The Sioux County journal. (Harrison, Nebraska) 1888-1899, September 09, 1897, Image 4

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    Rave the Trees.
Another warning against the de
struction of forests baa recently come
from the Island of Trinidad. The offi
cers of the Royal Botanic Gardens
there report that the rainfall has been
steadily decreasing for thirty or more
years, and that if the present rate of
decrease should continue, that beauti
ful Island would, within a measurable
length of time, become as barren as
Saharra. Destruction of forests is de
clared to be the cause of the decrease
of rain,
Popocatepetl's Kabbita.
One would hardly look for a new spe
cies of rabbit high up on the sides of a
great Tolcanlc mountain. Yet Dr. C.
II. Merrlam has recently described just
such an animal, which was discovered
at an elevation of 10,000 feet, on the
flank of Popocatepetl, the "mountain
that smokes," near the City of Mexico.
It is remarkably small, does not jump
like an ordinary rabbit but runs ou all
fours, possesses no tail, has short ears,
and lives on the grass covering the
slopes of the mountain below the re
gion' of snow and volcanic sand.
Effect of Electricity on Feerls.
Experiments recently made at the
Massachusetts Agricultural College
tend to prove that electricity exerts an
appreciable influence on the germina
tion of seeds. When a current of the
proper strength is applied it hastens
the germination and early growth of
the sprouts, but its influence diminish
es as the plant increases in size. Seeds
subjected to a single application of
electricity show the effect for only a
lew hours, but if the current Is ap
plied hourly it acts constantly, except
that as the plants mature the beneficial
effect is gradually lost
One of the Nearest Stars.
There are very few stars whose dis
tance is even approximately known to
astronomers. Moreover, the different
estimates of the distances of these few
vary by large amounts. The nearest
known star is "Alpha" In the constel
lation Centaur, not visible from the
northern lands of the earth, and one
of the next nearest is a little star in
the northern constellation Cygnus, call
ed "81 Cygnl." The latest determina
tion of the parallax of this star by Mr.
H. S. Davis, of New York, makes Its
distance fifty-three millions of millions
of miles. This is about eighteen mil
lions of millions of miles less than the
distance derived from Professor Hall's
measurement some teu years ago.
A rnrlona Villa- e of Ants.
Mr. George M. Brook describes, in
Popular Science News, a singular com
munity of small brown ants observed
by him inhabitating little dome-shaped
atructures. made of wood fibre, and
stuck ou the panels of a fence and the
neighboring shoots of a Virginia creep
er. These shelters, which presented
the appearance of a little village, were
from a quarter of an inch to an inch
In diameter, and about an eighth of an
Inch high. On breakiLg them open
Mr. Brook found them occupied by
ints. During a shov?r, he says, the
little houses were quite full of ants.
He saw the industrious creatures at
Work building and repairing their sin
gular shelters. The Virginia creeper
was inhabited by many aphides, or
plant lice, which, it is well 'known,
furnish a secretion, that ants are very
fond of, and which is sometimes liken
ed to the milk of cows. When, with
the growth of the creeper, the location
In which the aphides abounded was
changed, the ants abandoned their orig
inal huts and constructed new ones
nearer to their "herd of cows." The
permanent home of the ants was in a
pile of boards several yards away.
An Extraordinary Krnption.
A very singular phenomenon occur
red last winter in Iceland. Along the
seaeoust, near the center of the south
ern shore of the Island, there Is a broad
level region called the Skeidara Sands,
bordered by glaciers descending from
the mountains. A postman crossing the
sands was startled by a long, groaning
sound Issuing from the glacier two
mile away. Then he saw masses of
Ice shooting Into the air, followed by a
flood of water and Ice pouring across
the sands. Being on horseback he
oulckly got out of the reach of dan
ger. After six days, on again visit
ing the spot, he found the sands cover
ed with a "belt of Ice-waves" reach
taf from the glacier to the sea, a dis
tance of twenty-five miles. The precise
cause of the eruption, which apparent
ly took place underneath the glacier. Is
Mt known, but according to a reort
In Katare, It la believed to, have some
caaooctloa with the great earthquakes
that ahook Iceland last summer.
