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THE NORTH PLATTE 8FMI-WEEKLY TRIBUNE.
MAKE GOOD CROQUET GROUND
'Really Ideal Foundation Can Be Made
by Use of Concrete Necessi
tates Much Hard Work.
ny rcnEN n. uexfoud,)
Most croquet groundB aro anything
but satisfactory to tho person who
takes delight In tho gamo that admits
of skillful play. Whore tho ground
Js rough as to surface, Indollnlto hb to
boundary, and with arches that Up
In all directions there Is ilttlo chance
for lino playing.
Hut on a ground with perfectly level
surfaco, boundary so clearly defined
that thcro can bo no chance for dis
pute In "bringing In tho ball" and
arches that sot so firmly that they
cannot be displaced by tho Impact of
a ball and can bo depended on as to
tho amount of resistance they will
glvo to a ball driven against them,
tho gamo takes on a new fascination
And becomes one of skill.
A really ideal croquet ground can
be mado by tho uso of cement It
will ncce8sitato considerable hard
work, but tho boys who Ilka to play
croquet will not let that prevent thorn
from providing 'themselves with a
flue ground If they set about it in
Tho first thing to do is to excavate
the soil to tho depth of about eight
inches. Stake out tho ground, and go
at it as though you meant business.
Wheel away tho soil as fast as it Is
lug up. When tho excavation Is com
plete mix your concrete for the bottom
This should bo made of coarse sand
or gravel and cement in tho propor
tion of six parts sand to ono part
uoment. Mix tho two while dry, ant
unen add water enough to make I
01 tho consistency of soft mud)
Only a small quantity should bo
mixed at a time, as the mixture
"sets' or hardens very rapidly. Applj
to tho depth ot six inches, pounding
it down well as you go along.
When you got to the places whero
the arches aro to stand, set iron
sockets to receive them in tho con
crete, letting about an inch and a
half extend above it to bring tho
tops of them even with tho finishing
Do not allow the concrete to dry
rapidly. Sprinkle frequently, or shade
if the sun 1b hot.
The finishing coat should be made
of clear, sharp sand throe parts, anf
one part cement. Mix as for con
crete, and uso enough water to make
it soft enough to run when poured
over tho first coat. Smooth it with
a trowel and level It with a "straight
edge," to mako sure that there are
no inequalities of surface. '
Theso directions, carefully followed,
will give you a ground upon which
you can "calculato" your play almost
as well as tho bllllardist does his on
tho billiard table.
Of course you will have no cushion
to reckon with, but there will bo
ample chanco for very skillful playing
in a great many ways, and you will
find that the games becomes far more
attractive than it Is possible for it
to bo when played on the ordinary
In selecting the location for tho
croquot ground, I would ndvlsb having
it at ono sido of tho homo grounds
and somewhat screened from the road
or street, as It detracts from the pleas
ure of It to have it so exposed to the
view of tho passer-by that it becomes
almost public property. ,
Most croquot grounds and tennis
grounds aro lacking in ono important
feature so far as the lookers-on at
these games aro concerned, and that
is cdmfortablo seats provided with
The boys of tho family can mako
seats at very small expense, and not
only gel much pleasure ut of the
making of them, but a good deal ot
good experienco in tho handling of
tools, which will bo beneficial in other
Theso seats can bo mado by setting
four postB preferably cedar, un
peeled a sufficient depth in tho
ground to mako them firm. I would
suggest two feet for tho width and
six feet for tho length.
Let tho front post stand about six
feet above tho ground, and tho rear
ones about five and a half. This will
glvo a little slope to the roof.
At a convenient height from tho
groundj, nail stout strips of wood
around tho frame-work formed by tho
poles, on which to make tho seat,
which can be ot boards or slats or
For the root of tho seats faBten
Htrips of wood to the posts, both
lengthwise and crosswise, letting thorn
project at least about a foot or more
in all directions bo that ample shade
may be secured.
