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HER IDLE HOURS
By MARY W. FORD.
. 1320. by McCIure Kewnpaptr Syndicate.)
"Mother, do quit arguing. I'll admit
hc would rather have one of those
'fluffy' drosses on, as you call them,
nnd cat chocolates, than to do u stroke
of housework 1 or cooking," and John
Andrews reached for his hat, and com
ing over to his mother, placed an arm
around her lovingly.
"But Johnny l)0y, it's your future
Im looking for I want you to be
happy, and with your salary you can
not afford to hire a cook. What's
more, huldy, I'm afraid, as It Is. she
would Just he an ornament to grace
your homo with, Instead of a homo-loving
wife. If only she would give up
her Idle hours, and during those hours
learn to cook."
"There, there, mother, dear, let's not
talk on this subject again."
When John called on Margaret, or
"Peggy," as he lovingly nicknamed
her, a vision In lovely pink met him
at the door. "Oh, Johnny, I have
something wonderful to tell you." and
laughing happily she ushered' him Into
a luxurious pnrlor, far different from
John's modest parlor. After what
seemed a little eternity to John, won
dering what Peggy was so excited
about, that young lady appeared at
the door with a huge hat box almost
. as large as herself, as Peggy was rath
er short. "Now close your eyes. John,"
she said, and after a moment requested
him to open them again. And behold!
There, before John's eyes was a beau
tiful creation of a hat. First It looked
like silver, then hold it at another
tingle and It looked like gold at least
that was how John later described It
to his mother.
"Why, John Andrews, you don't like
my new hat!" and tears tilled Peggy's
pretty brown eyes. John continued
Btarlng at the hat, and when Peggy
mougnt lie did not approve of the
pretty hat she nearly guessed right,
for John was asking himself how he
could afford to buy such a dream of
a hat for Peggy when they were mar
ried. "Peggy dear, your hat Is n perfect
dream, and I know It must be very be
coming, but "
"Peggy, I'm nwfully sorry I am such
poor company this evening, but moth
er has been at that 'cooking' stuff
again; nnd oh, Peggy! I've just been
hoping right along that you would
one day surprise mother and "
Going over to John, she lookeil him
squarely In the eyes and said, seri
ously: "John, I will surprise her, and
I'll make her love me some day, I
hope love me for my very self, and
not my cooking; nh1. oh! I don't want
this lint. I hate It, hate It!" and the
tears fell fast.
The following week John was sent
to New York, to be gone live months
on business for the linn. Peggy prom
ised to write faithfully every week, so
he went away not entirely unhappy,
but looking forward to the time when
he would return.
"I'm awfully lonesome since John
went away, and I haven't much ambi
tion to cook or do anything else,"
thought Ml s. Andrews a week after
John, had left. Then her eyes ilxcd
themselves on the following ad In the
paper: "Young lady about to be mar
ried would like five months' instruc
tion In housework and cooking." Then
the box number followed nt the post
ofllce. "Well, of all things what a
queer ad, but that girl sure has grit,
nnd I admire It now that John has
gone, why can't I take her In, poor
soul, and help her out?" And the
more she thought of It the more she
wanted to do It, so accordingly the
next day a young girl presented her
self In answer to Mrs. Andrews' letter.
"Why, Margaret Willis!" but Mrs.
Andrews not suspecting that Peggy
hud come In nnswer to her letter, and
Pure Bred Hampshire Brood Sows
and Shotes at Public Sale.
FOUR GOOD BROOD SOWS.
At the Shaner Place 5 miles southwest of Maxwell and 2 miles southeast o
Thursday, February 26th, at 1 p. m.
At the same time there will he sold five work horses, seven colts, twenty-one cows and
a lot of farm machinery.
thinking she cai.u about Jc'.ui, froae
up completely nnd stared at Margaret,
but not unkindly.
"Please don't look nt mo like that,
Mrs. Andrews I am the young lady
who who wants to know how to keep
house, how to cook. Oh, won't you help
me while John Is gone?" And ns Mrs.
Andrews gazed at this girl whom she
always regarded as a doll, her heart
wont out to her when she saw how
sincere I'ejrgy was, and how she must
love her Johnny to come and humble
herself like this to his mother. Mrs.
Andrews beamed on Peggy and said:
"Yes, my dear little girl, I'm going to
help you; nnd we'll give John the
surprise of bin life."
