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^-DONATION. I - z i | BY MARY E. MITCHELL, $ TUE miuister met the deacon just as the latter was opening his small ?white gate. "Well, Brother Farnham," the min? ister exclaimed, seizing his hund, "I am glad to see you! My heart has been full of surprise and gratitude all day. It's a blessed thingyou've done,deacon, ? blessed thing; and }-our reward will be a rich one, 1 am sure." The deacon looked dazed. "1 don't take in your meaning. Mr. Ladd," he said, rescuing an unwilling hand from the minister's embarrassing grasp. '"Oh, now, deacon," went on Mr. Ladd, bis ardor in nowise dampened. "You needn't pretend you don't know what I mean. You can't hide a good deed like this; its light will shine. Everybody knows it by this time, and, best of all, the Lord knows it, deacon, and He'll bless 3*ou. I just wanted'to get in my personal thanks. Don't say a word," nnd the ministre was off before the un? comprehending deacon could gather his scattered wits. ?'By gutn!"he ejaculated,nshelooked after the minister's retreating form. This was the strongest expletive Dea? con Farnham ever allowed himself, and when he made use of it he produced it with great deliberation and force. "Now, what's the parson got into his head?" he went on to himself, as he walked up the path which led to his house. "It beats me! It can't be that mess of pease I sent him he's so ever? lastingly grateful for?bringing in the Lord in that way'." But the question was too puzzling, and he gave it up before he reached his door. The deacon sat down on the kitchen istoop and took the Greenhill Chronicle from his pocket. He put his straw hat on the step beside bim and settled for a comfortable reading of the weekly news, letting the minister and his mys? terious gratitude drop out of his mind, as a subject too exciting for the warm day. All about him stretched his broad fields, bearing promise of full harvest, and his green orchards, laden with rich abundance of young fruit. The whole farm bore witness to unstinted care and consequent prosperity. The afternoon air was hot and heavy, the drone of the bees drowsy, and Dea? con Farnham's head went on involun? tary little journeys as he sat on the step with the paper in his hand. The Chronicle drooped lower and lower, nnd would have fallen from his grasp had not his eye, in one-of his lucid mo? ments, caught sight of something which caused him to bring1 back his wander? ing head with a jerk and startled him into wide wakefulness. It was his own name which so aroused him, and he adjusted his spectacles and straightened his paper. "It has reached our editorial ears that Deacon Farnham, of Upland farm, has do? nated the generous sum of $200 towards the building of the new Congregational church. Minister Ladd is tp be congratu? lated on being able to count such a liberal and public-minded parishioner as one of his llock." The deacon laid down his paper with a sniff of disgust. "So that's it!" he said, aloud. "Of all the fools!" And he struck his fist on his knee. -Nothing could be further from the deacon's mind than to give one cent Towards the building of the little ?church, to say nothing of $200. -Not. but that he could afford it; the deacon was "well off," but he was also **close." Little of the profit which so readily flowed into his pocket was ever bestowed in free and ungrudging gifts. Only the necessities of life found their way into his household, and the neigh? bors spoke pityingly of Mrs. Farnham; she had so little to "doWith." Furthermore, if a fit of generosity had chanced to come over the deacon's spirit, the new church building down in the village was not likely to receive the benefit of it. lie had shown-no in? terest in its erection from the very first. The old meeting house was dilapidated and fast falling into decay, but the dea? con could not see any reason for for? saking it. No wonder the deacon's' irritation grew as he reread the startling anr mouncement of the Chronicle. "Well, I'll have that settled before the sun goes down," he exclaimed, rising to 3ns feet. "UuessI better put this where Maria won't get hold of it," he added, folding the paper carefully and return? ing it to his pocket. She's dead'set on that foolishness, Maria is." A few moments later Deacon Farn Jiam was climbing the steep and dusty steps which led to the office of the tireenville Weekly Chronicle. He found the editor at his desk, in his shirt sleeves, taking lafe easy. "Well, Deacon Farnham, this is an un? expected' pleasure! Sit down," was his ifix-eting. , "Look here, young man!" puffed the deacon, out of breath from the exertion of climbing, but refusing the proffered chair, "you're getting altogether loo smart in that paper of yours?mak arg free with my name in that style." "Oh, you mustn't be so modest, dea? con. A good deed like that ought to be known." This interpretation of his protest was unexpected to the deacon, and he had to begin again: "I don't know what idiottold'you that stuff, but it's a lie, and.you can take it hack in your next. When I give $200? ?which won't be soon?it'll be some? where else than to that church folly. Do you understand? 