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Ef 1055 AS CLEW
SOY HIDES FOUR DAYS
Treat k'ie cow kindly; this requires
no cash outlay.
LEAD TO ARREST OF A MURDER
ER WHO CONFESSES TO
CLEVER DETECTIVE WORK
Paris Police, After Six Months' Work
Trace Slayer Through Buttons
, on Overcoat Left at Scene
: Paris. The mystery of the Hue du
Mont-Thabor, which for over six
months occupied the attention of the
Paris police, has been solved. The
iniuiy oi me koiuuoii reaas line a
page from Oaborlau or Du Bolsgobey.
Last March In an apartment In the
Hue du Mont-Thabor, near where it
Is crossed by the Hue de Cnstigliono,
a man named Louis Fleurot was found
dead. A revolver with six chambers
all empty lay by h's side, and a blue
handkerchief tightly knotted about
Jils neck seemed to show that he had
been strangled before being shot. Six
bullet wounds were found upon him,
while a hole in the celling showed
where a seventh had penetrated.
Where was the revolver which had
fired the seventh?
The corpse was found dressed only
in underclothing. On a chair near by
was a suit of clothes of fine texture
but very much the worso for wear.
Notes amounting to 50 francs lay In
an open drawer, and on a desk near
by was a gold watch. Evidently rob
bery had not been the motive for the
crime. The buttons on the suit of
clothes bore the mark "Buenos Aires."
Owing to the system of the registra
tion of foreigner In Paris every mem
ber of the Argentine colony was soon
placed under surveillance. All io no
purpose. The clothes were shown to
hundreds of Parisian tailors. One de
clared positively that the fabric and
put Klinwnrt HiOtrlnn wnrlrmnnchin
- - - - - - - - n . - ... .............. .
Following up this clew, the police dis
covered that the cloth had been manu
factured at Vcrvlcrs and had been
sold to a Brussels tailor. The Brus
sels tailor was located and declared
that ho bad made the enrment. seven
years ago fo- Prince de Chimay, but
he knew nothing about the buttons.
The prince was visited by a detec
tive and at once identified the clothes
as some he had worn for a short
The Corpse Was Found Dressed Only
in Under Clothing.
period and had then given to a serv
ant who was about to go to Buenos
lAlres to open a French restaurant
tlinro T Vi Tu via tmllnn of nnsA rrrt
lU,IVl ASIC I Ul IO IUIIV Ul VMll'U f)VV
Into communication with the police of
Buenos Aires and the clothing va3
sent there and Identified by the
restaurant keeper, who said that he
had worn It, had had it repaired at a
local tailor's and had finally given it
to a fellow countryman who wns on
his way to Antwerp. Next the Belgian
police took a hand. They traced the
man to Antwerp and finally located
him in prison, where he was serving
a twoyear sentence for desertion
from the army.
When Interrogated the prisoner
rcac'.ily admitted that he wa3 the
Blayer of Louis Fleurot, but declared
that he had shot In self-defense, lie
stated that in last March he was
searching for work along the Rue de
Ittvoll, which runs parallel to the Rue
du Mont-Thabor, when he was accost
ed by a stranger. The stranger rep
resented himself to be a literary man
In search of a copyist. The Belgian
offered his services and he accom
panied the stranger, M. Fleurot, to the
latter's flat In the Rue du Mont
Thabor. There, he declared, Fleurot
wished hi in to join him in a criminal
scheme, and when he refused and had
started to leave the apartment Fleu
rot had barred the way and had drawn
a revolver and aimed it at him. lie
threw up Fleurot's arm and the bullet
penetrated the ceiling. Then before
niirnr iMiuiii it i l in u. KtMTuuii Hiiur. hp
drew his own revolver and quickly
discharged the bIx chambers. Ho left
that revolver there, taking Fleurot's
with him. As his own garments were
threadbare he exchanged clothes with
IN DEN OF BIG RUTS
Brain Affected by Over-Study, Con-
necticut Lad Selects Strange Place
to Secrete Himself.
