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J VlHI Dvlxl UPHAM ADAMS Author of 'The Kidnapped Millionaires. '"Colonel Monroo'a Doctrine," Etc. CoPYWiiliT. 1903. HT I All right! CoPTHKJHT. 1003. UT FiiKUKMicK Ui-iiAM Adams I reserved A. J. Dbiiil Uiudlm CHAPTER XXI Continued. Gem nil Cardon applauded vigor ously and demanded an encore. The trio sang several songs, and the old soldier lay back In his arm-chair and let his mind drift back to the hours when the ono of whom Jessie was the image lifted her sweet voice in the ballads he loved to hear. At his rc queei they sang "Douglas. Tender and True," "Robin Adair," "The Blue Belli !' Scotland," "Annie Laurie," ami s( veral old war songs. Thea Jessie proposed a rubber of whist, and In the cut she became the partner of James Blake. Jessie played well' and they defeated the general and Edith. "You don't know what a victory we have won!" declared Jessie, her eyes perilling with pleasure. "Papa and Edith think themselves invincible, and this is their first defeat. Eefs go to the conservatory. T want to how r, Blake those lovely bulbs I lent you from Holland." and leaving Bdith and the general to follow, she escorted Blake to the great glass house, with its arched roof and wilder ness of palms, ferns and flowers. "I know this is not much of a treat to you," ventured Jessie. "I had for gotten that you have spent all of jrout life In California." "But I have not spent all of my Ufa in California." Blake said. "I lived in California only seven or eight years and had little chance to study Bower. What little knowledge I have of flowers dates back to my boyhood days In New England." "New England? What part of New England, Mr. Blake?" "Massachusetts," he answered proudly. "I was born in Boston, less than half a mile from where the tea was thrown overboard. My mother's name was Smith, so I'm a Yankee all over." So am I." laughed Jessie. "John Hancock once lived in the house where l was born, and Samuel Ad, him as there many, many times. I'm much of a Hancock as Edith, though aha won't admit It. Don't you like tod better than Sau Francisco. Mr. Blake?" ' Really, I remember very little of Boston," replied Blake. "When I was a small boy we moved to Quinoy. and from there to a farm near Htnghem. rhat part of my New England lite most vhid in my memory dusters round the old farm in Rocky Woods." "Did yon live in Rocky Woods?" Tha dark eyes opened wide and JeS looked wonderingly into Bluke'fl face. "Why. yes, I lived there for several vcars. Do you moan to tell me that you evt r heard of that desolate patch M rockSi pines, stone fences, huckle berry swamps and cranberry marshes?" "Certainly I have. Uncle Tom Mr. Bishop lived there for a genera Uon, and spends the summers there now. I have often been there. Isn't ft strange, Mr. Blake, that both of DS are familiar with that out-of-the-way country? Where was your father's farm? ' "It was then known as the old Icon ard farm. Do you know Where Peter Burt lived Peter Burt, the old era.y man who used to pray at night from th top of the big rock?" "Yes." said Jessie softly, with a lit tle catch at her breath as the blood mounted to her cheeks. James Blake watched her face in tently. Both were thinking of John Burt, but with what different emo tions! Since the sun had set, gulf .uid opened between John Burt and Jamea Blake. And Jessie Carden? Intuitively she felt that James Blake knew Johfl Burt. In a flash it occurred to her that Blake's business with her father was a subterfuge. Was be the bear r of tidings from John Burt? Pat haps John was dead? If al:v?, why ' did he not come himself? "And you knew John Burt I re member now that ho often Spoke of von. He always called you 'Jim an I rarely mentioned your last name. And you ran away from home I)i 1 you ever meet John Burt In California. Mr Blake?" Jamet Blake was not deceived by 'ire- carelesM tone in which -di isi.-i this question. With grim Joy he re IfSjted that John's injunetlor. for se creoy was still in force. He must either mislead Jessie Cardn or prove fake M hie friend; but for tftS IfSt time the deceit was his own and not a sacrifice for another. "Of course I knew John Burt," said Blake reflectively. "Dear old John; I owe him thirty-five dollars. When I ran away from home he gave me every dollar he had, and I've not seen him since. Did you say he had gone to California? Is that SO? No. I never saw him there. And you knew htm? Really. Miss Garden, I almost feel as if we were old acquaintances Ah, here comes Mr. and Mrs. Bishop! I had no Idea it was so late." Mr. Thomas Bishop was introduced, and after a brief conversation, in which Jessie acquainted her uncle with the fact that their guest was formerly from Rocky Woods. Blake noted himself. He accepted an in vitation to call again. "Then we will continue our recol lections of Rocky Woods, Miss Car ies,' be said on leaving. Instructing his coachman to drive to ins apartments, James Blake elo.