The Sioux County journal. (Harrison, Nebraska) 1888-1899, May 07, 1896, Image 6

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    CHAPTER XVII. (Continued.)
White and silent, nils returned his gaze
a though spell-hound, a though uncer
tain herself whether it bad tieeu so or
not, and trying to read what was in hi
faee.
"Why did you ask me to coine here?'
he inquired, at length.
"Because I wanted to beg your silence.
An incautious word from you might be
tray nie; and I have an enemy here whu
ik on the watch to make use of anything
against me."
"Not the Colonel?"
A deep blush suffused her cheeks, and
he shook her head, Blinded though he
had always been by conceit and love of
self, he could not fail to see tiie change
in her expression.
"Child, don't l'Kik o despairing! You
are safe now; ami, if ever you are iu dan
ger again, appeal to me. There is some
thing I know about that fatal night
something important which I bciicve
would help you. perhaps clear you alto
gether;" then, mei ting her eager, curious
gaze, he added, impressively: "Kcmciu
ber only you and I as yet know of ihe
existence of that other, iiresumably a
jealous lover."
"It is time I went back," she said;
"Mr. Bowyer always dines in the middle
of the day, and will wonder if I am late."
"Then we part again. This will be the
last time, I think. 1 shall leave here at
on-e by the afternoon train if lsssible
and I don't imagine, Klaine, our liaths
.will ever cross iu the future."
"I hope not," was iu her heart, bul l
nothing passed her lips.
He stood for a mouicnt pushing back
his dark mustache aud staring at her
curiously; then, muttering a somewhat
gruff farewell, he turned and walked
away rapidly.
Ellen sighed wearily, and went in the'
.other direction. . I
CHAPTER XVIII.
! When Colonel Severn returned from n
walk which, without his knowledge, had
extended for some miles, he found his
guest had gone. He hail returned, the
servants told him, packed up his things,
and driven away to the station in gnat
haste, leaving a note behind which would,
they suggested, probably explain his sud
den departure. Expressing no surprise at
the nes. he did not even open the letter
which was placed in his hands until he
was alone. Then he read as follows:
"My lcar Colonel Yon will think it of
a piece with the rest of my strange con
duct that, having come to stay a week
with you. I should go at the expiration of
a day. I believe you w ill do me the jus
til's to believe that this is from necessity,
not choice. If yon wish to know more,
perhaps Miss Ellen Warde will tell you.
It is on her account I have gone. My own
inclination would have kept nie here.
From the tirst I was attracted hy you
strength of character and unseltishuess,
perhaps because they were the attributes
I lacked myself. I. who have ever been
the i"irt. of the winds, the slave of every
idle fancy, and who have never hesitated
to sacrifice another for myself, can yet
appreciate such virtues in another.
"The horses are waiting, and the horses
must not be kept waiting, however melo
dramatic may be the situation. (iood
bye! We may never meet again, but I
hope you won't forget one who will often
remember your goodness, w ho, erratic aud
good for nothing as he may be, is still
jour sincere well wisher,
"(iERALD WEAUE."
Mrs. I'riolo hurried back lifter her un
expected interview with the Colonel, con
gratulating herself upon her cschm? and
the ingenuity with which she had con
trived it.
It was with some elatiou that she en
tered the little room where Mr. Bowyer
was seated.
"What a long time you have been!" he
began querulously, looking up from his
paper. "Ellen is not down yet. Poor
child, I am afraid she is in a weak state
of health, or she would not have gone off
into such a deep swoon!"
"I don't fancy there is much the mat
ter with her now, because I saw her, a
-ouple of miles from here, talking to the
gentleman who came last night," remark
ed Mrs. Priolo.
He was vexed that Ellen had not con
fided to him her intention of going to
meet (erald Weare. He changed the
subject quickly to hide his annoyance.
At that moment the dour opened and
Ellen entered in her ordinary morning
gown, presenting no sign, save the faint
fresh color in her cheeks, that she had
left the house.
