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CHAPTER I. 1
Mirth wss ugly. She was tall, thin,
aw ny, with a thick ratine of black hair,
d blsek ryrs that had a ort sf ferocity
4 their intent gaxe. She was the only
randchild of the popular Squire Ware;
I id there waa not a more popular couple
( an the rubicund, jolly squire and the
1 nd tittle aid lady madam, hia wife, fur
I ilea around. There ai always a wel-
Hue for (nest at the eld stone Hall; at
1 leathside Hall there was epea bouse.
' heu Lilith's tuether, the beautiful Mrs.
1 irew, who had mysteriously reappeared
I t her father'a home soine years after her
srriage with the dashiug young Guards-
D, Captaia Irew, and who. with the
iid Liiith, had lived there in seclusion
Per since, held the county sympathy by
sson of her worse thuu widowhood.
People looked upon Lilith's cleverness
aouiewbat witcblike. Tbry could not
ssrget that the dark, handsome scoundrel
who had loved and won the comity belle,
tjilliu Ware, and had afterward brutally
t-rted her and eloped w itli an actress.
i Lilith's father. When god old ladies
liked about Liiith over their tea, they
uld charitably any that, if he was ugly
rhicb waa an undoubted fact it waa a
ercy that she waa nothing worse. Still
waa time ret even for that, they
Wesld sorrowfully add, with bated breath.
It waa the eve of ber fifteenth birthday.
warm, still summer evening in June.
Che bad dined with her grandfather.
ndmotber aud mother, but had been
irkly sileat during the meal. Ordinarily
burst out with all the thoughts which
ad agitated her resiles mind during the
with her auaiut fancies which the
Ipiire would laugh at or listen to as his
latuor prompted, while d-af Madam
ire would enjoy watching the varying
expressions npon ber loved ones faces.
Sid placid Mra. Drew would hang upon
ia curious being's queer words, in her
i) runic wonderment how thin dark.
Strange, clever creature came to be ber
Jvn child, her one, only possesion in life.
Dt to-nif ht Lilith'i mind wns oppressed
With the magnitude of the birthday favor
be waa about to ask. It had been the
S aire's custom to grant one request of
rs on the eve of each anniversary of her
rth, as it came round provided always
tpat it waa in hia power to grant the de
That evening, aa soon as the men ser
snt bad removed the tablecloth, aud the
fear were alone, sitting round the polish
es! mahogany table laden with silver
dishes of ruddy strawberries and other
June fruit, be leaned back in his chair,
ticking bis thumbs into his amiholes,
gave a loug, low chuckle a he looked at
liiith. and said:
"Well, little mistress, your old grand
father hasn't forgotten what day it is to
SJorrow; nor you either eh, wench? What
?: yon going to rob nie of this time?
on stole my heart the first birthday, you
tnovrl There's nothing of that sort left
-i ' I r,,,t T u'ill vctitcripr it.!
1 iukb l an J ii vui. "
V yon like," said Liiith.-"Hoity-toity!
Here'a mystery for you!
Sere'a necromancy and whatVits-name!
other mustn't hear eh, LilT
The squire was always childishly grati
fied by any one's confidence, however triv
ial. So he willingly lent his ear. But,
a Lilitb whispered, he looked puzzled.
"Kb what do you mean?" he asked.
Liiith whispered again then suddenly
In' .ni of the room.
J7M Mm' r,.7r; :
Give me myself, is any-
'rri-; t r; : ; asked1
janky? ttha . does . e mean i abked
w'mr5 ,blDVy ? a T,th"'.id the1
I think I understand, fattier, Raid me
i iiiius i """" J. ..-.I..,
ael UUl ceauuiui " " 1
fuhuig just a little.
"She wants to go i
"Where vrhere on earth toT' cried f-.e
Win.re hastily. "School? Didn't 1 ;.;
be ought to go to school long ago? Sh,; a
too old now. Just like all you women.
tThen you're wanted to do a thing, you
won't: but, when the right time for doing
(be thing is over and past and gone, oh.
(he n you're hot on it. and you'll hear of
aaucut else! Well, if she wants to go, I
sav she shan't go! So there now! I'utJ
tfmt in your pipes and smoke it!"
The squire was peppery at times; but no
ne thought much of his little splutter
kn. He was seriously put out now. He
pttxued lack his chair, got up, aud went
B to bis smoking room.
Lililh had gone out into the grounds.