- .1 his eyes and attempted to calmly re riew what had happened. He found it Impossible. One emotion held mas tery over him he was in love, madly and defiantly in love with Jessie Car den Ho Lhought of Arthur Morns and hated him. He thought of John Burt and pitied him. Neither should stand in his way. Could she be engaged to Arthur Morris ? Now that he had met Jessie Garden he found himself unconscious ly repeating John Burt's indignant declaration: "It Is a lie; an. infamou3 lie!" if an engagement did exist, it should be a., a barrier of mist to his ardent progress. But she did not, ha could not love Arthur Morris. Did John Burt love her? Did she love John Burt? These were the stinging, burning questions which seared his brain, but the clamor of his conscience was Py777f CD cJCSjOOl iJGWT GtCM.TK- drowned In the louder din of his pas llon. lb" had not yet reached a poisl where. With calm selfishness he could voice the brutal aphorism of moral and physical desperadoes) "All is fair in love and war." He was eager to clear himself of self-accused dis loyalty to John Bun. and he Clutched at any defense which would serve as poaalble justification or extenuation. John Burt was his Mead, the found er of his fortunes; the loyal, trustful Comrade to whom he owed all he was or could hope to be. Blake knew this, and yet. with the truth confronting him and pleading for justice, the so phistic arguments and evasions of a Vaulting passion came readily to his lips. "How do I know John loves her?" he pleaded. "He has not told me so. He has sent her no word. He eould have done so easy enough. She does not know if he be dead or alive, pj that the way lor a lover to act? If John has Lost her it is his own fault. Perhaps ha gave her up long ago. Honestly. I believe bis hate for Mor ris is more to him than his affection for Jessie Carden." Thus quibbled James Blake. Awak ened love loosens a million eloquent tongues to plead for self, and palsies the voice which should speak for otn ers. The love of a man for a woman is the sublimation of his egoism; his unconscious exaltation of desire. CHAPTER XXII. t Unrsascning Pacsion. In all the vast world only two per- i knew that such a man as John Burt lived James Blake and Peter Burt. Jphfl Bur owned stock In thou sands of miles of railroads. He was an Investor In other great enterprises ai:d activities. An army of men worked under his direction, and the Itock market rose and fell at the pres sure of his unseen hand. For years he hod rebelled at the fate which had made him a recluse, which denied him the fellowship and confidence of n: s pers. He felt a keen joy oVOf the knowledge that the day was ap pfOgChlng When he could assume hi3 true place In the world of vast affairs. But of earth's ecuntless millions there was one above all Others to whom he wished to tell his lOOfat Hi Impatiently awaited the time when I.' eould look inte .! Garden's lac and rad the verdict In her eyes. Were years of patient waiting and working to be rewarded or unrequit ed? Blake arrived at his office at an un t usually early hour on the morning following his introduction to Jessie Garden. He had spent a mlserahle ight. No sleep came to his blood shot eyes, and for hours he restlessly paced the floor. "I love her; my God, how I love her, but I also lovo John!" he eg claimed again and again, as the night hours crawled slowly away. "What shall I do; what can I do? I cannot ghre her up. By God, I'll not give her up for any man; not even for John Burt! Would John surrender the woman he loved for me? What am I to do? I must decide before 1 see him If I tell John she is in New York he will see her Inside of twenty tour hours. That will be the end of my hopes. She shall love me! She must love me! I cannot live without her! Oh, why did I Brer see hr!" En this unequal contest between loyalty and passion in a weak and self indulgent nature, passion won the battle, but at a frightful sacrifice. His judgment warned him that ho was doomed to defeat, but with the frensted desperation of a gambler he staked i rerythlni honor, friendship, loyalty, his business oaroor Qjl on the tun Of a card, and dared to meet John Burt with treachery in his heart and a lie on his lips. Blake knew that John Burt was in hii private ofeoe, hut for the first time in his life he hesitated to enter it. Prosperity had erected no wall of formality between these two. From the day they fought their boy ish battle, on the edge of the fishing pool, they had called each Other "John" and "Jim." In tacitly accept' iug John Burt's leadership, Blake rec ognized in his companion those