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HARKI80X, NEBRASKA THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, ' 1896.
HOW JOHNNIE KEEPS COOL.
flks talkin' now days 'boat tbe weath
er beiu' hot,
N a-fcuntiu' round n tryin' for to find the
But tbejr wear their shoes an' stoekin's
an" a lot o' sweltvrla' clothes.
Till tbe wonder ia they're 11 via an not
melted, goodness know I
Just a-look at me a mlnit, I ain't a-aweat
An' I think the weather's bull1; summer's
just chock full o' fun.
I juat wear a ahlrt an' trousers, thet are
thin as thin can be.
An' you don't git shoes an' stockiu's, In
the summer time on me.
Only wear just one susiiender, an'
wouldn't wear a coat
If you'd give me all the silver, gold an'
greenback thats afloat;
" This straw hat, it ain't a beauty with this
big hole iu the crown.
But It lets the breeze blow on me, an
, that helps cool me down.
Then if things git moat too boilin I just
skin down to the crick
An', in just about two miuits I am cooled
off nice an' slick;
Oh! I tell yon if you banker after comfort
you'll do well
If you take me for a pattern an' do just
like me a spell.
AH Ardley wan aware that Fred Ilar
ton would be a well-off man only for
his brother Mux. Mux was nn Invalid
bachelor, reputed one of the wealthiest
men In that Midland towu of 4.uon peo
Eighteen years back the father bad
died, leaving Fred, the fine saddlery
business In High afreet, and Max bad
all big savings, a couple of thousand
pounds, for Max had never been robust.
Max was then 32 and Fred 27 anil un
married. Now .Max was nn unenviable
Invalid of 50; Fred was 45, and one of
the finest men in Ardley, with a bloom
ing, handsome wife, the finest woman
of ber years In the town, and nine
The business had not been equal to
o large a family, and a wife with a
lovely woman's liking for lovely things.
The younger man had borrowed
money of the elder, and Max bad been
. exacting and exorbitant from motives
of revenge revenge uot Indeed ou Fred
himself no much as on bis wife and ber
young children Nellie's children, who
were Fred's children also, who filled
bla klnd-bearted brother's sleep with
dreams of ruin end bankruptcy.
All Ardley knew that a few months
after old Barton's death sickly Max had
proposed to beautiful Nellie Collet;
within twelve months sho had mar
ried his handsome brother. The Itcau
tlful Nellie was not held quite blame
lens In this affair. She had find flirted
a little with Fred, and then a good deal
with his unhandsome and ailing broth
er. She had taken presents, a gold
bracelet and a diamond cross, from
Max. Some went the length of saying
he had given her an engagement ring,
but Is was never seen In public. Any
way, though gloomy, taciturn Max dhT
not open his niotilh to n soul alsnit his
disappointment, the townspeople knew
he almost died of It. For eight years
the brothers never spoke. Then some
sort of reconciliation took place. Hut
Max never ui"t Nellie from the day of
her marriage, ami never exchanged a
word with one of his nephews or nieces.
As became a usurer, Max was a
miser, and lived In a style poor enough
to keep Fred covered with perpetual
shame, lie rented oue room In a mean
side street. Out of the bouse he had
not goue for years. His landlady, Mrs.
Fraser, a carpenter's widow, said he
did not spend five shillings a week ou
food, and always resented a suggestion
that he should allow himself any little
Indulgence lu food or drink, or t lint he
should buy the mwt homely and neces
sary articles of clothing.
How he had amassed his wealth was
well known. Since his disappointment
In love he had lived on less than 50 a
year. He bad speculated and every
thing be touched turned to gold. It
was hard enough to think that a mis
anthropic curmudgeon like lilin should
make thousands and thousands a year
by writing a few letters and sending
a check from his wretched room, while
flue hearty men In the town were hard
set to moke a living out of Incessant
toll from dawn to dark. J!ut that Max
should squeeze money out of his heav
ily handicapped, simple, genial brother
was shameful, monstrous, Inhuman
and merited a visible curse ou liini oti
earth, to say nothing of what It do
When misfortune did strike one of
the broU'.ers It was not on the bachelor,
usurer and miser If fell, but on Fred,
whose affairs were In a desperate: con
dition, and on whom depended a wife
and nine little ones.
