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THE BED CLOUD CHIEF
A. C. KOSMES, Publisher.
A TRUE STORY.
f " Where ! :h lmly, vrtttnlinaroma?"
The vevt ixinr iiiot her call
lioat Iit vrork In Jlie or, kltt-heii.
Willi h liilly wliiiei!! -wiilii.
A:hI -i-Hinlsiia lfiiv her knitting.
Aim! Iho lor her nil around;
Hut not :i imcc of lly ikiir
Can me. li-re In; touiid.
"N souinl f lt merry prattle,
Nil cl'3!!i of Jm (imiy Ijair,
J imlt'T l tiny ltt"Se;j-,
No siirie ! it nyw hi re.
.AH through lnn-e Jiixl pinion.
Fur ot.t into the ll-M.
Th-y enre.i-l e icli nooV ami corner,
iiut nothing i.- reveuletl.
Aiel the iimi:Jit"r Ih'-o irreu ;tMiM2;
,ninrliHHii;!ii.r- -y"- ;icm- iilm;
Tin" l.-iilirr- u'oij" to lie- villaso;
."n u-c to !.k for liitn.
Ainl the lmv l-t! " W.n-" Hover;"
Tin mo;h' r "!uiite. to thinn
Or tin" oil v.Hi m tli- or-lmnl
Where 1 hi- cuttle ul to lri:il:.
"' Where'- Hovr? I know he'j lintl licrl
Kovit! In vhIii Ihcyt-.tH.
They hurry nvav to tii nrehnrtl:
And ih iv by the mo in-own wull,
Cle to me well. li n l.oii-r,
lloMIn to he.li'- Jn :
She I'Nini over tin w'is etljjo
In iM'ilft l l-at-lsu' !
Jie air-tcliei liT lit lie. arms flown,
Hut I(ov-r iw-H her l-t
Ami wer-t'-nil to mind thu kicks
The liny lHir :et enl
So ;!t-Siilly upon him.
Hut vtnsxi his lull SiiMeH'l.
To trretit tin- fr':;htewl hearoher.3,
w'hile nitiijflity buny ShM:
There's it i::tSo Hrl In th a:r,
,' She"- il.j-t as liia- mo.
lHiti::m. I wan: to help her out
Ami ti'ke her Iioiim to tea.
Hut Ilf.wr, !.( riiiil lei me.
And 1 don't lovfhiiii. (o
Ahhi. you niKixi.ly ICover!
( h, why an on crying1 sor"
Tli" mother kitI h-r, K.iyiijj:
" 'Iv ''itil.tnr. uiidfiluu'il,
(lo 1 ISowr n:iv d your IU my dear
And . In- iii-j.sjour lmnil!
Kj-- IJoi-it." Hah .irm-k him,
Hut srHiidma iiihIt'.:oh1;
F:icSd: l:S hurl to thank thi rriund
Who iSivaii u- lor our jrot d."
Abbtr L'inm, m JStihhnii'i Monthly.
LADY JlAIiY :ILX.
xi.cr Agency in Thwarting the
Schomo of a Fortuno Huntor.
:uy Aiarv Minx v.:is cIi-vit, stronj
niiiHloI iiiid lirul leinjicrctl, ami she
IinajiiiPil slio Iil'M her ";ootI-nalun'tlt
vain old inoihiT, tin: Countess Dow
:ier of Seilly. in complete Miboniina
lion. WJien, therefore, one inorniii"
ill hrcakfa.-t the lalter informed Jier
that -he had on the previous evjiiiif
liecome enojajred to the able oun;
:ietor. Mr. St. (leore (onin-.I)v, her
lad-hip v:is both surpri.-ei andincii
nant. and expr.-ed her opinion of the
'ountessand the CounJj'-s betrothed
v.itli jreat iyjorand little epiioeation.
A loiijr ns the remarks were :tppli-(l
on.'v to her.clf, the Counters bore them
in her u.-u:sl meek and -ubmi .ie man
ner: lint when Lady Mary proceeded to
lenouncc Mr. Coninir-by in all the
terms of her varied and powerful
vocabulary, mi suddenly became -o
eeeHnly wroth, and ued ueh
strnuir hni";uae, that her daughter
found Iier-elf, to her amazement, eom
pletel;. ecHp-ed. She then felt that .she
had jroiic too far, and that it would be
wNc to witlidraw her obervati(us and
ejre-.s her regret for them. This die
:iccordino;h did, as soon as her
mother; eloquence allowed her an op
portunity. l'.uL the elleet of her remark-,
was not effaced. Henceforth
the C'ounte - bore her.-.elf toward- her
iiau-hti'r with a coldness and hauteur
to which that ouiij: huh was not ac
customed, and whiclf he did not like.
Lad Mary knew well the handsome
voiinir actor to whom the ('ountes had
liecome cnjrajreu: and, before that event
look place, she had admired him very
much, and even liked him. Hut since
Jsi-1 enirajrcnient she ab-olutelv detected
him. Iii- jiresence was to her almost
intolerable: anil when he came, as he
now frequently did, to lunch at the
.Dowager's hou.-e, .-he u-.ually found
some excuse for beinj; from home. Oe-c.-..-ionalh'
she had to meet him: and
then she watched his behavior very
closely. As far as mere bearing was
concerned, she had to admit to herself
that he was a perfect gentleman. He
was ea-y. polished in his manners, and
Ihere was about him u certain stateli-ne-s
of mein which, though to an un
friendly critic like her.-elf, might savor
-of the .-tage, .-at well on one of his no
ble and distinguished appearance. Hut
though in these re.-pecl.- he was all that
one- could desire, every time Lath Man
saw him she disliked him more and
more. To her keen eyes it was clear he
vvas insincere in his professed affection
for the foud Dowager. Again and
?tg:iin she saw in the smile he cast upon
iiis betrothed something which seeni'-d
to her very like a sneer. She noticed
as everybody but the Countess did
that in company his attentions were di
rected, not to the younger and more at
tractive ladies, but to the wealthy. To
.another widow of very homely looks,
but of great fortune, Mrs. Hlunt, he was
silmotas affectionate in his manner as
towards his betrothed. Hefore she had
watched him long, therefore. Lady Mary
became convinced (if she had ever
doubted it) that he was nothing more
nor less than an unprincipled lortune
iuinter. Under these circumstances, since she
wished to believe it. she had little dif
ficulty in persuading herself that it was
not merely her interest, but her duty, to
.break off the engagement: and she was
resolved it should be broken off. As to
the means, she felt no scruples. If she
.could lind any. be they fair or foul, she
hvould willingly use them.
