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I IMI'TKlt I.-('ii'lm.f.l.
Hut nothing that Muriel coul
would induce i li,- tril l Mirtln rto ;
h"T meaning. he shook her li- tu
looked very wise. When a god
into M)tiu lxlv, " she said, iioi iiii
ward Muriel in a niys crio is way .
him god liim elf. dim enroll .
hen . tm
the i od r ii aviuy rum him. I. or
Ion cr: :omelHiuy else i
C,'ueenie I 'lining imw: mi -iji-ship
liim. While li in time iu-t
peo pl.t I h nty kill I to h.M).
'Ilie i'.uv passed away, mi! hi. 'In
came on Am it upi roichcil. hfiivy
Ch udi rifted up from I'li-lnuni. !u i
busied herself with laying out ro-gli
led in tin- h t for M rii' , and ii.uk i i
Ji r a pil mv of oil mo and tli': curi
0 lichen-like materia t hat Icoi.'s ; ar
Usitlc from tin- tre. un! i co nmoniv
known an tin' ' oi i in ,n'- euri, " .
both Ma i am) f -i i x assured in-r i oi:!i
di rtly no hnri. wo i il con. !o lur
within no -tr i t. a I a imi, .Mure-, worn
Oi.t with (atigw1 ami ( mr. .ay down
at un i -le, t mi rid y on t hi . n.ttiv
substitute for a bed-teal. ! -dept
witliont dreaming whii Ma i lay at h-r
leet. reaijy al a moment s c.il:. Il u as
Bo strange, an - yet she wu. mo utterly
Wearied lo i O ol herttisc t ti ! 1 1 -!-', , iu
6 ite of her s' range and terrili . sur
I'oun in. s.
Felix, too, slept for some ho r-. liut
woke Willi a -tart 111 tie- li'jlit. It
was ruining h -a-wiy. lie i 1 hear
thu lieid tint Ter of a I er.-e tropical
fihower on t..e roof of I, - hut. Ills
(Shadow, at hii feet, slept un
IllO'.ed: lint W lien l eiix ro-"' on Ills el
bow, t he n'iu.piw ro- e on a .-i 1 il . n . t. m.
uiid eoi.freiited him ourioii.lv. The
youiiH man heard t.e tain; then lie
boweii down liix fiteo w.tli an awe
air. hot licihe. hut audihie, in tlic
Stilt darkle-.. 'It ha-eoirm ." he .aid.
with miim'i'-i' it ions terror. "It ha
COlne at la.t my lord ha- lu-oUL'ht it '
After thai, i'i'li . lay awake for som
hour., hear.ni; tiiera noi the- ro..f,
an I puzzled 'ii liU own hea l hv a half
uneertain memory. What win it in
hi. .rtioo! 1 ea lillL' that t hat eeremoiiy
wiih fie water indetiniti ly reiiiiuded
him of? Wii-n't t here uni t .reek or
Jioman su ern it ion ai.o it. iiakiiitr
your head when wa er was poiire I
upon i'.'f What, omld that, i-upi-r.t ition
lie, and what lu'h miLlit, it ra.! on
that n.y.tt rioni ceremnnyy lie wi'.heii
hi; could fememler h it it win ut mvj
hince he'd read it, aud lie never eared
much at M'hool for lire k or Human
Suddenl v, in a lull of thu rain, the
who e context at once ame buck w 1th
a ru.-li to him He rememiiet" d now
he had read it s i-i n time or other, in
Borne ela icul dietionary. It was a
custom concerted with ;-eei .aeri
fli'i's. The o.l ci I'inj,' prient pou eil
water it win" on t h head of the rin.'ii,
b'llloek. erotiu r vh'tiui. If thu v let.m
("h-ok its head and knocked off the
drop, that was a Hl;n that it wan lit (or
t. o hiieuilii'ij, ami that the (,'od ac
cepted it. Il the vh titn trembled vi.l
b'y. t hat an a most fuvorahle men.
