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THE NORTH PLATTE 8EMI-WEFKLV TRIBUNE.
Good Suet Thrown Away or Used For
Soap Which Could be Rendered
and Used In Cooking.
Vfl 1L.KLJ UW
W ravl J K-i n3
F ou crnvo tho uiiUBUnl It may bo
encountered In South America us
In few other lands. Out beforo
visiting that part of the, world inako
sure you are well supplied with
money nnd In a mood to put up
with more or loss discomfort and
Inconvenience; for the exceptional
will he your pottlou In this line
ns well as In others," says Frederic
S. Isham. author and globe trotter.
In the Dotrolt Free Press.
"South America is a land of magnificent dis
tances, ulso of surprises, some of which are not ox
uctly welcome, although on tho whole It la a very
Interesting part of tho world," suid Mr. Ishuin, re
counting some of tho experiences that befell thorn
on tho trip. "You nro constantly running on to
the unexpected, so that there Is no danger of be
ing wearied by lack of variety.
"Wo met one man who has the most trying
position of which I know. He's an American
u big, broad shouldered, nthlotlc chap, with tho
polish of n university man and tho breozy open
Jienrted manner of a true westerner.
"He is an engineer, and It Is his duty to seo
that tho Chilean division of tho Trans-Andean
railroad is kept frco from laud and Bnow slides.
"That doesn't sound so bad, does It, becauso
you can have no conception of what It incauB un
less you have soen the country. The Trans-Andean
railroad Is a third-rail system In tho strictest
sense of the word. That third rail Is located be
tween tho narrow gaugo strips of steel on which
tho cars travel, and isva cogged affair Into which
teeth on the driving wheels of tho locomotive
hilp, giving sulllclent grip to pull tho heavy trains
up the almost perpendicular course
"On tho Chilean side of the Andes It is a caso
of climbing almost every foot of tho way, and nt
times it seems ns though tho locomotivo must fall
backward on tho cars that follow.
"This cliap lives In a llttlo stone houso closo by,
Inca lake, in tho Andes, 12,000 feet nbovo sea
level. He has a gang of natives under him, and at
ccrtnln Boabons of tho year thoy are kept on" tho
Jump battling with biiow slides, which bury tho
trucks so deep that it requires days of the hard
est kind of work to clear thorn.
"Then tho mountains have a playful habit of
casting off a good big slice of rock and dirt, which
comes tumbling down across tho tracks and puts
an end to travel until It has been removed.
"Sometimes these pranks result seriously, and
there's ninny u lonely gravo along the right of way
to Indlcato the last resting plaeo of somo poor
Mfction mnn who wns burled beneath a slide. Last
winter n few square acres of snow and rock und
Ice camo crashing down on a crow that wore en
deavoring to clear the tracks. Part of them es
caped untouched and Immediately began digging
out their fellow workers. At tho end of 2G hours
they camo upon a sorry nguro a battered section
mnn who had borne tho full brunt of tho slldo.
"And what do you think ho did when they
pulled him out, more dead than allvo? Derated
them Tor leaving him burled so long.
'"You're n fine lot,' ho stcrmed, 'why, jou left
mo In there two hours. It wasn't your fault that
1 didn't die.'
"And tho hands on tho clock had stnrted on
their third round trip since tho slide went over
"The place this engineer calls homo Is one of
mo mosi uourorsniten spots I over saw. Thoy
try to. keep tho road opon tho yoar round, but
there nro threo of four months overy winter when
trains are few nud far between, nnd tho district
Is virtually cut off from tho outsido world.
"Tho scenery along the routo Is impressive
Imt romehow 1 didn't onvy tills particular Amer
ican his Job.
"Crossing tho crest of tho Andes and gottlng
down to the Argentine plains you strike ono of tho
widest gauge railroads in tho world. Service on
tho lino Is not so bad in some respects.
"Thoy hnvo single and double compartment
cars for male nnd female passengers. It was my
111 fortuno to draw a sent In n doublo compart
ment with three Spaniards. Now, they nro not
exnetly thn traveling companions you would se
lect for a 21-hour rldo across the plains, a Journey
that Is trying under tho most fuvornblo conditions.