Then tack on lath or strips of thin
wood in such a manner as to form a
support for tho vines that will be
trained over thorn.
Tho best vine to train over theso
seats is tho wild cucumber nnd tho
morning glory. Both of theso nro of
very rapid growth and eaay culture.
By midsummer tho plants will have
reached tho roof and covered It.
I Boys Will Be Lifters.
Mrs. Church I seo by this paper a
household novelty Is a lifter for re
moving Jare from high shelves.
Mrs. Gotham Yes, we'vo got two
of 'em. Tommle's aged seven nnd Sam
jnle's Just nine.
HANDY OUTFIT FOR CAMPERS
Materials Needed Ara Piece of Can
vas, Blanket and Seventy-Five
Feet of Strong Sash Cord.
A plcco of canvas, unbleached mus
lin, n blanket, or any other plcco of
goods, and 75 foot ot strong sash cord
aro all tho materials necessary. No
sewing Is required and tho outfit can
bo erected In a few minutes. It is
light and can bo carried anywhere,
writes V. W. Killlck of Los Angeles.
Cnl., in Popular Mechanics.
Select two trees, or two polos, and
tio tho ond of tho ropo to ono ot
theso; then run the rope around tho
other three tlmos, draw It taut and
run tho ond back to tho first supporf
and fasten It. Thus two parallel cordil
at any desired height will bo formed
botween tho two supports.
Spread out the cloth on tho ground
under the two ropes so that tho sldo
of tho matorlal to form tho Inner part
of the hammock Is uppermost. Ll)t
ono sldo of tho goods nnd place the
edgo over ono of tho cords far enough
to overlap about one-third thn ontlro
length of tho matorlal. Lift tho oppo
slto sldo and turn Its odgo over In a
A Quickly Constructed Stretcher, the
Only Articles Necessary Being Two
Sticks and a Sheet, or Blanket.
like manner and both odgos will over
lap in tho center, as shown in tho
sketch, which nlso Illustrates tho way
to make up a stretcher quickly. Tho
weight of tho body on tho edges
causes friction enough to provont tho
cloth from slipping.
Two sticks of wood aro placed be
tween tho parallel ropes at tho ends
of tho cloth to hold them apart as In
a hnmmock. Place n pillow at one
ond and enter, being careful not to
disturb tho overlapped edges of 'tho
After hanging tho hammock bed
Btretch another ropo between tho sup-
A Hammock Bed Placed Between Two
Supports, and a Covering, Shaped
Like a Tent.
ports, about two feet above tho par
allel lines. A sheet of canvas or
waterproof material Is thrown ovor
this ropo and tho hanging edges aro
weighted or staked to tho ground,
lines of cord first being attached to
the corners. One ot tho illustrations
shows tho finished bed and cover.
TWO NEAT TONGUE TWISTERS
Typewriter Is Ono Who Typewrites on
Typewriter Second Refers to
-v Miss Betty Botter.
A reader submits thiB tongue twis
ter: "Dear Sir: A typewriter is ono
who typewrites on tho typewriter,
and tho typewriter is a machine on '
which the typewriter who typewrites
on tho typewriter typewrites. Now,
the typewriter who typewrites on the
typewriter typewrites on -the typo
writer until tper'o is no more type
writing to bo typewritten by tho type
writer on tho typewriter on which the
typewriter who typewrites on tho
His second, which refers to a young
woman called Betty, is as follows:
"Betty Botter bought somo buttor,
but she said this butter's bitter. If 1
put It In my battor it will mako my
butter bitter, but a bit o' better butter
would mako my batter better; so sho
bought a bit o' butter better than tho
bitter buttor, and it made her bittor
batter botter, so 'twas better Betty
Botter bought a bit o better but
ter." TOY IS QUITE FASCINATING
Makes Showers of Harmless Sparks
for the Especial Amusement of
the Young Folks.
Among the lateBt devices for amuse
Ing the young folks Is a toy that
throws showers of harmless sparks
which aro especially effective in
Illuminating a room In tho evening.