If it htood euite st 11 and nidn'l move
its iii'i'l . then t ho t""i rejected it as
unfit for hi ptiriow. Couldn't that lio
the tneanini; of the ceremony per
lormed on Muriel and himself in
"Heaven" that morning? Were they
merely intended as human sacritieoo''
Went they to he kept meanwhile and,
as it were, fed up for the Klautf liter
t was too horrible to believe; yet it
almo.t looked like it.
He w bhed he knew the meaning of
that strange word, "Korontf.'' h.-arly.
It contuined the true key to the mys
tery. Anyhow, ho ha always his trusty
knife. If the worst came to the worst
the w retches should never harm his
For ho loved her to nipht; ho would
watch over and protect her. He would
nave her at least from the deodliebt of
INTKIK HAN(;K OF nVIMTIKS.
All night long, without intermission,
the heavy tropical rain, descended in
torrent; ut mmriso It ceased, and a
bright blue vault of sky stood in a
spotless dome over tho island of
As soon as tho sun was well risen,
and the rain had ceased, one shy native
girl after ano her came straggling up
timidly to the while line that marked
the taUm round Felix and Muriel's
huts. They came with more baskets
of fruit and eggs. Humbly saluting
three times as they drew near, they
laid down their gifts modestly just out
side tho line, with many loud ejacula
tions of praise and gratitude to tho gods
in their own language.
"What do they say" Muriel asked,
in a daed and frl htoned way, looking
out of the hut door, and turning in
wonder to Mall.
"They say, 'Thank you, tjueenio, for
rain and fruits.'" Mall answered, un
von errnjd, bustling about in tho hut.
"Miasy want to wash him face ami hands
this morning!' I ady alwavs wash every
day over yonder In Queensland."
Muriel nodded assent. It was all ho
strange to her. Hut Mali went to the
door and bockonod carelessly to one of
the native girls justoutHido, who drew
near tho line at the summons, with a
somewhat frightene.' air, putting one
linger to her mouth in coyly uncertain
"1'cU'h me water Irom tho spring!"
Mali said authoritatively, in Polynesian.
Wi hout a moment's delay tho girl
dur'od oil at the top of her spued, arid
eoon returned with a large calabash
full of frosh cool walor, which she lay
down reKictfully by tho talxw lino,
not daring to cross It.
"Why didnt you get it yourself. "
MurielaHked of her Shadow, rather
relieved than otherwise that Mull
hadn't left her. It was something In
these dire straits to have somebody al
ways near who could at least speak a
Mall started back in surprise. "Oh.
bat would never do," she answered.
rstcMnc a colloquial phrase she had
often heard Ixifore in Q icensland.
-Me mi s-y Shadow. That t'feat
TaiKK). If me away out of missy's
xiht. very hit; "in v. ry hitr danger.
Man allotipHi-i catch m"e and kill "me
like Jani. .or no me stop and wait all
the thr.e on m's-y."
It wa. clear ' hat human life was held
wry i heap on the island of Houpari.
.Vurio. made hemcuntv toilet in the
hut its well a. stie was able, with the
ca'aba-h and water, aided by a routfh
stud eienb v hich Mali had' piovidod
for her. Then she breakfasted, not
ill, oil ij. and fruit, which Mali
c.ookeii witii some rude native skill
over the open-air lire without in the
,' fler breakfast, Felix came in to in
cuire iiew she had passed the niuht in
In r now i. mirier. Alreadv Muriel
ton iiow o hi was the eonira-t between
the ipiii't politeness o; his manner as
' an Riii'li-h rrentlemau and the straiitro
sava.'e s irrouuiiine.s jp which they
Isith now to ,ini the.nselves. Civili.a
tion w .oi attribute of e mi uunities we
lie es. aril y leave it behind when wo
i. nd oui-.el'.e.s isolated ainom,' bar
barians or savaees. liut ciilti.ru is a
P'l-sunai and individual possession: we
ca.r. it ;w.th us wherever we o: and
no circumstances of life can ever de
prive i s of it,.