"They are passionately fond of onions of a par
ticularly rank variety. Without exception thoy
rnioke cigarettes that mnko burning rubber rem
iniscent of attnr of roses. Most of them nro af.
fected with bronchial trouble. Thoy dotost fresh
air. Also they never hnvo acquired n liking for a
cold plungo before breakfast or a bath any other
tlmo, for thnt matter. When I was ready to outer
tho trnln threo of tho most disreputable repre
sentatives of their species wore settled comfoil
ubly i the compartment Delightful prospect.
"Just about that time I hud tho good fortune to
run Into nn American onglncor who was on his
way to ntienos Aires. Ho had tho samo luck ns
I -three of the unwashed In his compartment. For
tunntely ho wan able to talk somo Spanish.
" 'Lot's bribe tho guard nnd seo If wo can't got a
compartmont to ourfiolves,' I suggested.
"No sooner said than tried. Presontly my new
fouud friend camo back. Wo hud with our train
a virtuous guard Offered ilvo dollars to effect
tho doHired change, ho spumod tho tender with a
flno display of iudlgnatlon. Ho could not bo hlrod
for such u paltry sum. Hut for ton dollars ho
would throw tho dirty rnBcnls out, bug nnd bag
gage "aiudly I contributed tho othor half of tho brlbo.
Soon baggage bogan to fly out on tho platform,
followed by n Jabbering trio, who made the Ar
gentine nlr blue with picturesque profanity an
they protested against this summary ejectment.
"They produced tickets to show thoy wore
entitled to wonts In this particular compartment.
The guard. In his most Imperious mnnnor, inform
ed thorn that ho cared not what thoir tickets
called for. Did not ho have tho ofllulal chart of
the train? And did it not
show that this particular
compartment . belonged to
tho two distinguished Amer
ican travelers? Out with
such dogs ns they. And out
"I never learned what be
came of them. Tho next
morning when wo left tho
train at Buenos Aires threo
ugly looking Spaniards
glared at us as they trudged
by with their baggago but
wo cared not. All tho way
across tho plains wo had a
compartmont to ourselves, a
doublo portion of bedding
and every attention that
tho guard could bestow up
"Even then there wos
sufficient discomfort. The
rain came down In torrents
throughout tho entire trip.
Tho roofs to (ho coaches
leaked llko a sieve, and
somo of tho pnssengers who
were fortunato enough to
possess sucli un article
found it expedient to sit under nn umbrella. Tho
dining car had n couplo of inches of water on tho
floor and wo found it necessary to wear rubbers
when going In to our meals.
"Buenos Aires is an interesting seaport, with
n wonderful waterfront and dock system. How
ever, it Is in somo respects ono of tho deadest
"No respectable woman of tho country Is to bo
found In tho Innumerable cafes pf an evening, for
tho reason that sho would not bo safe from in
sult. Tho only placo of amusement where tho
young women of tho city can go is tho opera
house, nnd this has only a brief season.
"As nn oxamplo of up-to-date construction and
equipment tho railroad which runs from Santos to
Sao Pnulo, In Brazil, commands attention. It Is
doubtful If thero Is anything more complete any
where on earth. Tho road Is only 25 miles long,
but so far as I could discover tho only thing thoy
overlooked In their endeavors to outstrip nil oth
ers was to gild tho telegraph poles nnd to uso gold
"Tho road Impressed mo so that I mado some
Inquiries, and discovered tho reason for this lav
lsh expenditure, it scorns that ono of tho terms
undor which tho concession was granted was that
all profits abovo 8 per cent, were to go to tho government.
"So far as I could discover there had been no
appreciable decrease In the national "debt from
the government's share of tho profits. It makes
vast sums of money but everythingv abovo tho
stipulated 8 per cent, goes back into the enter
prise. "Evidently spending these earning so they will
not fall into the hands of tho government Is a
strenuous job and calls for no little ingenuity.
There aro guttors alongside tho tracks to carry
off tho water. These aro paved with small sec
tions of stone, laid with mosaic precision. This
feature alone, wholly unnecessary, must have cost
a vast amount. And everything else is on tho
samo oxtravngant scalo.
"To crowd more thrills Into a given length of
tlmo than you would havo thought possible it Is
only necessary to hire a taxlcab In Itio Janeiro.