1 want it contra? dicted In your next." "Certainly, Deacon Farnham," replied the editor, in cool contrast to the dea enn's irritation. "I thought-at the time jt must oe a niisuttce, dui rotem was bo dead sure I let it go in. He heard itfrom some of your church people, he said. Must have got you mixed up with some? body else. Sorry it caused you any an? noyance. I'll make it all right next week." And the editor returned to his business, which consisted, just then, of 6moking a cigar and reading a late noveL The deacon clumped downstairs, his contrary old mind' even more rumpled than when he went up. "Humph!" he grunted to himself. "They're an impudent set, thone news? paper fellows; the whole lot of them. Thought it wasn't true, did he? I'd like to know what right he had. to think it wasn't true." As the deacon was crossing1 the little square which formed thefousiness cen? ter of the village, he met Mr. Wright, a brother deacon in the church, VWell, Farnham," exclaimed Deacon "Wright, "this is a fine growing day. iThat's great news of you in the Chron? icle. Seen it!" "I've seen that newspaper lie, if that's what you mean,"gr>wlediDeaconFarn ham. V - - ' ? ; 1 Deacon WTright laujhed. "Brother Little was ?skiuff)me about f [ it just now, and" I told him there wasn't a word of truth in it, and that you'd be mighty mad when you saw it. Wonder where they got hold of such a yarn, any? how?" Deacon Farnham watched his brother deacon until he disappeared in the gro? cery store. Then he turned slowly and | continued his way. That evening, after supper, the dea? con was strolling about his farm. Sud? denly the twilight stillness was broken by belligerent sounds which seemed to proceed from behind the big barn. Hastening to the 6pot the deacon dis? covered his youngest son, a lad of 11, in fierce combat with a neighbor's boy. "Joseph!" sternly commanded the deacon, collaring bis son and shaking him free. "What are you thinking of? Haven't I expressly forbidden your fighting?" Joseph, defenseless in the firm grasp of his father, began to whimper, while his opponent vanished with remarka? ble alacrity. "What do you meau^ sir? Answer mel" continued Deacon Farnham, giv? ing his prisoner another shake. "I wasn't really fighting," pleaded Joseph. "I was only puuching Job Tucker for saying things about you." "About me? Well, what did ho say about me? Out with it!" "Why," stammered Joseph, 1 he said there warn't no truth in?in what the paper said, and I said it wan't none of his business if there won't, and?and he said his father said you was too mean to give a pewter penny, and as for $200, you couldn't afford it any way." The deacon let go of his son's collar and walked away, leaving Joseph much surprised and relieved as his speedy re? lease. The deacon's brows were drawn in a heavy scowl. He did*not mind being called mean?he was used to that, but the last imputation rankled in his breast. There had always been a slight, un? acknowledged jealousy between these two farmers whose fields lay side by side. Mr. Tucker had contributed $200 him? self towards the church funds, and had received much praise for his act. "So Tucker says I can't afford it!" he muttered to himself. "I'd just like to give him and all these folks who know so much a surprise that would make them talk to some purpose. But it would be just foolishnessand a waste of money into the bargain. Can't afford it, hey!" The deacon chuckled in spite of his wrath. "I could give them some? thing to talk about!" he repeated. The next day Mrs. Farnham had an early dinner in order that she might get "cleared up" and go to the sewing circle. When she returned, late in the afternoon, her husband was seated in his accustomed place on the back steps. The deacon had a profound contempt for sewing-circles. "Their tongues go a sight faster'n their needles," ho often said. Now he greeted his wife with: "WrelL Maria, what's the latest gossip?" A tinge of red came into Mrs. Farn ham's faded cheeks. "Why, Israel," she replied, smoothing down her best black silk, shiny from long service, "we talked about a great many things. We spoke of the new church?" "I'll warrant you did!" interrupted the deacon. "They told me that the Chronicle said you'd given $200 towardsthe new build? ing. Did you ever hear such a story ?" "Humph!" responded her husband. "What did you say?" "Say?" answered Mrs. Farnham. "Why, that there wasn't a word of truth in it, of course. I told them you wouldn't hear to the idea a minute, much less give $200, which is a mortal sight of money." Deacon Farnham rose to his feet. He did not look towards his wife. "I must say, Maria," he exclaimed, sharply, "you took a great deal on your? self! How do you know but what the paper said is true?or going to be?" he added to himself; and he walked off, leaving his wife staring after him in dumb amazement. The next day the d?acon stood again in the editorial office. He seemed a trifle embarrassed and conscious, and his efforts to speak in a natural, off-hand manner only resulted in giving his tones a deeper gruff ness. "I just dropped in," he said, "to cay you needn't bother about correc^ng that statement in regard to my giving $200 to the new church. Just let it stand ?or, if you've got to say any more about it. make it $50 better!" And the deacon, got away as fast as he could. "Tucker'llfind thatapill to swallow!" he chuckled to himself. "Whew!" whistled the editor, as the deacon closed the door. "I wonder whatever brought the old man to that ? I shouldn't wonder If it was sheer con truriness."