
is not confined to Christianity, but oc?
curs In several religions.
In mythology also we find three fates,
three furies and three graces, and, com?
ing nearer to our own times, Shakes?
peare introduces his three witches. In
public house signs three seems to play
an important part, for we frequently
meet with "Three Cups," "Three Jolly
Sailors," "Three Bells,'" "Three Tuns,"
"Three Feathers"?in fact, the number
of almost any thing of which a fertile im?
agination can conceive a trio. In
nursery rhymes and tales this number
is not unknown, and if we look back to
the days of our childhood most of us
will call to mind the three wise men
of Gotham who took a sea voyage in a
bowl, not to mention the three blind
mice that had their tails cutoff by the
farmer's wife. Perhaps there is some
occult power in the number which gov?
erns the division of novels into three
volumes and induces doctors to order
their medicine to be taken thrice dai^y.
It is said that some tribes of savages
cannot count beyond three. But, al?
though they may have no words to ex?
press higher numbers, perhaps we
should be scarcely justified in assum?
ing that they are incapable of appreciat?
ing the value of the latter.?N. Y. Ad?
Made Another Mistake.
At the phrenologist's general invita?
tion a big man with a smoothly-shaven
face, pug nose and prominent chin
stepped upon thestage and took his senU
The phrenologist felt his head care?
fully for awhile, and then said: "This
subject shows a gentle and mild disposi?
tion, and has unusually well developed
organs of benevolence and love for his
fellow men. He Is tender-hearted, and
loves to relieve the sufferings of others.
Now, sir, what is your profession?"
The big man smiled, and said: "lama
nurse in a charity hospital, sir;" andl
the audience, which-had opened its
mouth to yell when the man ncknowl
erged to being a prize fighter, coughed
instead, and counted the lights in the
chandelier in as absentrminded a way
as possible.?Detroit Free Press,
bummer blowers, i
Next to the brilliant red flowers and
the soft, dainty violets, the very fash?
ionable blossom of the season is the
poetic narcissus, called most frequent?
ly the daffodil. It will, on account of
the continued popularity of the deep
and delicate yellow dyes, retain Its
rogue all summer?first as a genuine
blossom, afterwards as an imitation, or,
in deference to the manvelous skill of
the Parisian, flevwermakers, as a re-l
production. The lock of vitality, like
that of many of the artificial roses, can-!
not be discovered in the beautiful copy'
until one has touched the flower. It
deceives the eye entirely, having all.
tho fresh, fragile appearance and nat-:
ural delicate glow of the true blossom.
?St. Louis Republic, .. . _ ?
Why He Couldn't.
"Why is it," they asked him, "that j
you have put your wedding day so far
in the future?"
"That's easily explained," he an?
swered. "When I started in to win her
I had enough to get married on, but by
the time I had won her I didn't. You see,
it cost me bo much to get her thnt I
haven't enough left to care for her now
that I've got her, and I've got to give
myself time to accumulate a little some- j
thing again."?Chicago Post.
rhotosrraplsJng- the Arterlea.
After much study and painstaking
an artery in the arm of an adult hus
been photographed. The patient had
been suffering from some trouble in the
arm which the physicians were unable
to correctly diagnose. By means of the
X-rays deposits of lime salts in the
blood were clearly shown, and the case
was treated in accordance with the facts
elicited by the photographing as de?
scribed.?N. Y. Ledger.
professional lutlqaetie.
"Did you 6ee that Mis. Goliath, the
wife of the strong man, when walking
with her husband last night, was
knocked down and robbed of her
"Why didnUihe help her?"
"Oh, his terms are ?100 a night."?
Vain Imatrinlnff.
Mistress ? This steak is done too
much, Mary.
Maid?Not too much for me, mum.
"But I hire you to cook for xne, not
for yourself."
? ^Xe think ye, do, mum.**! "
Hovr to Drive Posturing- Cattle Across
a Highway.
Many farms are so situated that the
cattle must be driven across a highway
to pasture. This almost always affords
trouble. The cattle will break away up
and down the highway to feed by the
roadside, instead of crossing the road
directly from the pasture gate to the
lane leading to the barn. A device is
shown herewith that may prove of as?
sistance in such cases. A narrow lane
la built on each side of the road, ex?
tending well up to the carriage track
but not close enough, of course, to prove
any inconvenience to travelers. Two
long bars or thin boards are then fitted
to slide across the highway when the
cattle are to bo driven across, and then
back again, out of the way of travel.