Stamford, Conn. With rats as largo
as the average-sized cat scampering
about him, Michael Florin, Jr., 14
years old, lay for four nights and four
days in a dark, dump cellar at his
home, East Meadow and Jefferson
streets, here. The police had sent out
a general alarm for the boy, his father
had sought him in all the nearby
cities, and every child in the neighbor
hood was engaged In the search.
The boy's hiding place was about aa
repulsive a place ns could be imagined.
The floor was damp, and even in the
daytime scarcely any light penetrated
the place. By night the boy slept In
By Night the Boy Slept in an Isolated
an isolated corner between beams in
a bed of rags he made for himself. In
fact, he spent most of the four davs
and four nights in this little hole. He
hud little food during the pfliiod, and
that little came from an Ice-box in the
front of the cellar. Often the rats
stole this, but they never attacked tho
boy, and he apparently did not fear
them. He was found by a younger
brother leaning against the ice-box, so
weak from hunger and lack of sleep
that he could scarcely stand. He was
put to bed and a physician was called.
"My son is a victim of overstudy,"
said tho father. "He Is devoted to
books and spends every minute he can
get roring over them. Six weeks ago
he was ill, and I had a physician from
New York. He said the boy's brain
was affected from overstudy. He ad
vised me to keep him out of school
and to take him to New York for a
course of treatment Ho told me he
went into the cellar to sleep, and
when I asked him why he did not
come out when he awoke, he Just
yawned and said he was too tired."
WEE GIRLS ARE BURGLARS
Admit Entering Baltimore Houses and
Robbing Sleeping Man to Get
Baltimore, Md. Peacefully sleeping
in a doorway, with arms around each
other, two little bold burglars with an
array of charges against, them were
arrested and taken to the Western po
lice station, where charges of fejoni
ously entering dwellings were laid
When these perpetrators of several
robberies were taken before Lieut.
Shockey he was astounded. Instead
of seeing two strong, bad men, with
dark lanterns and masks, two little
girls with pretty curls hanging down
their backs lisped their names. They
said they were Florenco Kuyries, nine
years old, and Jennie, her sister, three
years her senior.
The prisoners admitted that they
had entered several houses.
Little Florence, with her big blue
eyes upon the brawny policemen who
questioned her, told in lisping tones
how she had taken a watch and
chain from a sleeping man to get
money to buy candy.
Laborer Is Alive Minus His backbone.
Philadelphia. After one of the rar
est nnd most difficult operations
known to surgery, James Vournlgh,
27, lies on an air mattress In tho
Hahnemann hospital with a half or
his spinal vertebrae cut away and
with the spinal cord covered only by
tho thin layer of skin which lies di
rectly over the backbone.
The man was given up ns in a
hopeless condition when he was taken
to the hospital with a broken back,
caused by a fall from the fourth story
of a building. His vertebrae was
shattered. From tho waist down he
Walks from Train In Sleep.
Sapulpa, Okla. A ten-year-old girl
who was accompanying her parents
to Kansas, from Yinlta walked from
tho train In her sleep at Tanoha, the
new manufacturing town. She wan
dered about, tho depot, which was
closed, until the crew of a freight
train awakened her and took her back
to Vinlta with them.
First Burglar Shorty, the pickpock
et, is getting to bo awfully absent
minded, Isn't he?
Second Burglar Yes; he does have
many moments of abstraction.
h Cranisoia's Bargain
(CupjrrltfUt, by W.
Young Dr. Cranston's mind was!
hovering between hope und four as he
drove over the hill to tho Taber set
tlement one fine afternoon. He hnd
been culling at the house of old An
drew Sinnett very regularly for some
time past, und on tills particular oc
casion had determined to declare him
self to Nelly Slnnetfs father as a
suitor for his pretty daughter's hand.