One morning In June Fred was talk
lug to a customer In a dogcart at bis
open door. The horse became restive,
and Fred caught hold of the animal's
head. The brute plunged, reared,
broke away from Fred and bolted,
knocking down the unfortunate sad
dler with the abaft and fracturing his
kull with the wheel.
At first the doctors said he must die,
but be lived on In spite of what they
said, In spite of what they did, and In
spite of what they made him swallow.
Yet, If be defeated them by living, tbe
result was almost worse than if thslr
prophecy had been fulfilled. Fred
Barton's Intellect was desperately In
jured. lie could do nothing at all. He
was perfectly quiet, but beyond eating
and drinking he was like one dead
When spoken to he made no answer,
took no notice. It wag only in hi
sleep be uttered a sound, and then
never more than one word, a name, and
not the name of wife or child. Two or
three times in the night Mrs. Barton
would hear her husband groan "Max!
Max! Max!" as though Imploring mercy
or Indulgence from his hard, extortion
ate, rich brother.
For months no change took place In'
the stricken man. Iay to day his af
fairs drifted from bud to worse, until
BHt'TE PI.rJfOED AXD KNOCK KB
DOWN THE SADIU.F.It.
creditors were pressing on all sides,
and the unhappy wife saw nothing for
It but bankruptcy, a lunatic asylum
for her husband and the poorhouse for
herself and her children. Night after
night as she lay awake trying to think
what shape ruin would take she heard
her husband call upon his brother lri
these tones of entreaty for mercy.
Max bad not yet taken steps to turn
them all Into the street; but this Inac
tivity was only the hush before the
storm. Acceptances or something were
not due yet; Mar wag waiting until
everything for their destruction was In
legal form. Ho great was the pressure
on her that she told herself a thousand
times she herself was going mad.
One dayln Septemlwr the doctor de
clared they could do nothing further
for their patient If he were taken to
London and placed In the bands of
specialists an operation might bring
light and strength back to his ioor
It was the first word of hope, and
Nellie nearly went crazy for Joy. She
Wept, and laughed, and hugged her
children to her heart, and wept and
laughed again. Then she fainted, and
lay insensible for an hour. She recov
ered consclousuessand felt calmer than
for years. She would take her Fred to
London, the operation would be suc
cessful, and she would return to Ardley
with her Fred as well as ever; and In
some way or other .business would
come right everything In the world
woidd come right If Fred would only be
She lay awake all that night. It was
not until she got to bed that she re
alized the need of a little ready money
for this Journey to town. It would be
expensive and sho had not a sovereign
In the world, and their credit was all
gone now. '
Twice In that wakeful night she
heard her sleeping husband call for
mercy to "Max! Max! Max!'"
The first time the cry tilled her with
chilling fears, l'erhaps Max would
take action before she could leave with
the patient or liefore Fred's recovery
after the operation, and they should nil
lie homeless after all. The second
time she heard her husband's voice a
now thought took possession of her.
She had not met her old lover since her
marriage. Suppose, she went to him
and began by representing that he
would make more money out of Fred
sound In mind than by Fred out of
reason. If that did not work upon Max
she would throw herself at his feet and
beg of him for tlie sake of the love he
once bore her to succor her In her worst
need; beg of him to have mercy upon
her blameless children. If lie would not
show It to herself. Ask him to lend
max: l tun not think to fixi
1 01) 1.IKK 'litis."
her money which would restore nllllii-
ed Fred to reason and his family,
When Max saw her humble, In tears at
his feet, perhaps pity would strike bis
Next morning, after breakfast, Nellie
dressed herself with more cure than for
months.' She told no one where she
wan going, and went by a roimdnlsmt,
unlikely route. When tho door of the
mean, two-story houso was opened,
Mrs. Fraser took up a message that
Mrs. Barton wished to ace the InvalM,
ad brought word that Mr. Barton was
loot ret up (be bad been very poorly,
gffljPM j r
indeed), but would be glad If Mrs. Bar
ton would step up-stalrs.
