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4y A JAPANESE SPY.
3Y LEO WEST2EEATH CBANE. It was a low-eaved place where cat tie had once been stabled. Ho Tol and .the man and twenty-odd others now occupied It Plucking out from his bed a Btranl of straw having a tasseled end, the -cunning Ho Tol began dragging It deli cately over the face of the man be side him, cautiously, ready at the slightest alarm, to drop down In feigned sleep. With a sigh and a con vulsive movement the man turned to -seek relief, twisting Into a new posa. But ever followed the straw. Ho Tol trembled; the man might do a tho'i sand things other than that desired. Ho Tol caught his breath as-with a Httlo puffing of the Hps the man mur mured: "Please do not, O Hana!" Tho words were Japanese! Japan ese! Yet the man was dressed as a coolie, and was within the Russian Jinea beyond Harbin. "Better for him had he been born -dumb," muttered Ho Tol, laughing u moment later In cunning triumph. "S In five days at most will I be on the read back to my country." At thin gray dawn Ho Tol and his bedfellows were aroused, f The coarse oaths of a soldier startled them from sleep. They were marched, a gaping, stum bling company, to a place near the THEY BENT TO LIFT THE TIMBER. river bank,, whore each was served a portion of rice; and when this food had been devoured ravenously, the day's work upon the bridge began. The bridge was a part of that slen der thread which tho Russian spider had swung from continent to conti nent. Ho To! and his twenty-odd bedfe! Jows, though but so many atoms in the millions to be ensnared, were for the moment invaluable to those who wished communication quickly estab llshed. When they were set to work, Ho Toi .sought out the man whose cry be ha I heard, in the night. They bent to lift the same pleco of timber, and thoy carried it, stepping from trestle to tres tie over the river. When at a safe distance from the -watching soldier, Ho Tol began: "Where is your home, brother?" "In the country about Pel-Thang." "Ahaa I knew you for a stranger The people there are bo so different from the rest of us." "I had not noticed " replied th-j other man slowly. "They are so like the Japanese!" When Ho Tol said this he watched the man keenly. "I have not known those people," he said, simply. "Is it so," eagerly went on Ho Tol, assuming great enthusiasm. "When werfr yon in that country, my friend?" blandly asked the other. "That Is I have heard as much,' corrected Ho Toi, in some haste. "I have never been so far south as this ""before. I am from the upper hills, Several traders once came through my country, and they told me many things, The Japanese are indeed a mighty peo ple. Think of their blowing up that bridge when the sentries were at both ends of it. You should be proud- There Is something about your eyes "' The growl of a soldier close Dy caused Ho Tol to close his little argu ment so sharply that his teeth could be heard to click together. , Night and loneliness settled down upon the river. Thirty tired men sat about a fire. Gossips, while not unknown In that country, aro generally found among those who have foresworn the virtu ous life. A few of these were apm and talking. - "In my mind there Is a grave feel ing concerning the bridge," said Yens -80I. "It will soon be finished. Then we will rest, my brothers." "There may bo other bridges," sage ly remarked the man at Ho Toi's side. "Then let us pray there may be other fools," rejoined Yeng Sol, groan ing at the very thought "I do nS think I have worked so since I was a child, and then 1 knew no better." "Or It may chance that this same "bridge will need new mending," sud denly spat out Ho Tol, and Joggling the arm of the one next to him, he called out as It Jesting, "Eh, brother, what do you think?" ' "I do not understand when a brldgs Is fixed, Is It not fixed?" ; "Pooh " growled Ho Tot. "Have 70U not had the stomach ache twice?" "That may be," i-dmitted the other. "I doubt If he eve;, had two such pains as this - bride h&s suffered," v coolly put In Yeng Sol. "It would re quire a- new man to wreck, the bridge, ' and such men are Scarce, ' The man "who-", V ) V f Well, well, let us hear It again," submitted one of the group, who had more than once listened to Yeng Sol'9 recital of this great happening. Yeng Sol -grumbled a bit to himself. But he could not resist the temptation to talk, and began: "It was night and raining. Tha river came booming along, asking for corpses, the water snarling up at the supports of the bridge, each wavelei like the clean white fang, of a wolf. A spy had crawled out among the lower bridge timbers, carrying with him