The Rewarc- of Virtue.
Tho Teacher Ycu seo, had tho
lamb been obedient and stayed in tho
fold it would not havo been oaten bj
the wolf, would It?
Boy (promptly)--No. ma'am; It
would havo been eaten by us." Tho
Wilbur Do they always keep that
big bell on tho cow 7
Papa Yes, Wilbur.
Wilbur I suppose It Is to keep her
from falling asleep in this quiet place,
Harper's Yo;mg Peoplo.
HELPING THE DOCTOR
By JOHN PHILIP ORTH.
"Fathor and mother nro going for
two weoks, and If you can only como
down wo will lmvo an awful time."
So wrote Miss Clara Joslyu to hor
city friend, Mis Irono Morton, and tho
promlso of tho "awful time" cnused nn
nppoarnnce nt tho country sent.
Tho program us outlined by Miss
Clara in her mind for tho entertain
ment of her friend wub:
Driving out with tho pony and cart
nnd having ndvontures. Going in swim
ming in the creek. Killing crabs along
tho snme dreek. Climbing up tho hill
back of the houso nnd rolling down.
Setting tho dog on book agents nnd
peddlers. Killing snakes down by tho
willows. Putting n frog In tho gardon
Thoro were n few othor things bn
tho program, but tho abovo are suffi
cient to Bhow that there wcro to bo no
"Now, girls, bo as steady nB old
maids while wo are gone," cautioned
"Aunt Jane Is to havo chargo ot the
"Wo will mind her like children."
"Don't get tho telephone out of or
der, and don't sot tho house nflre."
"Wo surely won't."
"If anything should happon " be
gan Mr. Joslyn as ho turned back at
"But nothing can happen!"
Tho first thing on tho program was
a drlvo in the pony cart, and that
drive was the beginning of heaps of
things. Thoy were not a milo from the
hou8o whon they espied a lono man
and horso and buggy coming towards
thorn from tho vlllago.
"I am qulto sure that is tho new doc
tor," said MIbs Clara. "Take a good
look at him as wo pass."
"Thoy say that while bo's a smart
young man ho Isn't getting enough
practlco in tho vlllago to keep a cnt
"That's too bad., It may drlvo him
"He doesn't know me, and I wonder
if ho will raise his hat?"
Dr. Phil Armour had put up his sign
in the vlllago of Greenbrlar many
weeks ago, but thoro had not been a
single call for his. services. Tho ailing
ones said It was risky to trust them
selves to a young practitioner. Dr.'
Armour 'was far from starving and ho
was feeding his horse oats three times
a day, but ho was ambitious and impa
tient. Ho know the momlJers of tho
Joslyn family by sight only, but when
abdut to pass tho pony cart ho took
the risk of raising his hat to tho occu
pants nnd recolved two bows In re
turn. "Why, he's qulto good-looking!" ox
clalmed Miss Irono when thoy passed.
"But he had a mournful look."
"It struck mo so."
"As If tho world was agninst him?"
"I say that It's a shame that old doc
tors won't let young doctors cntch
"I think bo, too."
There waB sllonce for tho next five
minutes, nnd then It was Miss Irono
"Look here, Clara, I'll tell you how
we can havo lots of fun, and help
tho doctor nt tho same time."
"When we got out of the cart at
home we twist our ankles."
"You will twist your right one and
1 my left."
"We hobble Into tho house-. We
groan. We telephone for Dr. Armour.
Ho comes. It will bo known nil over
tho villngo that ho has called hero
"But what about tho twisted an
kles?" was asked.
"Oh, we'll tell him that It wasn't
such a bad twist after all, and that we
nre using bandages of arnica or witch
"It'll bo fun to see Mm como rushing
"But you nro such a hand to giggle!
I wouldn't have him think wo wore
making gamo of him for nny monoy."
"Oh, I'll keep my giggles betwoon
my teeth 'till ho 1b gone."