A bent rod of iron connects the two
ends of the bars, so that both can be
slipped across the road at once, the
bend In the rod permitting It to rest
upon the ground so that the cattle can
pass over it. To operate this takes but
a moment's time.?Orange Judd Farmer.
Turning/ Corn Stalk* Into Batter I* ?
Paying Occupation.
8omc eminent professor has been tell?
ing of the increased value the corn stalk
will have after certain of its properties
become more widely known. The pith,
it is said, makes the best lining for a
battle ship that so far has been found.
It is greatly compressed, and then
placed next to the armor of the ship,
and when an unfriendly cannon ball
goes through the armor the pith in?
stantly expands to its original size, and
thereby nils up the hole, preventing any
water from entering the ship. Then
smokeless powder may be made from
the stalk at a cost far below what it now
takes to produce the stuff. When these
and other properties of the corn stalk
become more widely known, it is stated,
the farmer will get as much for the corn
stalk as he docs for the corn (which is
not saying much just about now). But
in spite of this new and prosperous fu?
ture thrust upon the corn stalk we are
of the opinion that its most profitable
use is to put it intoasilo, and with bran
or linseed meal turn it into butter. And
we arc reasonably sure that if good but?
ter is made from it it will pay better
than to turn it into a contrivance for
aiding in the killing of human beings.
?National Stockman.
How It la Shipped from Melbourne
to the English Market.
There seems to be no limit to the in?
genuity bestowed upon the devising of
means for accomplishing the transport
of the perishable produce of distant
climes to the English market. A new
melhod, described in the Australasian,
is that of packing butter in a box made
of six sheets of ordinary glass, all the
edges being covered over with gummed
paper. The glass box is enveloped in a
layer of plaster of paris, a quarter of
an inch thick, and this is covered with
specially prepared paper. The plaster
being a bad conductor of heat, the tem?
perature inside the hermetically sealed
receptacle remains constant, being un?
affected by external changes. The cost
of packing is about Id. per pound. But?
ter packed in the way described at Mel?
bourne has been sent across the sea to
South Africa, and when the case was
opened at Kimberley, 700 miles from
fnnp Town, the butter was found to be
I Cure a
when ordinary
specifics fail.
It restores
strength to
the weakened
organs and
gives the
system the
force needed
to throw off
the disease,
50 cents and
$1.00 at all
Scott * Bowoe. Chemists, New York. ?
Modest Women Evade Certain Questions When Asked by
a Male Physician, but Write Freely to Mrs. Pinkham.
An eminent physician says that "Women are not truthful, they
will lie to their physicians." This statement should be qualified;
women do tell the truth, but not the whole truth, to a male physi?
cian, but this is only in regard to those painful and troublesome
disorders peculiar to their sex.
There can be more terrible ordeal to a deli?
cate, sensitive, refined woman than to be
obliged to answer certain questions when
those questions are asked, even by her family
physician. This is especially the case with
unmarried women. i
This is the reason why thousands and thou-'
sands of women are now corresponding with
Mrs. Pinkham. To this good woman
they can and do give every symptom,
so that she really knows more about the
true condition of her patients through
her correspondence than the physician
who personally questions them. Perfect
confidence and candor are at once estab?
lished between Mrs. Pinkham and her
Yearsago women had no such recourse.'
Nowadays a modest woman asks help
of a woman who understands women. If
you suffer from any form of trouble pe?
culiar to women, write at once to Mrs.
Pinkham, Lynn, Mass., and she will ad-,
vise you free ef charge.
And the fact that this great boonwhich
is extended frocly to women by Mrs.
Pinkham, is appreciated, the thousands
of letters which are received by her
prove. Many such grateful letters as
the following are constantly pouring in:
"I was a sufferer from female weakness for about a year and a half. I
have tried doctors and patent medicines, but nothing helped me. I
underwent the horrors of local treatment, but received no benefit. My
ailment was pronounced ulceration of the womb. I suffered from in?
tense pains in the womb and ovaries, and the backache was dreadful.
I had leucorrhcea in its worst form. Finally I grew so weak I had to
keep my bed. The pains were so hard as to almost cause spasms.