B-fr.re her lay the garden, laid out in
fr.tn ulks, with high box borders. To
(be right, towering elms and bushy chest
ui hid the stables and outhouses, the
Hg burn and sheds. To the left was the
kitclien-gnrden wall. The flower garden
loped to the "wild pact," a Lilitb called
It Here ferns flourished under the nut
wee. The fish pond and a but with a
tick thatch that was called "the wig
wam" a favorite haunt of Lilith's were
both indistinct under the row of poplars
Which stood between the squire's garden
ad his wide fields.
Lilitb was in one of her fiercest humors,
kalf passion, half pain. She gazed with
passionate longing toward the world be
hind those slim black poplars. It looked
if the gorgeous world of her imagina
tion waa bathed in gold, while her little
lorurr of it waa in the shadow.
She turned, bearing light footstep
eackle on the graveled terrace above.
Mra. Irew waa coming toward ber. Her
weet. patient face, with the halo of fair
- hair, looked saintly in the eyes of her en
thosiasiic child. Her gray silk dress
flenined In the red light she saw Lilitb,
: sod came tripping toward her down the
broad stone steps.
"It feels damp," she said, twisting her
jHnbrie handkerchief round her fair
hrwat. "Come into my room. The wt
ran talk over this tremendous commns
aln.u Mhich has stared poor grandpapa
latn the smoking room."
"No, herenow !" LUith eagerly drag
fitl her mother to a bench on the terra ee,
tmi held her hands aa she rapidly poured
Wt her confidence. She on folded her
rtosM pretty clearly. She wanted to show
tr ketilH's to some emloent painter, te
tear bis Cat If be said she Might be a
e-lwter, she would work aceaslngly.
' V.ar kla oataiea Bafvoeab4e. bIm weM
try music "although I cannot love music
like my painting," she said, with a sigh.
"It is so vague; it gives one thoughts, but
it does not realize them. Music seems to
me the beginning of a whole universe of
beautiful unknown things; but it never
comes close to the things themselves."
"Come in and talk to grandpapa," In
terrupted Mrs. Drew abruptly. Then, as
they ascended the steps and went toward
the long windows that opened upon the
terrace, she spoke with mild sarcasm. "I
do not wish to cast any doubt opon the
fact the you have only to paint a picture
six feet by four and it will at once by
general acclamation be hung upon the
line," she said quietly, "or, that you have
only to play those peculiar compositions
f yours which always make me think
of gypsies to some musical authority, and
you will be engaged at once for the best
concerts of the season. These thinga hap
pen constantly in novels."
"But did you not say there was hidden
talent in my sketches? Did not Mr. Haw
son say I was a painter lost?"
"I am your mother, Liiith. Mr. Raw
son is your indulgent friend."
"But I know I feel it myself."
Liiith spoke decidedly. Her mother said
no more; hot, as she pushed open the balf
cioeed window and stepped into the great
drawing room, she felt that, argue coolly
and logically as she might, the fact that
there were nerve, strength and peculiarity
in Lilith's doings was undeniable.
"It may be a species of genius," she
thought, "In any caf v-e ought to give
it a chance."
So she went into the room. Intending to
plead to a certain extent for Lilith'a wild
fancies. She did not cross her father's
will. She could not always make it incline
toward ber own when she chose to try.
He was certainly in a bad temper; but
Mrs. Drew's inert, graceful self -possession
was an antidote to what the squire's
retainers called hia "tantrums." As hia
daughter reclined calmly upon an old
fashioned causeuse and, taking a feather
fan from a table close at hand, began
leisurely to fan herself, he felt aa named,
She first discanted on art, which the
squire knew nothing about. She repre
sented Liiith as a possible votary, choaen
as it were, predestined to be famous
This might be, just as Liiith herself and
all about her might also be deceived. It
waa only just to Lilitb to give ber the
chance of showing which of these two
things was the truth. It was impossible
for this truth to be got at unless Lilith's
paintings were subjected to the opinion
of an authority. Mrs. Drew pooh-poohed
the musical tendency, in which she had
little faith. Then she proposed the means
of bringing about the desised result, and.
after twebty minutes' discussion, the
squire found himself givii.g bis consent
to bis daughter's and gunddaughter's
migration to londoit there to reside for
an uncertain period.
"It seems strange-like ycu two want
ing to leave the old house," ha said. "Well
there! It'll be dull for moJier and me
Squire Ware having cousented to Mrs.