Hero dare devllism ilnds its highest oxpre3sion in
tho way the drivers of motor cars tear around.
"The drivers have a union of their own and
they dictate things to suit themselves. When
ever ono of them hits a pedestrian ho throws on
moro power and races off, never waiting to seo
whether or not he killed his victim. And they lilt
thorn with frightful frequency. Every day; tho
newspapers publish a brief summary of accidents
of this nature, and I should say tho average was
CO-OPERATION IN BIBLE TIMES
In common with many of tho prophets of Bible
times, Ahljah, the mnn who placed Joroboam over
tho ten tribes of Israel, was a rural man, W. A.
Lipplncott writes in the Kansas Industrialist.
Elijah, who outwitted tho brilliant and scheming
Queen Jezebel,' went about preaching In his shep
hord's mantel and carrying tho shopherd's stair,
ns though proud of his country origin. Of Ellslia,
his successor, wo nro told that at tho tlmo when
Elijah offered him a Job as his helper ho was
plowing with 12 yoko of oxen. The fact that this
Is recorded wo would Interpret to moan that ho
was considered a skillful toamstcr.
Whon Saul first comes to our nttentlon In tho
Old Testament, ho waB out on the range looking
for his futhor'B assos that had broken away from
tho plckot or escaped tho wrangler. loiter we find
him coming aftor the herd out of tho flold. David
was a red headed farm boy callod from Ills koup-
lng tho shoop to hnvo Judgo Samuel pass compli
ments upon him to his father and point out the
great possibilities ho saw In the boy.
Tho problems which confronted thopooplo of
the Old Tostumont nml tho questions Involved In
current legislation havo just as modern a ring as
has the onilnent and great. Ono of the problems
which thoy had solved nnd which wo havo not
was that of cooperation among farmers. Anothor
was tho question of concentration In tho owner
ship of lnnd with Its attendant evil, tho absontoo
You will not find tho tho subject of co-operation
discussed ns such In tho Old Tostninent. perhaps,
but you will find It putt Into practice.
So fur ns enn bo learned, there were no Isolated
farm housos where slnglo families lived alone. As
n gonoral thing, a. number of more or loss rolnted
famlllos united In forming tt rural village. These
wore nqt cltloB In any souse, nor eon small towns,
but llttlo hamlets set In the midst of tho Holds and
hills. The country districts were dotted with
those tiny villages, and wo find constant reference
to them throughout tho Old and Now Testaments.
Evory morning tho mon wont out to tho Holds to
work and nt night thoy camo back to tho village
Tho reason for this gathering Into vllhigos wub
that tho farraors were under tho necessity oC co
operating against tho uttacks of enemies from the
desert and tho surrounding countries. They co
operated Just as the sturdy pioneers of our own
early colonlnl days co-operated In the use of tho
Btockade becauso thoy had to. And tho trend
of tho times seems to be that the farmers of today
aro co-opeiating more and moro for tho samo
reason because thoy find thoy havo to.
It's a caso of solf-preservatlon now ns much ns
It was in Hiblo or early coloninl times. Tho enomy
Is not tho snmo, snvo in tho characteristic of be
ing a common enemy. Then tho necessity wns
military; now It is economic and social, but It is
just ns real.
And thoro aro those who havo studied this quaa
tlon deeply, who foel very certain that tho tlmo
will como whon tho American farmers will again
bo galhored Into farm villages, as tho farmers of
Germany havo already gathered, under the pres
sure of economic necessity and ns a part of a
broad program of co-operation.
HERE'S THE SIMPLE LIFE.
Tho south for years was rich hunting ground for
tho lover of tho picturesque, but quangos both
numerous and rapid have occurred there in recent
years. The old nogro types o: tho cotton llelds nro
no moro. Tho log cabins, tho pine groves, even
tho stately plantation mansions, recalling tho
flowery dnys of "bofo" do wall," are passing away.
Fortunately for those who onjoy seeing life as it Is
lived where thero is a real attaclimont to tho
soil, tho French section of Canada Is loft us.