For some time all her observation and
Kl her ingenuity were unsuccessful.
course of the engaged couple s love
on the whole, running very
th. The Dowager was as warm
Constant in her affection for Mr.
tsbv as ever: and if he seemed
han as attentive as at iirst.he could
kbe considered negligent. For-
lie came almost every day to
id not infrequently after he left
Iter he would sup with them:
khe thought two or three visits
ke of the week quite sufficient.
ition (which Lady Mary at-
plv to his ieeling secure in
affections) evidently an
rmed the Countess. She
)ect that some one else
klvances to him, and she
liturally anxious to have
irried on. So it was
: Mary wanted to pre-
ake some decisive step
regular in visitinjr as
! 1 !!
mgsDV was sun very
g to his betrothed.
sure as the sun.
tto her from him.
Les in her mother's
iges of discovery
order to study
the? production". It was while en
gaged on one of thce that a device oc
curred to her which, though mean and
despicable as she knew it to be. might,
she considered, if carri"d out well, en
able her to put an end to the match "he
.o hated. It ;vt, :o be worked br
menn. of a forged note. She would
write a letter purporting to be fioia
?dr. Coninjr-iby to -onie lady of the bal
let, and direct it to the Downg'-r. In
the morning it would, if tx-td after
the ht.t mail of the jM'evious ni'ht, ar
rive by the same pot as hi letter.
She. through whoe hand all the let
ter? by the ettrlv jkL- p!M-Hd before
reaching th- Counter. -ould rctaia
the real letter and ajlow th" forged one
to go to her mother instead. The lat
ter, if the note .va.t iageiiioti'-Iy writ
ten, would at once conclude that Mr.
('oningiy, when he wa.s writing o
her. had a!o written to an humbler
love. and. by ir.i-take, had inclo-atl the
trrong note in the envelope uddre-d
tohcr. Jf she could mil do thi-s with
out discovery. Lady Mary was certain
the match would be at" an end. She
knew how jealou-i her mother .vn.-.
liow eu-ily her vanity wa-s hurt. The
rage and indignation she would feel at
hi-, siippo-ed duplicity n:nl contempt
for iier would son put an end to her
love. The only objection that it
wii-j an extremely dangerous undertak
ing. If it were diticoicrcd there would
be an incurable breaeh between her
mother and her-ejf. At the -ame tirn-.
if the letter wcrcaddrcved to "Tot tie'
or "Lottie." or some neh common
name, it would be di2licr.lt for Mr.
Couing.-by to show that it via a
forgery by any'hing -ave hi o'.vn as
sertion, whicli Lady Scilly was scarce
ly likely to belie. c. At nuv rate, it
wa-, tije only chance, and, let the
danger be what it would. Lady Man
determined to try it.
Next dav -die spent sevcr.il hour-;
writing a ietti r which might pa-.-, for
one of Mr. Coning-by's. Sh" had a
pretty turn for imitating other people'
handwrlting. and before slie practieeij
very long she had written some linc
whieh it would have taken a very
dever expert to have said was not his
work. She then compo-cd the following
IIkmik.-tTottik: I tn "firry I shall not le
able to en. II Oil you to-morrow nuht, iti I have
to pay my re..ecw to the old uold-Juic I a:n
eoln to marry. She li trettln rataor di-t-eon-ola'e
ol late at my ne;hiret.ce. ami -o
I have to eeuo!u the joor old thim?. Alter
tuarruive St will be ditleient. Il Is lute. I am
eMr.-mely tiled, icid I have !or.lc to !icr. So
XOMl-lije m v S.Ulc taio'. Your own
As she knew tliat Mr. Coning-liv was
to sup with them the following evening,
she took the opportunity that night when
returning from a ball to po-t her own
Next morning while the Counters,
who since their quarrel seldom came
down for brcakfa-.t was -till in her bed
room, the forged letter and on from
Mr. Coning-by arrived. Lady Mary
received them with a score of other-,
but sc) well had -he imitated Mr. t'on-ing-by's
writing that for a moment he
wa placed in om" difficulty: .-lie could
-carcely di-tingui-h her own billet-duns
from his. In a moment, however, -he
remembered that the envelope she u-ed
had a peculiar water-mark, and hold
ing up the one Ictt'T between her and
the light, -he noted this peculiarity, and
thu- settled any doubt .-he had. Re
taining, therefore, the other letter, she
gate the forged one to Lady Scilh's
maid. Lady Mary then hurriedly
locked up the purloined note. She was
glad the handwritings were so identi
cal. If .-he herself found some diffi
culty in distinguishing them, surely her
mother would neer -uspect forgery.
She had hardly got the letter secreted,
when Lady Seilh's maid returned to
her. pale and frightened-looking.
Oh, my lady." she cried, "her lady
ship has taken HI. 1 thuiK -he s in
hysterica. Will your lady.-hip please
"Has she sent for me?"' asked Lady
Mary, very much scared.
"No, my lady. answered the maid.
"Then a-k her if I may come. I don't
like to intrude on her without her per
mission." The fact was. Lady Mary was not at
all anxious to see her mother. Her
guilt v conscience had already begun to
trouble her: ami -he was afraid that if
she went ju-t then into her mother's
presence her crime would in some way
or other come out. She waited un
easily until the maid returned, which
she did not do for a considerable time:
and then, by the Countess direction,
she informed Lady Mary that her lady
ship was much better, and did not wish
to see her just at pre-ent news which
ea-ed Lady Mary's mind not a little.