Drew's proposition to tke Liiith to Ixin
don for lessons, adviie, et ceten, the ar
rangements were speedi.y made.
Mrs. Drew's income the intercut of the
capital which had been her dowiy had
been more than suliicieat to cover her
expenditure during these years she
liTi'J in bpr o! hone;
a TOlmiu(.raljp ,nm. anJ ,,uld aford t0
'i" few hundreds a ye for at least
some little time to come.
K(, onn.ntl W ,.M .inrl .A.
viser, the popular rector o the parich,
md he approved her plans. These were
io take a small house in Ixn:n, to en
gage the head kitchen-maid and one of
the housemaids at the Hall as cook and
parlor maid. The stanch Mnry would
continue to be maid to Liiith and her-lf.
The house was chosen. Mrs. Drew wnt
to town herself with the rector and 1,'s
wife, and made all the arrangements. Th.
servHiits were sent to London, the knicl:
kuncks and odds and ends had been pack
ed and sent off. Mrs. Drew and Liiith
were spending their afternoons in paying
farewell visits to neighboring country
seats, rectories or vicarages. A farewell
dinner party was arranged, when ail waa
Tlie squire was opening the pot bag as
usual one morning, when Mrs. Drew, who
was pouring out tea, saw h;m start, pause,
then stare at a letter and thrust it into
his pocket. Her first impulse was to ask
what waa the matter. Then she thought,
"It is no business of mine," and took no
notice of the squire's hurried, absent man
ner. 1 here was a blank look of some emo
tion akin to dread upon his kindly face.
Squire Ware took bis bat aud stick,
went off to the stable, peremptorily or
dered a groom to saddle his cob, and
mounted before the beast was fairly sad
dled and bridled.
The squire rode off by back lane. He
was oppressed with mingled grief, anger,
and disgust. He wss going to seek coun
sel and actual support from bis old friend
Hugh Hnwsoii, the rector. Meanwhile,
as be rode along, he muttered impreca
tions against a certain individual. He
anathematized the hour that brought them
together. He ended his long string of
severe sayings by the horrible utterance,
" 'Tis a good thing, after all, there's a
bad place a dust bole for human refuse
such aa her
The rector waa s fine, tall man, who
stooped to enter, by his low doorways;
his handsome florid face was crowned by
prematurely blanched hair; his keen black
eyes, which seemed to possess the faculty
of looking for and finding the truth, were
softened as he saw he was wanted. Since
Mrs, Drew's desertion by "that poor mis
guided fellow," ss the rector mercifully
designated Captain Drew, be had con
stantly prepared himself to be unexpect
edly summoned io the Hall.
"I have emne to 'ell ye that black
guard ia dead." said tne squire, huskily.
The rector winced, then recovered hlnv
"Well, perhaps it m for the beat," he
began, eni oumgicgil. "I inr uiuau tut.
her child they will know their puii.ott
they will 1 freer to ct."
"For the best?" roared the aquire.
"Here" bis trembling fingers searching
his breast pocket "read that thea aay
if it is for the best!" and he tossed a
letter whicb bore a deep black border
across to the rector.
He opened it. There were two sheets.
"Head the black-bordered first," growl
ed the squire. " Tis the father, (Sen.
Drew. Like father, like sou! Uevsvar
he dared but read read!"
Dear sir." it ran, "by eery of letter
Inclosed you will see that my son. Captaia
Drew, is dead. He died not only penni
less, but in debt. Therefore the fact that
he left no will ia insignificant. Of coarse,
the woman who ruined bim and her chil
dren must go to the parish for assistance.
Were I a rich man, instead of a poor pen
sioner, they should not receive one farth
ing from me. I am demanding my son'
clothes and effects. Should I find any
papers that belong by right to hia widow,
your daughter, I will forward them to her:
aud I have the honor to be, deaf air, yew
most obedient servant.
"Nsw read 'tother!" hissed the squire,
who had been wntching his friend's face.
As be read the second letter, the rector
pursed hia lips and gently stroked his
cheek and chin.