?Laftlftld Weekly. BUILDINGS MOVE FROM SUN, Resnlt of Experiment? by Architects and Scientists. The problems confronting architects have increased greatiy in recent years because of the upward tendency of big businessfouildings. Beauty of form and convenience of arrangement are now of less importance than great strength to resist the strains which every tall struc? ture must meet. Every time a cyclone has occurred in the west there has been speculation as to what would occur if a big windstorm visited the business district of New York. Architects and engineers have anticipated this possi? bility. They have considered also the effect of the sun's heat on great build? ings, because observations have shown that on a hot day these tall structures move away from the sun as though shrinking from its heat; while on a cold day the marble isxentby the freez? ing of the winter rain in fissures made by the expansion of the marble in mid? summer. These effects are not so noticeable in New York as they are in 6ome other cities, because New York streets are narrow and the tall buildings are so close together that they protect each other from the sun. In Washington scientific observations have been made which prove conclusively the effect of heat and cold on marble. The Wash? ington monument stands on a slight eminence in the middle of a plain. It is wholly unprotected from the ele? ments. When the monument was be? ing erected the investigation of its vi? bration was begun, a cord and plummet being suspended from the top of the structure, with a needle to make the record of any movement. One day it was reported that the monument was about to fall. The needle had made a number of eccentric variations and was still moving about when the observation was taken. Investigation showed that an, owl had got into the shaft and, flap? ping about, had caused the vibration of the cord. The needle under normal conditions, however, showed a movement of the shaft, and observations made since its completion confirm this record, There is a cord hanging from the top of the* monument, protected1 by a metal tube. At the end of this cord is fastened a j pendulum which "bangs in a bowl of] mercury. The pendulum moves with j the movement of the column, but it cannot oscillate. The record of the jpendulm is taken every day. It shows With Hood's Sarsapa- a rilla,"Sales Talk,"and J@ Gj show that this medi- EJ C^i ? cine has enjoycJ public confident" patronage to a greater extent* bau cd any other proprietary meuici:.' is simply because it posies, merit and produce:; greater cu ? any other. It is not what we si what Hood's Sarsap.irilU docs, thai the story. All advertisements of i Sarsaparilla, like Hood's Sampan-i self, are honest. We have never (let; the public, and this with Us Bape medicinal merit, is why tho people Ii abiding confidence in it, and buy Sarsaparilla Almost to the exclusion of all others. Try ' Prepared only by C. I. Hood & Co., Lowell. Ma ~71 ~ are the only~\<\IU t> t.ik HOOd S FlllS with Hood's Sarsaparilla that the top of the marble column, 555 feet high, moves four inches to the north on a very hot, clear day. At nigh t the monument returns to the per? pendicular. The extraordinary power of the sun's heat is well illustrated by its ciTect on the monument. The mar? ble column weighs 1,720 tons. Scientists saj' that the monument is not injured in the least by its "little journey in the world," but this is due to the fact that it is Ibuilt of many pieces of marble. The obelisk in Cen? tral park, which is a single block of stone, deviates more than the Washing? ton monument. The Bunker Hill mon? ument, which is only half as tall as the Washington monument, moves about two inches from the perpendicu? lar. Iron buildings are affected no less than those of marble. The dome of the capitol at Washington moves from the south and west, away from the sum? mer sun.?N. Y. Sun. NIGHT ON MOUNT RAINIER. Meltlnc Snow by the Steam Rising from the Crater. Throwing off the life line, which had become almost an intolerable burden, I sealeU the pile of bare rocks and gained the rim of the ?rater. The great bowl within was deeply filled with snow, but the black circle fomilrog its rim could be distinctly traced. Descending the inner slope for about a hundred feet, I found a place where steam was hiss? ing from a crevice in the rocks, and warmed my benumed fingers. Soon my companions joined me, and we took refuge in one of the many caverns that the heat of the rocks and of the escap? ing steam had melted im the lower por? tion of fthe snow and ice, partially fill? ing the crater. In these weird caverns one may descend far beyond the light of day. The white vapors drifting si? lently through the dimly-lighted pas? sages assume grotesque shapes to suj gest to the imaginative visitor that spirits of the time when Pluto's reign was supreme there make their homes. By melting snow in our tin cups over the cracks from which steam was issu? ing, we soon had water enough with which to prepare tea. In the absence of sugarand cream.a lit/tie alcohol from the supply brought for fuel was added to each cup and proved a welcome stim? ulant. Making ourselves as com? fortable as possible under the circum? stances, we passed the night in the cav? ern of ice. There were no ledges broad enough to lie down on, and we were forced to stand or crouch against the hot rocks all night. The iloor of our cavern sloped steeply and led down to an ugly opening of unknown depth, be? tween the descending roof of ice and the rocks. To guard against accidents, the life line was stretched across the cav? ern and made fast to crags. This proved a wise precaution, as we were able dur? ing