traits Which attract allegiance, and which hold It by unseen but powerful bands. By a display of tact which amounted to geuius, John Burt had aided James hiake without patronizing him, and had forgiven his repeated mlatakes without offending him. Blake strolled slowly through the connecting offices and entered the large room reserved for customer . Those who knew the famous opei ator bowed respectfully. Blake gased absent-mindedly at a bulletin board containing the early London and Paris quotations. He read them, but they had no meaning. He was thorough! abjectly miserable. Who is thai gentleman?" asked a ooth-cheeked and dapper young man, who had embarked on his first speculative venturo by risking the major part of his quarterly allow ance. "Why, don't you know?" exclaimed hii companion, "i should have intra d yon. That's James Make the femoUl and only James Blake. F!y years ago he didn't have a dollar. Twenty millions in five years is his record? And it hasn't enlarged his hat la the least, lb- teiis a good Story, sings a good song, and DO man Ifl th club can drink him under the table." (To he continued.) NEVER SEE HEARSE AT NIGHT. New York Undertaker Explains Why They Are Not Sent Out. "Nobod gives us f el Iowa credit for having a large hump of sensitiveness ' .said a area! aide undertaker, "hart the feci is. w. go to a good deal of trou ble to safeguard the feelings of tho general public. For one thing, wa try never to l; ep our hear a In the street after dark. "Of conrae, In the cute of afternoon funerals and long distances a cam not avoid getting home late. but. even so. we make it a point to get under Cover as soon as poaaibls after night fall. And we do that absolutely out of consideration for the public. By nine people out of ten the sight oi a henrac on tha atreei ai night is taken as a sure ign of impe nding death and disaster. "Even in the daytime a hearse is a gloomy affair, but to run up agninal one at night is pretty sure to give the most jovial fellow alive a depressing turn. I know how it is myself. Ac ( nstomed as I am tO handling hear.- i, I don't like to bump into one unex pectedly at a darlc corner. "Most men in the business feel the same way. therefore we strive to be Considerate That we succeed re markably v. ell is apparent to anybody WOO will take the trouble to count the hearse.- he has seen out at night. These ar SO lew that I'll wager the moat confirmed gadabout cannot re call mora than three or four of them." New Yoi k Thru I. John Wc-lcv's Ideas on "Ailing." It is pretty generally known that John Wrslcy. during hii unparalleled apoatolatS Of half a century, traveled 180,000 Bailee and Branched 40,000 ser mons, but Comparatively few are a War of the prodigious amount, of lit erary work he managed to accomplish. His most curious and eccentric book was entitled "Primitive Bit; sic; or. An My and Natural Method of Curing Most Diseases." It was published in London by Harr & Co. in the year L741 The preface is ehnractrristlc of the author, "When man came first out of the hands of the Creator there was no p'.a-'e for physic or the art of heal ing But when man rebelled against the Sovereign of heaven and earth the ineorrnpl Ible frame put on corruption, and the Immortal put on Immortality." Turks Tax the Greeks. The Borte having Issued orders for th" collection of license taxes from Omsk I in the Turkish dominions. It Is feared at Athens that there will bo frerh trouble, especially at Smyrna. Irish Parliamentary Fund. The Irish parliamentary fund for the year IWo amounted to $63,043. f POULTRY The Incubator on the Farm. The Incubator and brooder are the modern allies of the poultry raiser. Originally the fowl laid but few more eggs than she could hatch. It is dif ferent now. We have developed our hen to lay 150 eggs a year, and she can at most hatch not more than thirty of them. To keep the hatching ability up to the laying ability wo have had to invent tho incubator and brooder. These machines are espe cially adapted to the use of people that are making a business of poultry raising, but they are also adapted in a lessor degree to the use of our farm ers that keep flocks of a hundred or more fowls. On some of our large lanns from 200 to 500 fowls are raised annually. Yet in a good many in stances the only means of hatching is from hens. The operation drags along through the summer, with tho result that, in the fall tho farmer has a good many kiuds and sizes of fowls for sale, some of them marketable and some not. On a farm such as we have mentioned it will certainly pay to buy and use an incubator and brooder or brooders. In the first place there is uniformity in the flock, both as to age and size. The birds can bo raised by the hun dreds in March and April, at which time eggs are readily