It was from the "play-actress," M the
squire scornfully termed the womaa wk
had lured away his daughter's husbaad,
and written t General Irew wild,
"Sir Do not be hard ape a broken
hearted woman. Tour son is dead. He
died suddenly. In the morning h left
us our children and myself well, smil
ing, happy; in the afternoon four men
carried something to the door of our
rooms, followed by a crowd. It was my
beloved husband dead! Do not grudge
me the word 'husband.' If ever a man
and woman were mas snd wife in the
sight of hesven, it was be and L You
may have heard me lightly apokea of. but
never, oh, never after the day we prom
ised to be true to each other till death! A
great sacrifice haa been offered up, and
help has been promised to those who will
sin no more. Von, sir, and every oae
thought we committed a fearful sia. If
we did, we have paid heavily already, and
it is a ray of sunshine in my gloom to re
member thst at least my dsrliug is spared
further expiation. I will bear the rest.
Trusting that you will be comforted in
your grief at his loss, I am, your obedient
and sorrowing ALICIA DREW."
"What d'ye think of a fellow who could
dare send me that brazen-faced hussy's
humbug?" raved the squire.
"I see a remorseful, a penitent soul,
struggling to bear punishment," said the
"Bah!" cried the squire. "Now under
stand. Raw so n you know I'm a good
friend to you and yours, and you're a
good friend to me and mine; but we're
not parson-in-the-pulpit and squire-ln-the-pew
this morning we're mad and man.
What'd yon say if a man came and stole
your cob out of the field yonder? What
ought they to do for husband-stealing to
a creature who has ruined a sweet gitl's
life my Lillian's life and sent ber borne
with her child, begging shelter from her
old father and mother? Why, hanging,
drawing and quartering's too good for
ber! And as for bim, he's ODly fit to be
kicked into the pig-trough by the herd,
and if you don't feel the same, I pity ye
I pity ye that's all!"
"I feel as you would wish me to feel,"
said the rector. Intercepting the squire
ns be turned to leave bun. "Come, old
friend, what can I do? Shall I break the
news to dear Ullinn?"
The squire gradually aUewed himself to
be pacified. He had come to ask the rec
tor to break the news of her husband's
death to Mrs. Drew; buv be had many
stipulations to make.
"Understand no more of your Bible or
your gospel now here!" he insisted.
"You'll have me bound and at your ruer y
on Sunday morning, and then you may
pepper me with it as long aa you like, and
I can't say you nay."
Then he laid down his law, which was
that Mrs. Drew was to be told the bare
fact of her husband's death, and that hif
circumstances and position at the time of
his death were to be suppressed. She was
never to be told of the woman and her
children, who were designated by t'l'
vjuire In words that he would scarcWr
Lave used had ladies been present.
The rector listened and shook his herd.
"You yourself made me Lillian's gua-d-ian
in the event of your death," he j!d
rest lutely; "and I am trustee of ber rrar
riagi1 settlement. At Usst as her pallor.
if no as her guardian and I rut tee, I amy
be trtated with confidence. No good ever
came of the willful suppression of truth;
of that I am so certain that n'-Uiin
would ndue me to keep one circumstance
from Lillian. She is no child; in a few
weeks sie will be thirty-four; I shall tell
The sq lire argued, fumed; but the rec
to was obstinate.
' Then you must take the consciences!1
said the squire, at Inst, flingiag himself
out )f the room and out of the house. 1
shaf. not! it is madness, foolery abject
f oole 7 !"
"I k in ready to take the em sequences
said tje rector, and the e,r.ire pettishly
pusheo aside Mr. Rawson s helping hand
mounted and rode off, without so much a
a partus salute.
The squire went off ad rode about the
estate to avoid meeting his daughter at
luncheon. Lilitb rode ever to say good-by
to her yooeg friends, the Grahames a'
Withers Cot rt a great bouse about sev
en miles any. Mrs. Drew watched her
ride off; she ras look'nz out of the paint
ing room window. (Toe then resumed her
brush. The colors were mixed on her
palette, and Ae wse busily working away
when Mary o-ene-1 the door and announc
ed the rector.
"You have cons; with bad news," she
said slowly, fcos'iily, as she noticed his
unusually grave face. It was an asser
Hon, rather than an inquiry.
"I have," sasd the rector desperately
rising and layl-ig his hand gently npon ber
bead. But ate jerked it away with
"Don't apeak r So he stood, gazing si
lently at hf motionless figure, wondering
almost stupidly bov be was to tell the
rest of bis tale.
Presently she raised ber face, flushed,
"He did not-kill-blmself r she asked.
Lillian's head went down pe her fold
ed anna again.