In about an hour. Lady Scilly's maid
again came to her to tell her that her
lady-hip would not be down that day to
lunch: and. in reply to inquiries, said
that the invalid was much better and
engaged in writing. Lady Mary had
little difficulty in guessing what she
was writing about. She felt so uncom
fortable that she could no longer re
main in the house. So. after lunch, on
the plea of Inning some purchases to
make, she spent a considerable time
driving about rather aimlessly.
When she returned it was about six
o'clock she noticed that the household
was in an excited state, and she soon
learned the cause. The Countess, after
writing and sending to the post two let
ters (one for Mr. Coningsby and the
other for Mrs. Hlunt). had become so
ill that the butler had felt it his duty to
send for the family physician. Dr.
Killen. That gentleman was now with
her. and they were waiting to hear his
Lady Mary was horrified b this in
telligence. Her mother was, it seemed,
seriously, it might be dangerously, ill.
and that illness was caused by her act
an act. as she had now to confess to
herself, done not for her mother's but
her own interests. What would she do
if the Countess died? Would she not
be her murderess? The thought was
terrible beyond expression. How she
bewailed her stupid anger. How she
wished she hail never written that let
ter. Torn with regret and fear, too
conscience-stricken to venture into her
mother's presence, she waited in agony
at the bedroom door until Dr. Killen
"Oh, doctor," she said, when he at
last appeared, "is she seriously ill?"
"Yes, Lady Mary," replied the doc
tor; ''very seriously, I am afraid. She
must have suffered a terrible shock of
some kind or another. It seems as if
she were going to have brain fever."
"Brain fever! Is that very danger-
"Very," replied the doctor, in a sol
emn tone. "And 1 don't think it right
to conceal from vou. Ladv Marv. that I
greatly fear her ladyship's case will I
"While the doctor was speaking, Lady
Mary stood gazing at him with a dazed
look" Suddenly, before he could catch
her, she fell fainting at his feet.
It seemed likely enough for a time
that Lady Man' would soon be suffer
ing from" brain fever as well as the
Countess. She was certainly scarcely
in her right mind for several days; but
fortunat'dy r.t her mother grew wi-ir
she gn-w better. Hefore a week w
overhc hauas if by a superhuman
effort of will, jthrovrn off her U!jj-;
and she in-i?iJd. aaint Dr. Killea
strongest rrKo3:mnce. fa nursing
lirr aow delirous nvrther.
ijiy Mary had not the rejmta'" of
Wng n very dutiful or aaVctttJftate
diughtcr. AH brr friend had fm tr
h.rd hovr be .-i:rIb :! sgain hmi
annoAfd or hocked her pwx- juo'Iht
by her wdf ii ! or her wttrr toafti.
Hal now Jv esertcl ITclf u her ere
in a way ahno-t beyond ieuW. Dav
and night mw Iht by the -irk bf.
watching and tending the nnVrer with
an indefatigable tenderse:. Iojj4e
were urriH--d to lind her capable of
As long a it w nrK-ertnin whether
the CMtnleH would IHre through her
I jj::hs- or 1104. Laoy ,iiry inougni i.tU'i
I of ain thing el--; but when the Tfc4i
was over, and th- patirn; wa oace
! more con'-i)f. lwgnn Ui vnde?
I how it wa tnat Mr. Coaingln- haI not j
I ealle! or wrif?iiri lo her tnrfhr evl
-incti that eventful itiumnr. It wm
.t range that he houhl bear o calmly
a fs!-e charge, whi'-h d-xii such a
blow to his jiro-jw:ts. She had re
solved that when her rnolh"r whs suf
licienth recovered ! would confer 10
her ever; thing, and absolve the youag
actor from the ehtrge. Hut irnvr, us
she 'Hindered over his t onduct, she
felt inclined to chinge her resolution.
It was plain that he was either glad of
an ecu e f.:r breaking off th' eagagf
inent. or was actua'h earning on an
illicit correspondent e,
iniagimtl he had b,vn
either else, it would
in which he
a small fcind-
1 lie-- to her mother to bring him and
I her mother again together,
j One dav Dr. Killen. after he had ex
amined I11- patient and pronounced he:
i to be progressing in the most satis
1 f.ietory manner, on leaving the room,
! motioned Ladv Mary to lollow him,
1.... . - -.
u hen sjjo went out, lie saw to her
" I siippo-i! you have heard of Mr
"No. do.'tor," she answered, eager
ly. " Vhst U it?"
"Wei!, he's engaged to Mrs. Hlunt,
suit! tiie doctor.
"To Mrs. Hlunt!" exclaimed Lady
Mary. "'r.. No'.v the rea-on I asked yo;
to come out wa- to caution ou on n.;
account to mention th:-?. or to let it fct'
referred to in the ( 'ountc,' hearing
We did not know what tiie -hock wj
which caused her illne-s but il wj
ch-ar from her remark when deiirot.1
that it was something about Mr. Coi
"Yes," answered Lady Mary, but i
such an abicnt-minded manner that I).'.
Killen. with an annowd air. bade he
good-day. and went away.
When Lady Marv returned to tin
-iek room the Counters had fallen
a.-leep. and -o she had both time ami
quiet tie--, for rcllection. She now re
memb 'red that her mother when she re
cehed the forged letter had written
both to Mr. Coning-by and to Mr-.
Hlunt. There wa- nothing in the letter
-die sent to indicate that it wa- written
to Mr-. Hlunt 111 fact, it could h.:rdly
-eem to b-. Was it merely b chance
that her mother had set it down as in
tended for Mrs. Hlunt? Or had she
some private information of the way
thing- were tending in that quarter?
One tiling w.is certain, the cau-e of Mr.
( 'ouing-b; "s not reph ing to her mother's
charge was now evident; on considera
tion, he huC doubtless concluded that
Mr-. Hlunt wa- a better catch than the
While Lady Miry was engaged in
thc-ereileetions. her mother awoke. She
had been free from delirium for -omc
days past, and had noticed, and been
greatly touched by, thcdciotion of her
oaugnicr. .vn iraces 01 ineir quarrel
had gone; and mother and tlaughter
were on more affectionate and contlden
tial terms than they hatl been since
Lady Mary was a child. Though by
the sad, regretful expression that oeca--ionally
pas-ed over the Counte-s' face.