He found Andrew Sinnett enjoying
an alter supper smoke on the veranda
of his house, and bracing himself for
the ordeal poured the story of his af
fection for Nolly into tho old man's
ears. The latter heard him patiently
and did not Interrupt until Crnnston
had finished ills pleading. Then he
spoke briefly und to the point.
"I might as well tell you first ns
last, Doe," he said, "that your views
and mine regarding Nelly don't hitch.
I'm n self-made man, well-to-do, and
gave my daughter a good education.
1 expect she'll pay me for it, in a
way, by making a good match, when
she does marry, and a slim, young
chap like you just starting in to prac
tice on sick folks, don't suit my notion
of a good catch for a girl. It would
be as easy for the lunatlc3 that are
hankering to see the steam cars run
ning hero in this valley to get the line
of tho new railroad changed in its
course, ns for you to win Nelly against
"Well, Mr. Andrew Sinnett," said
Cranston; calmly, "I'm sorry you feel
that way, for I had hoped that you
would fuvor my proposition. But I'll
tell you something. I mean to marry
Nell, and not only that, but you'll live
to see the railroad trains running
through this valley and right across
your own Hots."
The old man did not tako offense at
this blunt declaration. Instead he
"Well, We'll See, Doc," He Said at Last.
laughed long and heartily. "Well,
we'll see Doc," he said at last, "and
I'm willing to make a bargain with
you, riRht now. If the railroad is ever
built through this valley, you shall
marry Nell und welcome, providing
she'll have you. But If it don't, then
you must give up the Iden. You may
come and see her once in awhile, if
you wand to, for I can trust my lass,
but that's all. Is ft a bargain?"
Cranston was somewhat taken aback
at the readiness with which his sweet
heart's father had met his boast, but
nevertheless he shook hands on the
compact with due solemnity. "Now,"
said Sinnett, geulally, "I'll just call
the lass, and explain it all to her so
that everything may bo fair and above
After Nelly had made her appear
ance and the situation was made clear
to her, Sinnett went Indoors and left
the lovers to talk It over together on
When Cranston left the Sinnett
homestead, he turned his horse's head
in the direction of Burmash, where he
knew the chief engineer of the new
railroad was staying for a few days.
It chanced that the youthful medical
man had been of some service In
mending a broken arm for this great
personage a month previous, and the
latter consequently received him gra
ciously. It was past midnight when
they parted, after a long confidential
chat, and Cranston whistled merrily
as he drove over Dawes' Hill back to
Merton's Corners. A few days later
Andrew Sinnett, visiting the Taber
vllle post offlre in search of mall, was
surprised by tho sight of a placard
printed in huge black letters dis
played in full view of all passersby.
It bore the title of "Railroad Meet
ing!" and the substance of the bill
was a strong appeal to tho citizens of
the township to turn out and make
one more effort to procure a change
In the route of the new railroad. The
change in question could bo effected
by the securing of comparatively
small stock subscriptions, a fair per
centage of free right-of-way aud the
bonding of the township for only
$25,000. Several farmers stood talk
ing together while Sinnett read the
bill. When he had finished, they urged
him to support the new movement.
It had teen discovered by means of a
now survey, they informed him, that
tho route around Dawes' Hill and
through the Taber settlement to Bur
mush was, after all, more feasible
than through Merton's Corners on the
oUmr alda of the hill. For which aooil
and sulllclent reason the amount of
bonds (lemnnded by the company bad
been reduced from $75,000 to $25,000.
"I henr, Andrew," said oue of the
farmers, "that this is all the doings
of young Dr. Cranston, the chap that
Just moved down from Merton's Cor
ners to Biirmnsh, where he's started,
practice. Great lad, that young doc;
he's going to make a speech to the
meeting; you'd better come and hear
him : they say he's got the whole
thing worked out slick."
This Information did not tend to
soothe Slnnetfs ruffled spirit. He
thought of tho agreement he had
rashly entered into with the suave Dr.