Mr, Bowyer returned her greeting rath
er gruffly, and asked her if she was feeling
better in a tone so palpably Indifferent
that her anxiety was aroused. Was he
angry with her?
Mrs. Priolo had left the room on the
lrl" Brst entrance, and now was heard
calling her from down stairs. A little
surprised, Ellen obeyed the summons.
The housekeeper was in the kitchen,
and had packet in her hand. Tire
housemsid was also standing there. ,
"I bf yoor pardon for troubling yott
Mis Kites; bunt's this arsenic. 1 don't
know bow to use It."
"I ana rare I don't," returned Ellen.
"Khali I pot it down plain like this?"
"Yon ran If yon like; but I should pot
think say rat wtwM se to idiotic as to
t it n."
1 1
"See I'll put it on the top shelf out of
reach for the present. Mary, mind you
lell the cook what it is. Just look. Miss
Ellen, in case Mr. Bowyer asks you to
get him anything this afternoon. That's
the sugar, and that the salt; the arsenic
is right out of the way af'the back there.
1 declare it makes me quite nervous bav
ing such stuff in the house."
Ellen, who could not help susiwctiug
that the housekeeiKr was sjteaking with
an object, remained silent, aud preseutly
went upstairs.
In the afternoon she aud Mr. Bowyer
nere left alone again. He slept for some
uours, and Woke uu in a better temper.
She went across the room, aud stood
behind his chair, talking to him gently
about general matters. Presently he ask-
eu lor some tea, aud she went to get it
ready. Coming back in a few minutes
with a cup of tea sweetened aud with
cream as he liked it, and, putting it down
on a small table beside him, was going
io oraw a cnair closer to the fire, when
she remembered something that she had
forgotten to tell the servants, aud rau
downstairs again. As she returned, she
luougnt she heard a stifled cry and rushed
ou into the room.
Mr. Bowyer was writhing iu terrible
agony iu his chair, his face livid and
drawn out of all resemblance to itself
with pain. Horrified and bewildered, feel
ing she was utterly useless in such a
fearful emergency, Ellen rau back,
screaming for help.
The servants Hew upstairs, but Mrs.
Priolo, prompt and alert as usual, was
on the H)t.
"What is it?" she called out sharply.
"Mr. Bowyer is dying!" cried Ellen,
wildly.
The housekeeper fell back against the
wall as though shot rihe had looked pale
aud frightened before, but now she mm
eil almost Ifrav. mill irHMfw-,1 f..r l.ru.jtli
Ellen ami the cook w ere trying to admin
ister brandy. They managed to get a
few drops between Mr. Kowyer's clinched
teeth !and then Ellen, recovering her
presence of iniud, sent the housemaid for
the doctor.
It was heart-rending to we how utter
ly overcome and prostrated he was by
pain, how his strength seemed to lie slow
ly leaving him with each paroxysm.
Mrs. Priolo disappeared, but iu about
ten minutes came back with a glass of
what looked like steaming punch. With
something of her old coiniosure and
promptitude, though her face still main
tained its ghastly pallor, she raised Mr.
Bowytr's head on her arm and ordered
him to drink what she had brought.
When the doctor arrived, they had
managed to get him into bed, ami he
had sunk into a sleep from exhaustion.
CHAPTER XIX.
It was Mrs. I'riolo who explained ex
actly what had occurred, what the symp
toms had been.
"What caused the sickness? I)id you
give him anything?" asked the doctor
looking keenly from one to another of the
women w ho were in the room.
"Nothing but some hot brandy and
water, answered the housekeeper iiuick
ly. "I thought it might be cramp, or some
thing of that sort.
"Mr. Bowyer has taken poison!" said
the doctor, severely. "Through some cul
pable carelessness, arsenic must have
been mixed in the tea he drank this af
ternoon.
From Ellen Warde's lips burst forth a
faint exclamation. It was she who bad
given that tea and made it; it had passed
through no otuer hands.
What did it all mean? Was she going
mad, or was this a repetition of the for
mer terrible episode iu her life? It was
unnatural appalling! She looked up.