As tin y sat there talking, with a
deep an I abi line sense oi awo at the
chan-.'i; Mu le more conscious than
ever now of how deep was her interest
in helix Thurstan, woo represented
for her aii that was dearest and best
inline-land, a curious noise, as of a
discordant drum or tom-tom, beaten in
a sort ot rec ;itciiI tune, was hear 1
toward the hills, and at, its very lirst
sound Uth the Shadows, llin.iny
themselves upon their faces with every
sien of tenor, endeavored to hide
themselves under the native mats with
which the hare little h it was rouyhly
"What's the matter'." Felix cried,
in lin'lisii, to Mali; lor Muriel hud al
r -a ;y explained to him how the trirl
had pick d uji some know ledge of our
tongue in .uieetislaud.
.Nlali trembled in every limb, s i that
she could hardly speak. "Tu-Mla-Kila
coiru'," she answered, all breath-li-ss.
No biac K feilow look ut bitn.
Hiirn blai-Kfellrnv up. Vou and Minsy
KoroiiLT. All rijhl for you. (iooutlu
"Tu Kila Kiln in coming," the younjj
man-Shad. iw said, in I 'oivnesia'n, al
most in the same, breath, an I no less;
tretnii;ously. ''U'e dare not look upon
his :ace les he burn us to ashes. Ho j
is very ireal Taboo. His face is fire, j
liut you two are t;ods. Step forth to;
Felix took Muriel's hand in his, ;
souiewhut trembling himself, and led i
her forth on to the open space iu front ;
of the h its to meet the 'nan-jfod. Shu j
followed him like a child. Who was
woman eiioujrii lor that. She had im- j
p.icit trii.t in him.
As they emerged, a Ktrantft) proces
sion met their oys unawares, coming I
i. own the zitrziy path that lei from i
the hi is to the shore of the ie-()0li j
where their huts were situated. At '
its head marched two men - tall, :
straight, and supple wearing huge
feat her masks over their faces, an i
beating tom-toms, decorated with long
strings of shiny cowries. After them,
in order, came a sort of hollow s uare
of chiefs or warriors, surrounding
with Ian palms a central iili.o t all
shrouded Irom the view with the ut
most precaution. This central ob eet
was covered wun a nuge regal urn
brella, from whoso edge hung rows of 1
small nuutilus and other shells, so as
to form a kind of screen, like the Jap
anese iMjctiers now so common in I- n-
glish doorways. Two supporters held
it up, one on either side, in long cloaks
of feathers. Under the umbrella a
man seemed to move; und as ho ap
proached, the natives, to right und
left, Hew precipitately to their huts,
snatching up their 'naked little ones
from the ground as they we.it, ami
crying aloud, "Tattoo! Taboo! Ho
comes! ho comes. Tu-Kila-Kila! Tu- t
The procession wound slowly on, un-
hooding theso common creatines, till
it reached tho huts. Then the chiefs
who formed tho hollow square foil
hack one by one, and tho man under ;
I the umbrella, with his two supporters, .
j came forward boldly. Felix noticed I
that they crossed without scruple tho 1
thick white line of sand which all tho
other natives so carefully respe -tod.
The man within the umbrella drew:
aside tho curtain of hanging nautilus
shells. His face wus covored with a '
thin mask of paper mulltorry bar: but '
Felix knew ho was- tho self-same per
son whom they had seen tho day lio-
fore in tho central temple.
Tu-Kilu-Kila's air whs more insolent i
and arrogant than even before. He
was eluarly in high spirits. "Vou have
done well, ( King ot tho Juiln," ho ,
said, turning gayly to Felix; and you, i
j v"oen oi mu l iouus; you have done
right briii ely. Wo have all acquitted
ourselves as our people would wish.
We have made our showers to descend
abundant y from heaven; wu have
caused tho cnu s to grow; we have
wetto l tho plantain bushes. See: Tu-Kila-Kila,
who is so great a god, has
come fro n his own homo on tho hills
to greet yon."
