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ifgajt bWs' *. Ife* im i8f im Mrs- Cottle's Elopement J* By JOHN ALEXANDER BOYLE (Copyright, ISM, by Dally Stoiy Pub. Co.) CHRISTMAS on Bald mountain never had been distinguished by ,_any remarkable degree of festivity, but ©Mrs. Cottle, standing in the cabin door- Iway and gazing out disconsolately over the hills of redwood that rolled away the sea, reluctantly concludcd that ."'"the morrow would be tbe mo3t dismal of any Christmas she had known. The ^thought brought a film of tears to her •'"eyes. She brushed them across her Seheek hurriedly with the hem of a cal ico apron and turned back into the kitchen, whose rough board -vails -iad .become the boundaries of her world. Christmas was the one holiday in .the year to which she looked forward. Bald mountain is probably the most beautiful and the loneliest spot in Cal ifornia. For three years Mrs. Cottle had risen daily to take up her endless round of household tasks and looked across the virgin redwood forests that stretched away for 20 miles to the ocean, that lay white and shining on the horizen. Three years before on the day that the last turn in the road at the summit of the peak revealed the beauties of the landscape to her foT the first time, Mrs. Cottle cried out in de light as the man beside her pointed out a tiny cabin nestling half afraid on the edge of a clearing beneath them. "That's our home, Anna, my dear," $ he had said. How well she remembered the tones of his voice and the firm, lender pressure of his hand wheji she laid her's in it. How different now. George Cottle was a poor man mak Kj ,Ing an ambitious struggle to rise above 5^'^be hand-to-mouth existence most of his neighbors lived. He put his heart into his work and was out on his homestead claim from dawn until dark, While the little bride in the cabin tried bravely to hide her loneliness and dis appointment even from herself. When her husband returned at night he was tired and often worried. Bit by bit he f^jjieglected the tender little attentions that meant so much to the wife who waited anxiously through the long Gays, only to find another disappoint ment when the man she loved returned Bt night. He did not understand her unhappi ness or even know that she was un happy, and thought she realized that the arduous tasks he set himself on the homestead were daily tests of his affection. Then came the unprecedented winter that almost beggared the ranchers and stockmen of Mendocino county. Snow fell early in December. More fell on the 10th and by the 15th George Cot tle's land lay hidden two feet beneath the hard snow crust. The stock trapsed in from the hills gaunt and hungry,- and hogs with hollow, sides and razor backs began to gather near the cabin. Cottle parceled out his Scanty supply of grain to the stock charily. For the hogs he could do lit tle. Their food was the acorns and wild potatoes that lay far out of rehch beneath the snow. Forty miles of im passable roads lay between Bald Iftquntain and Willi ts, the nearest town. The hogs began to die then the cattle, and still there was no 3ign a thaw. George Cottle depended on ibis herds for his income, and in the ^.'bltt^rness of his blasted hopes he be -^jcai) sVjcame harder, sterner* more taciturn. Two days before Christmas Mrs. Cot- tie laid her hand on her husband's ^houlder Us he gulped his breakfast. 4^ "George, dear," she said, "Mr. Smith ell "writes that there is to be a dance et their place on Christmas Eve. Let's tgo and forget our troubles in a real jolly Christmas.":":". "Dance! Christmas! There'll Wno Igpjdancing or Christmasing for us this Ipyear, We have our work here, with the te^flifoogs dying a dozen a day," he an with a ha/sli attempt at a .• laugh, .Her lip (pllvered as she turned to tfffcrard him, but his downcast eyes saw tr'viiothing- -$• .'iiSi 4 I "Ok. George, think," ^1% protestl!, ^tremblingly, "I. I haven't seen a soul you and Mr. Osborn since the .#"»t **v i'i® fi •, fSmmm U*,J f" SiJBftelis Were here eight months ago. I Jjjlaven't been away from the peak for *ver 15 months. You can't help the Jhogsv and cattle by being here. Please 'diet's go, just for that one night— ^Ihrta Br T- V,' "Ate you so tired "of' me aifd your |a^ )home?? he asked, Irritably. "Home is g|'*he place for us/and that's where well jptayt Do you think I want to dance ~»Wle the bones of half njy herd are flag out there on the lower clearing?". Pushed back his chair and went out. ICr& Cottle didn't cry. The hurt, waft oo deep and her disappointment too tttorto he relieved by teare. in a life rnpo^ed soentlrelyof commonplaces was hers, small things assume a': jtertlbly exaggerated importance, and loss of tfie hope upon which she 1»Uoyed herself for months was k':/ "|tpo «reat a blow. She was only a child, sjpotWlthBtanding her 20 years. Afternoon-before Christmas far d£tfn .In' the, forest ^N«feit neighbor, |^^!|itie*i't^Tioji8ibnity of aatbaw iw11•.!».