Lady Mary knew -he wa- thinking o!
her lover, and of the letter which had
cau-ed her such pain, neither had
alluded once to the subject. On this
occa-'on. however, the Countess sud
denly turned to her daughter and -aid:
"Have you heard any thing of Mr. Con
ingsby lately ?'
"Not much, mamma," answered
Lady Mary, vaguely, and in an embar
ra ed way.
"Has his engagement with Mr-. Hlunt
been announced yet?" asked the Coimt-
Lady Mary started. I low did she
know of his engagement? Was it
merely an inference from some infor
mation she had before her illness? Or
was it a delusion ot her delirium .-till
remaining with her? Lady Mary would
have given the world to have a-ked her
one or two questions; but. remember
ing the doctor's orders, she bent over
her and, kissing her, said: "Mamma,
dear, you should not think of these
things. They are all past now. Mr.
Coningsby will. I'm sure, be here be
fore long to see vou."
"Never!" exclaimed the Countes-.
with strong vehemence. "Never, with
my con-cnt. He is a mean adventurer
a fortune-hunter of the lowest kind.
I always suspected as much, but 1 will
fully blinded myself. And I nevex
thought he would be so cold-blooded.
Mrs.lllunt may have him with all mv
Lady Mary was frightened at her
mother's passion. She endeavored to
calm her and to turn her thoughts tc
some other subject. For a time she
failed, and the Countess continued
talking in broken and passionate
phrases: out sue was very weak, and
soon became exhausted. L:uly Mary,
who for some time feared that the fevei
had returned, breathed freely once
more when she saw her sink back intc
a sound and quiet sleep.
That night Lady Mary went back
into her own bed-room, to sleep there
for the first time since she left it tc
nurse her mother. The return to her
old ways induced her to relied on all j
sne nan recenuy jrone through, in the
midst of her meditations she suddenly
remembered that the letter she had
stopped in transmission lay in that
room locked up where she placed it on
the day she perpetrated the fraud. She
took it out to destroy it. When she
saw it. and thought of'all the suffering
it had caused. bf the long days and
sleepless nights of fruitless repentance
and painfuf watching, of the weeks of
siekness. when the" shadow of death
seemed to be over the house, and when
she feared every moment would make
her a matricide, she had hardly the
courage to touch it. She had intended
to tear it up without looking at it: but
a strange curiosity possessed her to
read the last of her mother's love-letters,
and, with trembling hands, she
opened it. "When she glanced at the
contents she turned ghastly pale, and
a moment afterwards burst into bitter
and almost hysterical laughter. The
note she had stopped was her own.
Vrt nmt-tt flWf m MM OoMltnrd
Ai! to llUrot Iir-ttr-
I wii to !- reform to titm
mighty raHwr cor-poratioo who rata
ibis lami with a rail of Iron aad harm,
of reo; yr. i-ow ewUlr rwrvl
j and icily ex ljircon ihv rHal s jratiaa
jh in-y )aie.
Xo( Ion;: rX., whes lb t&na w
ob Um ukWa rut! aad itmUnmhr
were Ixiaainx Jo fall doe. I joarmr yd
Ujtrea! ;h Und of tn South and Um
F'rieoe !i,rri-i wm wU me. 'wr ih
Uav 0 tiie ymrs of Uw I'rta ee pii
grunae have beta few and jolly, aad
hare not yt aitaiimi naU the days ul
lh y tears of hk- fathcr'i pilgrimage, btu I
ther will, if he Jjt and Keep tm
growing. He ws h:n a fe- moath,
t .1... ...,. v.... . i.!.l
r.ra s jea4 .. i-ui,. ui Ci
compieAJa ir m iui arr inn-
iteI and hb figtire Jigbt. Inourh
thai he apj -arcth to be of tire yer.ri o?
train I bright no halt ticket.
M'-i. .-. r,.,w a . m,vm j
A.s we jtiurney! Ui the Svi:h land
the conductor npproAi-hcsI a womn
silting in the vat in front of me. i-h
hatl two little girl with h:
ages were apparently eight am! Urn
years. The younger was reading a
bvok- They were large g.rK Not tall
for their age-. but pretty mtire for
the frse ride age. it wa. evident ihtr
were iuilf-far? candidate--, on a f.nfr I
finesiioti. the mother,
own ticket, saul that
i'"'x & " "
uvi j;.iw re-
e.v h under six year young. The man
vir:th fhe YlTinrii SAttl thev Were Ver
large for their ages and the w om an
snid that size had nothing to do with it;
if they were iall Ss giants and under
aix years they were entitled to ritle free,
antl -he hoped she knew uw age of her
- 1 : y . -
own cniniren. .vnu mo lectiuany reu
signal cuipn:i-u sne piuceu ubi ei
punch with an
ami to his gre.it
ple:isiir. -eeKing -ome relict irom lu-eiiibarnt-.-meat.
he saw me. Ah! now
lie could (pi.irrel with a m.m. He
ctiuld lire me oil' if 1 refused to pay hah
f.ire for mv Imiv.
"How ohl i- tliat child!" he demand
ed, in a pay or walk accent.
"Hear me," I said, "what a que-tion
to a-k a father. How old is vour oung
I knew he couldn't tell without think
ing it over for live minutes, and so I
gained lime. He had the look of an old
married man with a big family, so when
I saw his face b.-gin to clear up, and
knew he was coming at me again, I tired
at him. with:
"I low many children have you?"
That tluew him once more, and I saw
him furtively count up to .-even on hi
lingeis; but 1 w:i- a little slow getting
into battery for the next .-hot. and betore
I could a-k him their names he charged
right into mv lines.