In the full splendor of ber matronly
beauty, shedding light and warmth
round her, she entered tbe wean,
starved room. She saw a poor, wistod,
waxen-faced wreck of a man a .he
bed, and all feeling but of pity for Idiri
fled from her, and with a woman's In
extinguishable Impulse toward juffcr
lug, she held out both her bands, cry
ing: -Oh, Max! I did not think to find
you like this."
He held out two transparent, white,
trembling hands to ber, and smiled a
smile that broke her heart to ace a
smile of sweet resignation.
'Thank you for coming, Nellie. Bit
This was altogether too much for her.
She covered her face with her bHiids,
and sank sobbing on a chair.
He waited until her sobbing ceased,
and then said:
"Whatever happened long ago, dear,
may have" been, and for a great while, I
have no doubt, wag for the best. I
have had no angry thought for many
years. I, of course, heard all that hag
happened heard It with the greatest
grief, as I was In every way powerless.
The landlady told me what the doctor
said yesterday. My only sorrow la that
I am still powerless. If I could do
anything to help poor Fred or you I
would, but since the dreadful accident
I could not be of any use to him of you,
It was Inexpressibly painful to hear
him call her "dear," and yet that one
word from his lips now had some ex
quisite beauty and pathos, which she
would not miss for all the world.
"I knew from Fred he never told you
how business matters were between
him and me. It was my wish he should
not. I have heard of the foolish notion
people have that I am very rich, and
that I lent money at usury to poor
Fred. As to being rich, I nevr had
more than HO pounds a year from the
money my father left me. I never
spent more than half that Whan Fred
came to me first I had saved a few
hundred pounds. I gave biro. them.
Since then I gave him all I had saved,
and fifteen hundred of the capital,
dear. I wish It waa thousands. There
are only five hundred left, but I could
not get that under six months' notice.
I gave uotlce when the accident hap
pened, but there Is yet a long time to
wait a longer time, most likely, th t
my time here. But 1 hate uiodo my
will, and, dear Nellie, Fred shall have
that five hundred, of course!"
She took down her hands and looked
at him out of round, scared eyes. Her
face was twle and wan. "And It Is this
makes hlra cry out, 'Max! Max! Max!1
so pitiful in his sleep!" she said, in a
"He Is not In his right mind, dear,
and you should not heed what he says.
Poor fellow, he often told me it killed
him to take the money. But why
should he not? What good Is money to
me, so long as I have enough to go on
with to the end""
'And I," she said. In a voice hoarse
with remorse, "thinking you had cheat
ed him with usury, had come to re
He smiled the sweet, pallid smile
again. "If there was any money here
I would have sent it to you. But there
was none. You are going to London
with him. Things must have been very
tight with you since the poor fellow
was laid up. I can't put my hand on
any money, but If you will open that
drawer I can give you something for
which you will get money. Hand me
the little metal box."
She took the key of the drawer from
his thin band, and gave him the metal
Iki.t. He opened it nnd shook out tho
contents on the counterpane.
'Take them, dear," he said. "They
are really yours."
She saw shining In the morning light
on the bed a gold bracelet, a diamond
cross and a ruby ring, which had been
hers years ago.
"I have nothing else worth five sil
llngs. They are yours really, you
know, and you ought to get 50 pounds'
for them. Take them nnd cure Fred
with the money, nnd In three months
he will have the 5oo whether I live or
Ten weeks later, when Fred was
back from London cured, but not quite
his old self yet. Max hail passed away.