a bundle of devil's powder, but Just before he fired It, a soldier saw him by a wink of the lightning. There was a shot Then the most terrinc noises were born. The gods themselves could not make greater thunder even when drunk. Next morning the bridge looked like a camel whose back h.s been broken by a beam. The man who caused it all was found tossed In th6 fishing nets below the village." f - Ho Tol shuddered once during thia recital. The thought of a man cling ing to fishing nets all night, only to find death In tho dawn, chilled him. At that point the man he watched hvi laughed. Ho Tol could not relish that laugh. The mind of him was troubled. The man knew him now for a meddle some fellow. Yet he knew the man for a spy! But he must have proof facts. For tM deliverance of one accursed spy would the Russians grant him liberty, fo that he might Journey to the uppir hills. During the early hours of the third morning the changlirg of the guard, when sentries are most "drowsy the man sought to run the outpost. It was during one of the sleepless vigils of 110 TOI. The air was bitterly cold. The man slipped out at the shed door. Hoi Tol eagerly followed the man. He had gone toward the river. Ho Toi saw him searching the bank for something. After awhile he came upon a boat. Ho Tol listened to the taint dipping of the oars as the boat brushed away Into the dark. "He will drift down upon the bridge," muttered Ho Tol, musing In his cunning way. "That boat was left for him it is all arranged. There are soldiers at both ends of the bridge If I tell them they will earn the reward, and I will go back to the sheds with those dirty pigs. No 1 must do some thing" A puffing noise caused him to cease planning and glance about in nervous alarm. A line of empty cars was mov ing over the railroad toward the bridge. Ho Tol hurried after the moving train. Nimbly he swung himself upon one of tho last cars and lay at full length on Its top. Soon a low rum bling told blm they had passed the bridge's end and were crossing the river. Waiting until some distance from shore, he slipped down to the beams of the trestle. There was noth ing now to be seen but a few shadowy timbers, beneath which an Inky cur rent surged wltb a low Incessant cob bing. Ho Tol had begun to curse himself for a frozen fool, when a faint swish lng sound came to his ears. A long shadow drifted swiftly out of the black and snuggled In under the bridge. He could hear the soft rubbing of a boat, Like a fat toad he plumped down In the stern. The boat danced a trifle, as if surprised, the water plashing be neath it. There was not a sound from the man In the bow. Each stared silently at the black shape of the other; each waited for a vicious shot from the low girdle of the bridge. It did not come, A moment later they had slipped away on the river marsh. Ho Toi gathered himself together he saw the man's shape waver and with a low cursing they grappled In the center of the swaying boat. The man flung To Hoi backward and fell upon him. The boat tipped and stag gered as a drunken thing. Ho Tol'a head went wholly under. He mado a furious effort, choking he drew up his legs the boat writhed struggled free of them both went dancing away. A Russian officer who liked fish for his breakfast sent his orderly with the rivermen to their nets. "Ah-haa! A man!" cried one of the fishers, pointing, to a bending pole. They dragged Into the boat an un couth, half-drowned object. It was seen that the man's hand clutched an other clammy burden caught In the sagging net. With some difficulty they released the second mass from the man's Im bedded fingers. When brought to shore and toasted back to living, he was asked of this. "My brother he -could not swim. His head was heavy I could uot hold blm up"' he gasped. Twice during the Inquiry he fainted from exhaustion. At one time the sur geon sincerely believed him to be dead. And all the rest of the day he lay huddled In a corner, weeping bit terly for the brother he had been un able to save. After a long time this became monotonous, and the soldiers, ceasing their questions, kicked him and his sorrow out into the cold. Three nights later, according to the story of Yeng Sol. who Is a very holy man, the gods again became drunk, and after much bellowing, left the bridge a second time as a camel who-. back has been broken by a beam. ' The upper hills are yet waiting for Ho Tol. (Copyright 1906. by Joseph B. Bowles.) A Chrlstlanla'doctor has discovered that microbes themselves are infested with parasites. Serves em' right, con found 'em! HORTICULTURE OLD PEACH TREES. What Has Been Done with Them, Proof of What Can Be Bone to