, Dm Bawd His Master.
A kettaw to th Philadelphia Timer
fTta Vtekaburg, Mis., reports that a
fa a tfcat dty baa made a handsome
rrJLi t-aft for a rlver-pbjiHeT. a Mr.
IltTi, oU wblen la Um following !n-
t!C-! " Km, aod .
C'rj frtsJ, a wtaa eoonaellor, this
r--" -j n afaatsl If Ma grateful
r J "tf'riaar." The story of
front to see if the levee wit holding
In good condition. Illx dog Hruao ac
companied him. As they spproai-bed a
certain point Bruno, for some unac
countable reason, refueed to advance,
and began to bark and howl In a must
distressing manner. Mr. Phillips, who
was very fond of his pet.trVd In every
way to pacify him, while insisting upon
continuing his journey; but the dog re
fused to be comforted whining and
barking In such a strange way that his
master at length concluded to leave him
to himself, and went on alone.
Now it chanced tliat by reason of a
little elevation near thfet point on the I
river-front, the portion of levee sur
rounding it was considered the sound
est on the whole plantation. In view
of this fact Phillips had selected it as
a point of observation from which t
get a bird's-eye view of the place.
As he began to climb the embank
ment for this purpose, he was startled
to hear a dog barking oloee behind him,
and to feel Bruno tugging at his heels.
Fearing the faithful animal had gone
mad. Mr. Phillips tried to kick himoff,
hoping to munt the levee and so es
cape beyond his reach, but the dog was
too quick for him. Springing up oil his
haunches, Bruno gras.jed the collar of
his master's loose flannel shirt, and by
main force succeeded In pushing him
down the embankment.
In fact, so sudden was the spring and
so frantic were the dog's efforts that
man and dog were eight or ten feet
back from the levee liefore Phillips re
covered his equilibrium. When be did
so. he grasped the dog with Itoth bauds
around the neck and tried to choke
him off.
At that moment he heard a heavy
splash, the meaning of which he knew
only too well, ami looked up to see the
levee and the solid earth ujion which
he had but a moment before been
standing slough off and drop Into the
maddened, murky water. j
Mr. Phillip's feelings may be letter
Imagined than desnils-d when he saw
the yawning breach reaching within a
few feet of hiai. and realized how
valiantly his brave dog, whose keener
Instincts had warned him of approach- j
tog danger, had fought to save him
from a watery grave.
Test of Human Nature.
When Nansen and Us men were
frozen Into the Ice In the Pram In
September, 1893, they had only to wait,
apparently In the same si, until the
slowly drifting k-e should carry them
somewliere Poleward, they hoped, but
possibly not In that direction. Seeing
nothing but the dead ice about them,
feeling no onward movement, they
must simply look in one another's
faces and wait, possibly for as many
years or months as remained of tlieir
lives.
As a matter of fact, the whole com
pany remained there, froeen In, until
the 14th of March, 185M, when Nansen
and one of the men left In sledges In
an adventurous attempt to reach the
Pole, leaving the patient captain and
crew to wait longer still. .
It Is remarked that men of the Latin
races seldom attempt to find the Pole.
As a race they have not the patience
to wait and wait, as an Arctic explorer
must oftem do. Their nature makes it
necessary for them to go somewhere
and do something all the time.
Americans appear to possess the
physical patience necessary for these
terrible expeditions, but It has been
noticed that the polar expeditions of
our countrymen have left lehind them
a distressing number of jealousies and
hatreds on the part of those who have
had part In them. In view of this fact,
a remark of one of the members of the
Nausea expedition Is worthy of notice.
He had said that he thought Norwe
gians were the fittest of all men to go
on Arctic expeditions.
"Why is tliat so?" he was asked.
"Because," he replied, "two Norwe
gians are capable of living, face to face,
on a cake of ice for three years without
hating each other; and I do not be
lieve there is another nation of whom
as much could be said."
If this is true, it may be well for the
rest of the world to leave the hard
task of Arctic exploration entirely to
the sailors and men of science of Nor
way. He Revived Instantly.