--r-'s P® eight miles away. Ing the door goftly behlnd theta^ "that SS "No, he can't but you may remem. ber that you got a pretty tidy little wife up there on the ridge and you ain't the cnly one that lenows it. That there city chap, Osborn, what's been shootin' round here, told Dolph New .coyne she were the prettiest piece of furniture he'd seen in many a day. I met Osborn and Mrs. Cottle up on the road iff.his buckboard jes' now. and she didn't seem to be so powerful sorry yer weren't along, George. She blushed clear to her hair when she seed me. What! Now don't be takin' no offense whar none's meant, George. Well, hev it yer own way." George Cottle, with an angry retort, had called to his dog, started the hogs and was striding oS on the trail, leav ing Nelson staring after him. He was angry with his neighbor for what he had said, and repeated to him self again and again that he would pay no attention to such idle talk. "But where was she going with Os born?" he asked himself. Again and again ho urged on the tired hogs, but never had a herd seemed to move so slowly. Cottle, despite his efforts to put aside the suspicions aroused by lm neighbor's gossip, was uneasy as he neared the clearing on which stood the cabin. "What a fool to worry this way when I know Anna's waiting for me with supper in the cabin," he said, as he came out of the redwoods at the clearing. The last words choked him and a chilling fear, a presentiment of evil, seemed to grip him at the heart. Instead of a smoking chimney and cheerful light gleaming from the win dow, as usual, the cabin was dark and without a sign of life. Forgetting the hogs he ran across the clearing. He struck a match at the cabin door and his heart chilled with dread. The door was latched on the outside. He paused for half a minute, afraid to lift the latch then tore it open and went in. The cabin was empty. He lighted a lamp and looked round. The table was set for supper, but there was only one plate, one cup, one knife and fork. "My God, what has happened?" he cried in agony, picking up from the plate a piece of torn newspaper on the margin of which were scribbled a few words. He stepped closer to the light and read: "Dear George—I have gone with Mr. Osborn. I ju3t couldn't stand it any longer. I was so lonely, and you don't love me any more, so you won't care. Forgive me if you can. ANNA. "P. S.—Your supper is in the oven." "I'll follow them, though It be 10,000 miles, and kill them both," he cried, starting for the door. Before he crossed the threshold he turned back, dropped into a chair and with the piti ful little note spread between his trembling fingers read his wife's mes sage again and again. His anger softened as he read. He began to understand what was written between the lines as plainly as the pencil scrawl itself. "Poor child, poor child," he mut tered. "She couldn't stand it any lon ger. She thought I didia't love her. Oh, if she could only know how I do really love her. Poor, misguided child, I didnt' understand... her loneliness. God forgive me." Rain began to pelt upon the roof and a faint gray square showed between the biaclc outlines of the window, but George Cottle heard nothing, felt noth ing, realized nothing but the bitter sor row and regret that were in hi& heart. The light grew stronger, the rain stopped and the sun came out warm and bright. Cottle looked up from the table. "Christmas morning," he said, with a catch in his throat. "Christmas morning—how can I get through this day?" Hark! Was that the sound of buggy wheels or was he mad? Voices, too! He stepped to the door and flung it optn. ii Outside were his wife and Clem Os borne. "You, Anna, you have, come back," he cried, dazedly. The girl on the doorstep looked white and care worn. "I have come, of course, George," she said, with a tremor in her voice. "Haven't you forgiven me? I'm so sorry. Don't you want me back?" "Do you love him?" he asked. "Love who? George, dear, wjbiat has happaned? Are you mad?" &, "But you ran away, eloped. I found your note. I dont' understand. Why are you here?" Clem Osborn came1upIn time to h'ea'r the last words. "What's all this nonsense, Cottle?** he aBked. "Mrs. Cottle and I have been to SmithaU's dance. We'd have keen back sooner, but the bridge is down over the creek. That warm rain last night has brought the thaw with a ven geance and the snow's half gone al ready. Mrs. Cottle's wet and He never finished the sentence. "George, you didn't think cried a little woman, throwing herself at George Cottle's feet. "Anna, my darling, I did. Forgive, me, forgive me. I thought you' had gone." He raised her in |Us armband stepped, into the cabin. 