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f CLOUD CHIEF
A. C. HOSMER, Proprietor.
RED CLOUD. - -
The hero bowed
To the eager, worshiping, countless crowd;
Then stood upright,
Like a viator knteht,
A figure or virile grace and might.
From the Temple of Fame
The priestess came
'To write on her tablet the hero's name.
And now behold
His name enrolled
On the virgin tablet in script of gold.
i Then she asked: "Oson,
What hast thou done
For the meed of glory thou hast worn?
'From sword and brand.
From traitor's hand
That sought to ruin thy father-land
"Twas thine to save?
Thine edict gave
' Freedom and manhood to the slava!"
The hero heard:
But never a word
Of his the list'ning silence stirred.
"An oratcr. then,"
She asked agaisi.
-"Thou swayest at will thy fellow-men?
"Doth a poet's soul
Thy name enroll.
And crown thy head with its aureole?
"Or dost thou bless.
By Heaven's grace.
With holy counsels a fallen racer
His dull head hung
And his surly tongue
At the priestess' feet this answer flung:
That's not my 'lav;'
Ta'n't in my way
To gabble, or scribble, or preach and pray."
Ill pleased, she viewed
Adoring, and her quest renewed:
"Then hath thy hand
"Wrousht out oine grand
Achievement by thy genius planned!"
His fierce eye shone
As it looked upon
His hand, a hammer of bene and brawn.
"'Tis a hand imbrued
In the blood of a slaughtered multitude?
"Some warrior great.
Thou rulest fate
Of pope and emperor, church and state?
"Well, men muit die!"
And her sorrowful eye
Gazed on his brute-like majesty.
No flush of shame
With his answer came:
"No, priestess: that is not my game;
"I say with pride.
These lists deSed
The world at a thousand pounds a side!"
Her ey ;s. she spurned
Her tablet from her. then home returned.
And there she stood.
From her altitude
Scorning the man and multitude.
But a big. broad zone
With jewels shone
Round his huge bulk of brawn and bone.
Edward P. Jacbion, in H.irper'$ Weekly.
THE NEW NEIGHBOBS.
Unpleasant Anticipations That
"Were Not Realized.
"Well, now. Jed, what do you think old
3Ir. Sims has done! He has rented the lit
tle cottage nest us. Manday Green told
me so this morning, and that ain't the worst
of it, either. It is let to a man with a wife
and boy. and the boy is one of them smart
ones. They can't abide with him in the
city, and so they will brins bim here to
worrv the life out of honest and peaceable
"Is that their solo object in coming hero,
"Manday says she is sure that is it, for
she heard the man tell Sims that he must
pet his loy into the country, and what else
can 3-0U make of it! Sims would rather die
than sell you that proierty, Jed. Now he
rent it to a man that owns a harum-scarum
boy that will be our esiecial torment. It
loes!oe!n too bad," and the old lady set
down her cup, and looked as she probably
felt, completely put out.
Don't worry over it. mother; jwrhaps
the mother of the boy may compensate for
all his s-hortcominirs, iu being neighborly,
and comisany for you. I am sure you need
something of that sort. Mr. Sims' family
being the only one near, and they choose to
feel so bitter toward us, that seems to me a
fitiethinstohavethe cottage out here oc
cupied." "Well, here they'll be within a stone's
throw of us, whether wc will or wish it.
I'm glad its no widow to angle after my
The boy colored slightly and laughed
There now, you have found a crumb of
comfort, mother. No one wants to angle
ufter your great, awkward boy. I am sorry
Mr. Sims feels so towards us. I would like
to buy the little place, and add it to mine, as
it join u so nicely. It would save me the
building of a new house, for this old one has
served others well, and I can not expect it
o do duty for us much longer. This dear
Did home of my grandfather, I feel like
clinging to its walls, humble as they may
seein to others."
"Yes, the home of Amos Johnson is good
enouyk for us. Jed, or them that come after
"Did Manday say Mr. Sims had rented the
"Yes, and the family will be here this
"Well, strange to say, I know more of tho
matter than Manday. The family have
purchased, not rented. Their name is
"llought it O dear! Now there is no
hope ol their making a short stay," sighed
the old lady.
"I dou't know of only one loop hole,
mother, and that is with Mr. Sims joining
them 011 one side, and Manday Green prying
around and making herself generally ob
noxious on the other, they may get dis
gusted, and Wvo us to rural solitude again.