the night to walk up and down with the rope in our hands and avoid the stiffness and discomfort that * comes from remaining long in one position.? Scribner's. MUSICAL MEXICO. A Land That Has Many Good Mili? tary BandM. One does not have to travel far or Btay long- rn Mexico to discover that it is quite as much a musical country as any other in the world, says Lippin cott's. Even the stay-at-home Ameri? cans a dozen or so years ago fancied that they had made this discovery, when Mexican military bands and typi? cal orchestras began to "tour" the United States, astonishing as well as delighting the crowds they attracted everywhere. But the truth is. the American stay-at-homes, with all their admiration for the music the Mexicans brought to them, gained scarcely any idea of how far the Mexicans were to be classed as a musical people. They sup? posed, very naturally, that the famous ?th regiment band and the typical or? chestra comprised all, or about all, that Mexico had to send abroad; that they fully represented the music of their country; and that they were probably .considered prodigies in the land whence they came. Such impressions are quickly dispelled in Mexico. The'semb.wgekly concerts in the Zo calo, the Alameda and the Paseo. in the capital, domot suffer in the least when the Mexican war department grants one of the- military hands, even the best of them, leave of absence for a tour in the United States. And as for the other cities of the repubile, even such comparatively isolated towns as Jalapa. Puebla, Oaxaca. Toluca, Chi? huahua. Morelia and Guadalajara, each has at least one military band that would be likely to carry off the honors in any competition with the military bands of America. SHE WAS PLEASED. Knew He Would Love llcr When She Grew Old. The young man has only recently taken up photography and is an ardent enthusiast, says the Detroit Free Press. He persuaded the girl to whom he is engaged to pose for him. She was seated in a hammock and he stood di? rectly before her when he took the picture. In a day or two he proudly exhibited the result of the sitting. She gave one glance at it and then handed It back. "Don't you like it?" he inquired. "I don't assume to criticise," was the reply. "I thought it was pretty good for a first attempt," he insisted. "Perhaps it is. I am glad you are satisfied with it, anyhow." "Of course it might be better." "Do you think it looks likeme?" "Yes." 'Then, Herbert, I am content." "But you don't seem very cheerful over it." "Perhaps I don't show H; but that photograph has mad?me very happy." "I'll have a frame made for it and give it to you." "No; I don't want to keep it. But it fills me with joy. nevertheless. They say that when beauty fades affliction vanishes, but when I realize thlt you ran see mc den.lo.fpd ivit.bj.1ipnf?3i nr>? feet like those, without breaking our engagement. I am convinced that there can't be any doubt about your loving me when I am old." RARE PIG DEER. Every Other Kind of IM? Except Thl? la Plentlfol Enongh. Among the more recent and important nrirvals at the Zoo are two young bnb irussas, presented by the duke of Bed? ford?comparatively rare animals, and fhe only examples seen at the Zoo for I about 15 years, says the London Graphic. ! The word babirussa means pig-deer, and the animal has been so called by I the Malays on account of the remark? able development of the tusks in the males, which emerge close together near the middle of the face and sweep with a strong curve backwards, fre? quent^' attaining to a very great length. The tusks of the lower jaw arise like those of the boar. What the male babi? russa needs the upper pair for is a point which nobod}*, apparent]}-, can satisfac? torily settle. Another peculiarity of the animal Is that it falls short of the number of teeth usually possessed by the ordinary pig; having only 34 in all, a fact which Indicates that it must be directly descended from one of the ex? tinct genera of pigs marked by a sim? ilar type of dentition. In other respects the babirussa is not very different from other wild swine. It is a splendid swim? mer, has a somewhat lighter gallop than that of the wild boar, and when hunted will fight gamel}- and ferocious? ly to the last. HE DEMANDED A THRONE. Mnfllner Wnnlcd to Oust Qneen Vic? toria from Her Position. There died a man in England a few days ago who claimed not only that this was his second time on earth, but that he was the rightful heir to the British throne. Iiis name was Ernest Mujliner, und he was a theosophist of some stand? ing. He lived in Southport, and was an expert accountant. After his death a number of papers were found which at? tracted considerable attention through? out England. One read: "To Victoria, Monarch Apparent: Take notice of this appeal, made ac? cording to constitutional law, and a copy of which has been dispatched to the speaker of the house of commons, for attachment without the building of the house of parliament, for publication to the commonweal, that I, Ernest Mulliner, member of the Incorporated Society of Accountants and of the The osophical Society of the World, know, by the process of mental telepathy, that it is said by many of the nation that the present monarch reigning is not the true monarch, but another per? son is." The document then declared that Mul? liner first realized in February, 1885, that he lived a previous life, and that A. P. Sinnett, of the Theosophical So? ciety of India, was