obtainable, and when tall comes the birds that arc to bo disposed of will be all of a size and well grown. They will then bring a better price than otherwise, if the seller knows his husiness. This will bo true whether the birds are seat to some commission house or are dis posed of to the private trade. Another advantage in using an in cubator ls tho Increased certainty of naving cuicks at an. Tiiere aro some years, as all of our poultry raisers know, when tho hens show little in clination to be broody and more than once the poultry raiser has tound him self at tho beginning of summer with only half the number of chicks ho ex pected to have. The number to be hatched ls controllable by the ma chines, but not otherwise. A man can start the machines in February or March and hatch till he has secured the number he wants for raising. (Then he can sop. It the first batches prove a disappointment he can con tinue to use his machine a little long er. Not so the hen She will often disappoint one and then make no sec ond attempt to make good her prom ises to bring forth a brood. Then, too, the brooder removes the necessity of making- nests for the sit ting hens. This fs a large task where hundreds of birds are to be raised. Frequently the nests of tho sitters in terfere with the placing of nests for laying purposes. The care of the hens is rertalnly as threat as is the care of tho Incubator, and after one becomes expert with the incubator the care is less. The care of an incubator lessons in proportion as we get ac quainted with it, which can scarcely be said of the hen. Vve have referred only to the use of the incubator in the spring, as the fall use relates to the production of broilers, which Is a business almost of itself. The Incu bator also makes it possible to get the birds out of the shell in time to develop Into winter layers before the snow files. Packing and Shipping Eggs in Den mark. The work of grading and testing is done mostly by women, who become very expert. The eggs are graded ac cording to weight. Thore are six rec ognized classes, ranging from to 9 kilograms per l'JO eggs (1.43 to 2 pounds per dozen eggs). The expert graders work behind a long table, upon which they have six wooden egg racks, or frames, each frame with ten dozen holes in which tho eggs arc placed. The graders can tell at a glance to which grade an egg belongs, and they distribute them very deftly. When a frame is filled with ten dozen eggs (which are taken directly from the boxes received from the circles), the frames are taken by a man and weighed. If the 110 eggs weigh too much or too little for tho grade fir which they are intended, eggs s.re taken out and substituted with larger or smaller ones, as the case may be. The frame of 120 egg.s la taken into a small, tightly closed room and sot on top of a hopper shaped box, which Is about two loot deept tho sides of which are lined with looklng-gk. ;s. The bottom of this hopper-shaped box la about eight by thirty inches. Four 'xt'en-candlepower electric 1 'glits stand up from the bottom, equal ( is tances apart. Tho eggs, as above In dicated, are placed over these lights and looking-glasses, thick ends up. Tho tester looks carefully at and through each egg, and if any bo un sound they are rejected. The eggs aro then carefully and snugly packed, side by side, with nothing between them, In four Myers, In pine boxes 22 by 72 Inches, niu Irenes deep. Between each two lay cis of eggs Is a substantial layer of straight, clean rye straw; on thr top layer of eggs another layer of straw. The thin hoards are securely nailed on, the boxes are properly mark"i with the company's trade-mark, th number of eggs and the grade ndi cated, and they are sent to tho ship. All eggs are sold by the pound. The co-operative company pays all ex penses from the timo the eggs lavc the circles until thc7 aro placed on oanl ship The average expense is ahout ona cant per dozen. Tho cost ot collecting the eggs from the farm ers and bringing them to tho ctrclo centers is borno by the circles them selves. This work Is done by a col lector selected by tho circle bo;.rd. The collector is usually paid so much per pound of eggs collected. The ex pense of this collection is very low, perhaps on an average not more than one-half cent per dozen. The total cost to tho farmer from the time the eggs leave the nests until they are on board steamer is therefore one and one-half cent per dozen. United States Consular Report. To Get Winter Eggs. I have been in the poultry business for a long time, and my experience has convinced me that the first thing to do to secure winter eggs is to have a warm place for the hens. The tem perature should not be lower than about 40 degrees above aero. I feed al! kinds of grain I ean get, hut not