But now, really, mother, I enjoy the pros
pect of having near neighbors, even if Man
day has discovered an imaginary bad boy
"There you go at Manday again, Jed. I
do wL-h you felt more like a Christian should
towards her. There is not another woman
around here that cornea in so often to see
how I am gettin on. Any othef woman of
her age would be settin' their cap for you,
but that is not her way at alL She often
remarks that herself."
Bachelor Jed smiled griraly, and rising
from toe dinner tabic, strolled out into the
yard, picked up his broad straw hat he had
flung on the grass before going to dinner,
and whistling cheerily, took his way to the
barn, while Mrs. Johnson looked after her
handsome son with a fond pride.
It was a well known fact in the neighbor
hood, of which the Johnsons formed a good
and prominent part, that the mother of Jed
watched with a jealous eye all the unmarried
ladies, with the exception of Manday Green;
and as the aforesaid Manday had so often
declared to her that she thought it would be
so cruel in any one to supplant Mrs. Johnson
in the affections of her son, that good lady
believed Manday free from any designs on
Well, mother," said Jed a few days after
the arrival of the new neighbors, "I saw
Manday sailing into the house over the way,
and I suppose a call has been made."
"Yes, she dropped in here a few minutes
and told me about it. I do think Manday is
the most neighborly of any of us. She is the
first one to go in there, and it was not from
curtofity either, for she said so."
"It was very good of her, of course," drily
"Manday says Mrs Orcutt is a dreadful
pretty little woman, and as pleasant and
common like as need be. She says she don't
look one bit worried over the idea of having
a bad boy to manage. She didn't see the
boy; his mother said he was not well, and
had kept his room the most of the time. Mr.
Orcutt will not be here often, for his busi
ness keeps him in the city. That boy
will just run wild around here with his
capers, you may depend on it, for Manday
says Mrs. Orcutt looks too mild to hold him
'If the boy is sick lean not see any danger
ol our being overwhelmed with his pranks.
Do go over and see them, mother; don't let
her feel as if she was all alone with a sick
boy and we so near."
"That I will I don't want to feel as if
they was intruders even if the boy is hoce.
8trange I should feel so put out about one
boy, for I well remember when you was a
lad, and I dare say this youngster's mother
love3 him as well as I loved mine, but then
you was an extra good boy, Jed."
"Why did you allow me to grow up such a
bashful booby then, mother!"
'Now do jest hear. Who ever would think
of calling you such a name as that, pray
tell! I know you have always kept shy of
the girls around here, and I am right glad of
that," and Mrs. Johnson spoke from the
depths of her heart then.
None of the rustic beauties in that quiet
farming district had succeeded in attracting
the attention of Jed Johnson. At the death
of his father he hail come hnme from a dis
tant college and taken charge of tho farm.
As he found his company among his books
and with his mother, he was looked uion as
a bashful bachelor, a title that would not
disturb him any if he knew it.
"Jed," said Mrs. Johnson, "I called on
Mrs. Orcutt to-day, and she is one of the
prettiest little women I have seen for many
a day. She seems dretful taken up with
her new home and says if Johnnie only im
proves, she will be perfectly contented. I
don't know which she meant, his health or
conduct, I dare say it's both. She thinks
he will be out in a' few days. I wonder if I
called her name right! She opened them
big blue eyes of hers when I called her Mrs.
Orcutt, so wide and inquiring like that I
thought may be I wa3 wrong about her
"It might be. mother, for I noticed she
looked surprised when I used her name in
seaking to her to-day. A board was loose
on the fence back of the garden, and I saw
her trying to nail it on, so I walked over and
fasUmed it for her. It is my opinion we
have found some very nice neighbors."
In a few days Johnnie Orcutt was out,
and, as nothing terrible seemed to develop
in the neighborhood on account of it, Mrs.
Johnson quit: lost her fear of being terror
ized by a bad boy.
"Just you wait until he is well, before
you think him so tame," was the quieting ( !)
remark of Manday.
Things seemed progressing finely with
Mrs. Johnson and her pretty neighbor, who
dropped in often and chatted so pleasantly,
that Miss Manday grew quite jealous and
told the old lady she was quite carried away
by a pretty face.
'Dear, no, Manday, it's not her face as I
knows on, but it's her bright cheery ways
that takes my heart."