"Never mind about my children," he
said. "I want to know how old that
I said: "Conductor, sit down. I can't
tell you, and you know why. If I tell
you he is only three there will be a
dreadful lie on my con-eicuee. ;nl( I
won't get my hair shirt oil" for a week.
it l tell vou the truth and av that he i-1
seven and a half that woman vvitli the
two big live vear-old girls will consider
it a direct in-ult. You have accepted
her -tatement; low, you couldn't have
the broad and mas-ive brow to charge
my bay half fare, though 1 swore he
were forty. One liar on a train is
enough. Do not pre-- your quc-iion
ami get me into trouble. I mu-t either
-ear my conscience with a fal-e -tatement,
or gel into a row with the mam
ma of y onder eighteen years of girl-."
He -aw the embarra-sing po-itiou
into which h.1 was forcing both of u-.
and with gentlemanly consideration left
Now, you see the trouble is all here.
In adopting a rule for dead-head and
half fare children the railway companies
have acte I fooli-hly and adopted a
mo-t absurd standard. That of age.
What do"- o young unmarried conductor
know about the age-of chililrc.i? What
conductor, old or young, can dispute
the -tatement of a mother? What has.
age to do with it, anyhow? Is that
standard adopted with any class of passenger-
save human beings? Does it
co-i anymore to transport a ten year
old hor-e than a live vear old colt?
The standard should be either sj.c or
weight. Then the conductor'- ta-k
would be an ea.-y one. Make the rule
that all children over three feet in height
or weighing more than forty pounds
should pay half fare. In every car a
Fairbanks scale, in every punch a tape
measure. "How tall is yot:r little girl.
Madam?" "Just two feet eleven and
three-quarter inches, sir." "Stand up,
little dear." Out comes the tape
measure and little dear, stooping as her
mother bids her in vigorous, matronly
pantomime, stands up to four feet two
inches of tape line. "What does the
little boy weigh?" "Thirty-nine pounds
ten and live-eighth ounces. "Hop on
to these scales, "my son. Ah. that's ju-t
it: .-eventy-three pounds nine ounces.
Seven dollars and a half, madam."
I trust the railroads can see the wis
dom of this suggestion. I don't sup
pose I will save" a cent bv it. In fact, I
can dodge the half fare more easily
now under the present absurd rule,
which really is nothing but a premium
offered on lying. The man who tells
the truth is compelled by the company
to pay half fare for his children, while
the man who lies about it has his chil
dren carried free. I am interested
neither in the railroads nor the passen
gers, but this is an age of reform, and
I am constantly casting my Brooklyn
Eagle eye about for something to re
form. The tocsin sounds from the tower. It
is my hour to put peas in my shoes and
walk around the block until tea-time,
for telling a book-canvasser yesterday
that I hatl jut received a copy of the
book. "Forest's Footprints of the
Algonquins." from the author who was
an old college chum and an army com
rade of mine. The agent looked me in
the eye. while, with many courtooiis re
grers I made this statement, and then,
turning to the steel portrait of the au
thor on the title page, asked me if I
could recognize my old chum and army
It was the face of a motherly-looking
old woman of about sixty-rive, and a
foot-note stated that she diet! among the
Indians in the winter of 182.
Dearly beloved, my sins never count
anything against me. I always get
caught. Brooklyn Eagle,
Don't make perches for fowls too
high, nor on an inclined plane. If low
down, they will be just as well satisfied
and be less liable to injury from flying
or falling down. No matter how high
the perch is. fowls will not be safe from
thieves unless the hen-house is locked
every night. Chicago IVnie.
MANURING FRUIT TBS.
tabor ualr t t8t-Ma Mm the
Itmd oi WtHaii tVi ai arUit to '
rTo. fa.B ld to rrr!r m. lMla-
j jm, udi jpta aad &iem rUfen
1 1 Um- rvtfm ut litrwcU to fraut
I trM. TWv ks.r m tamikl thrti tkr
' usiUm ; ... iM - - -
prudartn of ii mu of d-x i
frvai irp-ok, lmair ajd Tt-. TW
auntete the fn - U Wrk laoi aaJ
tvw fao IW appbeatkm erf tnamna
Tm brlirr ihat strict inmhki inw
ax only foetid m traad Mhlrk ao
tabic aaaocre wa. mrc amUwd or am
itetl ki la
omvomafouva mm taaa up by amhek-
' ' plaH llm rora, maU ftmm
mn. t.arw acrorwaaiT uw
1 .i j.1.. -r Mt m- .
Ki au' x m m.t - - ---- . a
prudue oniaarr field nx .Vxr
rfef to Ue live la iurevU a aSrd-
imitA-th that ,trd, njwm trrw
,. produetMl on land tat ka amrsvt
urra .rniiow i.-winwr. iwr te ik!
take hit eonderaiiMi' the (mmt knl
iaMp trw-t hare rrtnirad a reatorr or
Mure m Khx-h U attain ihHr prweait
s'ut. nor dtj thev ak even kali d tkmi
i time fur fruit ix a utimim m .ic tk&i
would enable them 10 prodae a gjwjd
cxtp of applet or pews.
Mot hate oUenrd thai wiltl appla
aad plum Uvr are of venr ht' erwtia.
The haie mnr whuae ta ha la
r orwed bat very htUe ior thirty or forty
j year. Many of appear u, he at a
I kHiiL. a.ri,tiii " "n... l.. j- .
:r:, .rrrrrr:. . " ' "V MW
wwni uuu iae inuHiVM in nurarrr
j ground make a very rapid groata. and
I tbl lh irmuml m tl,- t...l ,!
""". - "- -. u.i hhn
highly manured, xvwmbbng'in reiet
I to the liberal emphntaeal of Jerubrer
the land occupied by marwi-gnrden-i.
j They hae alo mHiced that the tn.
that remaim-tl lo theu aurene. Uk
j iacK 01 piircna.ter. till ta- were loo
, urgu 10 iran-piam were erv iirnuiu'-
live, ns well a-, vigorous. I hu nitration
of many ha been called to ihevijfor.
rapitl growth antl jnvat product. vrm-iM
! of apple, peitr. eaerrv and plum Irees
in viuage garden wftere l.irgti quanti
ties of manure vvcro nmtualh jdaced on
the ground. Many have al mtu-d
apple ami jiear tre-n of remarkable mz
standing near barnyard or iieari'iw
outlets of drains leading from sink.