John arrived home around noon three
days sooner than he was expected, and
received the surprise of his life when
lie saw his dainty Peggy, her fnce
flushed, enveloped In one of his
mother's aprons." pulling a pan of
hot biscuits out of the oven. "John,"
was all poor Peggy could say, and
down went those delicious biscuits on
the Moor, and aftr picking his little
girl up in his arms and kissing the
flushed cheeks, he stooped and picked
up the pan of biscuits rather gingerly,
fearfully, and also feeling quite sure
they would he like bricks. But won
ders will never cease, for the biscuits
were lovely aid soft, dellclously
browned. Mrs. Andrews and Peggy
had kept the whole affair a secret from
John, and at that moment his mother
entered, and after greeting Mm, told
the whole story, while Peggj luughed
"And, John, she Is prepared now. and
I am delighted to recommend her."
"And whnt's more, John, sTie loves
me for my very self," added Pegyy
AMERICA'S FRUIT, THE APPLE
People Are Beginning to Show It
Proper Appreciation, and Crop
Should Be Increased.
Americans are coming to treat ap
ples more as a food and less ns a
betwcen-menls superfluity than they
used to do, yet when the north wind
blows and the llrcsldo glows they
can't refrain from paying especial at
tention to the question whether there
Is a plenty of them. This year, the
farm reports tells us, there Is not.
There are, In the whole country,
1.091,000 barrels fewer than there
were in 1918, and almost the same
shortage from the crop of 1910,
though we are considerably better off
than we were In 1917. That is, we
have 24,000.000 barrels this year.
That's about one for each family in
the country, nnd each family, not each
member thereof, might, if they were
evenly distributed, have one apple a
day. The true lover of apples will
never admit this to be sulllclent, and
ho should not.
It Is not especially cheering to
learn that the country's crop of ap
ples does not tend to Increase. Our
record crop was In 1012, but we had
almost ns many In 1890, and the crop
I In ISOH was greater than that In
either of the past four years. Rut
the apple Is America's fruit, the most
satisfactory, the most dependable, the
I most henlthful fruit In the world.
I Hartford Times.
A Place for Everybody.
"Yes," proudly announced the ex
cnptaln who is now manager of the
new $10,000,000 hotel, "all our em
ployees are former service men every
one of them. The desk clerk Is an old
top kicker, the floor clerks have all
been noncoms In charge of quarters,
the chef was a mess sergeant, the
waiters were all permanent IC. IVs,
the house doctor was a base hospital
surgeon, the house detective was nn
Intelligence policeman, the bell-hops
"And have you any former M. IVs?"
he was asked.
"Yes," ho replied. "When there's a
good stiff wind blowing we use them
as outside window washers on the
WEALTH FLOWING INTO CUBA
, Crops of Cotton and Sugar Will Net
j People of Island Oomo
, Cuba's coming sugar crop Is expect
ed to yield about 4,000,000 tons u-rw
ord output. At prices which the plant
ers nre counting upon receiving for
their sugar this will mean a payment
to them of from about $7."0,000.000 to
SSOO.OOO.OOO. Hear In mind that this
Is for one crop raised on an Islanrr or
' only 45,8911 squnre miles and with a
population of about 2,000,000.
I In the colton-growlng sections of
the South there are approximately
nbout 2fi,000,000 people. The center of
Interest In Cuba Is sugar, In about
the same degree that cotton concen
trates the Interest of the South. When
tho cotton crop (list reached the
value of $2,000,000,000 a year, tho
world held up Its hands In amazement,
nnd yet this $2,000,000,000 Is distrib
uted directly or Indirectly among 25,-
000,000 people. In Cuba more thnn
n third of that amount will be distrib
uted directly or Indirectly among
2.C00.0O0 people. Kvcry dollar of this
vast stun Is paid Into Culm from othet
countries. It Is as though the entire
world production of gold for two years
and more were dumped Into Cuba, as
measured by the world's production of
gold and the Cuban sugar crop value.
NO CHANGE IN HUMAN BONES
Construction of Shoulder Blades Today
the Same as Those of Sixty
There has been no discernible
change In the shoulder blade of man
In the last 0,000 years, according to
Dr. William W. Graves of St. Louis,
who spoke before the meeting of the
American Association for the Advance
ment of Science.
Shoulder blades of Egyptian mum
mies, (5.000 years old. and those of
Illinois river Indians, believed to be
about the same age, are the same as
those of the present-day men, accord
ing to Doctor Graves.
In July and August of last year Doc-
1 tor Graves measured l.fiOO shoulder
blades of men nnd animals, endeavor
ing to classify the differences In them.
The vertebral borders, with which he
wa.s particularly concerned, are the
same In humans as In gorillas, chim
panzees and also In lower monkeys.