"O, well," with a toss of the head, "I'm
no hand to lay aside old friends for new, as
you must know. How do you kuow she
ain't fishing for Jed:"
"Mercy on us, Manday! how you do talk
of Mrs. Orcutt."
"Hain't yon ever heard of married women
flirting! I have, if you hain't'
"Til never believe any such thing of her,
anyway: beside she never comes here when
Jed is about home, and they have not got
one bit acquainted yet."'
'WelL why don't her htisband come home
oftcner, I'd like to know."
'I am sure I don't know, Manday; for
some good reason, I dare say."
"Well, I'd ak her, I would, but it's no
affair of mine. Good afternoon, Mrs. Johu
t.on." The following afternoon Mrs. Johnson
took her Imitting and went over to sit with
her little friend the intervening hour before
supper getting. She found her busy mend
ing a coat for Mr. Orcutt.
"I'm so glad to have you come in. Mrs.
Johnson. It seemed so quiet hero, for John
nie is off to the w.kkIs this afternoon. I
could not go with him for I had uearly for
gotten this coat mvded mending, and Ed
ward is coming to-:norrow. Johnnis can
scarcely wait, he is so anxious to see his
"I found it lonely to sit down without some
one to talk to. You are spoiliug me about
being aloue. I am getting childish, I am
afraid. Mrs. Orcutt."
. ''Call me Jenny, will you plcae ! I would
so much prefer it. I always allow Johnnie
to call me that."
"I soe he does, but it don't seem to me tbo
rightthing for him, to be calling you Jenny."
'He always has sinco he could talk at all.
Then too," and she blushing slightly, and,
laughing, said: "it does not make me seem
so old to have Johnnie call me Jenny; I
don't mind telling you.Mrs. Johnson, I don't
like to appear older than I really am."
"None of us do for that matter. How cozy
you look here. Young fingers have such a
knack for fixing up things."
And the old lady's eyes traversed the room
with it's prettyadorning, and then rested on
the fair form or her young friend, dressed
with a good bit of taste, and then at the
sweet face bending over her mending.
"Do yon know, -Jenny, I have thought a
great many times since you came here
how much I have missed in not having a
daughter. Not that lavish Jed had been a
girl, oh, no; I can't do without Jed, bles
his dear, brave heart; but if he had a sister
of your age, what a comfort and blessing
she would be to me now. I have been so
blessed that sickness is almost a stranger to
me. I get to thinking nowadays over it,
and. I think a woman with no kin of her
own sex is not very well prepared for sick
ness." "None of ns feel prepared for that, I think,
let our surroundings bs what they will,"
said Jenny; "but please don't go home so
soon, Mrs. Johnson."
"O, yes, I must, for I find I am not swift
in doin' any more, and I somehow feel tired
to-day. I always like Jed to find his supper
waiting for him when he comes in at night;
but come over dear, and chirk up my old
'-That I will, but d in't look for me to-morrow,
for Edward is coming, you know."
Jenny walked down to the gate with the
old lady, picked a bouquet of sweet peas
and pinned on the snow-white 'kerchief
Mrs. Johnson wore, and bidding her good
afternoon, went singing bank to the house,
while the old lady went slowly back to her
home, which, somehow, seemed quite cheer
less and lonely to her this afternoon.
The following morning Jenny Orcutt an
swered a knock at her door. Jed Johnson
stood there with a troubled look on his face,
and she saw beneath the brown mustache
the tremulous workings of his mouth.
"Will you come over and see mother,
pleasel I fear she-is very sick. I knew
nothing of it until this morning. She
seemed well last evening. If you will
kindly stay with her, I will go now for a
'O, yes, I will go now. Indeed, I am
sorry to know she is sick; she seemed well
in the afternoon, for she sat with me until
In a few minutes Jenny was beside her
friend, and Jed was flying on the road to
the Tillage. Mrs. Johnson had been seized
with an acute rheumatic attack and lay
moaning in great distress.
."It is so good of you to come to me, dear,"
she said. "Jed is almost beside himself, for
ho never saw me sick before."
"At the rate he went off he will soon be
here and bring relief to you, I hope," said
Jenny. "I was greatly surprised to hear
yon were sick, for you were in usual health
yesterday, were you not !"
'Yes; only I felt tired and childish,"
moaned the sufferer.