Hero along tho lowor St. Lawronco rlvor on may
Hud conditions e.nctly as thoy were a century ngo.
lloro tho "olio-boss shay," tho prldo of colonial
days, Is making its last stand In the Holds wom
en may bo neon cutting grain with sickles than
which thoro Is no Implomont moro primitive Tho
people of tho hnmlets llvo and work as did thoir
great grandparents. Picture to yourself n plnco
whore spinning Is still an evoryduy task! I havo
sat In thoso simple homos, watching doft llngors
at tho spinning whools and listening to thoir
whirring sound that Is llko the hum or boos. It
was In ono of thoso old Interiors that I photo
graphed Grand'moro Trudoau. Sho sits looking
from her cabin ncross tho rlvor, thinking of a son
nt Boa. Christian Herald.
Washington, D C. Reports from
Bomo of tho food specialists of tho De
partment of Agriculture indlcato that
In cortain sections thoro Is a sorlous
wasto of valuablo food, duo to tho fact
that many housewives do not appre
ciate tho valuo of suet In cooking and
do not know how to uso 1L As a re
sult many throw good food suet Into
tho garbngo pall, or elso In raro cases
use it with moat trimmings for soap
making. Many are unaware that suet
possesses tho samo food valuo as lard,
nnd If properly tried out Is a satis
factory subsltuto for frying purposes,
for Bhortening, and In making savory
fats. Apparently somo of tho cook
books havo misled tho American
hoiiBowlfo by stating that suet Is good
only for" soap making. In Europe,
however, V.s food is carefully kept
and rendcrci, and In Germany, suet
and lard aro used interchangeably for
frying and shortening.
Suet Is tho hard fat about tho kid
neys and loins In beef and mutton
which corresponds to the fat of hogs
from which loaf lard Is mado Thoso
who do not know how to render It
object to the hardness of suet and to
its special flavor. Fresh suet, how
ever, can bo so rendered as to mako
a soft, usftblo fat, practically free
from any distinctive flavor or odor.
The following is the simplest
method for trying out suet:
"Remove tho skin and lean parts
from beef fats, and cut It Into small
pieces. Put It into a saucepan and
cover It with cold water. Placo It on
tho Ftovo uncovered, so that the stoam
may carry' off any disagreeable flavor.
Whn the water has nearly all evap
orated, sot tho kettle back and lot tho
fat slowly 'try out.' -When tho fat has
ceased bubbling and the scraps of
sldn aro shriveled, allow tho scraps
to settle at the bottom of tho kettle,
strain tho fat through a cloth and sot
it away to cool."
TlifsT fat is so valuable In cooking
that housewives will do well to savo
all suet from their meat and try It
For thoso who want a mixture of
suet and leaf lard tho following rocipe
will be found useful:
"Take two parts of suet and ono of
leaf lard, finely ground, and mix to
gether. Render this with whole milk
In the proportion of one-half pint milk
to two pounds of tho mixed suet and
lard. (Render means to melt down or
to clarify by melting.) Tho suet and
lard mixture may bo finely divided
by passing it through a meat grinder,
and may then be heated In a doublo
boiler, when the fat will bo quickly
released from the tissues, and when
allowed to cool will form a cake on
tho surfaco of the liquid which may
be easily removed."
This fat has a good odor, color and
texture, and is softer than (he suet
alone. It Is useful for frying and the
shortening of foods with high flavors
and may bo used with fair results In
shortening such things as baking pow
dor biscuits. It is useful for cooking
vogetables either alone or with tho
addition of a little butter.
Do Not Let Fat Burn In Cooking.
Tho upopularity of fried food In
many families Is duo entirely to, tho
fact that the fat has been burned In
cooking. Fat when heated to too
high a temperature splits up and may
causo digestive disturbances. Fat in
itself is a very valuablo food and if
It is not corched should prove a
healthful rather than an objectionable
article of diet A slightly burned
taste and similar objectionable 4Tors
oan often bo removed from fat by put
ting into it thick slices of raw potato
and heating it gradually. Whon the
fat ceases to bubble and tho potatoes
aro brown, tho fat should bo strained
off through a cloth placed in a wiro
strainer. U. S. Dept. of Agriculture
Gets Many Important Conventions.
Omaha. A number of Important
conventions havo been secured by tho
bureau of publicity of tho Commcrciai
club, Thoso already booked aro:
Nebraska Charities and Corrections,
January, dato not set.
Nobraska Ice Cream Manufacture
turors' association, January 19-20.