"It has certainly ralnod In the night,"
Fidix answered, dryly.
Hut Tu-Kila-Kila was not to bo put
oil thus. Adjusting his thin mask or
veil of bark, so as to hide his face moro
thoroughly from tho inferior god, he
turnud round once more to tho chiefs,
who oven so, hardly darod to look
openly Usm him. Then ho struck an
attitude. Tho man was clearly burst
ing with spiritual pride. He knew
himself to be a god, and wasfllled with ,
the insolence of his i supernatuial
T , ' ' V '7' 1 ,' no cru"i' i
.':.'. , . .'. , VUJ" '
in,i-.,i a r,.i .,i,.itt i 'ti
Lord o( rarth, Life of tho World, Mas
ter of Time, Measurer of the Sun's
Course, Kplrlt of Orowth. Creator of
the Harvest, Master of MortaU, Be
slower of iiroath upon Mon, Cniel
The warrior bowed down befora
their bloated master with an unques
tioned a-ent. "(iiver of Life to all
xna luwtoi tho gods,' they cried, "you
are indeed a mighty one. Weigher of
thee juiixdse of Heaven and Kar;h, we
acknowied je your might; we give vou
thanks eternally." .
T i-Kila-Kiia swelled with visible lra
xrtance. "Hid I not tell you, my
meal," he exclaimed. "I would bring
you new gods, ereat spirits from the
sun. fetcht-rs of tire from my bright
home in the le avens' Have they not
hi ought the precious yift of fresh fire
Tu-hila-Kila speaks true." the
chiefs echoed, submissively, with,
"Hid I not marfe one of therm King
of tho 1,'ivin;" Tu-Kiia-Kila asked once
more, stretching one hand toward tho
bkywith theatrica 'magnificence. "Hid
I not declare the other Queen of the
Clouds in Heaven;" And have I not
cause 1 them to bring down showers
this night uxin our crop? Hag not
the dry earth drunk.' Am I not the
great gixl, the Saviour of iioupari"
Tu-Kiia-Kila says well," the chiefs
responded, once mor..-, in unanimous
Tu-Kila-Kila struck another attitude
1 with childish self ' a isfactiou. "I go
into the hut to speaiv w ith my minis
ters." ho said, grandiloquently.
"Fire and water, wait you hear out
side while l enter and speak with mv
friends from the sun. whom I have
brought for the salvation of the crops
i The King of Fire and tho King of
Water. supporting the , umbrella,
liowed assent to his words. Tu-Kila-:
Kila mo ioned Felix and Muriel into
the nearest hut. It was tho one
where the two shadows lay
crouching in terror auiong the
native mats. As the god tried to en
i ter, the two c iwering wretches set up
! a loud shout, "Talxxi! Tattoo.' Mercy!
1 Mercy! Mercy!" Tu-Kila-Kila ro
. treated with a contemptuous smile. "I
want to see you alone," he said, in
J'olynesian, to Felix. "Is the other
hut empty? If not, go in und cut
their throats who nit there, and make
the pla easolitu ie lor Tu-Kila-Kila."
'There Is no one in tho hut," Felix
answered, with a nod, concealing his
(li.gust at tho comman 1 as far as ho
That is well," Tu-Kila-Kila an
swered, ami walked into it carelessly,
l elix billowed him close and deemed
it t est to make Muriel enter also.
As soon as they were alone, Tu-Kila-K'ila's
manner altered greatly, ''('omo,
now." ho said, quite genially, yet with
a curious ender-current of halo in his
steely gray eye; "we three are all
gods. We who are in heaven need
ha o no secrets from one another.
Tell mo the truth: did vou really come
to us d.rect irom tho sun. or are you
sailing gods, dropped irom a great
canoe belonging to the warriors who
seek laltorors for the white men mtno
distant i on -i ry? '
Felix tol I him briefly, in ns few
wor Is as possible, tho story of their
Tu-Kila-Kila listened with lively in
terest, then ho said, very decisively,
with great bravado, "It was I who
ma le the big wave wash your sisler
o.erlxiard. 1 sent it to your ship. I
wanted a Korong just now in Houpari.