Make Them Productive. It Is a fact well known to many " hor ticultural scientists that old peach trees may bo brought back to a state of vigor by severely cutting back the trees and thus keeping them out of fruiting for two or three seasons. If this cutting back Is done in a year when all the fruit buds havo been killed by tho cold, the loss of time Is reduced by one year. Somo varle- EFFECT Of Cl'TTING BACK OLD PEACH TREE. tle3 of trees are greatly Injured by being cut back severely, but not bo tho peach. Peach trees develop wood with great rapidity, and so quickly overcome the effects of severe cutting back. Many of the old peach trees on our farms could bo made to bear good crops again by being cut back. In our Illustration wo show tho re sults of cutting back as practiced on an old peach tree at the Ohio experi ment station. This tree, illustrated in tho corner of our illustration was al ready an old tree andtwaning in vigor, when the station ' purchased the ground on which it stands. In tho spring of 1905 it was severely cut back and left. The cutting back was effective In starting new growths, and in tho fall Df tho samo year It looked as shown in the cut. To all appearances it has renewed Its youth. FIGHTING PEACH TREE BORER How This Pest of the Orchard May Be Kept from Doing His De structive Work. One of the best preventives to keep the moth from laying eggs for the peach tree bore Is to draw away the sarth in the fall down to the crown of the roots and coat the stem to one foot above ground with a thick coat of Un seed oil and white lead, without any turpentine at all. But even when this Is done there will be found occasional borers. Therefore, now is the time to look over the orchard, and wherever a gummy exudation Is seen at the base Df a tree the borer Is at work and should be cut out at once and all tho damaged bark and gum removed. Re peat the examination late in summer andyou, can keep the orchard fairly free from tho borers. The next thing In the bearing peach orchard will bo the fight against the curcullo which :ause the fruit to be wormy. No amount cf spraying will do much for this sucker, for he is not eating the poison. The only way to fight him is to have a broad Apparatus like an In verted umbrella made with'- a light framo covered with cotton cloth. A slit on ono si do admits it round the tree, and then a Jarring of the tree will cause tho bitteh fruit and the bugs to fall into tho receptacle; tho curcullo will not attempt to fly, but will feign death. Then turn the con tents Into a pan of water on which some kerosene has been poured, to kill the Insects. This jarring must be kept up at Intervals until tho fruit Is more than half grown if you want to nvold wormy peaches. Jarring off the bitten fruit will only make the re mainder better and the crop will not bo reduced, for the trees usually over-bear. HORTICULTURAL NOTES. Hoe the lima beans frequently. Set out cabbage plants for. a late crop. Turnips of all kinds may now be sown. "Ho that would have the fruit must climb the tree." After the strawberry bed has borne two crops, It Is best to plow It up and plant late cabbage. The best "Inoculation" for garden crops sweat drops from "the man with the hoe." Rural New Yorker. Sow the early sorts of radishes for a succession. The winter kinds may bo sown the latter part of this month. Bo on the lookout for the melon bug. Apply tobacco dust freely around the plants, and keep them well cultivated. Farm Journal. Since a reader In southern Illinois suggested Japanese clover as a mulch croa for orchards, says the Rural New Yorker, we have had a number of let ters from readers asking 1' the clover will thrlvo at fhe north: The prevail Injj opinion 4s that it will not. - TREES IN THE DOORYARD. Discussion of Varieties to Be Used la Beautifying the Grounds About the House. In reply to a correspondent who writes to inquire about tho beautify ing of the grounds about his house. the Ohio Farmer, suggests tho Inclos ing with asnug screen tho northerly, back corner of the dooryard. Being shaded by the house the corner could not be used for warm-blooded flowers and should be kept wholly In grass. However, two or three rhododendrons or a slnglo Chinese magnolia would thrlvo nicely sot In the angle, leaving most of the narrow lawn free. I would plant a tree north of the front corner of the house, three feet from the fence and in lino with the front of the house. This trco may be a cut-leafod weeping birch, a catalpa speciosa, or a cut-leafed alder. The last Is a very beautiful, round-headed tree, and is not often seen in Ohio. On tho other side of the yard, near the side but ten