It was a sad scene. The old man lay
on his lied, and by him sat the faith
ful wife, holding his worn hand in hers
n;ul forcing back the tears to greet
his wandering look with a smile. SJie
spoke words of comfort and of hop".
But he felt the cold band falling on
him, and he turned his weary eyes up
to her pale, worn face.
"JeaJinie, dear wife, I am going."
"Oh, no, John, not yet, not yet."
"Yes, dear wife," and he clowd bin
eyes,' "the end Is near. The world
the world grows darker around me,
gathering t bicker and thicker, and 1
seem to hear sweet music."
"No, no, dear John; that's tbe brass
bawl In the street."
"What?" said the dying man. "Have
those scoundrels dared to come round
here when they know I am dying?
(Jive me my liootjack, I'll let 'em sue!"
ami in a towering rage the old man
jumped from hia bed, and, before his
wife could think, he had opened the
window and had shied the bootjack at
the band. "I've hit that Dutch leader,
anyway." said he, and went back to
bed and got better.-T'1-Blta.
Llk Print's.
A 6-year-old was seated In a barber!
chair.
"Well, my little mm, how would yon
like your hair cut r
"Oh, like pnpa's; with a little round
bote at the top."
FJiisy Victims In Oeorgta.
A plausible young man accosted a
Georgia farmer one day last week, and
in a very Itetle while Induced htm to
pay IA0 for machlo winch be aaanrad ,
ntm woum tarn oat orana saw a w mui
by limply turning a crank. '
Tatta of InteraetTaw dinar tatta.
AGRICULTURAL SEWS
THINGS PERTAINING TO THE
FARM AND HOME.
rhe Price of Hey Is Regulated by Ita
Color, Not Ita Worth Green Fodder
Good for tock Keep the Fence
Corners Clean.
Marketable Hny.
There may be markets that will take
the richest hay at a sufficient advance
in price to repay the farmer for fur
nishing it, but 1 know of none, and am
sure that there are not many. It sells
by color, and there Is more danger of
having some of the hay blackened and
dusty when the grass Is cut In full
bloom than wlren it is sufficiently ma
ture to require only a short exposure to
the weather in the swath. It is a big
and risky job to cure a large amount
of grass that Is as full of sap as tim
othy in full bloom, and consumers In
most local markets are not Inclined to
pay for all the extra labor, risk and loss
in weight of the total product due to
early cutting. Dead-ripe timothy Is not
wanted, of course, and its color con
demns It, but there Is a middle ground
which should lie taken. There may lie
glory In furnishing the market with
timothy cut when in full bloom, but
there is rarely any profit from the ex'-'
tra effort and risk. In the long run
just as attractive and a more profita
ble lot of hay may be put upon the mar
ket when the bloom is shed. The feed
ing value Is less, but this Is doing unto
others as they would do unto us, which
Is the sliver rule of commercial trans
actions. National Stockman.
Crrrn FoU'ler for Cow.
Early fodder-corn, when eaten by the
cows, w ill make a satisfying feed, and
It will also largely Increase the quan
tity of milk. Fodder feed when half
grown or Immature is very poor feed,
as It Is mostly water. The cows will
consume a iarge amount of such fod
der, and give a very small quantity of
milk. Give to each cow four quarts of
mill feed. In the morning, when they
are being milked; then turn to pasture.
At noon give each cow an armful of
the fodder, spread over the pasture,
and the same quality of mill feed made
into slop, and one armful of fodder;
after the mill feed and fodder Is eaten,
turn out upon the night pasture. If
the cons Lave to be kept in the stable
yard, give them, In addition, a small
forkful of oat hay, or well-cured clover
hay. The cows must be given all they
can eat. On such a ration, good cows
will average from two and one-half to
three gallons of milk per day all
through tbe summer, and the milk will
be of good flavor and rich in cream.
As fast as the fodder-corn is cut off,
the ground between the rows should be
well worked up with the cultivator,
and then ran out with the one-horse
plow, making the furrow about five
Inches in depth, and sowed to fodder
corn. Sow one large handful of bone
phosphate to every three feet of row,
and about twelve grains of corn to tbe
foot Cover the corn as fast as it Is
sown.