That day was but the beginning of many
that Jonny Orcutt sat at the bedside of Mrs.
Johnson, or busied herself about the room
to make it cheerfulfor the invalid, and when
she became convalescent, prepared her
tempting dishes with her own pretty, use
Mrs. Johnson declared that a glimpse of
ber face even did her a warld of good.
Manday Green shook her head in a very
"you'll-see-how-it-wili-turn-out" sort of a
way, and remarked to the woman in the
kitchen while Jed stood conveniently near,
thai if the got sick she did not want a boy
rushing in and out of the house at all hours,
and she "thought a woman that cared for her
husband would keep her own house and not
A very amused look came over the hand
some face of Jed, and ho very pleasantly
"A woman that has no husband can do as
she pleases, eh, Manday!"
"Yes, thank Heaven," and the little old
maid perked her head on one side and looked
"And very fortunately they are at liberty
to do for others," said Jed, in a way that
puzzled Manday, and the look on his face
perplexed her more. "I dou't know what
we would have done the past few weeks
without Jenny. Not that we would have
wanted for neighbors, Manday, but mother
and the doctor says she is one of the best of
nurses, and it was very kind in Mr. Orcutt
to insist upon her staying with us, and he
was here, too, the most of the time during
his visit, for of course ho could not get along
at homo without his little housekceiwr."
"Dear, me! some folks seem just bewitched
over a new face," was the parting shot of
Miss Manday, and she sailed out of the house
aud through the gate at her swiftest pace.
Alas, for poor 3Iandny ! Johnnie Orcutt
was mounted on his bicycle and coming
with all the speed he could muster; the
curve in the road hid Manday until he was
vory near, and she was so full of jealous
rage that she did not notice the shrill little
signal behind her. In an instant down went
the prim spinster and over her head landed
Johnnie, while the green parasol left tho
roadside path and landed into the highway.
'O, you horrid little wretch," shrieked
the female, as soon as she could get her
Johnnie sprang after the parasol, capt
ured it and handed it to her, saying:
"Indeed, I am very sorry, Miss Green. If
you had only looked back when I gave the
signal that I was coming, I think you could
have stepjwd aside, but I could not stop the
bicvclc quick enough; I tried to do so, in
deed I did, truly."
"What right have you to go around here
with such a machine as that, I want to
know! One of Satan's own inventions, I'll
warrant, and none but his own imps would
want to be hilarating around on it, either.
The signal that you was a-cotning was
sounded months ago, and I knew, then, just
how it would be. But what are yon stand
ing there grinning with all your might and
"You look so funny. Miss Manday; in
deed you do. There is some dirt on your
face, j'our bow on the front of your dress
is. I think, a little to one side, and some
thing seems to have come off the top of your
Mis Green made a quick grab for her
false foretop lying in the dirt at her feet,
clapped her hat on her head, and skurried
off, too full of iudignation to utter another
"WelL now." said Johnnie. "I dou't know
what Jenny will say to this. I'll have to tell
her, anvway. I am sorry it hapjxmed, and
she will believe me when I say so, too."
Mrs. Johnson was pleased to see Jed,
bashful Jed. so much at his case of late in
the presence of Jenny. In fact, she noticed
they -often sat apart, and talked so very
"Jed," a:d she one day when she had be
come quite herself again, and Jenny had run
over to see her a few minutes, "I think I
had not better get well too fast, for I will
lose my nurse, and I don't like to think of
"I have been talking of a plan to keep her
here with us, and she is waiting to know if
"No, I don't object to any of your plans,
Jed, you know that very welL But what is
"I have heard yv say you wished yon had
just such a daughter as Jenny. Now you
can have her for your daughter, but I want
her for my wife."
At this proposal the old lady's cap nearly
flew off her head, and tho only thing that
prevented her bounding out of her chair,
was her rheumatics.
"Good heavens!" she gasped out, "Jed
Johnson, what of Mr. Orcutt!"
"He is quite willing to allow his sister to
do as she pleases."
"His sister! and Is-iprloscd all this time
you was bis wife, Jenay."
"Dear Mrs. Johnson' and Jenny leaned
over the chair, and pl.iced her fresh young
cheek close to the pale one of the old lady.
"I was not aware of the mistake you had
made concerning me, until Jed told me dur
ing your sickness. You do not think I
wished to deceive you. do you! And can not
Ihavea place inyour heart along with Jed!"