Tho twistB took place according to
schedule. Aunt Jane was so com
pletely hoodwinked that she got band
ages and arnica and did tho telephon
ing. When Dr. Armour arrived each
young lady sat with her foot on u stool
nnd thoro was a strong smell of arnica
In the air. ,
"Is It n bad sprain?" was asked.
"Not so very," was answored In
"But I had best overhaul thorn. Tho
bandage must glvo Bupport to certain
tendons or you may bo lamo for life "
"But Aunt Juno put tho bandages
on, nnd she's an old nurso."
"And yet may not know how to
Tho doctor sank down on ono knee
and began to unwind tho bandage from
Miss Clara's ankle. If bIio protested
further sho must admit tho Joke!
When tho IIchIi camo Into view the
doctor looked wiso and said:
"Bad sprain very bad! You can't
do any walking for a weok! Good
thing I removed the bandage."
Miss Irono suppressed a giggle and
winked nt Miss Clara.
"I find that tho auricula was pmss
Ing against tho calclferous. and that
tho bandage was wound too tightly
ncroBB tho offluont muscles. It Is woll
that you didn't wait 'till morning."
Neither of tho girls was up on ana
tomical tcrmB, but thoy both had tho
somo Idea thnt tho doctor was hav
ing all tho fun to himself, and It so
bored thorn. Whon ho hall finished
with the nnklo ot ono ho turned to thnt
of the othor. No Bwolllng. No Blgn of
n twlsL Ho wnB cither n fool-doctor
or elso he wub mooting their fun tnoro
"Did you ovor!" exclaimed Mlsa
Irono whon ho had dopartod.
"You Bald It would bo such a Joko!"
nccuscd Miss Clarn.
"I ought to havo giggled."
"If you hud I'd havo pushed you out
of tho window! And ho's coming again
In the morning! And ho Bays wo must
hop around Instead of walking! Aren't
you a daisy of a marplot!"
"Old you understand his big
"Not a ono of them, nor ho didn't,
himself! I'll wager ho has ub going on"
crutches aftor tomorrow!"
But Providence camo along to hulp
tho girls out. Sho did It by first bring
ing about almost n tragedy. As tho
victims woro going up to their rooms
for tho night, hopping from stnlr to
stnlr and giggling nt every hop, Miss
Clara lost her bnlanco nnd foil back
wards, and as sho wont sho dragged
her guest with hor. When thoy
brought up nt tho foot ot tho stairs ono
hnd her knee-cap out of placo and tho
other n broken collnrbono.
"Now you'vo dono It!" Bhoutcd Aunt
Jnno as bIio rushed around In excite
ment. "I don't bellovo olthor ono of
you sprnlncd your nnklo! You woro
just making n fool of tho doctor. I
can't mako out tho girls of today."
"Well, horo nro two girls of today
thnt want a doctor," replied Clara.
"Tho samo ono?"
"Oh, yes. Ho made such a quick
euro ot our ankles that wo must glvo
him this job!"
"What has happened?" asked the
doctor, as ho arrived an hour lntor.
"Wo havo got ovor bolng funny!
Say, doctor, wo feel "
"Wo felt that"
"There there! If you talk it will
bring on n fover."
Tho doctor had h practlco within a
month, but it wna moro than n year be
fore ho had Mlsa Clara Joslyn. Sho
didn't exactly know whothor sho
wanted to marry a doctor or not, but
when convinced that sho was llablo to
fall down stairs any day, sho gavo her
hand. And when sho wroto to Miss
Irono about It tho latter replied:
"You aro nil right, but where docs
my giggle como in?"
(CopyrlBlit, 1913. by tho McCluro News
ENGLAND HAS A NEW VICE
Drinking of Wood Alcohol Declared
to Be a Growing Practice in
That Country. .
Every ono knows tho torture
through which opium victims pass.