Cranston, and his indignation nearly
choked him. At length he found voice
enough to assert forcibly that ho
would not attend tho meeting, after
which ho drove awny in a most un
pleasant frame of mind. Fortune
willed It that the meeting should
prove a great success, and in spite of
his vows to the contrary Sinnett was
present. Dr. Cranston had laid his
plans artfully and he curried the meet
ing with him from the beginning to
the end. During the course of a well
delivered speech ho told his audience
nil about tho natural advantages of
their township and the beauties of
their valley. He pictured the disgrace
it would be to be the enlightened citi
zens of Taber8ville should they allow
the Merton's Corners folk to secure the
railroad advantages and leave them
hopelessly In the rear. It was prob
ably the knowledge that he was speak
ing for Nelly's sake and his own that
lent unusual force and eloquenco to
Cranston's address. At all events, he
managed to sway his hearers' opinion
with such effect that the needed sub
scriptions were agreed upon, nnd a
motion to hold a town meeting early
the following month was carried by a
It wns then that the real struggle
began. Sinnett had succeeded In en
listing a number of his friends to op
pose the measures advocated by
Cranston. The old man worked des
perately. He hardly slept until the
day of the special meeting, and called
on almost every one In tho settlement.
Cranston was equally energetic, and
In the end the young fellow's efforts
were crowned with success, the bond
ing proposition being carried by an
overwhelming majority. Before the
winter set in grading was begun In
the valley, nnd by the following sum
mer the construction trains crossed
the flat lands of Slnnetfs farm. To
the old man's ears it seemed as
though the fussy engine hooted and
laughed at him whenever the engineer
pulled the whistle cord. For fully a
month he mnnaged to avoid Dr. Crans
ton, but the meeting with his con
queror was Inevitable, and one day
they encountered each other on the
main street at Burmash. Cranston
held out his hand, but for a moment
Sinnett refused to notice It. Then
suddenly his mood changed and he
seized the young doctor's slim fingers
in an iron grip.
"I give In lad," he said, "you've won
fairly and I'll welcome you at the
house whenever you want to come up
there. I guess the girl has missed you
badly ever since this fight over the
railway Btarted and you stayed away."
It was not until several weeks later
that the good people of Tabersvlllo
and Hurmush knew why "Young Doc,"
as they called him, had taken up the
railroad fight so enthusiastically.
When they learned the true cause of
his exertions, he became more popular
than ever, and his marriage to Nelly
Sinnett wan the signal for a flood of
congratulations to pour In upon them
from all sides. Andrew Sinnett ac
knowledged that everything had
turned out well in the long run, and
"Young Doc." was supremely happy,
for as he told his wife "Tabersvllle
got the railroad and I got you which!
wns (he best bargain of all."
And Nelly quite agreed with hlra.
350 Years of Labor.
A shingle firm of cutlery manufac
turers at Sheffield, England, has in
Its employ six workman who have
been with the firm continuously for
a total of 350 years. This means an
average of almost sixty years of con
tinuous work for each employe.
Two of these men are 76, two are
73, one is 74 and one 73. A picture of
tho group published In the Iron Age
shows a sturdy looking set of men.
That they must be, as they are still
at work. Three of them are cutters
and three grinders.
The same firm has people of three
generations at tho bench in Its cm-,
ploy from grandparents to their
grandchildren. These workers began
as children, according to custom, and
have been continuously with the,
house ever since as piece workers.
Few "Forty-Nlners" Left.
fEe" men of forty-nine, the Califor
nia pioneers, are rapidly dwindling.
There are now only seven members
of the Sacramento Society of Califor
nia Pioneers. The eighth member re
cently died and the survivors acted as
pallbearers and mourners.
Needs No Press Agent.
If some poor cuss should discover
a product like petroleum butter the
newspapers of the country would
charge hmi $2 a line to advertise It
It's different In John D.'s cae. illl
Don't let the garden go ragged.
Vigilance is the price of safety.