feet, farther from the front of tho houne, aMarge shado tree should bo planted. It should branch low so that tho children can 'climb Into it, and should be a rapid grower. A Western Beauty apple treo did ex cellent servlco along theso lines and still stands south of my house, al though partly carried away by a wind storm when 23 years old. It is 40 feet high and as many feet broad. An Ohio Nonpareil standing alone Just north of my house spreads f5 feet and Is about 40 feet high. It is 30 years old from the root graft. If a purely ornamental tree Is de sired, my choice would bo a Schwed lorll Norway maplo. This is as good a grower as the plain Norway but every young shoot in the spring Is of a brilliant crimson. Get a young treo and start the branches low, say two feet from tho ground, and If necessary to carry the . top abovo a carriage drive trim up the several branches, making trunks of them. One toward the east might bo compelled, by tyln?; to stakes,, to grow horizontally out from tho trunk 30 Inches and then be allowed or trained to grow nearly per pendicularly, making an available scat, after half a dozen years. Tho front of tho yard may bo plant ed by placing beyond the sidewalk at each front corner a horse chestnut. one with whlto blossoms, tho other with red. This would remove the cen ter of the treo some six or more feet from tho front edge of the lot and en largo tho lot to that extent. It would be well to plant two feet within the lot lines so as not to encroach upon the owners of adjoining lots who might cut tho trees in caso of such encroachment. Twelve feet diagonally from the northern horso chestnut plant a white, double hawthorn, and up the line fenco to tho east 12 feet plant, a scarlet double-flowered haw thorn. South of the first hawthorn ten feet, Just Insldo the sidewalk, plant n chlononthus or white fringe. This 13 67 Jt. tCtfe, 7? ft &ej. L..V- - - - - PLAN OF DOOrtYARD BEAUTIFYING. a very tall shrub or miniature tree, clean, neat, and showy when in bloom. Retwcon the hawthorns, and 16 feet distant, plant a weeping dogwood. Seriously, I do not see the necessity of doing as many do when selecting trees to put In a dooryard, that is, get ting tho cheapest and commonest to be had. Tho past summer I was at the home of a wealthy farmer 100 miles from home, being called there to plan and advise about his dooryard. We were discussing trees and I was trying to Impress upon him the beau ties of some of the trees mentioned above, when, after listening patiently awhllo, he broke in with the question, "Are not sugar maples one of our fin est trees?" Surely they are, 1 had to admit, but they are so common. Even his fence corners had them, and he could get them for the digging, so he wanted to waive tho Interest and edu cation centered In the better class of little-planted treos and plant maples because they were cheap. I have Indicated In the plan a group of four bushes south of the back porch, but the position they should oc cupy Is wholly uncertain, the living or everyday side of dooryards vary so in walks and outlook. Leaving these out and counting eleven beeches for screen there are 23 trees which should not cost with freight and cost of planting more than $18. This dooryard couM therefore be furnished at less than the co'st of a parlor carpet or an overcoat, and the trees will outlast a dozen coats and carpets. ' ' c ' As fast as crops mature It Is a good rule to put In something else, , . J i( n 5 i I I ml STAND BY TARIFF. DECLARATION" OF THE LEAGUE OF REPUBLICAN CLUBS. Dingley Law Upheld as the Best Ever Enacted Benefits It Has Con-, f erred on the Whole People. Too much Importance cannot bo at tached to the tariff planks of the plat form adopted . by the Republican Na tional league at the Golden Jubilee convention In Philadelphia. It Is the only platform that can be called the official utterance of the Republican party of tho entire union for 1906. It was framed by a committee represent ing every state and territory and adopted by a unanimous rising vote without the least dissent by any dele gate from any plank. Wo aro per mitted to give a brief account of the history of the making of the platform by the chairman of tho subcommittee to whom was intrusted tho task. First lt't us present the tariff planks In full: "We stand for that progress which has corao through adequate, universal and equitable protection to every sec tion, every class and evory industry. "Tho protection that has developed and maintained a homo market of such magnitude as to bo no longer compared with that of any other sin gle nation, but measured only by tho3e of tho entire world combined. "The