Happily wo aro comparatively free
from tho scourgo of this drug, yot we
have on a considerable Bcalo a vice
which Is as disastrous in Its, conse
quences, tho Manchester Guardian as
serts. It is tho drinking of monthylated
spirits (wood alcohol), which makes
maniacs of Its worshipers, bringing
boforo tho tortured and fovored vis
ions of its victims horrible specters
which send men and women into fits
of frenzied desperation.
Tho vice 1b rampant among tho
berry pickers of Scotland, nnd a police
inspector staged that a third ot the
pickers woro addicted to the practlco.
Out ot 200 cases, It was stated
every third person had become drunk
on monthylated spirits. Tho vic
tims were men, women and girls in
A writer tells of tho awful suffering
of theso peoplo, having soon them
rolling in agony and seized with tor
riblo convulsions, mingling prayers
with their shrieking curses. Tho dev
ilish pictures In their mind force de
spairing yells und groans from those
peoplo, whoso suffering cannot bo told.
Like tho fruit pickers who every
year take tho tragedy of their sordid
lives from tho worst parts of London
Into tho gardens of England, tho berry
pickers aro drawn from tho most bat
tered dorollcts of humanity. Mnny of
thorn havo always been Btrangors to
fortune nnd each night when they nre
paid, ns la customary with this class
of worker, there Ib an orgy somo
whero. Monthylated spirit drinking among
tho berry pickers 1b not now, and
thcro is ovldcnco that It Is growing.
Ono woman, crawling to hor work
after a vllo debauch said tho spirit
mado hor forgot what sho was.
Porhaps tho vlco grown becniiso tho
spirit's much cheaper than whisky.
For a few coppers a plckor can obtain
enough spirit, with tho nddltlon of a
Ilttlo water, to half fill an ordinary
whisky bottlo, and tho torrlblo stuff
Ib mnny times stronger than the most
newly run whisky.
Whilo tho sot, tho hopolesB drunk
ard and tho fallen woman can satis
fy tho craving' which torturos thorn so
easily and chenply thoro will ho no
hope of stamping out the curat! of this
slow but certain poison.
Question of Beauty.
"Don't you think a woman's appre
ciation of beauty Is grrntcr thun a
"No," roplled Mr. Growcher; "not
If you judge by tho dogs they make
"Women ccrtulnly do make thorn
solvos ridiculous going crnzy ovor bat
torod up football players."
"Hut then women nlways did havo
a paBslon for remnants,"
that Ida ambition to sorvo in tho higher national body must wait
Politics in these parlous times often docs not follow logic nnd thoro will
bo no occasion for surprise If ho overturns precedent nnd contends for tho
NEW CENSUS DIRECTOR
"Who Is that pleasant-faced gentle
man?" nsked n woman clerk nt tho
census bureau tho other day at tho
lunch hour, nB tho man Inquired about
pnBsod through n crowd of clerks
standing In tho corrldorB.
"Tho now director," 'nnBWorod tho
veteran doorkoopor who marks tabs
on thoso who ontor nnd loavo tho
Yes, it was tho now director, Will
iam Julius HnrrlB of Codartown, On.,
who, 6n July 1, Biicccdod E. Dana
Durond as head of tho cenBUB bureau.
Away down In Georgia thoy call
him "Bill," and Just nB ho endonrod
hlmsolt to tho folk ot his own coun
try, so is ho making friends by tho
scoro slnco ho has boon nt tho cen
sus bureau. Friends, mind you,
among tho clorkB, who horotoforo
havo boon ruled by directors whoso
iron, hand held them In nwo. "Bill"
controls them differently. Ho nlways
has n smile, irnnrt olinnr nnd nnnsnln.
tion for them. And that probably Ib tho reason why ho is called "Bill,"
Directors havo, In tho days gono by, wnlked by clorkB with but a cold
bow. Such recognition camo only to n fow who had been so fortunnto as to
know him. But it is difforont with tho now director. Ho has a smllo und a
good word for nil.