Mrs. Johnson drew her down to her in a
clasp and said:
"Bless you, Jenny, you have a place there
now, and nothing could please me better
than to see you Jed's wife. But, deary ma
I always said I would never tetany woman
take Jed from me, aad here I be, a-consent
ing to that very thing."
"I am sure I would not wish to take him
from you. You tee, you are to take Jed
"Yea, that is it, after aU. But,Jod,aow
in the world did you get orer your bashful
ness enough to"
"To court Jenny, mother! You see you
did all that yourself, and I am sure it was
very kind of you. You have been courting
"Well I'm glad I made it out, at all events,
aid Mrs. Johnson. Yankee Blade.
JACKSON CITY'S FATE.
Aa Eastern Town Which Yirtaally DM
Before It Was Bora,
Just across the Potomac, near the
western end of Long Bridge, .1 tract of
land containing 90 acres, was recently
sold for $18,000. which in President
Jackson's time was fabulously valuable.
A gentleman from New York, widely
known as a popular inn-keeper of that
day. offered $5,000 for a lot 75x150
feet, upon which he proposed to build
the finest hotel then south of Philadel
phia. But the owners of the land
wanted $10,000. and that settled the
business no hotel was ever built. The
land referred to 90 acres was laid
out during Jackson's administration
and received the name of "Jackson
City. It was owned by a company
which issued $100,000 in bonds, and the
corner stone was laid by President
Jackson with military and civil pomp.
But it never make a spurt never had
a population of over twelve souls, and
in a lew years the corner-stone was
dug up and used for years by an old
colored "aunty" as a mortar to beat
her hominy in.
Not far from the proposed hotel was
nature's cause for the origin cf tho
craze to build a city which was to
rival Washington Curtis Spring
which was famed as a picnic and excur
sion resort Curtis Spring was the
capital's Saratoga, and the little
steamer took down thousands of pleas
ure parties annually. During the late
war most of this ground was occupied
as forts for the defense of Washington.
The locality is now occupied by several
brickyards. The only remaining struct
ure of that city "laid out on paper" in
1837, is an old dilapidated brick build
ing, almost directly in front of which is
a square post bearing these words:
"Center of pike, 19,200 feet from junc
tion." Nobody knows what the words
mean nor why the post was placed
there, obstructing as it docs legitimate
By the way, a little to the north of
this is Mason's Island, or Analostan
Island, as it is now called, which is
separated from the Virginia shore by a
small rivulet. This island is tho birth
place of James M. Mason, who. with
John Sliilcll, was sent by the Confeder
ate Government to Europe, in 18G1, to
secure the recognition of the Confeder
acy by England and Franco. The
ruins of the house in which he was born
still remain upon the island.
And then Arlington is almost within
a stone's throw of this island. Who
has not hoard of Arlington, the former
home of Robert E. Lee, the chieftain of
the Confederacy, and now the resting
place the silent home of more than
16.000 soldiers, who gave their lives for
their country? But there is one fact
connected with this spot not generally
known. The iron flag-staff from which
the stars and stripes fly to the breeze
stands upon tho exact spot once occu
pied by a charminglittle summer house
erected by Washington for his own use,
and frequently occupied by himself ami
wife during the "heated term" in town.
And it was on this siot that the Mar
quis lc La Fayette stood on his last visit
to this city about sixty years ago, and
pronounced iho view from it the finest
in the world. Washington Letter.
Sonae Good Point for Tlio Desirous ot
Imprnvlue Their Manners.
To bow to a friend or an acquaint
ance is a simple enough matter, yet all
the grades of liking, all the degrees of
familiarity, can be expressed quite as
surely as by the signature to a letter,
and more subtly. If you know people
intimately, your bow and smile express
intimacy and cordiality; if you have a
very slight acquaintance, the bow is
less smilinz ami more formal. A bow
no longer requires that inclination of
the body which the Turveydrops oi
other days used to practice a mere
bend of the head is sufficient. No man
should bow to a lad" without complete
ly lifting his hat from Ins head.
If he has a cigar in his mouth he will
of course withdraw it. It is never good
form to smoke while walking or driving
with a lady, unless it were in au after
dinner stroll in some quiet country
neighborhood. In town it should never
be permitted, even if the. lady were
one's own sister and had no aversion
to the odor of tobacco. These facts
concerning her would not be known to
the people one might meet, and the
smoking would to them have all the
appearance of a discourtesy.