well aware of this fact. He then asks for an investigation of his claims, ending as follows: "But I do say that the main question of inquiry and judgment is whether the allegation is true or not, in whole or part, that I am the true heir to the throne of this realm by reason of the change of monarch about the yearlSCl, when the present monarch apparent (crowned in 1S37) did abdicate in favor of a woman truly entitled to the throne. I say that b}' reason of this I am true heir to the throne of Great Britain and Ireland, and that now at present the welfare of the crown and commonweal is damaged and jeopardized. Such royal court of inquiry is just and neces sar}' by reason of the effect of the alle? gation upon the crown and upon myself as a subject of the realm. I have suf? fered loss of liberty by reason of the allegation through mental telepathy, and I have been denied justice for fear of it being spoken of in the courts that I am heir to the throne. If the title is denied me by this court I do claim com? pensation for improper interference with my liberty to the amount of ?5, 000. "The present monarch was not in 1837 the true monarch, but another woman was, and in the year 18G1, the .rear of mv certificated birth as Ernest MOST FAMOUS Dr. Greene's Nervura of a Great I Harry Hunt, Manager o ing Union, and Cor in Blue," Made We Dauby I. Bunt, the "When people ore sick, ailing or out of order, tliey desire to tako a remedy highly recom? mended, one which is sure to do them pood; hence the magnificent testimonials and recom? mendations of Dr. Greene's Nervura blood and nerve remedy by our most prominent and well known people in public and private life, in? fluence everybody to use this acknowledged greatest and"graudestof medicines. AVc now add to the list of well-known people cured by Dr. Greene's Nervura, the famous composer of that most popular national song, "The .Soldier Boy in Blue," Harry I. Hunt, who has appropriately dedicated his song of the -American soldier to Gen. Nelson A. Miles, Commander or the U. S. Army. Mr. Bunt ii manager of the newspaper "Bridgeport Morning Union." He says: " Itegarding the good effects of Dr. Greene's Nervura blood and nervo roniedy, I cannot say enough. I had been working a good many hours a day and I was so ran down that I felt something should i>2 done ar once. I . had read so much of Nervura that I tried a bottle, to find its effect so wondronsly beneficial and strengthening that I tried a second bottle, with the resnlt that I am fully restored to health, my nervousness has disappeared and I feel a hundred per cent better In every way. I can recommend Dr. Greene's Nervura wi.'hout hesitation." Mulliner, this woman (who was my mother) did accept the throne from Victoria. I was then taken away and said to be dead or lost, and was placed with the family of Mulliner, of Bolton, whose wife did have a son child which was taken to Windsor castle. This was done secretly and without the mother's knowledge. After the French war, about 1872, the present queen returned to the throne."?N. Y. Journal. SOUND TRAVELS IN BELTS. Why Locomotive Whistle* Arc Some? time* Not Heard at Crossings. An important point was brought out at an inquiry into the death of some members of a coaching party who were killed by a locomotive which dashed into the coach at a crossing in Long Is? land. It was sought to determine whether or not a warning signal had been given by the engineer on the ap? proach of the train to the crossing. The burden of evidence went to show that no such signal had been heard. On behalf of the railway company it was urged that sound often traveled in belts, and that a person in its im? mediate vicinity might be out of its line of travel, while at a much greater distance it could be distinctly heard. In corroboration a singular incident was described that took place on the Central Vermont railway some time ago. One of the division superintend? ents of the received repeated complaints that a certain crossing the prescribed signals froon the locomotive were omit? ted. The engineers all protested that they had never neglected their duty. Finally the superintendent determined to get his own evidence, and privily stationing himself in n suitafole posi? tion ho saw a locomotive approach and pass without whistling or ringing the bell. On the locomotive, however, there happened to be one of the railroad de? tectives, who had made up his mind to look into the matter for himself, and who actually blew the whistle and rang the bell with his own hands. When the superintendent returned to write the discharge of the guilty en? gineer he was confronted with the evi? dence of the detective. To end the mat? ter, they both went to the spot and found that from a certain point they could see the puff of steam at the whis? tle and the bell in motion, but heard no sound from cither. An expert who was called in recommended the removal of a piece of forest. This was carried out and the signals became audible at the crossing.?Pittsburgh Dispatch. Cortfixh and I.ohstcrs. Codfish is at the same price as 37 years ago. Put even at this price the fishermen of to-day are much better off than their predecessors of 40 years ago, because food, clothing and all the nec? essaries of life are now from 30 to 50 per cent, cheaper than 37 years since. Take the articles of flour, butter, sugar, tea, these are 40 per cent, cheaper now than 40 years ago. Clothing of all kinds is 30 to 40 per cent, cheaper. Luxuries and comforts once beyond the reach of the fishermen are now within their means. There is another very im? portant consideration favorable to the fishermen of to-day. Thirty years ago the lobster fishery was unknown; now it is worth $G00,000 annually, and the price is steadily rising.?Montreal Ga? zette. Tlic Trlnmph of Snrjrery. Dr. Butch?Well, this was a great op? eration. Prof. Ciitt?Did the patient survive? "Oh, no. he died; but we found out several thintrs we didn'* know before!" He Knew. "Papa, wh?'t is a monocycle?" "What? A boy of your size donlt know what a raonccycle is?" "No. I know what a bicycle and n tricycle and a quad is, but what is a monocycle?" "Why, it's the name of the machine, of course." "What do (hey call it that for?" "Because it is made in Mono county, of course. 