protection that also without sacrifice of any portion of thl3 splen did home market has gained for us more of the world's markets than aro possessed by any other nation on earth, no matter how cheap Its labor or how free Its so-called raw material a foreign trade gained In part through recourse to tho metMxls of all other manufacturing , nations In sometimes meeting competition by ruling world prices, but without re ducing In tho least degree American wages, which remain tho - same In manufactures for export and domestic sales. "The protection' that has raised our labor and standard of living to a higher plane by far than can bo found elsewhere tho world over. "We Indorses tho sentiment of Wil liam McKInley, that the principle of a protective tariff Is acred, but that schedules should bo changod when condition. of Industry, commerce and finance demand and not till then. "Wo emphasize the results of the operation of tho Dingley tariff, which Is giving us a surplus of revenue; un paralleled activity In our factories, forests and mlne3; prontablo prices for the products of our farms; greater bank clearings and relatively less fail ures than ever before; a centlnually larger volume of employment at high er wages, resulting In unprecedented consumption of not only the neces saries, but comforts, conveniences and luxuries of life, augmented withal by larger savings and Investments than have previously been recorded In our history. We believe that these year-after-year record breaking results Just ify us In declaring that the Dingley law Is the most just, equitable and perfect tariff law ever enacted, and a more perfect law than, under present conditions, we could get in Its place with the Inevitable disturbance to business, which should be avoided as long as possible." On assembling, as soon as organized and a subcommittee was selected, its chairman presented his views and found every member of the committee in entire accord. "You cannot mako the tariff plank too strong," said a delegate, and this assertion was greet ed with cries of "that's right," and ap plause from all. When the platform was read to tho entire committee there was the same Indorsement. " When it was presented to tho convention It was adopted by a unanimous rising vote, and Its author, Francis Curtis, of Massachusetts, was called to the platform and given an ovation. Now lqt us see what these repre sentatives of 2,000,000 to 3,000,000 .members of the Republican clubs all over the United States announce as their tariff doctrine.- v J First, they declare their allegiance to the "protection that has been ado quite, universal and equitable to every section, every class and every indus try." They then call attention to our home market, "no longer compared with that of a single nation, but meas ured only by the markets of the en tire world combined." Not only that, but a greater portion of the world's markets has been gained than Is possessed by any other nation, "no matter how cheap Its labor or how free its raw material." And then It Is openly and frankly claimed that we do sometimes meet foreign competition by recourse to the methods of other nations In sales at ruling world prices, "but without re ducing in the least degree American wages, which remain tho same in manufactures for export and domestic sales." There are no equivocations, no plati tudes, no generalities, no compromises in this ' Philadelphia platform. It Is an open, honest, bold declaration, and it has the signed Indorsement of every member of the committee on resolu tions and the rising and. verbal In dorsement of every delegate In the convention. A Condition of Unrest It is true that there is "a wonder ful unrest all over the country" everybody Is working and times are good, thanks to the. Republican tariff but it 13 scarcely accurate to say that this unrest "demands a complete return to old-fashioned Democracy." Never wan a more.Jocqse thing said la -earnest. Jersey CJty Journal BRYAN ON TARIFF PLATFORM Undoubtedly That Will Be the Dxn ocratlc Position in 1908 Duty of Republicans. The Democrats of the country are preparing to go wild over William Jennings Bryan. Every leading Dem ocrat In the country, excepting Orover ' Cleveland, Is now for" Bryan. Henry, . Watterson Is In line, ex-Gov. Francis, of Missouri, is the "original Bryan man" at the present time. At the In diana Democratic convention a Bry an picture was unveiled and the Dem ocrats shouted themselves hoarse. Col. Bryan will undoubtedly be the Democratic nominee In 1008. The Is- buo will bo the tariff. Bryan was eloctod to congress, the first time, on the tariff Issue. His first fame came as tho