Concerning the skeletons of Illinois
river Indians, which be said appear
to be between 4,000 and 0,000 years
old, be was asked If he considered that
proof that this continent was Inhabit
ed then by humans whose physical
type was as high as that of the Egyp
tians of that day. He said that he
could not draw such a conclusion, al
though the shoulder blades are of the
Fairy baskets are made of large
hazel nuts, Alberts or pouch pits. Fil
berts must lie soaked in hot wnter for
several hours; hazel nuts and peach
pits may be used green.' With a
sharp, tine pointed penknife bore
through the Albert or linzel nut on
eacli side In the light colored upper
third, cut away the shell carefully
around the hole so as to leave a han
dle between the Incisions, dig out the
meat that Is inside, then cut very' tiny
notches In the lower edge. If you use
peach pits trim off tho sharp point,
then bore and cut out the shell and
trim tho stalk end smooth.
Those baskets are a never failing
niensuro to both children and grown
ups. One use to which you can put
the fairy bnskets Is loop a dozen or
more upon a strand of silk floss, till
ench one with earth and supply It with
a single line grass seed, then hang
them In a sunny window nnd keep
Dr. H. C. Brock. Dentist. X-Ray
Diagnosis. Reynolds Bldg. Phono 148
Wc have secured the exclusive fran
chise for selling the well-known 1-0110
Electric Light nnd Power Plant in this
For some time we have noticed that
the progressive farmers of tlm section
urc realizing that economical and re
liable electricity is. just as important
if not more so to the proper develop
ment of their farming business and to
the comfort of their homes, ns the tele
phone, the daily mail, the automobile,
and the most valuable labor-saving
It is our intention to give the residents
of this community the very best ma
terial nnd the best of service for its
When wc decided to sell an electric
light and power plant, we set out to
secure that plant which, in our opinion,
had proven itself to be the mo3t reli
able, the most economical, and incvery
way the best investment for ourpatrons.
We chose the Lnlley Light plant, manufactured by the Lnlley Light Corporation of De
troit, Michigan, one of the lnrgest manufacturers engaged exclusively in the production of
farm electrical equipment
Our Personal Word Is Behind the Lalley
The Lalley Light plant has been in successful use on farms and elsewhere for ten years.
It has only three moving parts; it is ball bearing equipped; it will furnish ample electric
light for your home and outbuildings, nnd electric power to operate a complete water
system, n churn, vacuum cleaner, an electric iron, a washing machine, an electric fan, and
any other domestic electrical apparatus you may desire or need.
Come in and visit us so that wc can show you this Lnlley Light plant, or telephone us and
we will go to your house.
THE PORTER ELECTRIC
510 Locust Street, General Hospital Bldg. Phone 240.
NORTH PLATTE, NEBRASKA.
Reasons for Feeding Birds.
By feeding the birds In cold weather
one provides nnununltlon against the
mosquitoes of .Tunc, explains a mem
ber of the Animal I'rotectlve league.
It seems that birds feed their young
on mosquitoes, thus destroying great
numbers of the pests. 1,11 tie natural
food Is available for birds In the win
ter except In the extreme South, nnd
even there less can bo found by them
at this season than In the summer. So
when the table or pantry shelf Is
cleared of crumbs If the contents of
the crumb tray are scattered outdoors
Instead of being put In the garbage
can. the birds will be thankful, and
will show their gratitude by avlng
the food-giver many n mosquito bite
Mosquitoes are only one of the many
excellent reasons why birds should be
fed during the winter. The others nre
all the other Insects which hamper
the production of the garden, and all
pleasures of song and plumage. St.
North Dakota's Lignite.
A government report says "tho fuel
problem has been forever solved In
North Dakota." The western half of
tho state Is underlaid with lignite, tho
beds estimated to contain 000,000,000,
000 tons. Over thousands of squnre
miles this soft coal lies so close to the
surface that farmers merely dig a
bolo In their own fields nnd take out
tho coal as they require It. During
1018 1,000,000,000 tons were mined. If
tho former Is too busy with his farm
work to help himself, ho can buy It
for 1.50 or $2 per ton. Many of the
lnrgo grain elevators are operated by
power furnished by coal that Is mined
on tho spot, and this general economy
In fuel has aided materially In In
creasing tho per cnplta wealth.
Captain of Industry at Three.
Llttlo Edward Is Just U years old,
but "going on -i." He Is very fond of
his grandmother's homo and often Is
a young visitor. His lust cull wns Inst
Sunday afternoon. Grandmother, who
hod been taking n nap, wns a bit late
coming downstairs to greet her fa
vorlto guest. She found him cuddled
up In tho big easy chair In front of the
fireplace. Edward smiled as she
stooped to kiss him, but, boylike, that
was nbout the only sign of affection
"Get up, dear," urged Edward's
mother, "Unit's grandmother's chair."