too much eorn, as in that case the birds will get. too fat. Tho houses ami yards should be kept very clean, and the fowls should not be allowed to eat foul stuff. They should have a I deal of am rcise, sad this may he Induced by throwing grain into Utter. The nosts should be kept clean and the nest litter changed quite often. Green cut bone is the best thing to stimulate egg production that 1 have ever used. J. K. Austin," Iroquois County, Illinois. A Few Sheep. In looking over some reports of sheep on tarms we aro struck with the fact that in some of our states not one half of the good-sized farni3 carry any sheep. In the old days it was assumed that every farmer had at least a few sheep. We believe that to-day it would bo better for the farms and better for the whole popu lation of the country if every farm had a small flock of sheep. It ap pears to us that a small flock of sheep could be kept in tho summer time at least at almost no co3t and with great benefit to tho arable portions of the farms. The husbandman works to get tho weeds out of .is Uiuuia fields, but tho whole length of the pasture fence is a mass of weeds on the side of tho pasture and from their tops blow millions of weed seeds every J ear. The sheep would keep most of these weeds down and thus destroy the source from which tho fields get their annual supply of weed seeds. One reason why farmers do not keep mere sheep is tnat dogs arc destructive to the flocks; but as these ravages occur generally in tho night tho trouble is obviated by penning tho sheep at night. The matter of fences is another cause that deters some, but a fence that Is hog proof and horse proof la generally sheep proof During the last few years there has been a steady decline In the sheep growing industry In every state ex cept one cast of the Mississippi. This condition of affairs ls profitable neith er to the nation nor the farmer. Pig3 in Prison. In the older parts of the country it has been tho practice to keep the pigs shut up from birth to maturity. A little pen in the barn was thought to be sufficient, and sometimes there was even no yard for tho pigs to run out in. The said pen was sometimes only six or eight feet square. Here the pigs were kept close prisoners. No wonder that troubles like thumps were common with pigs so treated. io some extent this practice still remains. There Is no question that swine should be given room for exer cise, even if no pecuniary advantage can be figured from It. None of oar farms are so small that there is not an abundance of room for the yard that should be connected with every pig pen. The larger tho yard the better, and If It is large enough to be divided into sections in which green stuff may be grown alternately it will be the more profitable. A Manipulatsd Test. Report from Vermont say that at COS of the creameries in that state a little unpleasantness has been occa sioned by the discovery that two of tho patrons had been working a slight-of-hand trick on the cream gatherer and had continually substi tuted teat bottles filled with very rich cream for the bottles containing tha aamples of croam from the prod uct of the patrons in question. One man had thus secured from the creamery payments in excess of a thousand dollars not belonging to him. At last tho creamery officials began to suspect that something of the kind was being done and laid a trap for these patrons. The two were caught at tne trick and means taken to se cure repayment of the money the fradulently secured. More Trophies for College Boyc. The Union Stock- Yards and Tran sit Compar.v of Chicago has decided to offer two new trophies to take the pce of the Spoor trophy, won per manently by the Iowa State College. One of these new trophies will be of fered for excellence In judging rAttle. hogs and sheep, and the other will be awarded for judging horses. These trophies will be offered as prizes to students representing the various ag ricultural colleges of tho United StttOS and Canada at tho coming In ternational Live Stock Exposition In Chicago the first week in December, and, In addition. It Is expected thnt liberal cash prizes will bo offered. The orchard that Is not looked after will be a failure. Wo have seen or chards that have been planted by proxy by city men who evidently ex pected to make a great fortune out of them. But their end came as a result of being Overran hf grass, caterpillar and scales. LIVE STOCK Live Stock Industry Working South. Gradually our live stock Interests aro working southward though they have not as yet reached In a very con siderable degree even the more south erly limits of what we are pleased to call the Northern States. We have noticed this gradual movoment in Illi nois during tho last ten years. At the present timo a traveler