result of a great free trade speech which he mado in congress. Ho captured his associate Democrats and they bore him In triumph out of the houso on their shoulders. It is believed that Bryan will not talk about tho money question in 1908, but will attempt to charge the tariff with being responsible for all the trusts. combines and monopolies then In ex. iutence. Bryan la bo smart that ho will bo able to make a wonderful campaign in favor of cutting down the Import duties for the purpose of in troducing foreign 1 competition. He will advocate tho doctrine bo ably ad vocated by Gov. Albert B. Cummins and Judgo S. F. Prouty, of this city. What Gov. Cummins and Judgo Prouty will do when Bryan goes on tho stump for their doctrines no one can pre dict. And what they will do in ca30 tie Republicans namlnato a stand-pat- tor aga!-ist Bryan no ono can now fore tell. I'.-uOjly the year 1908 will see the break-up of the old parties. Pos sibly evory tariff reform Republican in the northwest may vote for Bryan as against the protectionist who will be named by tho Republicans. It Is already evident that the Republican nominee in 1908 must stand for pro tection and the prosperity which pro tection has brought. If all the Repub licans In Iowa who believe In reducing the tariff should join with tho Bryan Democrats, Bryan would carry the state. Will they do It? Time alone will tell. Des Moines Capital. Farmers Are Beneficiaries. Among farmers one docs not hear tho demand for tariff rovlslon that was heard the last tlmo there was an agitation for reduction of tariff. That was in 1890-92. Tho Farmers' Alliance at that time voiced the demand and politicians took up the cry for the pur pose of riding Into office on tho crest of the popular wave. The result was that there was a change and the farmer got the worst of the deal. AC this time tho politicians lead the de mand for revision. They must have an Issue and have to fan life into the old revision idea, thinking that the farmers will tumble all over them selves for the benefit of tho politicians.' But they don't enthuse very hard. OC course, a Democratic farmer enthuses. but ho does it because of his party, principles. Republican farmers recog nize that they are the beneficiaries of the sound economic system main talned by the Republican party. Slay. ton (Minn.) Gazette. Out of Evil Good Has Come. The Washington PoHt sees trouble ahead for the Democratic party In the event that this year's elections should change the political complexion of the house of representatives: "But the rabid free traders will keep up their Idle clamor for what they should know Is Impossible. And If their party comes in In 1906 they are not unlikely to render Impossible a Democratic victory In 1908." Chiefly because of free trade folly In clamoring for the impossible the country has been governed by the par ty of protection for more than 45 years, excepting-' only a brief period of two years-1893-'94. So long aa free trade folly persists In denouncing protection as robbery the chances are excellent that the country will con tinue to be govcrnored In the interest of prosperity. When the Democratic party ceases to antagonize protection it will bo possible to take the tariff out of pollMcs, but not until then. Ten Years Ago. Thanks to Providence and the pro tective tariff on wool, the New Mexi can sheep growers are so far enjoy ing the best season ever had In the history of that industry In the terri tory. Properly translated this means that they should be grateful to Provi dence and the Republican party of the nation. Lest they forget, the New Mexican desires to call to their mlnda that ten years ago ewes sold for from $1.25 to S1.75 ner head: Iambs from 75 cents to $1 per head, and wool at from 7 to 9 cents per pound In sunny New Mexico, while durinsr 1905 and lOOA. under Republican administration and with favorable natural conditions. ewes were sold and are selling at from $4 to $5 each; lambs brought and bring from $2.50 to $3 per head, and , wool ranged -and ranges from 19 cents to 24 cents per pound, according to grade. In 1896 Grover Cleveland was president Albuquerque Citizen. - Benefit in President's Travels., President Roosevelt Is the best trav eled president the country has ever bad so far as knowledge of his' own country is concerned. ' He has visited every state in the union and obtainod knowledge of the.nroblems of vrv section of the country. . This Informa tion has often stood him i ln 1 goal stead in recommending .legislation. The-public should take, this Into ac count In making top their Judgment about the propriety of th4 "president's traveling fund. v 11c v) ;