It will pay to keep the cows In good
condition; If they are allowed to be
come thin, it will take a large quantity
of grain to get them in order for the
winter. The American. .
Clearine Fence Corner.
Nothing more clearly shows the
painstaking and careful farmer than to
have fence corners between fields or
along the roadside kept free from
weeds, grass or shrubs. As a rule all
the old-time fence corners were keirt
scrupulously clean. A good deal of
valuable hay was made from what the
scythe reached in and cut there. But
when the horse mower and the self
binding reaper came Into use. It every
year became harder to find anybody
who could be hired to clear out the
fence corners. Tbe result was that the
ax rather than the scythe was requir
ed, and the growth, instead of being
restricted to fence corners, encroached
each year more on the cultivated fields.
A Farmer's Outfit. t
The better machinist a farmer IKfthe
more time and money will be saved.
He should understand thoroughly ev
ery machine he uses, and be able to re
pair all but the most serious breaks for
himself, and avoid being dependent
upon paid service. It is wise fore
thought to keep on hand duplicates of
such artH as are most liable to break,
thus saving valuable time, especially
In the haying season. A well-equipped
tool chest, with screws and nails of all
kinds, should be a part of every farm
er's outfit. If one of the boys shows
n taste for mechanics, give him a
chance to develop It. He will be a val
uable man to have in the neighbor
hood .and will probably be able to turn
many an honest penny by helping out
his less skillful neighbors. -Massachusetts
Ploughman.
To Word Oft Frnlt Rot.
When fruit rot has attacked tbe
peach crop, the best method is to re
move and burn all dried or mummified
fruit from the trees. In winter, and
spray early in spring with Milestone.
When the fruit buds begin to swell,
spray with Bordeaux mixture, and
again Just before the blossom's open.
Repeat the spraying when the blos
soms are falling, adding a little parts
green to keep off tbe curcullo. Two
weeks later, spray again. As the Bor
deaux mixture coats tbe fruit with the
lime mixture, use copper acetate, a
colorless solution, for tbe last two
sprayings. In Delaware, a ten-fold In
crease of sound fruit has been ob
tained by this process, at a coat of
about 12 cents per tree. Tba Agrlcol
turiat Ks by the Poo ad. .
If eggs were aold by tbe pound It
would revolution! tbe breed. Aa
we bar before abown, tba ben that
laa tbe large Bumbtr of agja may
not really 1 performing as much ser
vice us one that lays fewer eggs, but
which are of larger size. Suppose a
hen lays 120 eggs in a year, the eggs
averaging ten to the pound, her prod
uct would be twelve pounds of eggs In
one year. Now, let us suppose that an
other hen In the flock laid 104 eggs, tbe
eggs averaging eight to the pound. In
the first case the hen that produced 120
eggs would be the most valuable, yet
she has not performed as much ser
vice as the one which produced but
104 eggs, as the eggs of the latter are
a pound heavier, and. If eggs were sold
by weight, ghe would give a larger
profit on fewer eggs. Selling eggs by
weight gives both the producer and
the consumer a fair sale and purchase,
and farmers wonld begin to select the
breeds tliat produced large eggs. They
would then be compelled to Improve
their flocks In order to secure the best
market prices for their eggs. Poultry
Keeper.
Ventilation of Horse Stable.
It takes a good deal of care to keep
tht." horse stable sweet and (it for
healthy living during the summer sea
son. Unless it Is quickly covered with
earth, gypsum or something equally
efficient In absorbing odors, the decom
losing manure will not only waste am
monia, but It will be worse than wast
ed leenuse It will Injure the health ami
esteclally the eyesight of auimals.
Many a horse has gone blind because
of the ammonia affecting his eyes in
poorly ventilated and dark stables. This
Is the chief advantage of underground
stables In summer. They are cool, but
it is very hard to keep them well ven
tilated and without offensive smell.
Put If the underground stable has. as
it should, a cement floor. It may not be
worse than the overground stable that
has a plank floor filled with the urine
and other secretions that have soaked
into it.