The whole story hud been told, and ull
the shops along the route closed their
doors as the funeral passed, and half
the townsfolk followed Max to the
grave. 1'tli'ii Globe.
lllcyelcs nrul Tobacco.
We do not exaggerate In the least.
The bike craze has Infatuated, en
slaved, at the least calculation 5oO,oiO
males who were formerly addicted to
the smoking habit. If these 500,000
male slaves to the bike craze have
weaned themselves to smoking only
two cigars lens n day this must be
considered a most moderate calcula
tion, ns the blklst hardly ever worships
less than from four to six hours cf
the shrine of his wheel then the con
sumption of cigars Is decreasing at
the rate of 1,0M),000 per day, and the
decrease In our cigar production since
the bike craze has set In has actually
been 7K),000,0(0 per year. Uulted
States Tobacco Journal.
To Dine and Talk Politics.
The new Itadlcal party of England
have resolved to dine together once a
1 . i fl
, A New Weed Pest.
Tumbling mustard Is a troublesome
Weed in the Canadian Northwest prov
inces, and has recently been reported
from nine different localities in the
United States, mostly on waste lauds
and city lots. Its record in Canada,
and the rapidity with which it has al
ready spread in some placi-s in the
United States, necessitate prompt ac
tion if its further progress is to be
checked. The weed Is found through
out the greater part of Europe, north
ern Africa and western Asia. Temper-
ature and moisture have not yet lim
ited Its range, and there Is every rea
son to suppose that if left unchecked
it will dispute the possession of land
with daisies, thistles and other foul
growth. This pest Is a biennial, after
germination resembling dandelion or
shepherd's purse, A small part of a
flowering branch Is shown at d. The
lower part of the stem bears numerous
leaves 3 to 10 Inches long and 1 to 3
inches wide, shown at b. The nearly
white blossoms, shown at c, appear 'n
small clusters at the ends of branches.
Seed Is usually Introduced in baled
fcay, poorly cleaned seed, stock cars
or sweepings from grain cars. The
timothy seed growers of our Western
States should be especially active to
eradicate this pest In case It appears
in their fields. To exterminate, mow
the weeds below all flowers, grub out
plant and root during August, harrow
the land thoroughly at frequent Inter
vals during summer, and seed with sod
forming grasses. American Agricul
turist. To Prevent Kvnporntton.
A plank drag behind the cultivator
to smooth down ridges and thus keep
the soil from rapidly drying Is advised
by many Investigators, says Farm and
Home. This is particularly importnut
during a drought when all the mois
ture In the soil must be retained if kw
sible. Ordinary cultivating between
IM.ANK I) It AO ATlArilMKNT.
tlie rows leaves deep depressions and
high ridges, thus exposing double sur
face to tlie action of the sun and air.
The plank drug smooths down these
ridges, wiille leaving tlie land light
and porous. An Ohio farmer advises
rounding (he edges of the plunk slight
ly, from end to end, so as not to dis
turb the earth deeply near the plant
rows, (Mir illustration snows an easy
way of attaching toe plank.
Threshing I'lmn Grain.
It Is quite likely that much grain will
be threshed while damp this year, ns
wet weather In harvest time caused I',
to lie, got in before fully dry. In most
cases the grain will take leas harm In
the bundle than out of It, says "Ameri
can Cultivator." So long as grain waa
threshed by hand, there was no danger
of the work being done while either
straw or grtln were damp. It made the
I J. s
work too hard, and the threshing was
always reserved for cold weather, af
ter frost had thoroughly dried out both
straw and grain. When horse power
threshing machines came into use,
there was nearly as much care in hav
ing the grain in good condition for
threshing. We have seen the thresher
stalled when the grain came too fast or
too damp. In the large steam thresh
ers the bundles go through all right but
if damp, more or less of the grain goc-s
into the stack. The evil of threshing
damp grain 1 not confined to the loss
by waste. What is put in the granary
is much more likely to heat and be
come musty than it Is if the grain has
been thoroughly dried in the straw.