The-e large trees are ordinarily very
productive, and their fruit i generally
very large and fair. The tret them-s.dve-
exhibit no apjH'nrnnee of discne.
They continue to grow, although they
were planted out many year ago anil
have produced annual crop- of fruit. -
The-c ob-ervatson- -hotild convince
any; person that fruit tree- are more
vigorous ami productive when the
ground where they -tand i- well sup
plied with fertilizer such ai are fur
nished land intended to produce ordi
nary lield antl garden crops. IVinoii
who plant fruit tree-tie-ire return- from
them as soon as po--iblc. 'I hey mav
wi-h to have their heir-, -upplied with
fruit, but they are not averse to having
some for them-elvc-; they are well
aware of the fact that the principal eo-?
of (ditaining a liearing orchard con-i.-L-in
the lo.-- of land that i- withdrawn
from cultivation. The sooner the tree
can be made to attain a large .-ie, and
to produce a eron of fruit, the le-s will
be the los- from land that yields no an
nual returns. If apple, pear, plum and
cherry trees could lie rthed ujhiu to pro
duce crops two or three years after they
are -et out. very few farmers would
hc-itate about planting an orchard.
That fruit tree-, require a large amount
of food is obvious. The tree itself lakes
from the soil much ma'erial. When a
large tree is cut down or removed tin
ground where it -tood i- found to be in
very poor condition. Its former site i
a bad pi ice in which to plant anothei
tree of the same or of a tiitl'erenl -pecies.
The ground long occupied by an orchard
under the ordinary management is gen
erally found to be in very poor condi
tion to produce ordinarv held crop-. Il
must be well manure.! or devoted tc
what are known a.s " re-ling crop-."
such as clover antl gra . before it vvsll
produce good corn or -mall grain. The
jnant footl taken from the .-oil to pro
duce an annual crop of apple- i- enor
mous. Single tree-, have been knowi,
to produce on an average twenty bu-heb
per year for a long period. It is ob
vious that such trees have roblied th
-oil of mo-t of it-, fertility for th" entire '
distance traversed bv their root-.. If ni
ne w nutriment is afforded, the tree.-mu-t
cea-e to grow and -top producing
fruit. The trees can not move in -earch
of food as animals, birds, h.-hc and in- f
sects tio. l he food must be brought tc
them, or they will die of starvation or i
become victims of disease.
While it i obvious that fruit tree
mst be fetl. considerable judgment mu-t
be exercised in the selection and appli
cation of it. drecn. unfermented stable
manure mast not oe employed. Mum? ;
manure, however, it thoroughly ler
mented. is excellent. It is improved
by stirring it during one entire sea-on.
ami by forking it over two or three
times. A compound formed of stable
manure, forest-leaves, muck and turl
is also excellent. Ashes and air-.lacked
lime is also highlv'benelieial. f'ood re-
suits are often obtained bv
ing these fertilizers with the .-oil bv
means of the spading-fork. When thfi
: : . -t , 7 ,,, . I
is done the ground should be aflerwanl
tramped nearly as hanl as. it was before
the manure was amilied. Good re-ult-
are ordinarily obtained by applying th
manure in the form of a top-dres-ing.
Little labor is retmired to apply manure
in this manner, and no injury i. done
to the roots of the trees. The soluble
portions of the manure arc carried
downward by every rain, and in time
reach the soil that is occupied by trie
roots. Chicago Times.
Heat and Light and Vegetation.
Dr. Hellriegcl has found that it is very
important to plant-development that the
time of seei-forming and the season oi
greatest heat and light should be coin
cident. He has illustrated this bv ex-
penmenM in which he sowed barley.
under otherwise identical conditions, on i
pnl L'i. .viay 2. June 23. Augu-t 2 and
last in 240 days. From this it appears
that the productiveness of a country
depends not so much on its mean tem
perature as on the question whether it
supply of heat is received at the right
time, and in England the wheat-harve:
is known to be chiefly determined by
the temperature during July and Au
gust. Lnder glass, plants are subject
to a great reduction of light, which,
with other unfavorable conditions of
hot-bouses. Dr. Hellriegel ha shown to
diminish verv seriously the fraitf ulncs
of plants. There is "little difference,
however, in tha influence of difercnt
colors of light. Arkatuaw Tracekr.
September 1: tae first crop beeo:nin I When they are well draiud spread or j P,anatn i" prove to be th- iru one.
ripe in SS tlays. the second prematurely j stretch carefully over a board to dry. j P11 Prt'?s ?? he roughly ilhMtratetl
rinc in 67 davs ("the maximum heat anil i When a little 'd-mn hare one rmn I "I a heap of tine snd.whirh. vtrhea dry-
light happening too early in the plant's each of saltjicter and alum pulverized
growth), the third ripening imperfectly and sprinkle on the flesh ide of each
in lw days. the. lourth in 2W. and the -km. rubbing in well, then lav the
PERSONAL AND LfTEWAHY.
CVtrsB wtmilsr&f -r
H; irntm. Urn mj t m:.
toW rafirfl 4l
I'. "' IT. ,
? rlt JJj Yt mmM Wt
t-Hocr rf rWw H aafe.
. U 5w Uwa. f MR. Js lccl
R" fwth wrriwi tm 4 WalWr
. r "f "" mmmum mm m m M
, oi ififlrrvai
i m tmmmmK X
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rwrj oog tva, I ifw ikm4
-A Ht Vmtr. mi iXtmmpK 1mm
-a a vj- 1 . t
iww 1 t mv
thijtfc imwrU la
. AaaT ta ewUajj tiv.
' 4eJmmn imiL
t - TW atiwfa tiitoaiitffia. w
' mimmI .... .
, k mork mrmlh mwmm to
' to Icv9i taaauwk. klm
orwiut if ciure fiaafte
fart itmu a man.
-TV artitv" mU liemrr
UiariT tean aro. aa
wrO tn Ukiair ! kmtmr, mmt Ami ha
.teen in a iaaeur at mm tmmh. tar acv
, p mmd ,41! - hea I mm
; i?r rileaa-iit, it ekaf rj
Mf rrtauft mm a&aa ev-
-"" t a rr'JT
a UtOMlaB Joe.