Hlne Gr.if.ii l'.ulnrs.
There is no better pasture grass than
the blue grass, which In some parts of
the country Is known as June grass.
Its roots run near the surface, and the
pasture Is therefore sweet and good so
soon as the grass starts. In midsum
mer these shallow roots have another
great advantage. They are benefited
by the light rains which only penetrate
one or two Inches, and which will not
reach down to the clovers, whose roots
strike down Into the subsoil In time of
run more deeply. The clover roots
strike down Into the subsoil In time
of drought, and the clover grown then
Is best. With June grass the best pas
ture is In June, as later it will prob
ably be dried out too much.
KemedT for Pear Blight.
A remedy for pear blight, and otw
tliat is very Imiortant If It accomplish
es what Is claJmed for it. Is given by a
fruit-grower of thirty years' expe
rience. He states that he use salt, ac
cording to the size of the tree, from
one quart to one bushel, evenly spread
on the ground, extending Iteyond the
range of tbe roots. It should be done
In the spring, Just as the frost Is leav
ing the ground, so that the flter roots
will carry it to the sap. The salt de
stroys the germs of the disease. It
should be done at least ljefore the buds
lxgln to swell, and the fruit-grower
who gives the valuable information
advises each grower to iry the remedy
with a single tree, and the com of the
experiment will not be over 10 cents.
The remedy is so simple that any one
can give it a test, and as the salt will
destroy some of the Insect enemies It
will at least prove beneficial In that
resiect.
To Kill the Hornfly.
The best way of fighting the trouble
some horn fly Is by the application to
the cattle of an emulsion of some kind
which will kill the Insects already
there, and keep others away. Fish oil,
to which a little carltolic add about a
tablesitoonful of the acid to a pint of
the oil has lieen added, makes a very
cheap and effective application. Ker
osene emulsion used as a spray Is also
good, being especially adapted to large
herds. The emulsion Is made by add
ing a half pound of soap (dissolved In
a gallon of boiling water) to two gal
long of kerosene. This emulsion, when
thoroughly, wlxd and allowed to cool,
assumes ' rliei Consistency of clabber
milk; when used as a spray, it Is di
luted with water in which tobacco
stems have been boiled. Farm Newa.
Sweet Potatoen.
Before the vines start to ran, culti
vate the ground between the rows,
and, after a few days, throw a furrow
to the plants on each side of every row.
Take the boe and draw the earth up
close to the vine, and cut out all
weeds. The after cultivation consists
in stirring the ground between the
rows with the cultivator set to run
shallow, and of boelug the ridges and
preventing the vines from rooting at
the joints. As soon as tbe vines com
mence to turn yellow the potatoes are
ripe, and can be dug awl sent to mar
ket It hi more profitable to dig and
sell direct from the field.
..dvantavea of WeIlBred "lock.
It is particularly in the time when
all farming is least prosperous that
those who have been careful to secure
only the best bred animals have the
advantage. The first effect of a de
dine In prices Is to make the scrub ani
mal unsalable at any price. All through
the jtertod of depression the scrub stock
farmers are changing from poor or In
ferior stock to that which Is letter. By
the time they have all secured the best
stock the times will have improved so
as to make farming profitable again. It
Is really a esse of cause and effect,
though not often recognized aa such.
Boll tor kadlahea.
To grow good radishes, one needa a
andy soil, thoroughly fertilized. It la
practically Impossible to grow a fine
qunllty on a heavy aoiL Tbe roou'
grow very alowly, and they become)
tough, and, In many casea, wormy. A'
loamy aoll will do very wail, bat
heir? clay la not aaltabla.
rvx3XVXJCJc. -
- AWKWARD - POSITION.
L L r, ..., it.tn. two L-lrls ought
Dto be boru so exactly alikef
said Charlie Dacre, ruefully
twisting up a elgaret.
The other man laughed.
"Are you talking of those two Dennl
ou sliis? They're not exactly alike."