"No, It Isn't," asserted tho young
man, "J beat her to It."
"Thero Is a great deal of danger In
all this socialistic literature."
"I supposo so," replied the man who
Is exnsporatlngly tranquil. "And yet
If a man would tuko tho troublo to
read and understand all thnt has
been written about socialism bofore
embarking In business us u 'red,' ho'd
be entirely too old to pnrtlelputo In
any active demonstratlona."
For Farms and Rural Homes
Lalley Light in a complete unit engine and ienerator-with
16 cell ttorage hattvty. It muppliea ample, electricity for
light, water pump, wathing machinei, aireeper, cream
'aeparator, tanning mill, Iron, etc.
Britons Eat Less Meat.
Englishmen used to be considered
tho greatest meat eaters In tho world.
Now, declares the Society of Meat Im
porters (London), the average Eng
lishman eats 'M per cent less meat
than he did before the war. Unless ho
can be Induced to eat more of It the
country will bo faced with such u glut
of meat ns-lt has never had before, n
London dispatch says.
The annual consumption of meat In
the United Kingdom before the war
was about 1,800,000 tons, say the Im
porters. It Is now only 1,200,000 tons.
And this, they contend, Is due entirely
to the high cost still maintained. Eng
lishmen and Englishwomen, too, art
Jnst as fond of meat as ever, but they
cannot afford to eat ns much of It
as they used to.
Why Horses Are Diminishing.
An authority attributes the diminu
tion in number of horses to the Im
possibility of horse prices keeping
pace with the prices of wheat, corn,
pork, beef and mutton, and therefore
the farmer neglects horse breeding
for something more profitable, liut
what are we going to do )r work
stock live or ten years from now? ho
Tho undersigned will offer at public Bale nt IiIb placo six mllos
south and a mllo and a quarter wtest of North l'latto, on
Thursday, February 26th, 1920
commencing at ono o'clock sharp tho following described property,
26 HEAD OF CATTLE
Consisting of threo milk cowb, six whltiefaeo cowb, and romalndor
holfcrs and steors from ono to threo yearB old, noarly nil whltefacos.
9 HEAD OF HORSES
Consisting of onio buckskin tonm of goldlngB, wolghlng 1200 oach, 7
and 8 years old; black horso, fi years old, wolght 1100; brown maro 7
years old, weight 1000; bay maro, 4 years old, weight 1000; threo 3-ycar-old
colts, ono yearling.
18 HEAD OF SHOATS
Averngo about 75 pound each.
Good wagon, lister, disc. John Deoro 2-row innchino, 3-soction
harrow, John Dooro gang riding plow, breaking plow, Dooring binder
noarly ntaw, gas ongino, pump and Jack, two tanks, cream soparator,
two sets of good work harness, lot of household goods, and otlior
articles too numerous to montion.
FJtKK LUNCH AT NOON.
TEUMS OF SALE: $20 and undor cash; sums ovor ?20, 8 months
tlmo will bo glvon on banlcablo paper bearing 10 por cent intorost
from dato of salo. No property removed Ull settled for.
E. S. FROMAN, Owner.
Ill) KM! It 10, Auctioneer.
P. 0. BOY 526.
I'hone Sll Day Cull. I'lione 1270 Com
inorelnl Hotel Night CaM.
OKHKK FIXING CLAIM DAYS.
In tho Estate of Edith May Walkor,
Now on this 11th day of February,
1920, It Is ordered by tho court that
tho administrator bo allowed ono yoar
from this dato In which to settlo said
estiato, and creditors will bo allowed
until tho 10th day of Juno, 1020, to Olo
tltolr claims, aftor said dato, claims
will bo forever barred. Thnt on tho
10th day of March, 1920, and tho 19th
day of Juno, 1020, at 9 o'clock a. in.
of each of said ilnyB, tho court and tho
administrator will attend at tho coun
ty court room In said county to ro
colvo, oxamlno, hear, allow and adjust
clalmB. That notlco of this order bo
glvon creditors and all persons inter
ested In said estate, by pub
lication of a notlco for four succea
slvo wooks Immediately preceding tho
19th day of March, 1920, In tho North
IMatto Trlbuno, a legal Boini-wcokly
nowspapor prlntod nnd ipubllshcd in
Lincoln county, Nebraska.
WM. II. C. WOODIIURST,
fl7-4 County Judgo
It. C. LANOFOltl), Clerk.
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