!.ii. l. -. .. . kj .
uLnc-t , gim, m uniur, n hum
peaaat. a biurkeefr, Umr a I'afvaaa.
a dowrr: U a aitraJiu m teaaaie. Umt
an Albaataa. a bra4 of
Komaa. a duaeae-. fur
aa angel; for aa koaM
tardea; i a
i paaioft . f mtmym Htrmd
-Vo XohVe. IW G
wa hra with the eealao. aad pee
?aU no ymptoa' of decay. V ah
U. hke hi maaaer, e aiwple and
frugal . a much a mu Um rae fth
the Uui, oMV.-llu.gto life deep.
eye 4 ukute beneath hafrx? eyebrow
antl x mivr forehead. Jl In tail,
-lightly Unt. and ha n martial tp.
Wlae he N-ltlom louche, bring fcalkftd
with an urctiftioaal la of br iti
faori!e exerrie h walkiag oat-door
with hi hand behind htm, aad ait
hea! L-nl forw arl Coual Vo MollLe
is in Lod bv half rwvt ut o'cloek.
-Whv i- a coraet-plnyer Hke a 4ij'
nal-!crice -torm-oberttr One Wom
Ue utile and th tilher aote tW
- "Oh. lrtk. jKijm! uxrlaiioe,! !UUa
Ktel)e. a a funny iaan acrow the ut
ble winked at lief. " That rent le tan
: ..... .:... ...i.i. I.I. . .tj...
i- stmierwg w i in
-". mt. Mntth. tio von ivr voor
h-ketl the Miia
vvhv do you think o" " ), I dun nti,
onlv it' blat-K. ami siter naal ho
reckoned you wa larn hjht-htaIeil."
-A ehurch-bell at Snnttogn recintlr
rang lot time - tne stntke ftir iaeh
vear f it- existence. Th U the only
i'1-tunce tin PTord when the aje of a
Saratoga bell ha. lwen tolled. - A. 1.
Little Tommy was having hi hair
comlied. and grumbled. " Why. Tom
my, you oughtn't to mnk iich a fn.
I tlon't minl when my hair ieombd."
" Ye, buly our hair iu'th!tchtI to your
-"Now then. I'atrick." snhl the
merchant to hi new oIllce-lKiv. ,'mij
you go or the mail." " VU. mjt;
an what kind of n male wutl yu In;
wantin'. -or Indian inal or tint
male? " Aorrtsoirii Hmtld.
"Apropos!" -Sententiou olI barh
clor (in the cmre of conver-ntion):
"As the 'old saw' ha it. mv lenr matl
am. 'man propoe. but - " Witlow
(promptiv). "Vej; but halsjul what
he doesn't do!" frableau.J (hi City
" What ilo you think of mv tni
t.iehe?"' aketl a young man of hi girL
"Oh it remintl. me of a Wotern
frontier city.' was thu
what rospeet, pray?"
survey i- large enough.
" Yes, I have left my lat place."
aitl Marv. "An" what did ou Invc
Tiie nntn; wa ttn hanl-
hearted. She hatl
nt more cnibiH
An tlitl .he abu-i
tie, than an ox
you, dearie3" ' Indath. she tlitl that?"
" An' what did i-he tio?" "She put an
nllarum clock right in my room, an In
the mornings it made uch a noUe I
could not sleep another wink
A New York Judge wa annoyed
by the coughing of a pcron in. the
court, and after rernon-t rating several
time in vain, exclaimed " I am
lount! to stop that coughing. " I'll
line you ten dollar. I think that will
stop it-' " J edge." aid the cadaver
ous man who had caued the trouble.
.. j-jj , -jilin' to pav twenty dollar tn
her that cough stopiied. Lf you ken
sop ii ior ien uouar vou o wuer u
dow-n ofrvn that . an,j u prac.
-.. .1 . tt . - VI V .... !.
:i it? ri..... . 1.
riiere money in It.
in it." J'rovutcncc
How to Tan Sheepskins.
Where farmers kill but a few ,hcep
daring the -ea.on they can make better
ue of the pelts than lo cll them if they
know how to pre-ervc them. For mat
Like two long-wooled .kia and make a
strong sutU, uing hot water; when it U j
cold wash the skin- in it. carefully j
squeezing them between the hand to
get the dirt out of the wool, then wa.b
iuw rv4 vw ? ac i.va.f .j nai;t i
Then dissolve --n antl oIt, each a
the oap ont with clear, cold water.
f,cien: to cover the skin. and then let
thTn ivV in i nr n?,rtt f- -i-r
aav bmm mr f yn - air ta lit t mm aat ,i
ta o aaiimii 1 m0
. ...v .. -- .. .. w.. ........ .,,. ......,., ... ..."..
hour, then hang over a pail to dra
sides together and hang in the shade for
two or three days, turning the under
skin uppermost every day until perfectly
dry. then scrape the ueh side with a
blunt knife to remove anv remaining
scraps of flesh. Trim off projecting
points; rub the flesh side with the hands.
They will be very white aad handsome,
-uitable for a door or carriage mat.