When I could endure the pain no longer I was given morphine. My
memory grew short, and I gave up all hope of ever getting well. Thus
I dragged along. At last I wrote to Mrs. Pinkham for advice. Her
answer came promptly. I read carefully her letter, and concluded
to try Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound. After taking two
bottles I felt much better; but after using six bottles I was cured.
My friends think my cure almost miraculous. Her noble work is
surely a blessing to broken-down women."?Grace B. Stansbury,
Pratt, Kansas.
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Liberal Rations Are Necessary to Se?
cure Satisfactory Results.
The character of the feed determines
to a very considerable extent the quan?
tity and quality of the milk and but?
ter from a good cow. An extra yield of
butter will naturally follow tha use
of a richer ration, out tbls is not al?
ways the case with a common cow. So
there is something in the breed as well
as in the feed.
The dairyman who is seeking the best
results at the lowest cost should satis?
fy himself as to what are the best kinds
of feed, considering the cost, that will
produce the most and the best milks.
Generally a combination of feeding
materials will give the besyresults, aa
certain elements wanting in some food
will be supplied by others. Succulent
food increases the flow of milk, but does
not materially increase the proportion
of water in it. Still, feed often docs
make a change in the dry substance of
the milk.
A ration rich in albuminoids will
make a richer milk, and the relative
proportions of fat and casein are
changed to a very considerable extent
by a change in the ration. Another
point that Is well settled is that cer?
tain kinds of food will produce-changes
in the composition of milk not indi?
cated by chemical analysis. Succulent
food Is productive of the largest quan?
tity of fat in the milk, and also has
the effect of causing the cream to sep?
arate more readily from the milk and
the butter globules from the cream,
leaving less fat in the buttermilk.
For a dry feed a combination)of four
parts of wheat bran, two of cornmeal
and one of linseed oil makes one of
the best, especially during the winter.
If any change is made in summer it
would be from corn to ground oats.
This, with good pasture, makes a com?
plete ration for a milch cow during the
summer. When the pasturage cannot
be supplied, some good soiling crop
that can be cut off and fed green may
take its place. \
Liberal feeding is always necessary
with the dairy cow, as it is- only the
surplus over and above what is neces?
sary to sustain .life ?nd thrift that is
used for milk. If the cow is kept up to
her full capacity she must have oil the
appetizing, milk-producing' food she
will consume. It is only this kind of
feeding that makes a good profit in
Keep the 32111c Cans Clean.
If your washed milk cans smell when,
closed a few hours they are not clean,
enough for milk. New cans, pails and
strainers should be carefully examined
for irregular creases in the soldering; a
little more solder will fill these places
and make the can perfectly sweet inside.
In cleaning cans where no boiler exists
for steaming them, wash first in cold
water then in hot water and sal soda.
Finally half fill them with clean, scald?
ing water, put on the cover tightly for
a few minutes, and they will steam
themselves completely. By using the
hot water that steams our can for the
sal soda water for the next one, a lim?
ited amount of hot water will thor?
oughly purify a goodly number of
cans.?Dakota Field and Farm.
Varying Quality of Milk.
Why the milk of the same cow on Iho
same feed varies in quality from one
day to another I do not know. I huve
Investigated the matter to the extent
of about 20,000 tests with our cows. I
find that in the same stable, with the
same feed, with the same conditions in
every wny as nearly as I can judge, ihe
milk of one cow will vary as much as
1% per cent, of fat. I doubt that we
shall ever learn the reason or reasous.
It seems to be something relating to the
principle of life, and too subtle for us
to discern or comprehend. It is with
a man ns with a cow?some days he can
do more work than others, but he can?
not explain the reason.?Prof. J. VV.
Snffffcationa on Creaming;.
Gravity creaming in the private dairy
loses more fat than most farmers
dream of. If Ice is used at once after
milking to reduce the water round the
cans to about 40 degrees Fahrenheit,
the fat will rise, leaving not ntore than
one-fifth of one per cent.; and if the
water is at CO degrees or above, one per
cent, or more will be left in the skim
milk. This one or more per cent, is a
third or a half of all the fat in the
milk. This suggests the putting up of
ice by the private dairyman. The cli?
mate of Kansas provides for this, and
it is a greater boon than many imagine.
?IYof. James Wilson.
Cot ice? Got ensilage? Why not?
Tee is good all summer and ensilage sup?
plements early spring pasture.
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of some ilmpt*
tning to patent?
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