Nebraska Treasurers' association,
Fobiuary 10 to 12.
Midwest Comont Users convention,
Fobruary 2, :, and 4.
Midwest Cement UBors' show, Jnn
uary 30 to Fobruary 4.
Omaha Automobile show, February
23 to 28.
Rotall Jewelers' association, first
week in March.
Nebraska Optical association, first
week in March.
Nebraska Undertakers in May.
Tel Jed Sokol (National), Juno 17
National Association Society of Deaf
Will Begin Work on Rural Credits.
Washington, D. C Hearings with
a vlow to drafting rural credits legls
latlon nt this session of congress will
bo resumed bj tho houso banking and
Representative Waavor of Oklaho
ma, member of tho sub-commltteo,
said that a largo numbo.- of farmorB,
rural bankers, political economists
und mon who havo observed tho rural
credit system of Europe will testify.
Ho said that tho hearings probably
would bo concluded by the end of
When you nnd I wero young, my dear.
liru Rilef had marred your brow,
lira they lmd brought us hope or fear
Whoso sorrows fret us now
When you nnd I were freo from care,
Wo thought tho world sublimely falr-
WJien you nnd I wero young, my dear.
nut we nro older now, my dear,
And dirges havo been sung
For thoso who made our pathways clear.
To whoHe fond hands wo clung:
I3r wo beheld their dear eyes closo
You wero ns rndlnnt ns a roso
And all the days wero fair, my dear.
How could we bear their loss, my dear.
If wo had b6on denied
The others who havo brought us cheer
And till your breasts with pride?
How could we hopo to bo content
If they had not been sweetly sent
To sootli ounachlng hearts, my dear?
When you nnd I were young, my dear.
And all tho skies were fair
I found a rare, enchanted sphere.
And led you blithely thero;
Hut. thouilll nur vnnth la i.nf noMu
Tho joys we had aro multiplied
Since others cling about us, dear.
Destroyers of Trade.
"Yep, I've decided to move away
from this town. There's no business
here for an undertaker, any more."
"What's the causo? Do tho pcoplo
all go away to die?"
"The trouble with 'em Is that they've
practically quit dyln'. It was all right
beforo tho temperance cranks got so
blamed fussy that the druggist had
to give up runnin' a bind pig."
"You don't mean to tell mo that you
think folks who don't drink whisky
never die? That would mean that all
the women and children must have
been addicted to the habit, along with
"Oh, no, I don't want to try to set
up no argument of that kind. You seo
It sort of worked both ways. The men
shortened their lives by drinkln' whis
ky and the women done tho samo
thing for thelrselvee and the children
by takln drugs and dosln' tho young
ones. So when tho druggist was druv
out of town I was tho ono that had to
suffer. It beats all the way somo folks
keep forover intorferin' with other
Sho dresses in tho night of stylo,
Sho looks on frumps with proud deri
sion Whenever sho is moved to smile
Sho does so with most gravo precision:
Sho dunces-wlth delightful skill.
Floats oven as an airy fairy;
Sho Ukts to speak of culture still
Sho always calls It "Febyouary."
Sho cannot cook, she cannot sew,
Thereforo she is aristocratic.
Ah. sho can mako a rnroblt, though
Oct which you would become ecstatic
Sho has a proud pntilclan strut
And high-born ulrs thnt never vary
She scorns the low and vulgar-but
Shu always calls it "February."
A WISE MAN.
"Well, I've just
escaped n lot of
serious trouble "
you. How did
you do it?"
"By tearing up
a letter I had no
"Now that our wedding' day Is draw
ing near," sho said, nestling a llttlo
moro closely In his arms, "I am begin
niug to bo awfully frightoncd. Some
times I almost feel tempted to run
away and never como back."
"I didn't intend to toll you about It "
ho replied, "but I frequently feol that
"Why, Fred! I don't bollovo you real-
ly ?? ,T You-y heartless
wretch! I ehall never speak to you
"Hilton says ho is willing to glvo his
wlfo credit for having boon a great
help to him in business."
"I understand sho was his stenog.
raphcr for several years."
"Yos. He insists that ho has never
had anyone In tho office who could
equal her In tho delicate business ol
persuading creditors to bo patient."
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