They also make good mitten.1. Lamb
skins, or even sheepskins, if the wool be
-rimmed off evenly to half or three
fourths inch long, make beautiful aad
warm mittens for ladies or geatfeaaes.
ind the girls with a tittle practice can
tsake them. Gaa Mmrml WoriL
Jjpp t r) is t-?i
i at mm- a4v
ivvrlMl mm m Ha m4 H- i
Uk fwrifi.lrt $mm tmi U.
fciHlau CaMMMHT. v
t tamm mm xm iimHat t
mi hm4 Ik mm&r It -.
wm HHfc rimm mmmi m '
.4 ta kravUaar mi
IW ond aJWr leataf IW
Caul tateJt tW tmmmmg a
by aa ordiaari r ailg il troHdaa
la a lata, tae Wtef ad a WaaL
Ntl a aw aaarWaa ha Wa p la.
waarh 41 tmmmm IW fm4a iWI a
two bin eaa toed tWm tat tW ipuaa
Th reaaare wa aaad by tW ruaafwai
minuu Mt J4 Y lr, at ua
i4ko la IW fat-jrv, Urmmt
patiera aaado bm aUa. W totiaia; mi
a aiaiklar aaarhiae voraiaf ia ha
Greifnr' (arUarv ta Uawda. Ae 1V
taarhlo la aa la IW Sff aywt Wa.i
haa oae ImmUmtw m aiea iW WAder
ebUw am uaproaaeaa vm la.
ofiaai. waiea a laipaeied nraai
SeotUad. H aafia Uitelf Wea teeaap.!
ia that eoaatrr aad aot i aaleaual to
IW CltiVed Mji- It coa4lit ! a
hori eeToitiaf aat. iia reuaia$c
Um4 mi ara eaai. mri.im a4s
backward .mm! furnard nJsao tmmr
larbtiM. A l tmrm ead cpoakt ar t
raaiped with faedtag apparataa aloli
tore the pod lato iW prMT
idboa to a bored, aad iWa alio?
tWat to b dvppd oat lato Wrrol
WWk. A l one oaeilinUoa ot tW mih
two spl. are reaaaed, omm at waah
end, :W avtehlao taraiag oat &Wa4 t0
per mia iU
Th- xl tanehiae iW -aJWr."
n birh L aa iirfcaat i wW ordtary
laUe. b whleh tW pooi are taraei!
iaU thafw ai oae ofwieatioa. a ta r
of fno l.f U I ,& per boor "l"Wre
are -uri eotuna talre oa lhl aaoeaia;
one at earh .4aadlax jerrotl rbr
U the bagth mi tW pl. U ln
uuag the tOMl . oa at wk ead bart
TouuJh. for tnraiay the tat4t ai v
Unar. beiwmn lante two otWr. tattl
iaf( lUnjfooallT. tor tW laald of tito
Hang- aaoihrr. horiatalaIl. for torn
litt hii U jkpae L-HHeH iW two
tbiose. aad a avail rimtlar ehlMel tor
ctttun the ilaih oa IW tp uf lh
fitotd. lle fiol har aw reetf
their hae. aad whm j the HaWaha
tmtehert. 'lhy are Rtrra. Aral by thn
"pdthr." hlra are the oa a tfco
rtdler. denbd above. Lha frieUcin
of the pooU n;nittt eaeh oiWr gtim
them tht re4iMirI pdik Afier rt
tnmnin In thw from fottr to 1ir hor.
they ar again orl-4 bv haad, aad all
itM-rfett e reaoTed ntter nhieb
they ro u th "eajbofatr." a aort of
printing taaehtae. whaeh ataatp to
ntintlMr of the threat I aad aoote or
unitientnl deTei upon iW leatl of nelt
.mm1 They are tha iaehitj In kwt
'k: bdiUx from thirtM Vo thirty
ix grt eni-h. aeenliaif lo the Amm of
the apool - Mummnr-turtr mwi Ihtihl
cr. HOW FLIES WALK ON GLASS.
rii- I'anillj IlipUlnt-o tin th -rlr(.l f
Capillar; AI I rrtlri.
In ppilo of all our iiaprorMtl miaro
Htfe the qnewijun km U how ill. am!
duiJar UtieeU am aide to walk upaldo
down on window and enllng. in not yet.
completely ettel. TW oxplaaAllon
formerly glvoa wn thot ii tly" ftt
wiTu hehl in phanw by tho frettr ol
the air. liko the leather "-aeker" el
by lwy inr lifting iotM, and whloi
can 1 Uhitrald by prng th haml
tlrmly down apin a m'oth. hard ur
faee, antl atleijUg to lift It iid4!-nly
a dight va-uttin wdllxi formetl ndr two
hollow of the palm. nd the re-Ulanco
tine to the pnoir of the atmo4phr
Will Iwt fuite entldv felt.
Another theory hejtj that thi frt
of the the were covretl wlU a :iaky.
vit-o4 siilwlance. by whirh they vrrra
enabled to a-lhere to tnoolh urftec.
If a window ! dtuted over with tlour.
or eren breathed upon, a flv i!l be un
able to ding to It. but will fall off m
oon a il rehe the dnty or med-t-ened
poU Thv would --rn to hor
that the rond theory the corrret
ont; but Ir J. K. livmh'mt ha re
cently put forwart a new theory which
explain thi action of ilie fly "foot on
the pnncipje of capillary 'attraction.
When examined under a powerful mi'
crcoje the fly fe; w-r olwnfetl U
lc covered with c!ub-h:ipd hair. Ilo
alo oberrel that, from the up of each,
hair, a drop of a fatty Ikjojil exud
ed, which Jrft a mark on lb gla
where :h- Sy had walked, aad he con
cluded that the inect wa enabletl U
adhere tothegla by mean of the cap
illary attraction between the ionll
am! the hair from which it wa exuded.
---- - " a.- - -.i -
thpre 3r" ffm S4 hundre-l ti a
thee hair on each fooC
Ith" mbinI aUractioa I txur than
enough to benr the weight of a fir. and
t can be thrown about in snr d;rftio.
but wnen nioitened the captllarr at
traction between the grain of aacti aad
the liquid in the capillary spaces be
tween thera bind the whole taore or
le., lirajly together in a solid aum.
Although not roanv white se
know it. the Wa.hoe Indfan of Nevada,
riolate a traaty between theta.-cic aad.
the Roti when they appear oa hormt
back, aad their hores arc forfeited to
the first Fhrt- ao can lav hb kaada eav
Kra Tork has a aaoathly ajjazla
cooduatwd br a lady aad deroled aa
tsralr at tit faith cart.
I - . . m. . 4
iM immtam at na mm t
mm . . . is Lhi &wl 4 AiAka . 1-
frjmf tt taj I'alfcn IKwai mm m
mtk aad a aaat liiaaa i It at ttW Ul
I mm Shanm&j mm mm Wmd44
taaaa W 8M M Mr mm a liw
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