Both the servants, with evident distrust
were gazing in her direction. Mrs. Priolo
kept her eyes fixed ou the doctor's face.
"It is a most unfortunate accident,"
said the housekeeper. "Now that Mr. Bow
yer is safe, we can afford to forgive the
carelessness which caused it; but I am
sure it will be a long time before Miss
Ellen will forgive herself. I bought the
arsenic, myself to-day, and placed it in
the same cupboard where the sugar, salt
and such things are all kept. I feel I am
much to blame, too, for when you are in
a hurry it is so easy to make mistakes."
When all that she could do was done,
and Mr.( Bowyer bad sunk into a quiet
refreshing sleep, Mrs. Priolo left the sick
room and went In search of Ellen Warde.
The girl was at her mercy now, and dared
not refuse any terms she chose to dictate.
Entering the sitting room, she found It
In darkness, the servants having been
too busy to light the lamps; but the win
dow curtains were still undrawn, and
a flood of brilliant moonlight streamed
across the floor. By its light she fonnil
the girl she sought. She was crouched
upon the sofa In an attitude of titter
hopelessness. Mrs. I'riolo roughed to at
tract her attention, and she sprung up
Instantly and faced her defiantly.
"What is it?" she aaked, haughtily.
"That la what I came to ask you. 1
most beg to remind yon of a fact von
have hitherto forgotten. I am Mr. law
yer's sister-in-law aa well aa his house
keeper; and it is aa the former that I
hall question yon now."
'What do yon want to know?"
'J want to know how it happened that
arsenic was given to Mr. Bowyer in his
tea to-day V .
"I know as little sbwut It as tou. I
rsruiuly uiaje the tea this sfternwoa,
but I took the tea aud sugsr sud iui.k
from their usual places. If arsenic was
mixed with una of them I had, uf course,
ou knowledge uf it."
"That has to be pruved. Eveiytblnc
is against you; it was yuu who suggested
bringing the poison into the bouse; it
wss you who gave Mr. Bowyer L drink
iu which ths poison was mixed; it was
you who had ths strongest rrasuo to wisli
for his death. I know that be told you ns
would leave you twenty thuusaud
pounds.
Tl I -, ..........
iu pain silvery ugat mat fall utxin
Ellen's fac showed pialnly Its perplex
ity ami pain, it seemed as though a net
k-.i i.... . . .
uu m-u uurown over tier ana she was
inextricably entangled in its inches.
"What is it you wish me to do?" she
exclaimed, helplessly.
I ,:.. i
a -i.u iuu iu leave me no me at om-e
never to return, never to crow i
paths here or anywhere again."
iou cannot mean that Don't you see
it wouiu ne a confession of guilt were I
to go away so 7"
Aud was it not a confession of guift
..ran ago you neu raiuer than
stand your trial for the murder of your
owu sister.'
The girl fell upon her knees, her hanJs
clasped above her head, utterly broken
una conquered.
"0, spare me. snare me-" si. ino.l..rt
v u) no yog crecute me? Why do jou
hate me so .'"
Not a gleam of pity was in the womau's
cold metallic eyes as she looked down
ou me bent hgure before her. There was
only the triumph of gratified aialice iu
manner and expression as she reolied-
"It is late too late for you to go now;
out early to-morrow morning you must
leave; the house has been contaminated
too long already by your presence. I
have promised not to say what I know
if you keep away; that was pure charitv.'
"Charity from you!"'
Trembling all over with suppressed ex
citeinent and anger, Mrs. I'riolo heaped
one invective on another, but without pro-
losing a reply, Scarcely deigning a glann
in uer directum, r.lame turned and left
the room.
The housekeeper could not help feeling
uncomfortably aware that, though the
victory was hers, all the dignities and
honors of war which should have accom
panied it were on the other side.
CHAPTER XX.
A dull, foggy morning. Though there
had been no rain the ground was quite
wet, aud showers of drops fell from the
overhanging trees at every gust of wind.
Colonel Severn shivered as he rode ou
quickly toward Creatbaven. It was busi
ness, not pleasure, that took him out that
morning; afterward he was half inclined
to call it fate.