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A house that is admira'bly suited for poultry and is constructed both within and without for usefulness as well as ?entity, although entirely free from elaboration, is shown in the two illus? trations portrayed herewith, hence it :s adapted to the needs of farmers and fanciers alike. The building is 20 by 14 feet, 12 feet high in front and ? feet in the rear. The lower side faces the south, there being a glass sash 12 feet long to admit plenty of light. The roof is covered' with tarred felt roof paper, the sides, ends and Hoor being built of matched siding. Under the house is a 3-foot space well provided with dust. The roost is 20 feet long, extending from one end of the house to the other. It is Gl/3 feet from the MODEL POULTRY QUARTERS. ground and is 3 feet wide, being built like a ladder and placed at the north end of the building. Under this roost are placed the drop boards, being slant? ed sufficiently to cause the droppings to roll down into a box at the bottom. In this way there is no trouble in keep? ing the house free from bad odor, us ihe droppings eaeh day are removed from each box and the boards rcsanded after doing so. 1 know of no simpler and better plan to adopt in a laying house. In a house of this size, it is bet? ter to have four boxes and slant ;ng boards under the roosts. 1 do not ihink many breeders approve of high roosts, but with a board ladder mn SAMTARY ROOSTING PLAN. ning u,p to the top oi roosts it is easy for the fowls to reach the roosts. The plan is a good oue'and it can only be obtained by baring it this height, for a proper drop. A ilock so kept will be more healthy, as improper ventilation with foul roosts is often the cause of sickness, to say nothing of the vermin that droppings very often attract to a Ilock while roosting. The drop boards areC inches wider than thcroosts. Some of the birds will manage to roost on the [ side rail to which the roosting sticks are fastened. This house will accom? modate CO fowls, and as many as S"> fowls have been confined in it, yet the smaller number is really the best. The house is lined inside with tar paper. I'be fowls have no runs about the build? ing. In fair weather they have access to fields about the house; in fact, they go where they please.?J. \\. Caughey, in Farm and !'.o"-n?>( THE POULTRY BUSINESS. Points to Be Coji.sidened by Those Abont to Enter it. Many claims have been made in favor of poultry-raisers which have done harm by inducing inexperienced per? sons to venture into the poultry busi? ness under the delusion that they can surely make a competency even if fail? ure ensues in every other enterprise. Careful reflection should convince the most enthusiastic individuals that it i.s impossible to realize much that is held out invitingly. With the sum of a few hundred dollars, or as much as a thou? sand, it is proposed to engage in the poultry (business. The question is con? sidered and discussed as to the profits to expect. Comparing the business with any other it.can be noticed that there is no occupation that would not be considered very profitable with a profit of 20 per cent., or even one-half that percentage. To realize $200 a year on an investment of $1,000, therefore, is to secure in the poultry business something that is difficult to obtain in any other direction, yet many who in? vest $1,0CG in poultry and the neces? sary buildings are not satisfied unless they can make a sum nearly equal to the capital employed. One cause of much expectation is the fact that fowls multiply rapidly, and will naturally in? crease, which is true; but it requires the loss of a year for the chicks to reach maturity, while the expense is occurring all the time. The sum of $1,000 would not pay for the buildings and fowls necessary to start with 500 hens, and the profit will not amount to one dollar a hen for the whole num? ber, flight here it may be urged that one can, by doing the work himself, make $500 a year on a capital of $1,000, but it will not be profit, as the labor must be paid for, whether it is per? formed by the investor or by employ? ing some one to assist. That, however, is the bright side of the business. If a .person can invest his money so as to give himself employment it will be a great point gained, but only the most experienced poultrymen have succeed? ed in keeping 500 hens. On the farms- ? where the farmers are already estabv lished they can, by utilizing their la? bor in winter, make poultry pay-well on their investment, but all who may engage in the business will find that as soon as the labor is hired the profits will - not exceed those derived from