It Is not a question of whether we
can Hfford a bIIo, but rather can we
afford to do without one. Better plan
now for one.
This husking, bundling und storing
should be done as early ns possible,
ns the fodder will not have lost any
of Its feeding value.
The general appearancee of a ship
ping package aids greatly in making u
sale in the market. Use only new
cases and place only uniform sized
fruit In these packages.
The colt mny be weaned at from
five to seven months of nge, according
to Its habits of outing and Its physical
condition. The sooner It learns to cut
grain and other nutritious feeds, tho
sooner it may be weaned.
A number of tests to determine
which Is moro profitable drilling oats
with a disk drill, or broadcasting, hns
recently been made. The results were
all in favor of drilling. A study of
the root systems of young oats gives
us the reason why drilled grow much
more uniformly and therefore yield
more bushels per acre than broadcast
As a soiling crop cowpeas are very
satisfactory. As they should not be
planted till the soil and weather are
warm the crop is not available for
feed until the latter part of summer,
when they fill a place In a well
planned system of soiling and furnish
an abundance of succulent green feed,
although, perhaps, less palatable than
It Is a fact that sheep can do on
less water than most other domestic
animals, but they cannot do entirely
without it. It In a lack of good man
agement to allow them a shortage of
water during tho dry season. Those
who allow their sheep to exist on
brush and weedH without water dur
ing the dry months will find that their
animals will be in thin flesh and in low
physical condition for entering the
The cow pea Is sometimes sown la
combination with other crops, such as
corn, Kaffir corn and sorghum for hay.
When planted In theso combinations
there Is danger of the cowpeas becom
ing stunted in growth if the crop with
which It Is combined is planted too
thick. Sown broadcast, cowpeas often
make little growtli with these crops,
but when planted in' rows with corn
and cultivated the growth is quite sat
isfactory. Now that the season's riiHh is over,
take a vacation and go ramping cr
fishing for two or three days. Take
plenty of feed along for tho horses and
let them rest while you are resting.
The value of an outing is in the change
of surroundings and forgetting to
think about your business. With a
pole and fishing line, thinking is easy,
and the mind becomes rested and re
freshed. Camp life soothes tho nerves
and makes the wholo being stronger.
Wheat Is selling at the highest
prices for many years, and farmers
are glad of that. But the grain is
not the only value in the wheat crop.
The straw is worth much if properly
handled. It makes fair rough winter
feed for a variety of live stock, and
It is the best of bedding for all kinds
of furm nnlmals. Straw should be
stacked so that It will not spoil and
so that It will be good for bedding
during tho winter and spring, when
moBt bedding Is needed.
With all plants the Betting out in
the fall, while the soil yet contains
some stored heat from summer, en
ables them to start a new root growth,
which In turn enables them to make
an earlier, more sure and more vigor
ous growth the following wason. Re
gardless of early or late setting, the
fall work will usually give better
roots of the plants for more perfect
moisture and food contact to carry
them successfully over the first sea
tson'B grow th.
Cowpeas make excellent hay, which,
If properly handled. Is equal to alfalfa
In nutritive value, although, as a rule,
cows do not eat cowpca hay as readily
as they do alfalfa. When sown for
hay It is usually preferable to plant
It in close drills, requiring about one
bushel to the acre, and when so plant
ed tho plants have a tendency to grow
moro upright, which makes the crop
more easy to cut with tho mower. If
grown in towb, although the produc
tion of forage may bo as great, it is
moro difficult to harvest, and as the
ranker growth of tho Individual plants
-ftun makes f.ie hay more weedy.
It's hard to make a mr.n believe ho
owns n poor cow.
The cow nnd the hen have kept
starvation from many a door.
Vac the milk pails nnd cans for no
other purpose than to hold milk.
Yearly cow tests are becoming moro
nnd moro popular; try them yourself.
Twenty acres of corn put Into tlx
silo will supply I!0 head of thrifty
cows for a year. Try it.