Presently, a few paces before blin-foi1
the fog prevented his seeing further than
that ahead-he saw a girl struggling on
under the weight of a heavy bag, her sat
urated skirts clinging round her feet and
impeding her progress. A gleam of light
golden hair assured him of her identity.
"Miss Warde, is it you?"
A momentary impulse prompted her to
affect not to know him, aud to pass on
unquestioned; but she was weak and
weary', and could not resist the temptation
of shaking to him, though it were only to
say good bye.
She threw back her veil ami disclosed a
face pale and sad, but infinitely lovely.
Her deep gray eyes shone through the
fog like two stars, while her red lips quiv
ered pjteounly, like those of a frightened
child.
"Yes, it is I." she said.
"But what are yon doing here at this
time? Where are you going ?"
"Where?" she repeated vaguely; then.
nun a suocien souse ol tin- tlcsperatetn-ss
of her position, she added passionately:
Ah, if i only knew;
Severn had got down from his horse;
tiie bridle was over his arm. and the bug
1 hat she held he had taken from )i,.r; with
his oilier hand he touched her lightly ou
tile sleeve. "i,et me tell loll. Trust
yourself to my guidance." he enireate,!.
"Believe nie, it is very hard for a woimtii
to fine the world alone. Ilon't try it
don't."
"First listen to my story."
When their (sees wi-re turned toward
l.iitleliuven, and while they were walking
along briskly side by side, Ellen blurted
out her story-the events of the dav be
fore.
Put into plain words, and told in the
light of day. the consciousness of inno
cence pervading the recital, the whole
thing sounded ridiculous and far fetched.
8he was uot surprised when the Colonel
laughed aloud as she finished.
"Why, the woman must be mad as well
as wicked, to imagine you capable of such
a crime! Pshaw it is too absurd!"
"But theu you don't know all. There
is a secret something that happened )ong
ago which she has discovered some
thing which it would ruin nie were she to
tell. It was that with which she threat
ened me."
"My poor little girl!"
Hhe looked up grstefully Into his face.
She saw that no doubt existed in his mind
as to her innocence, and felt it very sweet
to meet with such sympathy.
"Has Mr. Bowyer any idea of of this
secret?" he asked.
"Oh, yes; he knows it very well!"
"Then, surely he has some influence
with bis housekeeper to prevent her
speaking against his wish?"
"But would he use that influence now?
Last night he looked at me as though as
though he really believed me capable of
trying to harm him."
Colonel Severn looked grave. A doubt
assailed him whether he had done well in
inducing her to return. His only course
would be to leave her at the Abbey while
he went and saw bow the land lay.
A few minutes more brought them to
the Abbey. A pleasant looking elderly
woman opened the door to them, and at
Colonel Severn's eommand led the way to
a room where a bright fire was burning.
"Now I will go and interview Mr. Bow
yer," said Colonel Severn. "Here is an
easy chair, and here are some new maga
zine. Mind the servants keep up a good
fire, and ask for anything you want."
She was all alone In the house that was
her lover's. Thoughts sweet and tender
made the blood mantle her pale cheeks
aud set her eyes a-glowing. She forgot
the troubles of the present in day dreams
of a possible future, till presently she fell
asleep.
There was no surprise In ber expres
sion, only unalloyed pleasure, when she
awoke and found Severn at her aide. He
had come back and found her sleeping,
aud Involuntarily the name by which
he thought of her escaped his Hps, and the
sound rouaed her.
Elaine!" he hat whispered, not mean-
Inc her to hear) but. when bar eye open
ed, he felt constrained te say swtuethmg
to break tbe spell hick he saw held bar
aa well as him.
"1 have rum from Mr. Bowyer. lis
Is ready to receive you back. Will yuu
come with me uow, or will you rest
liltle longer?"
"What did he say?" she asked, eagerly.
"He is ill aud fanciful, and that horrid
woman bad evidently poisoned his iniu.l
against you. But that lis leves you still
I im certain: and when he hvi you the
absurd suspicion will soon d. a natural
death."