Born nt Codartown, Ga., forty-five years ngo, Harris wub educated first
in tho public school of his homo town. Then ho went to tho University ot
Gcorgln at Athens. At Codartown ho Is president of tho Fnrmors and Me
chanics' bank. For two years ho was vice-president of tho Qoorgla Bankers'
association. At ono tlmo ho was n mombor of tho stnto sonnto, representing
Polk, Paulding and Haralson countlos.
NEW CHIEF OF
Bsmm ' 1
ciency and to pay small attention to their political affiliations. This policy
has been emphasized In a number of appointments, notably that of Hugh M.
Smith, a Republican, to be llnh commissioner, The president and Secretary
Houston weut about choosing a weather bureau chief in a very lolsuroly fash
ion, but with this policy in mind. '
Representative Francis Burton Har
rison of Now York has boon solected
for governor goneral of tho Philip
pines. Mr. Hnrrison was selected
after months of personal considera
tion by President Wilson In which
many applicants were eliminated. At
least twlco tho appointment was con
sidered ns good as made, but neither
of tho men selected wnB Mr. Harrison.
Tho now govornor general la n
Democrat, a nntlvo of Now York city,
a lawyer by profession and haB been
n representative In flvo congrossoB, his
first service being in tho Fifty-eighth
He enlisted as a private In the
Spanish war in the volunteers and was
a candidato for lieutenant governor of
Now York In tho campaign of 1904.
lie waB educatod at Yalo unlvorslty
nnd tho Now York Law school.
Representative Harrison was
strongly urged for tho post by Oscar
W. Underwood, Democratic leader in
tho houso; Represontatlvo Pnlmor,
Sonntor Hughes of Now Jorsoy and other proralnont Democrats. Socrotary
Garrison also concurrod In tho appointment.
A reorganization of tho Philippine commission, however, Is to bo effected,
and Eotno commissioners will bo named within a fow days.
Mr. Harrison was a mombor of the party which accompanied William H.
raft as secretary of war on his trip to tho Philippines, nnd ho hna had several
conferences on Philippine matters from tlmo to tlmo with President Wil3on,
so thnt his vlowpolut Is known to tho administration.
U. S. SENATOR
For United States senator from
Ohio, to succeed Hon. Theodora Elijah
Burton -James M. Cox, how govornor
of Ohio? Proporly tho interrogation
point follows tho proposal, but this is
ono ot tho suggestions that havo been
heard with consldornblo persistency in
and about tho stnto capital. And,
Boomlngly, not discouraged by mnny
of tho governor's friends nnd ndmlrora.
It sounds well and Govornor (Jox Is
nmbltlous nnd Is sufficiently well
equipped to glvo most anyono n bat
tle It lmB been insisted that to vindi
cate bib administration ho must go
boforo tho pooplo for renominntlon In
a direct stnto primary nnd ro-electlon
a year honco. Policies now to Ohio
law havo boon placed in tho Buckoya
statute books, largoly by his influonco,
hnd now nuiBt como tho tlmo when ho
can demonstrate that theso things will
work good to tho commonwealth.
Logically, therefore It would scorn
Evorybody will want to know somo
thing about Prof. Chnrlos I Marvin,
whom President Wilson has appointed
chief of tho wonthor bureau to suc
ceed Willis L. Mooro and who will toll
tho country daily what kind of wonth
or it is going to havo.
Professor Marvin has boen In tho
wouthor burcnu scrvlco slnco ho was
graduated from tho Ohio Stato univer
sity at CoIumbuB. Ho has devoted
hlmsolf especially to dovlslng and per
footing nppnratua for observing weath
er conditions with a view to making
nccurato predictions. Ho is not a poli
tician. On tho fow occasions when
ho wont bnck to his Ohio homo to vote
ho supported tho Kopubllcnns. Ho did
not vote in tho election in which
Woodrow Wilson wnB chosen presi
dent. Early In tho administration it waa
announced that in choosing men for
scientific positions President WllBon's
policy would bo to cousldor their effi
IP? w y
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