You cannot grow a good crop of
grain and a good crop of weeds on
the same ground In the same season.
The fanner who gets tho best re
sults from the cows Is not In the
habit of supposing everything to bo
When the rain mnkes the ground
soft, dig out all the brush In the patch
of useless ground nnd plant fruit
trees. They will soon grow Into
A little brain work in planning short
cuts in dairy work will save an im
mense amount of time nnd big work
and time is money on the farm, as it
Tho farmers of Kansas plant 9,000,-
000 bushels of whent every year, from
which they harvest about 71,000,000
bushels, most of which is ground up in
to flour in tho home mills.
"Dry land" alfnlfa is merely tho
common ulfalfa which through contln
ous culture without Irrigation on arid
land lias acquired more or less
As a rule, It is better to set out fruit
nnd ornamental trees, shrubs, vines,
perennial roots and bulbs In the fall
than in tho spring. Of course, the
work often can bo done as well in the
spring as In tho fall, but many times
tho soil and season are unfavorable,
and the proverblul spring rush comes
on so quickly that the job must ba
If the soil in which the plants are to
bo set has been prepared and the
holes dug, set out the plants as soon
as they nre unpacked, but if the soil
is not prepared, immediately preparo
a deep trench, set tho plants In it
spreading them out well and cover
the roots deeply with fine soil. If the
soil is dry, moisten it so that it will
not extract any moisture from tho
For setting out trees, shrubs and
any plants at any season, spare no
tlmo und labor in preparing the soil
and digging spacious holes for tho
reception of the roots of the phints,
for upon the successful starting of tho
roots depends to a very large degree
the future success of tho plant. Pre
vious to setting, cut off any Injured
or decayed roots and settle plant In
the hole prepared for it, so that nono
of the roots will be bent or cramped.
Two or three weeks' time will be re
quired to complete the blanching of
the early celery varieties, nnd the
boards must bo kept in position until
the crop Is removed from the ground,
after which they may bo used again
two or thre times during tho season.
If the celery Is allowed to remain In
tho boards too long, after it has
reached a marketable stage, It loses
in weight and flavor and Is liable to
be Injured or even destroyed by tho
attacks of blight.
Silage to keep woll must be cut so
that it will settle evenly. Tho leaves
must not be In one place and tho
coarser parts of the stalks in another.
It must be thoroughly mixed, and
nothing will do this mixing so well as
a man. The silage must also bo packed
tightly next the sides of tho silo, as
that is where It is likely to He so light
that It will permit tho nlr to enter.
The top of the silage should bo com
posed of corn that Is as green as pos
sible, as this will decay nnd seal tho
whole, thus keeping out tho nlr. Too
dry silage can be improved by nudlng
water at tho top.
Pnsture lands receive too little at
tentlon from the majority of farmers
If the pastures thrive nnd produce
good growth, all right, nnd then, If
they run out, nnd grow up in weeds,
the man thinks he hasn't time to look
after and Improve matters. Theso con
ditions are often allowed to exist till
the land has to be broken up nnd
put to grain of some sort In order to
fight the weeds successfully; nnd
while few realize It, such lands have
lost their owners from two to three
dollars an acre every year thoy were
left to run as they might. Tho "stitch
In time" saves all this trouble and
In a recent experiment to determine
the relative value of oats as feed for
horses, six mature grade Percheron
geldings were fed on a basal ration of
clover nnd timothy hay, three receiv
ing oats and tho other three corn as
a supplemental ration. Estimating tho
corn to bo worth 40 cents per bushel,
oats 30 cents per buthel, nftd hay $S
per ton, it wns found that tho uverago
cost of food per hour of work wns 3.3
cents for tho corn-fed horses and 4.34
cents for thoso fed oats. Tho use of
corn to the exclusion of other grain
for a period of 4S weeks was found
not to be detrimental to tho health of
work horses, and they endured hard
work durlpfj tho hot weather a3.vell
at those recaivlng oats.
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