When Ellen bad resumed her outdoor
clothing, they started for the Dower
House.
The walk was over sootier than either
wished. Severn sighed for a pleasure
ended, and Ellen shrank back nervou.lv
as she reinemlwred the ordeal to come.
"You are not frightened? Bhall I go iu
with your be asked, bis hand upon the
gate.
"I think it would be tetter to go alone.
i o-uay nr. ivowyer Nke of you a
'Elaine' by mistake, and the other day I
heard you called so too. is it your rea
name .'
She bowed her head in assent.
"Thank you for trusting me so far. I
am glad to know how to call you in my
tuoughts. J hat other nam.' never fitted
never sce-med appropriate at ail: but
Elaine Elaine, the lily -maid it is th
sweetest name that woman ever bore!"
CHAPTER XXI.
hen Elaine crept in, Mr. Bowyer had
mustered up sufficient courage to Hire I
her with at least outward calm. He saw
the pride beneath the quietude and hu
utility of her demeanor, and he knot
that such was her gratitude for what In
bad done before, that, however unjust i
might be now, she would never rebel, bu
suffer mutely at his pleasure.
"You are tired, child, and cold." hi
said. iou would like to go to youi
room. J here is a fire there, aud Jane will
get you a cup of lea.
Tears sprung to her eyes at the unex
H'ted tone of kindness. She came for
ward and knelt braids his chair, looking
yearningly into Ins eyes, as though grate
ful for so much, et vsnting more-fai
more still.
Somewhat nervously he avoided meet
ing her gaze.
'Jo and rest. Klnine. You are over
tired. After dinnr you shall read to tin
if you are able."
IisapHiiuted, dispirited, the girl rose
understanding now what the terms wen
on which they met. He believed hei
guilty, yet, for his word's sake, as he ha.!
adopted her cause at first, and promisee.
Colonel Severn now to take ber back, hf
would treat her well and kindlv. Could
she ever ticar it, enduring with pntienct
aud good temper to the end?
The next morning she was too III !i
leave her bed; a low fever had seized her
ue to the excitement of the past two dav
and a chill taken on the previous morn
ing. For nearly a week she lay prostrate
happily too weak even in think, whih j
exhausted nature gradually recoverei
itself.
After a little while Ellen was dowr
stairs again, but Mrs. Priolo was deter
mined on one thing the nunc roof slioulc
not shelter both. Mr. Bowyer bin) dis
laved more resistance than she had ex
ected. but she would wear him out ii
time,
She had come into the sitting room on
day anil found him with his bodv bent
.ward the tire and his head buried in hit
lauds.
1 wish you would let me speak, sir,'
she said, gravely. "You will never b
happy and contented so long as that gir
remains in the house. It is killing you bj
lies.
If 1 am in danger, the doctor will prob
ably warn me of it. You are mv house
keeper, not my medical adviser."
"I am your brother's widow, the inist
ed com;. anion of the last ten years. Til
Ellen Warde came we never had a dis
agreement. It is my loyalty to you tha'
makes me brave your displeasure by say
ing what I think."
(To 1k continued.)
A MOOSE STORY.
The Relutor Had a Hard Time
and
Will Not Hepeat It.
Telling stories Is n fad now. A Star
writer heard one kikiIIciI by un in(ulsi
tive listener at WHlnnl's.
"I nun up in Maine last summer,"
suld one of the loungers, "where I bad
a umat exciting Hume After a iiksshc."
"What part of Maine?" asked the
listener.
"Old Orchard," was the prompt reply.
"Tbe nearest moose Is It si t miles uu an
air line from Old Orchard."
"I aald uu old orchard," (uld the
story-teller. "It was north of Water
rilh. I went hunting, not expecting to
find anything larger tliau a Jack rabbit.
"Hold on," Bald the listener, "there
are no Jack rabbits In Maine."