"It's all very well for you, but I
haven't your long sight, and I declare
to you If I see either of them at a little
distance, or In a bad light, 1 can't tell
which Is which. I am going to a party
to-night, given by the respected parents
of my iH'unison, and I positively dread
It."
"Perhaps they piny tricks on you,"
said Ballautyne. "One of them Is rath
er skittish."
Charlie got himself up that night with
extraordinary care, ami as he was a
good-looking fellow he presented a
rather striking appearance as he enter
ed Mrs. Uennlson's drawing rooms. He
had ls-en detained, so that most of the
guests had arrived when he came, and
his Inamorata was nowhere to be seen.
Hut shortly after he had paid his re
spects to t he host and hostess the
daughter of the house, prettily dressed
In white 8l1 blue, came up. Dacre
begged for a t!mee two dances,
"I'm so sorry," said she, "but I've
nothing vacant till the lancers. You're
a little late, Mr. Dacre, you see," with a
slight accent of reproach as she gave
him her card. Charlie apologized in the
humblest terms, and the girl bestowed
a smile on him as she was led away.
Dacre went to seek her In good time
for his lancers. She sat on an ottoman
In a distant part of tne room, where
the drooping folds of a curtain formed
a shade from the glare of the lights.
The blue and white of her filmy gown
stood out against the dark background.
Dacre hastened across the room to her.
"Miss Dennlson, my dance," he said,
eagerly. "May I?"
She turned her pretty face and arch
ed her eyebrows In surprise.
"Yes," said Charlie, "the lancers you
lroinlsHl0! I leg your pardon. You're
your cousin I mean, the other Miss
Dennlson and, of course, 1 haven't
seen you berore.
Then, recovering from his confusion
lie fore the young lady could speak, he
added:
'I hoje I'm not too late to get a
dance. Miss Dennlson?"
Having secured this, he sought the
other Isabel.
"Why In the fiend's name do they
dress alike?" he muttered, In nervous
fear of another mistake. He might
be continually coming across the one
he didn't want, like a recruiting deci
mal. Several times he lxre down on
a fair girl In blue and white, but turn
ed away, deciding' that he had only
come on an Isabel In another place. The
lancers had begun It was In full swing
before he came suddenly on a sofa
where sat the Isabel.
"Miss Dennlson," he stammered, "I'm
so sorry -" ,
"Pray don't apologize," said she cold
ly; "I assure you the delay Is not of the
slightest moment."
"Indeed, It was quite unintentional,"
said the unfortunate Charlie, In de
spair. "1 have been looking for you"
"I have been sitting here the last ten
minutes, and you passed me just now."
"I saw a blue and white dress," ac
knowledged Charlie, "but some people
came between it and me. Won't you
forgive me and dance this? It Isn't too
lute."
"I think my mother wants me," said
Isalel, rising with dignity.
"May I take you to her?"
"No, tl.ank you."
Charlie only got pardoned when ev
eryliody was going. He was mad with
himself, but could not bring himself to
acknow ledge the real reason of his ap
parent neglect. He was sensitive alsMit
these constant mistakes. They went
on happening, of course, the one Isabel
laughing at him, which he dreaded; the
other turning haughty and offended,
lie offered some flowers to a Dennlson
girl one day and she said demurely,
"Arc you sure they were meant for
me?"
"Whom else could they bo meant
for?" said Charlie, sentimentally.
"My cousin, perhaps she's over
there," said the girl, merrily. Dacre
flushed In unutterable confusion, and
took back the flowers, scarcely knowing
what he did. And when he turned away
he met the scornful eyes of a girl who
must be the Isabel he wanted, because
the girl lie had left wasn't sh. It was
quite Impossible to present the flowers,
and he made a crestfallen escape as
soon as e could.
"Hang It! I'll end all tblar be said,
angrily, one day. "But I aball have to
he careful, If I am happily successful,
that I marry tbe right girl. It would
be awfully awkward If I didn't."
Hla opportunity seemed thrown Into
bia bands, for be waa Invited to spend
a weak at a oovntry bouse where the
- , j
i Isabel was also going w nil hit "''
He sat next her at dinner, and to bis
great delight saw no other 1 salad.