It was I who brought you."
"Vou are mis aken," Felix said,
simply not thinking it worth while to
contradict him further. "It was a
purely natural uccident."
"We 1, toll me," the savage god
went on once more, eying him close
arid sharp, "they say you have brought
fresh lire from the sun with you, and
that you know how to make it hurst
out like lightning at will. My peo do
nave seen it. They toll me tho won
,jer. I wish tu see it too. Wo are all
gods hero: we need have no secrets.
Only J didn't want to let those com
mon people outside see I asked you to
show me. Make tiro leap forth. 1 de
sire to behold it."
Felix took out the match-box from
his ki 'ket and struck a vesta carefully.
Tu-Kila-Kila looked on with profound
interest. "It is wonderful." he said,
taking the vesta in his own hand its it
burned, and examining itcloselv. "1
havo heard of this before, liut I have
never seen it. Vou aro indeed gods,
you white men, you sailors of the sea."
He glanced at Muriel. "And the wo
man, too," ho said, with a horriblo
leer, "tho woman is pretty."
to he continued.
Not an Original Idea.
"When l drink at. a public foun
tain," sa d Jenkins, "I do it In this
way. I take the cup and touch my
Hi s to it at this point closest to the
handle. F.very one, you know,
naturally holds a cup by the handle.
Holding it thus It is extrem iy awk
ward to get one's lips anywhere
excopt on a certain part of one side
of tho rim, so that people without
knowing It place their lips to almost
tho same si.ot. Hut as you see, " he
he went on, illustrating his action,
"I twist It a ound this way and get
an untouched spot." That was
good theory, but It was not borne
out by facts. Jenkins and his friend
stood near the fountain Tor some
time In conversation. Meanwhile
several people came up to get drinks
of water. About half of them had
thesame theory as Jenkins, and sought
the spot nearest the handle of the
cup. Thus those who picked up the
vessel haphazard, generally fared
better then moro fastld ous neigh
A Favorite Color.
Green has been a distinctive color
ot th - past season, and blondes and
brunettes alike will rejoice that tho
now spring color card is headed with
this favorite hue. A bright green
heightens tho natural brill ancy of a
clear dark complex on, throwing into
relief tho red cheek and 11k and lend
ing the eyes a clear, sparkling light
A blonde requites a softor shude of
green than the brunette. Too bright
a hue would give to tho falr-halred,
fair-skinned woman a sallow, washed-
oi.t look, l.ut It h well to know that
this color, as well as all others, can
oa softer and rendered wearable
either tyite of beauty, if
combined with white,
Ik you will constantly look for it,
you may always llnd a cloud some
where In the sky. The same rule Is
true, when Instead or looking for
clouds, you look for trouble.
TOPICS OF INTEREST TO FARMER
How tn Conntruct a I on vrnlt-nt Hrr fllve
Summer Care of Horiw A l.nrdeu Mark,
er tfa-rvlrraule hlrkeu Coop harm and
The Simplicity l.aiiuntroth Hive.
Rome twenty years ago I owned
my tlrst colony of bees. I was then
attacked with a se ere spell of the
le fever, which left my mind fertile
for invention. My first swarm was
place I in a Iluckeye hive. Imagine
me hauling the entire 'nside of tbis
hive out, liees and all, every day or
two to see whether my bees were do
ing well, or perhaps to obtain a
glimpse o her majesty, the queen.
My Iniplovetnentu consisted in con
structing a hive with a double deck.
My frames instead of resting on a
monster moth trap for a foiindat;on,
as the frame of the Isu kee, slid Into
my hive upon strips nailed on the
sides of the hive a proper distance
from the bottom hoard. The upper
story was se arated Irom the lower
story or brood chu tn her by an inch
board with holes in it, for the bees
to pass through. The honey boxes
were much like a cigar bo in form.
This hive being an infringement
upon many other hives, 1 failed to
get a patent.