"Well, by Jack I mean a male. Just
as we speak of male niulea. Well, as I
said, I did not expect to see anything
bigger than a be rabbit, and bad gone
down Into a stubble when I beard
something squeal, and, looking tip In au
old apple tree, I saw a big moone sit
ting Iu tbe fork, of a limb, ready to
spring."
"See here; do you mean to say tbut
a moose was In a tree? Iion't you know
that a mwwe Is bigger than a bull and
wears hortia?"
"Certainly. As I aald, I saw Iu what
I took to be an apple tree a moose,
and as I approached It, I saw that
what looked to be the trunk of the tree
was the animal's body, he sitting on
his haunches, and the limbs of the tree
were the moose's horns, while In the
crotch of the horns was his mouth, which
was open, showing his teeth, and he
was squealing."
But the man's audience was gone, and
the story trdler went away, muttering.
"I wem to be kind of off on mooto-s.
I've got to try some other animal."
An Importation of Humble Bees.
The New Houth Wales department of
agriculture recently received a consign
ment of bumble bees by steamer from
New Zealand. They were liberated In
the Botanic gardens and In the Llnnean
society's grounds at Elisabeth.
"Now, 1 play the piano. Would ymi
ay I 'play It beautiful' or play it beau
tifullyr" "Neither." "How would yt
fU1t,UMn?" "I'd say you 'play at mu
tlftil piano.' " ChkaTo Racerd.
AGRICULTURAL NEWS
THINGS PERTAINING TO
FARM AND HOME.
THE
Sixty Acres Carefully Managed Will
Produce Knouah for tins Family
How to rlake Straight furrows Our
Climate Not Good for Oats,
Living on a t-mall Farm.
The raising of choice fruit aud vege
tables and the producing of first qual
ity milk and cream to ! sold at retail,
is a grow ing business, aud can be made
a uiost profitable one. A farm of forty
to sixty acre can be worked to advan
tage by tbe farmer aud oue uiau, with
occasional help la the summer siusou.
Cln such a place, ten cows can lie.
kept, two or three female calves rais
ed every season, two brood sows with
tbdr pigs, a pair of heavy boran and a
large flock of chickens. The monthly
sales would run from $75 to fits), with
g.ssl management, yielding, a profit of
(2Ti jer month at tbe lowest. The farm
should lie located within five miles of
a giMxl market, aud If possible upon h
stone road. The farm should be so
manager as to grow first the family
and stock crops. Amateurs innke the
mistake of trying to funn too much
laud aud to raise large market crops,
thinking they cnu buy liny ami corn
cheaper than they cnu raise. It this Is
not the case and the man that follows
it will mine to grief. The editor bus
Tanned and Is farming now, and would
tinwt earnestly advise farmers to raise
all their home supplies. The strongest
and ImiU marked female calves should
annually be raised, and a litter of plg-t.
Let the raising of colts Ik- given ov
to those that have inanv acres and
cbiiip bind. Commence In a small way
and feel your way. Iloniomber you can
spend your money quicker than you can
make It. EsK'dall.r la this so. if you
do not understand the ImslnitM. It Is
inuWi the w iser plan for one that is uu
skilled in the business to hire out fur a
season or two to a lirst-cliiss truck
fanner, fruit grower, dairyman or gen
eral farmer, and learn the business In
a practical maimer. A year or two so
spent would be of very great value to
him. Our agricultural college Is now
controlled by practical experts In their
various departments, and under their
guidance an active young man would
sisiu be well grounded lu the rudiments
of agriculture.
A sixty-acre farm should be laid out
as follows: Fifteen acres In timothy
and clover, fifteen acres In corn, ten
acres pasture for stock, two acres outs
and pi-ns. to be followed with corn fisl-
dcrforliite fall feeding; three ncrcw corn
fodder for summer feeding, to be fol
lowed by rye for next spring's feeding;
ten acres garden and fruit crops; five
acres, dwelling, roads, lawn, etc.