The practice Is common among farm
ers, even among those the most ad
vanced, to select seed from tho body
of the ear, and to discard the small
grains that grow on the tips and butts
of the ears. They do so from the con
viction that lik produces like, and
the stronger plants should be obtained
from the larger groins. If, however,
such a practice were persevered in
from year to year, It would result in
the production of ears with few grains
of corn on the tips or -none at all, for
uie distance of a full inch from the end
of the ear. It has been ascertained
from experiment that corn produced
from tbe butt brains comes first in tas
sel; that from the body grains tassels
next and corn from the tip grains last
of all. The difference between the pe
riods of tasseling will average a week
or ten days. This is nature's method
of providing an abundance of pollen,
to complete the fertilization of all the
grains on the ear. It may not be wise
to plant all the email grains from the
tips of the ears, as there would then be
a danger that the corn would be too
thick. This difficulty may be obviated
-y rnnnlng the seed through a sieve,
with meshes of suitable size, after the
corn has been shelled.
Cultivating a Fenced Garden.
Some kitchen gardens must be fenc
ed, or destruction from straying cattle?
will follow. It Is a misfortune, how
ever, to have a garden so fenced that
cultivation cannot take place. The
accompanying sketch shows a way .o
fence a small garden, that admits of
easy and thorough cultivation. The
garden must he entirely in rows run
ning lengthwise. The side fences are
permanent. The ends are panels of
fence that hook on to posts set perma
nently, each post being lu line with t
plant row in the garden, so that they
will not be in the way of the horse and
cultivator. It is but a moment's work
to take down, or put up, these end pan
els, ns they can Ik; made of light strip.
th A pinr.r.
Strong colonies protect themselves
Do not let the sun shine directly upon
Bees hatched In the fall will live
through winter until spring.
All excess of drone comb should be
removed from the hive.
One advantage In wiring foundations
Is that It will bear a heavier weight of
When a considerable number of hives
are kept, seven feet each way is close
enough to place them.
Pure Italian boos, ns a rule, are tho
easiest handled. Not only do they
sting less, but they keep their places
on the com Ins better.
(live fowls shade.
(live fowls air and exercise.
Give fowls lime, grit and light.
(Jive fowls fresh earth to scratch.
Give fowls green slulT every day.
Give fowls fresh water twice a day.
Oats should be crushed If fed to little
Hoe that coops are well oiled or white
washed Iwforo the little chicks are put
IK) not be deceived with the idea Hint
Incubators need no care. The best that
can be made require attention.
A sitting of eggn wns sent from Ne
braska to llammonfon, N, J.,' by mall,
registered, at a cost of 39 cents, without
an egg broken.
, Give the old hen a good dusting with
snuff before she Is taken from tbe nest
with tbe little chicks. Better do It
day of two before tbe ctiicks coma
MOVAm.E GAHOESr FENCE.
Tbe belis-fat of the Cowboy and Vmlfi
All over North America for many
years Cheyenne saddles have been fa
mous, and every equestritui outside tlie
United States cavalry and of the North
west Mounted Police of Canada baa
either had bis liorne tricked out wttb
Cheyenne leather or wished he bad.
The fancy work ou saddles, bolsters
and stirrup hoods that once made Mexi
can saddlery famous and expensive
long ago was copied by the Cheyenne
makers, who keit up the fame and
leauty of American horse trappings,
but made them so cheap as to be within
the means of most horsemen. In the
old days when Western cattle ranged
all over the plains and the cowboy was
In his glory, that, queer citizen would
rather have a Cheyenne saddle than a
bent girl. In fa-t to be without a Chey
enne saddle and a first-class revolver
was to be no lntter than the sheep
herder of that era.