5' "Up strikes 'Osbqsr^feios- this is an excellent jhornlng fonk deer hunt and! that thrt» aye one too many 'a FARMA^GARDEN Style 8 Christmas dinner elaborate ffe one, on' Bkld jnousteirQat smoked' pogtc took the placet: to have iou^a, happier, .more WW. j&nMWPu An. foufedone. Cottl«4^lln thataffc Sis LACING A LEATHER BELT. Every Farmer Who Owns Machinery Should Know How to Do This Work Expeditiously. Style 1 is lacing used on leather belts where heavy load is applied-- and where the belt does not run under idler or turn sharp angles. Styles 2 and 3 are a hinge stitch :or light belts where the belts run un der idlers or turn short curves, as in a hinge stich the belt can be doubled back and forth each way and it will not LACING LEATHER BELT. wear, when if sewed as in Style 1 it would wear out in a short time. Styles 4, 5, and 7 are used on heavy belts where a heavy strain is put on them and especially when^belts bej come cold and hard to get lacing to hold. This style of lacing will hold as well ajs the other part of the belt will. 1 is a double hinge stitch anil should be used where a heavy strain is placed on the belt and in turning shoiit curves or in running under small idlers. The main drive belts used on separa tors sewed in this way will often lasttwo seasons without reiaclng the belt. Where these stitches are not familiar to the Dperator he can easily grasp the idea by threading a needle and using the cut as a model an^ drawing lines on the sut with the thread. When he gets the dea it will be no trouble for him to sew a belt, always commencing In the center jf the belt when sewing and ending In the center. If he has a Rogers punch, by simply pushing it through the leather It will form a half circle to push the lace through and then cut a little notch in ihe lace and it will catch on this half :ircle and cannot be pulled out. It will lot be necessary to tie the lace In any way. In lacing very often the end of he lace is soft and it is hard to thread lirough the holes, but if you will sim ply wet the end of the lacing or oil It, hen light a match and crisp the end of :he lacing it will form a hard point which will save time and annoyance. Every thresherman who does notun lerstand this style of lacing should take couple of cards and punch holes as in licated by the cut and sew the cards with a shoe string for lacing, as these make good lacings for practice and are sasler than tracing with a thread.— Hn-esher World.. The First Plowing in India. The commencement of the farming season in- India is celebrated with cer emonies. The first furrow In the vil lage Is plowed by a committee of fa-m ers from the neighborhood. The plow is first worshiped and decorated. The bullock or camel which draws it is covered with garlands of flowers bright-colored pieces of cloth and rosettes of ribbon are braided into its tail and hung upon its horns. Behind the plow follows "the sower who is also decorated with flowers and orna ments, has a red mark upon his fore head and his eyelids colored with lamp black. He drops seed int\ the furrow.1 Behind him «omes a second man, who carefully picks up every grain that has fallen outside of the furrow. When tbe furrow is finished the farmers assem bleat some houBelnfae neighborhood and have a dinner. There are similar ceremonies connected with the har-' f^l^nw-jnilngi That Are Not. C^ennt pcpper doesn't come from 'a jpepper ^lant/ nor Burgundy pitch from Burgundy., Jerusalem artichokes do not come from Jerusalem, nor tur keys from Turkey. Camel's hair brushes ate made from the tall of the squirrel. German silver is not silver, and It was Invented in China. Cork legs are not made of cork neither do they come from »Jork, Ireland. Prus sian blue does not come from Prussia. Irish s\ew is not an Irish, but an Eng llah dish. Cleopatra's Needle was set up 1,000 years before that lady was "born. Chamois leather is not the hide of a chamois, but the fiesh side of TAKE CARE OF YOUR ROPE Use Plenty of Soap Where There Is Much friction and Prevent. It from Twisting. Discussing the subject of how to pre vent a hay rope from twisting, Mr. George Benbow in a recent issue of Wallace's Farmer says: "What you want to do is to compel the hemp fiber to conform itself to the new position in the rope. The hemp as it comes to the rope walk to be man ufactured is straight. The fibers are joined and twisted to form a thread the threads are doubled and twisted to form a strand, and the strands are twisted together to form a rope. With all this twisting is it a wonder the original fiber resists? Now to boil your Tope, or soak it in water, or to lay It in the dew, deadens the twist, and this will be done at the expense of your rope. A rope maker will tell you never to wet a rope. After being wet it will never again be as strong as it was before. A good rope always twists more or less with damp or very dry weather. "Now as to your new hay rope. I am supposing It is hung ready for work. As you look up the rope is twisted from right to left most likely in a new rope. Now use a little patience. I Take the end where the horses are hitched and take two or three turns out of the rope. Then run it back and forth, and if you have not taken enough turns take two or three more until you get it right. Most likely when the rope gets older the twist will be from left to right as you loolc up. In «^is case put a few twists in it and it will be all right. Beware of a rope so old that it hang's dead in all hinds of weather. It is nearly gone for work and is dangerous. "Instead of robbing your rope of its strength by boiling and wetting, feed it. Take a bar of good soap and run it along as the rope runs back and forth. The soap will soon find its way all over the rope and it will add to its strength and make