From reading, observing and ex
perimenting for twenty years, I be
lieve th t I he beginner who does not
adopt what Is known as the Sim
plicity Langstroth hive makes a
grave mistake. This hive is too
well known to require more than a
brief descript on. H may le con
structed by making the hive like a
box, by rabbeting the corners, or by
dovetailing thorn, the latter way be
ing prereraulc. Lumber should be
seasoned, dressed on both sides and
in. thick. The hive with brood
frames is my favorite; many prefer
Ki frames. The M-frame hive when
j put jtogelher is 20 in. long and Yi
I in. wide outside measure. The
depth is !i In. Hand-holes are
madfl In the ends an Inch from the
top The ends are rabbeted inside
at the top clear across to the depth
o? 3 In. and far enough back to re
ceive the top bar of the frames,
which are l!) In. long. The lang
stroth frame outside measure is 17
byiJn. The top of tho hive is
level, allowing the Moore case, or
the famous T super, to be placed on
the top. The cover Is a board, a
little larger taan the top of the hive,
cleated to keep it from warping.
The bottom board is the width ot
the hive and 2 in. longer. This
board with cleats 2 In. wide nailed
on each end forms an excellent base
for the hive to set on, the 2 In.
extra forms the alighting board.
When using this hive for comb
honey, I use the breakjoint honey
hoard. jNo beehive made contains
more points of interest. J. F.
Michael, in Farm and Home.
A flarden Marker.
The vegetable garden, and in fact
all growing crops, should at all times
be laid out with a system. To a suc
cessful gardener, every break In tho
straightness of a row of growing
crops, e. pcclally garden crops, is of-
A OAIIDEN MAKKErt.
fonslvo to the eye. Tho cut shows a
marker that may be easily made by
any gardener of ingenul'ty, Take
one inch hoards, cut to a circle and
bevel the edges. Tho wheels revolve
on an Iron rod, and aro held at the
desired distance by pieces of 4x1 inch
scantling, through tho center of
each, lengthwise, Is borod a hole of
corresponding size. A handle
fastened to the centerpiece and
braced by Iron rods completes the
Keeping Hl!llde In Hod.
On tillable, sldeblll land there is
usually a heavy loss every lime the
land Is newly plowed, as the rain of
even a moderate shower Is not ab
sorbed a fast as It falls, but by IU
own gravity rushes down the hllKlde
carry iug with It much of th- surfifca
will, and If the soil t wft o'tea
deep gutters are lormed. if such
slopes were well seeded to tiimn hy or
ciover, but little injury would result,
and if pronerly managed a timothy
sod may be kept in good condition on
sidehtli pasture land for many ears.
I sually the soil in such piaces is
naturally thin, henc previous to
p'owmg apply fertilizer in some form,
preferably well rotted tnrnyard
manue. Th s w II keep the timothy
In good health for many years.
Should any portion become thin. let
the whole grow to a height of six or
eight inclie., when either commer
cial fertilizers or well rotted manure
can le applied to the thin portions.
Thus guarded, even heavy rains will
not carrv much fertility away, but
cause it to lodge aga nst and become
absoroed ly the growing plants.
Hillsides should never be pastured
llHrroHini; Out the WeeitK.
Iion't forget to harrow the potato
field, lhe best, borrow for this work
is the smoothing harrow. It mel
lows the soil, but does not cut the
sprouts. Two or three harrowing
may be given before the sprouts
breakthrough the surface. When
the potatoes are u i the hanow
should be st( pped, as the sprouts ate
very brittle and will break oil easily.
The harrowiiigs not only mellow the
soil, but kill thousands of weeds jut
sprout ng-and this is the tune to
kill weeds, ust when they are start
ing into grow tit, When the rows or
jotaioes can tie seen, tun the cuitiva-
i tor through the rows, once in ca h
row. To do this to advantage widen
! the cultivator t. its lull w dth, take
I off the cultivator teeth and put on
the harrow teei h. .Now attach the
hoi'se and run through each row but
once. This will stir the enti e soil,
and do more good than running twice
in each row. The editor follows this
plan of working his potatoes, corn,
and vegetables He ti .ds that the
oft crier he can stir the soil the bet
ter it is lor the growing C'op. The
motto should be. cultivate often,
keep the -oil mellow, and allow no
weeds lo grow.
t M'K of llarlifd "Wire 1'eitcen.