When the writer was In Cheyenne
recently the first places he looked for
were the saddle-makers' shops. He
wae surprised to find only one showy,
first-class store of that kind, and, In
stead of there being a crowd in front of
it, there was no sign of more business
than was going on at he druggist's
near by, or the stationer's over the way.
The goods displayed In the windows
were lMutiul and extraordinary. There
were the glorious, heavy, hand-strap
ped saddles; there were the huge, cum
brous tapaderos; there were the lariats
or ropes; the magnificent bits that look
ed like Moorish art outdone; and there
were mule skinners and the fanciful
spurs; and, iu short the windows form
ed a museum of things that a cowboy
would have pawned his soul to own.
The metal work was all such as a cav
alryman once declared it, "the most ele
gant horse jewelry in creation."
Englishmen and Germans now buy
the fanciest and bestt trimmings to send
abroad to their homes. Hand-strapped
saddles cost from $13 to $85, but $35
buys as good a one as a modeet man
who knows a good thing will care to
use. Cowgirl saddles were on view-
seven of them with rigging for side
seats and with stirrups made in slipper
shapes. It Is not that there are really
half a dozen cowgirls in the world, or
half a dozen women like the Colorado
cattle queen or the lady horse breeder
of Wyoming, but there are Western -girls
who have to ride a great deal, and
they had fond fathers end brothers,
and still fonder lovers; hence the manu
facture of magnificent side-saddles, all
decked with hand-strapped patterns,
and looking ns rich as the richest Bed
ouin ever dreamed of horsegear being
made. There is still a good trade In
cowboy outfits that are ordered from
Montana, the Dakotas, Wyoming, Col
orado and Texws, and similar goods go
to the horse ranches of Nevada, Idaho
and Oregon. Moreover, as long as men
ride horses there will be a trade In
fancy outfits for them. Denver Field
Railroad. Yard Terrors.
"It's hard for the ordinary .traveler
to "realize the .'terrors of' the' average
railroad yard," said, 'an bid and experi
enced trainman at orie of tlie big" Jersey
City terminals to a New York Sun re
porter. "The commuter who scans the
yards daily ns he is smoothly riding
through them naturally enough falls to
appreciate the mass of detail in the du
ties of the men who are employed to
switch him safely Into the station. Of
course, the routine work we do, fraught
with responsibility and danger as It Is,
becomes mechanical enough to us In
time, but there is oue thing that I never
have been able to do with coolness in
all the years I have been- employed
here, and that Is to cross this network
of tracks at night. The experience of
Thomas Bouker, the freight clerk at
the Leldgh Valley station in Gominunl
paw, Is proof that I am not the. only
hardened railroader afflicted lu that
way. Bouker was run down by an en
gine because he got bewildered In the
maze of tracks. I don't blame him
Why, it's enough to give a man heart
d'sease to attempt to cross such an ag
gregation of rails with a lot of head'
lights moving all around him and scores
of bells and whistles ringing in his ear,
"Every time that I am compelled to
make such a trip and I only do so now
adays when I am compelled tb I get
the lay of the laud well Iu my mind
n nd note which engines are moving nnd
which nre not; but It is of no use. I5y
the time I'm in tho middle of the .van!
my head is In a whirl, the heaillighw
are dancing all around me, and 1 si:lp
and dodge nround frantically until I
get safely on the other side. Usually
most of tlie locomotives are Blandiaf
ntlll in the train shed, but it's hard to
believe It when you nre lu front of
them. Some commuters who vrovlc Iu
Jersey City have a trick of walking Into
the hi a Hon from the yard to save the
trouble of going around by the regular
way, but when I can I always warn
them of the danger of doing so."
"You say you want a position In my
company. Why, man, you don't look
well enough. Actor "That's Just It.
My doctor says If I will walk thirty
miles a day I'll lie cured "Life.
Sooner, or later we aro all done up
by some one younger than we are, and
I) hurt u j',);h in baslncw a In lore.
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