It work more smoothly. I know this is work, but if you will take patience and soap you will be well repaid for the time spent. Use plenty of soap where there is much friction. Take care of your rope!" SEASONABLE FARM NOTES. Any kind of land that Is underlaid with a quicksand subsoil is not to be relied on for the raising of crops. About 20 pounds is the amount of alfalfa seed required per acre to give the best of results on fairly good land. As a rule, a soil that is loamy on lop and clayey underneath is good farming land, provided that the drain age is good. Cross-breeding animals does not generally yield satisfactory results, nor will cross-breeding seed plants bo likely to give us any better results in the main. Corn that has been permitted to fully mature on the stalks gives the best results when used for seed. We might expect this, as it is in accord ance with nature's plan. Do not select the ears of corn in tended for seed too early this fall. The corn is increaslr.s in substance now, and this should be allowed to go on as long as possible. Until the sub stance is all in the kernels they will not have attained full vitality. FOR REMOVING BOWLDERS. Simple Bit of Engineering That Does Away with a Lot of Laborr ious Digging. Getting our bowlders from cultivated fields is a matter of no little labor, espe cially if the bowl der is deeply Im beded In the earth. A large stone can be a a ily when upon the surface, but much more laborious digging is re Quired if the bowlder is to.be hauled out by "main strength" by a team. A sim ple bit of engineering that will greatly help In this case is shown in the ac companying illustration. Two stout 2x4 scantlings are bolted at top and placed above bowlder as shown. Chains are fastened around bowlder and fas tened to a scantling a third of tbe way from bottom. A long chain or rope from top of scantling to double tree of the team gives the connecting link. On starting up team the bowlder will be lifted out upon the ground very easily for reasons that anyone with a mechan ical eye can readily see.—O. M. ottalr, in Agricultural EpitomIst.fef* «gg3Keep the Farm Tools Cle£ta.~ In no other way can good, thorough work be done so quickly and easily a# with tools kept in nice working order. And after you are through with them £tore them away in'a dry place. Have place for every tool, and jput it in its place. When you lay them awa^-coat ^11 steel parts with oil mixed with white lead or lard and kerosene the flatter to prevent the rats from eating off the grease. Then In the spring, when you draw out the tools, vou Will have no trouble In getting theci to do good service.—E. L. Morris, in J^pltomisL Keep Buildings Well Painted.' Many farmers wait several years -After painting a building before paint ing it again. Tljey wait until the building is In bad condition and it re quires as much or more paint to cover ft, as Jt did at first.. Qulldings should be. painted one coat ievery twp or thftie years. This done not only will the? cost of repairs belessened, hut ajfpea^-: ance of the place" yill be much Im proved. Fresh paint applied o&jta^ even though in small quantities, keep# wood and metal irqm 4«cat.-*0. B. VEST HAD SOME DOUBTS. Thought the Legislature Might Re peal All the Smart Young Man Knew. Senator Cockrell tells of the case of & young man who once appeared before the commission appointed in Missouri to exam lnc applicants for admission to the bar of that state. It appears, gays the New York -ierald, that this youthful applicant, who had tailed miserably in all that pertained to jurisprudence, civil law, case law, sumptuary as imptuarv law and. due process of law, finally asked bv Mr. Vest, for along time senator from Missouri, whether there re mained any questions which the young'man would like to have put to him. "I regret to say,' remarked Mr. Vest, "that you have failed to come up to the mark is the branches of law upon which we have examined you. But," added Mr. Vest, in a most kindly spirit, "we will ques tion your further, it you so desire." "Well, sir," responded the applicant, "1 would suggest, if you please, that I be ques tioned on t.he statutes." At this Mr. Vest smiled sadly. young man," added he, "I do not that you're up on the statutes but I do doubt that you will succeed in the law. Suppose you should have the utmost fa miliarity with the statutes, what's to pre vent the legislature from repealing all you know?" Both Got It. The late sculptor, l^artholdi, was best known in this country by his statue of Liberty, the chief feature of which is its size. Its artistic merits were succinctly out help. summed up by a distinguished foreigner when sailing into New York harbor. Point- heartache, ing to the gigantic figure, he asked: ^nv" niivcmum "Is that Liberty? "Yes," said a bvstander. "Then give me death," said the foreigner, who evidently knew his Patrick Henry.— Boston Herald. It is asserted that civilization as it adfc vances weakens man's sense of smell, but,' perhaps, on the whole, people who live in congested districts ought to be thankful for this. 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