The pasture should lie lined with
forty bushels of limn to the acre, and
dividii into two field. If the s.i Is
a (day Iou m. the lime will bring iu nil
and white clover and the natural grass
es. The corn land, If soil, should like
wise be limed, using IS n pounds of
bone-phosphate In tin- bill lo the ncre to
start the crop. Tbe manure from lin
stock should lie spread over the grass
and used uikhi the garden. Baltimore
American.
Makinu Ktmluht Furrows and Hows.
It requires not only a good eye in the
teamster, but a strong, active team to
do good work In marking out furrows
and making straight rows across a
Held. If the team Is not strong enough
for the work, It will dodge from one
side to another In order to relieve the
excessive strain on Its shoulders. This
will make absolutely straight rows Im
possible, no matter bow correct the
eye of the plowman may be. Tbe flint
furrow across the field Is harder on the
team than any later one, especially If
the field be 111 the sod. After It Is cut
cadi after furrow requires loss lifting
to turn it oer. as on the plow side there
is an open furrow Instead of an unbrok
en soil, so thnt only one slice of tbe soil
has to lie cut. But the first furrow for
this reason should be shallower than
those that follow It. This will make
less of a ridge where It lies.
The Feet of Western Horses.
In tbe prairie States, where horses
are driven mainly ou soft dirt rouds,
their feet are not so tough and able to
resist hard sh.x ks on city roads as are
those of horsi-a grow n w here uniformly
good roads prevail. The main roads of
Kentucky nre generally good. They
were made solid originally, and, the
soil lsdiig naturally dry, the road does
uot become, miry even in spring time.
It Is quite possible also that the lime
stone which underlies the whole Blue
Crass region has something to do w ith
making sound htsifs and sound limbs
as well. There Is great difference In In
dividual horses In this respect, but there
Is enough likeness In all tbe horses from
a district to make It certain that feed
ing and locality have something to do
In producing this result.
Oats Knnninn Out.
Tbe climate of this country m not fa
vorable to growing oats. Oij North
ern summers are too hot nw, Jry. If
such weather occurs as the ts are
filling the gr;iln will lie llgc The
same result Kill Is- found If 0;e sea
son Is wet and warm. Then tne oat
straw will rust, ami not bel,ig able
to nourish the grain that will btf defec
tive. Between these two danger, there
Is rarely a year when ordlnaiy oats
will hold out standard weight. jt (he
cool, moist climate of northern Eufope
snd the British Isles, oats grow u,ueh
heavier than here. It Is a good plan
every few years to buy Imported ts
for seed. The heavy grain will lnjre
a stronger early growth and this ll
for a year or two hasten the ripening
o that It will occur before the hottest
weather Is fully developed. Early
owing and the use of phosphate fertil
Uera will also grently help In making
tha gats ripen wrller and fill bettor.
We have found tl.st In m.st years
dressing of I.VI s.llllds of phosphate
paid luster n the t crop than op
wheat, provldi-d tbe oats were sown
early. It is no use to put phosphate on
late-sown spring grain of any kind.
It requires a good deal of moisture to
dissolve it, and If sown after spring
rains have passed It may uot do any
good.
Baldwin vs. tireenlna.
The red color and the admirable ship
ping qualities enable tbe Baldwin ap
ple to sell for ".." to 50 cents per liarrel
more than Creeulugs lu most markets,
says the Agriculturist. Tbe Baldwin
does not show bruises as readily as tbe
other apple, and is less afTi-cted by scab
or blotches. As an eating apple, It Is
greatly preferred; but for cooking, the
( Jreeiiing has points of superiority. The
latter may yield more fruit than the
Baldwin, taking one year with an
other, and Is more likely to yield annu
ally. The Baldwin has an upright
growth that makes It easy to cultivate,
whereas the Cn-enlng has a low, spread
ing habit that does uot facilitate the
cultivation which is now advised in
the commercial apple Industry. Each
variety has Its advautuges; Iwvth are,
therefore, worthy of being raised oil
any farm where they thrive, but the
Baldwin Is, nlsive all, the commercial
apple. Its proper culture lu New' York
w ill pay lietter than oranges in Florida
or California.
Grass Around Tree Trunks.