"He did not Ml himself. Waa It
As Mrs. Drew asked her plteons ques-
tkm. the rector seated himself near her.
She stretched oat her bands to hint, as a
frightened child slight! sad. gently and
u.--i 4iai'Uig Ibuse pour treutoua,
hautis. ne iuu uia taie, avowing ine aarn-
lion of Lillian's rival aa much as possible. !
She wss with him when it nappesr i
ed?" sked lira. Drew. J ,
Mr. ltusson bowed bis head.
"1 am glad!" she sighed. "1 felt, when
they weut sway, that be would be uappier
slie would understand him, I never
The rector felt slightly iMsiUirrsaaed.
This waa a curious raw.
"He waa he looked strong," she
said, in low, awed tones. "1 could not
kjive believed be would die so young.
And I I never said, 'Heaven bless youl
How bard! He would have liked that,
I am sure at the but he thought of wo
of Liiith. Oh, poor Liiith, yeur father kt
dead!" Her head weat dewa agaiu; sh
"Lillian, yon are a dowaright geed wom
aa, sad heaven will reward ys,"' said the
revtor feelingly. "Haw ever that poo'
fellow could leave you as heartlessly is a
mystery to me."
It is ne mystery to me, sir. Rawson,-
rejoined Mrs. Drew, struggling to regain
Pe yen mind listening?
Ne? Then I will tell yes exactly now u ,
was. Whea I met Reginald. 1 waa very
youag-euly just eui. ne ao -sr. ;
his eeurtahip seemed tee wonderful U be ,
e. It was all a fairy tale, and my one
feeli.e waa that I muat wake np and find
our engagement a dream. Oar boney-
meea was spent ia a rapid rare wrongs
Euroce. We were up at dawn, seeing
sunrises, thea rushing through picture
galleries and churches till I was breatn
Icss r i d almost braialeen wKh the hurry
snd flurry. I found out that, if I did not
take aa active part ia ail that be waa In
terested ia, he waa disappointed, disgust
ed. So I concealed my eihanstion aa rar
aa I could, intending te recruit strrngm
whea we got heme. Fallacy. Home waa
worse. He was bored, aad looked te me
to amuse him. My health gave way. The
doctor said I must es no scount keep late
hours. But all our friends gave entertain
ments ia our honor, aud I literally dared
not star away. He used to try hard to
give me pleasure. He would surprise n.e
with boxes for the opera or me ineuirr.
hi. h I had to thank him for aa if l iiaea
ih.m I.iked them? Hometimes I wwiuu
-t..n I .s. dressing; I fought faiat-
nrss in the hot atmospheres. Once I did
fsiat awar ouieiiy in my cui,
covered to find him thoroughly oat of tern-
per, saying, Everything I do to try
pieaer you is a miiuiv. -
right from his point of view T
tliat he was
.M Ur. Iireu- nnuaine as she saw a
frewa oa the rector's brow. .
T be continued.)
The. Art of Pleasing.
Olv a boy address and aecempnan-
ments. and you give him the raaatery
of palsces and fortunes wherever he
goes. He haa not the trouDie ei earn
ing or owning tbem; they solicit hint U
euter aud posses. Lmenson.
"With hat In hand, one geta on in the
world." German Proverb.
There Is no policy like politeness.
says Magoon; "sluce a good manner
often succeeds where the best tongue
baa failed." The art of pleasing la the
art of rising in the world.
A fine illustration of the business
value of good manners Is found in the
Bon Ma robe, an enormous establish
ment In Paris where thousands of
derks are employed, and where almost
everything is kept for sale. The two
distinguishing ebaraeterlstlca of the
house are one low price to all, and ex
treme courtesy. Mere politeness is ma
enough; the employes must try in every
possible way to please and to make
customers feel at home. Something
more must be done than is done In oth
er stores, so that every visitor will re-
member the Hon Marche with pleasure.
. . v
By this course he business has been
developed until It l said to be the l.rg-
est oi tne kiuu iu me ui w. wmv.
advertising is so efficacious. A. T.
Stewart imitated this Btore In hia,
Good manners often prove a fortune
to a young man. Mr. Butler, a mer
chant In Providence, R. I., had once
closed bis store, and was on his way
home when he met a little girl who
wanted a spool of thread. He went
back, opened tie utore and got the
thread. This little Incident was talked
of all almut the city, and brought hlra
hundreds of customers. He became
very wealthy, largely because of his
Theories Concerning the Voc?e.