in South ern Illinois is struck by tho compara tively few cattle to be met with there, yet ho will also notice that the num ber is; much larger than It was a few years ago. Here and there stock farms have been established that aro being looked up to by the farmers of tho vicinity, most of whom have no stock to speak of. In the very south ern part of the state the writer passed one farm on which was a fine herd of Herefords. AUian of the neigh borhood said: "x!e Judge is beginning to get something from his stock farm now, though for some years he put two dollars intJt for every one he took out. But ne was all the time bringing up his land. Now it ls in fine condition. But then he was a judge and his salary helped run the farm." This points a double lesson. First, that tho belief must be inculcated into the farmers of those sections that live stock Is a good tiling, and, second, that It takes capital to tide over the time when the live stock farm is be ing established, if all things are to be done at once and on a large scale. The southern parts of Illinois and In diana have a climate and soil well ndapted to tho growing of live stock. The location Is not far enough south to endanger the animals from Texas fever and is not so far north that beef cattle need much protection in winter. The growing or not growing of live stock is the difference between constructive and destructive farming. The presence of live stock helps to build up the land. Its absence fre quently results in deprecliwhg it, though this is not absolute neces sary. It is, however, the usual result and !s likely to be for 3ome genera tions to come. Care in Dressing Animals. In tho dressing of any animal it is always well to consider that possibly It may he affected with tuberculosis or some other contagious disease. There is little danger of infection if there is no wound on the hands that can come into contact with the meat. A good many cases are on record Where men have lost their lives by carelessr.033 in this regard. Butchers aro perhaps oftener the subject of such accidents than any others; and the amateur butcher is as certainly in danger as the professional. A Chi cago man reports as follows to the United States Bureau of Animal In dustry: pjhfr C. E. W., Pole; age, 34; weight, 170 pounds; healthy looking man; butcher by occupation. Family history nega tive. Father of three healthy chil dren. Has no recollection of having been previously sick. On May 3, 1 890. while cleaning cattle viscera, he fell and a stationary meat hook upon which the hearts and lungs are hung penetrated through the right hand be tween the second and third metacarpal bones. A tendo vaginitis resulted, with some lymphangitis of the arm. Ho received the usual treatment for an Infected wound and apparently made a good recovery, with, however, some limited motion of the fingers and a sensitive scar at tho site of puncture. Four months afterwards an abscess formed in the axilla, which was cleaned out and tubercle bacilli wore demonstrated In the broken down gland tissue. At this time there was no soreness in tW arm lymphatics or elbow gland, ut he complained that there had been. In three months afterwards, or seven months from tho original accident, died irom pulmonary tuberculosis. System In Feeding. Animals cannot get the best results from their feed unless It Is given them regularly and In quite uniform portions. Every farmer should havo i regular system for the feeding of his farm animals, whether the ani mals be the ones used for the produc tion of meat and milk or for the pro duction of force to be expended In labor. Irregular meals are ns bad for animal- for human being?. The df tfeetlre systems adapt themselves to certain habits and seem to be as much opposed to irregularity as If they were sentient beings. On many (nrmi there is no system of feeding and the results obtained ure'or. One man will work his horses for hours beyond their regular meal times. During the last hour or so the animal Is lo3ing vigor rapidly. He is iven food when hii .strength Is partly exhausted. The atoaanch had not the vigor of digestion that it had at tho regular eating time, and the result is more or less disarrangement, some times resulting in the imperfect diges tion of the food taken. This is a mat ter that every human being has ex perienced himself. The results aro far more disastrous than we have been led to suppose. The fact Is eas ier to establish than the reason for it. The -ow, the pig. and the sheop when depending on man to do tho feeding faro best and thrive best when their food comes In accordance with a reg ular system. It Is not so much a question of how many meals an ani mal hart a day as of their regularity. Ba re-fa eed fibs are apt to grow up ind become bald headed lies.