"We shall le a larger party to-morrow,"
said the young Indy; "my cousins
artj coming.-'
Xhe the Dennisons?" Charlie al
most gasped.
"Not all of thein-only Isabel and
Lucy."
This was comforting! And lwtth Isa
bels had such an odious habit of dress
ing In the same colors! Why didn't,
they wear different colored rlblsms, like
French twins?
He got along fairly well, with great
care and caution. One evening he saw
Isabel Dennlson entering the library.
He knew It was his one, Is-cause she
had on n gray dress, whereas her cous
in hud worn a green one during the day;
otherwise it was too dark to see her
features. He followed her Into the
room.
"The nicest time for a chat." he said
and she made a movement as if to leave
the room, flitting toward a further
door.
"Yes. but I'm afraid I can't stay," she
said. "I only came to fetch something
I left here."
"Well but don't go stay a minute,"
said Dnre etnreatlugly. He had no
doubt at all about his accuracy as to
Identity; her desire to escape from him
was a sure proof, let alone others; for It
was precisely the desire she had shown
In the last few days, and which he took
as a favorable sign. "Miss Dennlson
Isabel nm I mistaken In thinking In
hoping you know you surely must
know that I love you "
The girl had stood still for a second,
while Charlie rushed on with his dec
laration, but she Interrupted him hastily-
:
"Indeed, Mr. Dacre, I'm afraid "1
"Don't say that," said Charlie, going'
nearer; "all those weeks In town -down
here, when we have lieen thrown so,
much together I surely have not mis
understood "
A stl.led sound came from the dim fig
ure lM'fore him, whether laugh or what;
! he could not tell; but he suddenly start-!
led buck, nnd In so doing came face to!
', face with another Isabel In a gray!
dress.
If the earth had opened and swallow-!
ed him Charlie would have beeu thank-j
ful. This was the crowning disaster.)
Neither Isaln-l stirred; which, in heav-i
en's name, was which? To whom had'
he proK)sel? How should he everi
know be bad got the right IsaM?
lie recognized after the first wild'
movement that he must save the situa
tion. He approached the newcomer,
who eyed htm disdainfully. .
"Miss Dennlson Isaliel," he began.!
"Which Miss Dennlson do you Intend'
to addrHA. Mr. Dacre?" she demanded!
stiffly.
"How the deuce should I know? it
is nearly dark and you both evade me."1
"You had better pursue your conver
sation w ith the lady you seem to recogJ
nine ls-st, and I will retire."
The other Isabel sprang forward.
"Don't be a goose, cousin," said she,,
half laughing, "and you, Mr. Dacre,'
w:ilt a lulnute. You know very well
Isabel, It's alia mistake, and I'd have
Interrupted Mr. Dacre before only he,
was so impetuous 1 bad no time. He'
didn't mean me at all "
"Mr. Dacre doesn't seem to know
whom he means," said the offeiKled Isa
bel. "I know very well when I can see
them," murmured Charlie, nearly
crushed. "Here goes for n light."
But w hen a blaze of light Illumined
the room only one Isals-l remained.
Dacre took her hand.
"You are the one," he said.
"Are you quite sure?" she asked,
archly.
"Ah! that's cruel! Of course, I nm.
What will you say to me, Isabelfor
give me end "
"Ixive you," whispered Isabel.
"I nope It's the right one," said Bal
lantyne, when the marriage ceremony
was over; "but upon my word, he was
almost taking the brldenmld's hand In
stead of the bride's!" Ixindon Star.
Both Wrong.
The Toronto Saturday Night tells of
a man who kept a ferret being obliged
to go Into the country, leaving the cae
with the ferret. In charge of a neighbor
till he slioiild return.
The nclghW Incautiously opened tba
igedoor, and the ferret escaned'
ca
whereupon tbe ow ner brought a claim
against him for damages.
The following was the division of the
Icarwd magistrate before whom the
case was brought,
"No doubt," be said to the neighbor,
"no doubt you were wrong to open the
cage-door, but" turning to tbe owner,
"you were wrong, too. Why did ynti
not clip tba brute's vVigr