Iiarbed wire fence is steadily train
ing favor on it. merits of .strength,
elfectiveness, and low
galvanized wire lasts
and only half as many
be used as with 'other
kinds ol fences When the groutid
is so wet that other farm work can
not be done, is a projer time to build
barbed vviie fences. At such time
the ground is generally moist, and
soft eno' gh to admit of driving the
sharpened posts from the wagon, thus
avoiding the expensive labor of dig
g rig and tilling holes. To fence se
curely against sheep, five smooth
wires and (one top-barbed wire are
needed: Six barbed wires make a
goo I hog fence, but will not prove
absolutely reliable as regards very
small pigs. For cattle and horses,
three barbed wires an wer fairly well,
but will be more satisfactory if four
st rands are used.
Dry (.(miiIh lli.x Chicken Coop.
Tho illustration herewith shows
how dry goods boxes have, for a
number of seasons, been adopted by
a correspondent of the American
Agriculturist for use as chicken
coops. The box is placed in its nat
ural position, one siae being made
higher by a single board,
vides for a slopii.g roof,
SEIIVICEABI.B CHICKEN COOP.
portion of wh'ch is hinged as a door
to give access to the interior of the
coop. The space left open at the
ends is slatted to keep out intruders,
and to give good ventilation to the
coops In warm weather.
It requires time to convert sul-
stances into plant food, but fertiliz
ers are readily soluble and give al
most immediate results on nearly all
A tusTiNiiuisiiKit fruit grower, in
an address before tho agricultural
students of the Ohio State University,
gave it as his opinion that you can
sell fi.OOtJ bushels of pears of one kind
more easily than you can dispose of
one load of mixed var eties.
A stockman says that sulphur
should always be kept in handy reach
ot the sheep house. It is a prevent
ive of many ills. A few pieces of roll
brimstone should bo always found in
tho horse and i ow trougha Insects
and vermon do not, like sulphur.
Ik a team puils uncavcnly tho
trouble may be remedied by unhitch
ing tho Inside traces and crossing
them so as I o have the same horse at
tached to the same end of each
swingletreo. One ca-e Is known
where many a heavy loud has beon
pulled by adopting this expedient.
Tun value of a garden docs not de
pond on what tho crops may bring on
the market, hut upon how much such
vegetables would cost for a family if
they were bought. Tho best market
for garden crops Is at homo, on the
farmer's table. Tho farmer who will
buy his vegetables and small fruit
when he can raise them pays twice
as much for his luxuries as ho should.
1 onoe heard a Scotchman say that
he bad distant relatives who were
Vkhy little ultramarine Is found
In the market It is obtained from
i the precious lapis-la-uli, and com-
manas a lattuious pr ce.
Fimi balance themselves in water
by the mu-x-uiar ontraction of the
air biaddeis. At death the muscles
re as and the air bladder expands,
with the result that the Hsh is
thrown on one : ide and rises to the
lr is not generally known that In
dia rubber expands by cold, but this
was shown experimentally by Pro
fessor ; ewar at a recent lecture. A
p ece ot rublier tissue was stretched
like the head of a drum and cooled
lo ally by the apt lication of a pud
wet.ed with li mid at lun degrees be
low zero. The lubber, whenever
touched by the con! pid, expanded
into puckers, and tl e-e stretched
tint again as the rubber got warm.