One very Interesting theory held by
some vocalists Is that the natural reg
ister of the speaking voice Indicates
the Individual character of the speak
er, as do the lines on the palms of the
hand. For Instance, a high soprano
voice expresses Joy and merriment.
Complex natures, who carry on two
qualities of thought at once, speak In
harmonies, with several notes at a time,
and have magnetic voices. The minor
voice betrays lack of confidence, the
major voice Indicates Intense vitality.
The mental attitude shows Itself In a
voice with a sliding downward scale,
as In most teachers' voices. Other In
structors methods go so far as to say
that all who con talk may sing. If will
ing faithfully to devote tbelr time and
energy to the cause. Cliautauquan.
An Oman of III Lu- k.
It Is a singular fact that In almost all
countries the atiperstitlon about pea
cock plumes Is the same. It Is univer
sally conceded to be the cause of III
luck, and though the abadlng and col
orlug of the feathers are usually bril
liant and beautiful any woman with a
love of prosperity and happiness will
Invariably avoid decorating any of her
apartments or possession with the 111
It la estimated that ! Paris one In
eighteen of tha population, or I.V)iOO
live on charity, with a tendency toward
crime. In London this class Is one Io
Patient Doctor, this Is an awful UU
The Doctor I saved four Mfe, sir.'
Patient-Bat now I don't want to
Ant qaity of th Tall Mat
The tall fast won by me first ap
pssrad la rmnos assart KM yssn s
ftosse Ware Itirda.
Wa hare many kinds of fowls
scribed In the American Standard.
we bave not exna,lfU.d the world
fc any ,,., u,,re are two
wh,ch re rpm.rkaj,e for their
rtMnnnB Th. Sn:uln, ar, ! fusa
7 ,. .,,., n,
i.u.er. " -.j - -
the rack's head-dress Is amusing along
wRh the of lmporlfln.e put ,y
... ... i,in im an
; . ' . . . . ,
business abilities. Ind.-ed we
.would put our faith on the Transyl
vania uen, wnose aiieuiiou seems io ie
given te worms and Its favorite grub,
hUl TAtA FOWLS.
rather than to any claim It may have
to beauty. The Sultans are pure white;
the Padtias are laced or spangled with
golden yellow and black and white, and
the Transylvania have bare red-skln-ned
necks and brown plumage ou the
Wenninsr the Colt.
A spring colt ought to be weaned be
fore the pastures have been destroyed
by frost. At the same time it should
be used to taking a little grain twice a
uny wuue ll is Bull lUiinuiK n.i immi'.
hot take much oats or meal to keep a
youug colt thriftily growing during Its
first winter. If oats ami corn are
ground together, without the cob, and
some wheat bran Is added, it will. In
most cases, make a better ration fed
with cut hay than could be got from
feeding oats alone. No corn and cob
meal should be fed to young colts, or, Iu
fact, to any young atilmnl. The cob is
extremely bard to disest, anil at least
for all young stock has not enough nu
trition to compensate for the danger
from using it
Novel Helf-Clolntr Oate,
An Invention has recently been pat
ented by Dr. Peyton B. Green, of
Wytbevllle, Va., Iu which a simple and
Ingenious device Is provided for closing
s gate automatically.
Inferring to the accompanying en
graving, It will be observed that, on the
top bar of the gaie, a roller Is Juumaled
which Is engaged by an Incllired rod
fulcrumed at lis lower end ou a fixed
support set at a proper distance from
the hinge-post. A weight Is held on the
rod aud can be fastened In any desired
position by means of a set screw. To
prevent the rod from leaving the roller
when opening aud closing the gate, the
bracket In which the roller Is journaled
Is provided with a loop.
When the gate Is swung open the free
end of the rod travels over the friction
roller and assumes nearly a vertical
position. As soon as the gate Is releas
ed, the weight of the rod pressing
gainst the roller closes the gate. By
changing the position of the weight,
the gate can be closed with mors or
Fait the Manure Heap.
Bait Iu the manure heaps will prove
beneficial. As kalnlt contains a large
proportion of salt and also a percent
age of crude sulphate of potash, It may
bo mixed with the manure by turning
th heap over, cars being taken that
all portions of the manure be sprinkled
With tbs kalnlt It prevents loss of
ammonia to a cefalo extent, and adds
VtUaa ts tbs xgaaart, walla salt at -
i A .....
ftosse Ware Itirda.