some other pursuits.?Farm and Fireside. THE MOLTING PERIOD. Time of the Year When Hens He quire Close Attention. The greatest care must be taken to keep fowls in good condition during the molting season. It is a drain on their vital powers to furnish the ma? terial for a full coat of new feathers. There is apt to be a laxity of attention to their feeding during this period on account of their cessation of laying, when in fact there should be more care taken. It is a good plan to select all the fowls J.hat it is desired to winter or keep for breeding, and market the bal? ance. This will cut down the expense of the moltingseason. Hens which will molt earl}', if they are iu good condi? tion and comfortably housed, will near? ly always make the best winter lay? ers, while the later molters will rarely lay until spring. These latter should have a place where they can keep warm and dry, and be given an abundance of nutritious food. The period of molting may be short? ened by careful attentiou and a supply of food rich in muscle, bone and feath er-forminc materials rather than fat DOCTORS HAD GIVEN HER A Convincing Letter From One Pinkham's Admirers. of No woman can look fresh and fair who is suffering from dis\ ment of the womb. It is ridiculous to suppose that suchadiffij can be cured by an artificial support like a pessary. Artificial supports make matters worse, for they take away; chance of the ligaments recovering] vigor and tone. Use strengthens ligaments have a work to do. If they grow flabby and refi hold the womb in place, there one remedy, and that is to streng their fibres and draw the cords into their normal condition, righting the position of the wot Lydia E. Pinkham's Veget Compound is designed especially this purpose, and, taken in cortn< tionwith her Sanative Wash, applj locally, will tone up the uterine tern, strengthening the cords or lit, ments which hold up the womb. Any woman who suspects that si has this trouble?and she will ki it by a dragging weight in the lo abdomen, irritability of the blac and rectum, great fatigue in wall and leucorrhcea?should prom^ commence the use of Lydia E.JJi ham's Vegetable Cora pound. If the case ii stubborn, write to'OTrs Pinkham, Lynn, Mass. stating freely all symp? toms. You will receive a prompi letter of advice free of charge.' All letters are read and answered by womer only. The following letter relates to an un? usually severe case of displacement of the womb, which was cured by the Pinkham remedies. Surely it is convincing: " Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound and Blood Purifier cured me when the doctors had given me up. I had spent hundreds of dollars searching for a cure, but found little or no relief until I began the Pinkham remedies. I had falling and displacement of the womb so badly that for two years I could not walk across the floor. I also had profuse menstruation, kidney, liver and stomach trouble. The doctors said my case was hopeless. I had taken only four bot? tles of the Vegetable Compound and one of the Blood Purifier when I felt like a new person. I am now cured, much to the surprise of my friends, for they all gave me up fo die. Now many of my lady friends are using Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound through my recommendation, and are regaining health. It has also cured my little son of kidney trouble. I would advise every suffering woman in the land to write to Mrs. Pinkham for aid."?Mrs. Emma Pang born, Alanson, Mich. making1 foods. Always provide pure, fresh water and keep the quarters clean. Wheat, oats, linseed meal, bone meal, meat scraps and fresh ground bones make better food at this time than corn or anything that may be considered a fattening ration. While it may not be best to feed the chickens all they will eat, in nearly all casQs lib? eral feeding and tk,e supplying of a good variety will be found the most desirable thing to do. The hens need to take sufficient exercise to be healthy. ?Feather. AMONG THE POULTRY. Dust is life to hens and death to lice. Burn bones and feed them to good fowls. Sour food is the worst think a chick? en can have. As a rule the better the scratchcr the better the layer. Feed milk and bran for growth, and milk and cornmcal for fat. Fifty fowls at most is as many as should be kept in one flock. Dry picked poultry nearly always soils for a little the best prices. Do not allow the fowls to get their living by scratching over a manure pile. Separate the cocks from the hens. They will moult better if kept separate. Kgg-s may be increased in size and richness by proper feeding of the fowls. Give the.laying hens plenty of exer? cise. An Idle hen is never a good layer. In many cases too many hens that have passed their usefulness are kept. The best floor for a poultry house ir> dry earth, if it can be kept cleau and dry. The hen ceases to lay when improp? erly fed. or when in a diseased condi? tion. Anyone wishing something orna? mental as well as useful in poultry should select the Hamburg or Polish breeds. All of the non-sitters lay white eggs and have white ear lobes. They are usually active, good foragers and do not fatten readily. As the hens begin to moult, care must be taken that they do not get into the vice of feather pulling. Feeding a lit? tle rrrat will help prevent it. In arranging the poultry quarters provide a dusting and scratching place where the fowls can have an opportun? ity to exercise during the winter.?St. Louis Republic. A