Nothing Is more unsightly than to see
a plowed orchard w ith a clump of grass
growing up around the liodles of the
trees, it is worxe than unsightly, for
It Is a serious detriment It Is true
that few or none of the feeding tree
nsts may be under the grass around
the tree, but Its growing tiiakis a har-
Imr for mice In winter and for tbe borer
In early summer. It takes but a few
minutes' work early In spring to spade
the soil for two feet or more on each
side of the tree, turning the grass under
so that It will rot. When this Is done
examine, the tree trunk closely where
the glass has shaded It, and ten chances
to one you will find n Isirer at work
in it. He should !e killed at once, anil
the trunk be washed with a dilution of
carlxdlc acid with soap suds, which
will prevent futber trouble from the
same enemv.
Hlver Bottom I.nn.1.
There are some disadvantages In
fanning on land annually overflowed,
tine is that the sediment brought down
Is sometimes too di-cp, and completely
destroys the grass In the hollows where;
most of it Is deposited. A worse trou
ble occurs when the grasses run out
on such bind, and It has to Ik- reseeded.
It is very unsafe to plow it. as before
the sud can Is' renewed the bind may tw
flooded ami gulliiil so that much of the
most valuable soil will !c lost. For
this reason river lsittoin land is kept
hi grass as much as possible. It will
produce a crop for years without loss
of fertility, as the soli each year grows
richer by the sediment deposited up
on it.
Manuring for Hoots,
Boots require a huge amount of
available nitrogen, but It Is never advis
able to plow under large quantities of
stable manure wiore they are to In
grown. I his makes the soil Phi dry
for the best grow th, and It also furnish
es nmsl of the nitrogen ill the hottest
weather when the roots need ( least.
Turnips grow hollow and pithy when
immured with stable manure. It Is also
likely to breed worms, which will at
tack the roots and make them worth
less for marketing. Soluble commercial
manures that will stimulate euilv
growth wlli pay. Later In the season
the soil, if fairly rich, will develop
enough fertility without manure.
Hens ond Their Value.
A great many fanners make a snd
mistake In their "stimuli- of the value
of the bens on the place by not keeping
an accurate account of expenses mid
recclpta-Aiid In ihe receipts you must
not forget to count the gisnl fried eggs
that go down so nicely these cold
mornings with tbe slices of bam for
breakfast, says Farm News. If the ben
got half the credit she deserves, v,
would not hear so much talk alsnit her
unprofitableness, "fry it once and see.
t-iinllowcr Heed for Fowls.
There Is not much of a boom nt pres
ent for growing sunflowers, but the
time will come when they will be large
ly grown here, as they are In Hussla,
to press -Into oil. Even now a few
should Is- planted every year to grow
for jioultry during winter. They are
excellent for moulting fowls, because
of tbe oil they contain, but w ben fowls
are not moulting the sunflower seed
should be fed sparingly, ho us not to
fatten them. They are better feed for
laying fowls than is corn.
Mating Mrawherry Plants.
When planting strawberries u the
spring Jt Is important, If Ihe pestllate
varieties are used, that the stamlnate
varieties, which will Ik- m-eded to fer
tilize them, should blossom at the same
time. T.rre Is a difference of two or
three weeks lu the time wjjsn strnw-ls-rry
pi vt8, blossom, and if an early
pcstlliite nd late hermaphvdite Ta.
rlely are lanted side by siijo It may
result In ji great many of Hit stnuiens
aborting t.ad producing no frujt.
Keep tbe Block ComforUhle.
Aside fttiui any pecuniary gain or
loss. It la a great comfort of a Vinter'a
night n I lie between the warm blan
kets and liNteu to the storm without,
to know that the horses, my compan
ions in lalior, are as comfortable as n
clean, warm stable, good food and plen
ty of bedding oan make them.-Ueorce
T. Petit.
Cat titled Milk.
Certified milk from certified cwa
will soon bo demanded by all consum
ers. The who place themselves fa a
position to furnish such an article ran
choose their customers and secure tbe
top price lor their milk.