W hare many kinds of fowls de-
. " . n . J
r.iets moisture and serves as an aid t
prevent "tire faiiciiig" of the niHiinra,
Whenever manure Is turned over the
coarse materials should be placed In
the center in order that tbey may bw
more quickly decomposed.
Orane Via- in J-'er.c Cornero.
A great many fence are of no use a
barriers, because they surround Iota
that are never pastured. It was on on
such that years ago we saw a farmer
trying to train a grape vine and maka
a trellis of It. Of eoure all the work
of cultivating the vine which wag
! planted In the corner of an old worm
fence had to be done by hand with.
fpAde and hoe. But the experiment
succeeded until the fence rotted under
the mass of vlnea which covered It.
Then the farmer was obliged to build
trellis for bis vine, which be tn!gtit hot
ter have done at first. Exchange.
Keeplns- Milk loo Cold
A representative of a Maine creamery
bits tieru testing the skltu milk of Ma
patrons, and taking the temperature of
the tank In which the deep tana wera
placed for cooling and raising Uie
cream. Very much io bis surprise, he
found that many of them keep their
milk too cofil. He found the skim milk
most free from butter fat whea 0
temperature was nearest to 4.ri detrrew.
At 5MJ degrees there was from one to
two-tenths of 1 per rent, more of Imttrr
fat In the skim milk thin when It vans
kept at 45 degrees, or near that point.
Select the seed corn while the stalks
are standing in the field. Much can be
done by selection. Over IO) b.ishels
of corn were raised on an acre in Nel
son Chunty, Va., by a former member
of Congress by selection of seed Some
stalks contained from live to seven
ears,, and grew to a height of fourteen
feet. This may appear remarkable,
nnd may not be repeated, but It shew
that In order to secure the largest yields
the seed corn must be selected every
yrar until the variety is made bettes.
Corn Meal vs. Miorts for Feeding l'ir
Experiments at the ludiuuu stalls a
to determine tbe comparative value of
pure corii meal ami a ration consisting
of equal parts of corn meal anil shorts
showed that there was practically no
difference In the two foods when used
for fattening pork. The corn mejil
used cost 1" cents per 100 pounds and
the shorts 70 cents.
To Keep Off Melon linns.
This year I have been more stic(
I fill thuu ever before iu keeping
striped bugs off my melon vines.
weapon of defense was the sprinkling
of fiuely sifted coal ashes scented with
curbollc acid over the points from tim
to time. With me It proved a very ef
fectual remedy. Practical Farmer.
Good Cuernsey Cow.
Princess May XII., Imported 4 year
old Guernsey cow, owned by J. N.
Greenabieida, Danville, Que., won first
prize at the New England Slate Pair,
LSiiS, and first at the Industrial Fair,
When to t.'ae I'hnxphate.
All mineral manures need to be used
In damp weather or when rains may
reasonably be expected In a short tims
after they are applied. When a long,
dry time follows, phosphate especially
Is apt to Injure the seed with which It
comes In contact, and If there. Is only
very little moisture the phosphate will
make the soil dryer. Worse than this,
the phosphate Is liable to revert Into In
soluble conditions, so that If moisture
comes later but little can be made use
of by the plants.
Turnips (irowlng After Froat.
The turnip crop Is so hardy that ligat
froftls not only do not kill the leaves,
but possibly by destroying weeds (hat
have before Interfered with their
growth, they seem often to make (us
turnips grow faster. The roou some,
times double In '.te after an early frost
followed by warm, moist weather.
There Is also an Improvement In ths
quality of turnips after freezing weath
er, and It Is usually a mistake to har
vest the crop until the surface soil la
the field hat once been frozen.
Care of flees.
Feed only the best of granulated su
gar for winter provisions. Poor feed Is
unhealthy and will result In loss.
Feed sparingly at first In order that
the queen may occupy the center combs
with brood, and then Increase the quan
tity. A worker bee la hatched In twenty
one days from ths time the egg la laid.
Queens in sixteen, snd drones In twenty-four
It Is good plan at this tlms to ps
queen every colony that has In any way
a defective queen.
Arrangements must be made so that
the bees can pass from one comb to
another without going around In order
to secure food In winter.
Tn any colony that during the monta
of September Is found nneenless, a lay.
lag queen should be Introduced, as It is
t not safe to depend npon their rearlug
1 ous from the brood given them.
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