MALIGN ANT ENEMY. Why the Bee Moth Should Re Foosht . ... ? vvith I tmost \ l?or. Bees are "capable of taking care of thelSTeTv&rtinder ordinary circum sra'h'vesj/.ify,1be colonies are strong, but if they,become weak in numbers and Ihe-rfo.Q_d ..supply diminished towards the starvation point, owing to an un? favorable" season, or for any other causes', the enemies of the little work? ers find access and encroach upon all that remains. The bee moth is one of , the enemies most to be dreaded. These insects may be seen flying about in the evening and are attracted by the light of a lamp or candle and may be de? stroyed to some extent by making a lighted trap. If not carefully guarded against, they will deposit their eggs in favorable conditions about the hives which soon hatch out a brood of worms. These worms form the pupa or chrysalis state, by inclosing themselves in a silky web which may be found about the empty combs und the joirts of the hives, ready when the time conies to again change to the butterfly stage of transformation. These insect enemies of the bee should be destroyed, if pos? sible, whenever any evidence of their-' presence appears.?Farmers' Union. Sellins Lgdf at Home. Farmers should never ship eggs until' they hare first endeavored, to get bet? ter prices for them nearer hi me. If they would retail their eggs and seek ? ustomers, a large sum would be add- . rd to the receipts from poultry. Fresh <ggs are always salable, for every fam? ily must at times have them. It fre ;|uently happens, when eggs are scarce, that oue farmer must buy them from.' mother, and in every village ana town till be round those who prefer to buy rem the farmer than from the deal? er.?Journal of Agriculture. Clover Makes Heni Lay. Clover contains more mineral matter han grain, and the hens will relish iti ligbly. If the flock is confined in yards, rive finely cut clover, or place sods in he yards for them to pick. Bulky food: s of great advantage to poultry, as it erves to assist digestion and promotes! iPalth. Vnriety can be best secured by he use of green food, and not only the parts, hut the seeds are relishd. If. ?'.?s grain is given, and more bulky' 'ood. the hens that do not now lay will non begin to supply theirquota. POLLY'S DANDER UP. Inflamed at Sieht of an Offensive Bird a Visitor Wore on Her Hat. A bridal couple, who put in several days recently, taking in the sights of, the capital, enjoyed themselves im? mensely unjtil the day preceding their departure. It then occurred to the bride that she had not called upon "Dear Fanny," who had been her chum during her days at the seminary. Now, Fanny wns still enjoying single blessedness, and this may have had something to do with the anxiety of the bride to call upon her maiden chum. George demurred feebly, but at last consented to pay a formal call. The bride dressed herself in a fetching gown and placed upon her saucy head a Parisian dream in the way of ahatj The hnt was one of those indescribable creations of the milliner's art, a mass of flowers with a bird or two partially concealed in the foliage, so to speak. The pair went gayly forth, and in a hotel coupe were soon at the door of Fanny's residence. Their cards were taken and they were ushered into the dlra wing-room. While waiting the coming of her friend, the bride's atten? tion was attracted to a large cage con? taining a splendid parrot. She chir? ruped cooingly to the imprisoned) bird, and wished she might take himoutof his cage and caress him. George re? marked that he looked tame enough, and suggested the opening of the door of the cage. Suiting action with the word he opened the door, and the re? leased bird calmly walked forth, and strutted about, blinking his beady eyes knowingly. The bride, with usual calls of "Poll, pretty poll," coaxed'the bird tow-ard her, and'poll proceeded to dumb up the rounds of the chair upon which the lady was sitting, and perched! herself upon the arm of the chair. The parrot uttered guttural cries of "Polly, polly," this word seemingly comprising her entire vocabulary. The bird accepted the caresses, and, apparently, all was serene; but, with out on instant's warning, she uttered a scream of rage and' flew at the lady's headgear, alighting fairly thereon, and then for a few minutes the air was filled' with flying feathers ami bits of flowers, while the atmosphere was frac? tured by screams from the bride and discordant cries from the parrot. George attempted to come to the res? cue, and had his face badly scratched for his pains. The lady finally shook the bird loose from the flower garden ^ she was wearing upon her hat and made one wild dash for the front door, followed closely by the bridegroom. Once cn the pavement they became somewhat composed' and determined to return) to their hotel to repair dam? ages. They did not tarry long enough to see "Dear Fanny." The sudden wrath, of the bird was caused, George thought upon reflection! during calmer moments, by the fact that amid the flowers in his wife's hat' there nested a stuffed Caroline par?ak?tet*; which the parrot took to be ?arvrf$ldllyet rival, and' proceeded fortb ^uj^j^jd^molish. The bride is now a thorough, convert to the teachings of the Audubon, society. ? Washington Fbstv-v; - .. An InkDOirn Tongue. . 'Johnny?Pa. v.dial does it mean by "unlHibwn tongue?" Pa-^ifr Is the tongue of a silent wom r.n;' niy son. By the way, you needn't 4e?vour mother I told von that.. nslsHell . ?Vf.* ? ? - " "*.