The followiri i- are interesting facts
about snow: A fool of newly fallen
snow makes but one inch of water
Ween meltej. snow seldom fal.s as
fur south as i'ensacola, l'la., but has
been known to bonier the gu f from
tteit point to Frownsv lie, Texan
One hundred miles north ot Key
West is toe farthest point south in
Finn a tnat it nas ever been kno vn
to i 1 1, at l'tint.a I o-u. oi Heceinber
i. s,it. Tne only time snow was
ever known to fail at San : icgo,
Cai., was dur.tig the great storm pe
riod of January 1 -1,, !;!. The
av.-ruge annual fall in Maine is seven
feet-. New York lour feet, and Iowa
two and a half feet.
1 : the mercury mines of Alrnaden,
Spain, th quality of the mercury im
proves and the q uaritity increases the
lurther the distance traversed. In
the deepest gallery the mercury
seems to run from the rocks as resin
from the trees. ( n being taken
lretn the pits the ote is smelted in
vast furnaces. Distillation is ef
fected through a long and complete
scries of tubes, formed of thick jars,
v th a. long, narrow neck, titling into
cac'.i other. In the lower portion of
these jars there exists a kind of
tcscrvoir, where the drops of mer
cery produced by the evaporation of
the metal in a state of fusion are
condensed. These drops are then
collected, and with the aid of small
pipes, stored in large .roti barrets. A
strong and penetrating odor, which
irritates the eyes and no trils, es
capes from the jars and barrels.
It is Well to Hemoniber.
That a box in the kitchen or drawer
or shelf in the cupboard w 11 hold pa
per bags, also the strings, and they
will be found useful many times.
That one ue is to slit them open
and I. ne the ealte tins.
Than another u-c i to cover each
i;tr of canned fruit to keep out the
That newspapers should be saved
for kitchen U:-e, to wipe the stoe off,
to pol sh the teakettle, to wipe the
Hat. irons, doubled to place under a
hut kettle or hot. dish we wish to
place on the table.
That two or three spread on the
f our ;n front of the table, stove, 8 nk
on baking day saves the lloor, and
they can be tmrned up when through
with, taking the dust with them.
That a handful of i on tacks are
good to clean out bottles and fruit
cans with; half lill the jars with
soapsuds, then add the tacks and
That it Is safer to use them than
snot, as the latter may leave a poison
That if one cooks in hot summer
weather one should dress as coot as
That a dress made of five-cent
chailie is surprisingly cool and will
wear longer tha i one would suppose
from the thin nature of the goods,
I ur ng a certain court-martial trial
held recently in New Mexicdj"a
colored sergeant was called to testify
against a lieutenant, formerly his
troo., -commander, now charged be
fore the court with intoxication and
neglect of duty. "Vou say that the
lieutenant told you to march the
troop down to So-and-So's ranch and
there go into camp'" asked the Judge
advocate. "Yes, sah," replied tho
African sergeant. "Well, from pre
vious testimony, it seems that your
troop went that night without water. "
"No, sah; we didn't git no watah. "
"Well, how was that.J There was
plenty of water at the ranch. They
didn't prohibit you from getting
water, d d they?" asked the judge
advocate, "oh, no Rah! dey warn't
no pro'bitiou, about it Hey was
watah dcre, bub they Just wouldn't
let us hab it"
1'ropnlatmg the Domestic Tyrant.
In Herlin at the house of a cele
brated physician and geheiiner saui
thetsrath, the twenty-tlfth anniver
sary o. tho entrance Into his se vice
ot a girl named Augusto Prill was
lately celebrated in the most brilliant
manner. All the memoets ot Jie
family, mny of whom livo at a great
distance from Herlin, assembled to
do the faith ul servant honor, and
she was loaded with beautiful gifts.
Loudon I'aily News.
A u germ.
The largest auger ever made in an
auger and bit manufacturing town
has been recently tlnlshed at James
Swan's shops. Tho tool is fourteen
feet long and three inches In dlamtor.
It was made In sections three feet
long, and three men were kept busy
nearly three days In polishing It.
There Is but one use fjrthis immense
tool, and that Is for boring pump
The women are particularly pleased
with a marriage ceremony so Im
pressive that It make the chills run
down their backs.
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