When walking with a lady a man
lifts his hat to all the people whom she
recognizes and who bows to br,
whether lie himself knows them or not.
In thoroughfares a man should keep at
the left of thu lady he is wr'king with,
thus protecting her from the pressure
of the crowd and leaving her right
hani free to carrying her parasol and
lifting her dress. It is an obsolete ab
surdity for a man to be dancing around
a lady whom he escorts, changing the
sido on which he walks with every cross
ing of the street. In walking or driving
in a p.irk or iu any place where you
meet the same person again and again,
it is not necessary to bow each time. A
cordial salutation on the first is quite
It is a lady's privilege to be the first
to offer her hand. Where an introduc
tion is merely for dancing, there should
be no shaking hands nor indeed it is
usual to shake hands on being intro
duced at a reception; but a married lady
should extend her hand, by way of cor
dial welcome, to her own guests, and
especially to any stranger brought to
her house and presented by a conimoi
friend. Chicago Journal
Tha Tru Stary ef tha Origin or m Graal
Various accounts of George M. Pall
man's invention of the palatial sleep
ing cars that bear his name are afloat.
The do not agree in general or in par
ticulars. In order to get an exact and
authentic statement, Assistant Super
intendent J. W. Stockton, of the Pull
man company, was asked for the facts.
Mr. Stockton reflected a moment, and
then said that Mr. Pullman told him
the. whole story some two years ago.
His narrative was very interesting, not
only in itself, but as an illustration of
the possibilities of useful inventions
when attention is once fastened upjn
Mr. Pullman's statement, ns Mr.
Stockton recalls it, was substantially
as follows: After the idea had been
conceived and the patents obtained,
Mr. Pullman went to Chicago and had
his first car built there, putting all his
money into the venture. The cost of
the work was about $18,000. In all its
essential features the car was the
model on which the Pullmans of the
present day are constructed. The build
ing was, of course, watched with the
utmost care and impatience, but, curi
ously enough, it was found, after the
car was done, that it was so wide that
it would not clear the platforms of the
stations on the line of the road
where it was to run. As Mr.
Pullman had put all his funds
into the coach, and no one else
was ready to contribute for construct
ing a new one on a smaller scale, he
naturally lost heart in some measure.
The car was stored at Chicago, and the
enterprise was given up for the time
being. No use was made of the vehicle
until the assassination of President
Lincoln finally gave the inventor the
desired chance to enter on the road to
fame and fortune. Mr. Lincoln's body
was to be taken from Chicago to Spring
Geld for burial, and the question of its
transportation was brought up. Some
one suggested that this unused pnlace
drawing-room sleeping car be cm
ployed, and Mr. Pullman hurried to
get it ready. The Chicago & Alton
railroad, under the strain of the great
excitement of the time, sent out gangs
of men forthwith along the line to nar
row up the station platforms and re
move other obstructions so that the car
might pass. This being done, the car
was used as was proposed, and, as all
the great newspapers of the world were
Mitent on publishing every item of in
terest about the burial, Mr. Pullman's
invention of course became the subject
of universal comment. From that
moment its success was assured.
The Pullman Company as it now ex
ist was founded in 1867 with a capital
of $1,000,000. Its stock to-day repre
sents nearly $16,000,000, besides $2,000,
000 debenture bonds. The Pullman cars
are operated on nearly 89.000 miles of
railway in the United States. Canada,
Mexico and England, and in spite of
some grumbling about charges, are
universally recognized as the finest
railroad equipment in any part of the
world. Boston Globe.
How to Plant aad Caltlvate tha Tender
The sweet potato can not be planted
out before what may be called good
corn weather, and ns this will not occur
before June, the middle of April is time
enough to start the bed. Eighteen
inches of manure, or just enough to
give a gentle bottom heat, is sufficient,
the sun under the glass doing most of
the work. After the bed is made and
heat started it is ready to plant. Lay
over the manure six inches of sandy
soil; if all sand, just as well or better.
Halve the potatoes lengthwise and lay
flat on the sand they may nearly cover
the ground. Sprinkle over the top
just enough sand to barely cover the
potatoes. After the young sprouts
have started their roots into this sand
and the tops are about six inches high,
they arc slipped off. and each shoot is
a plaut and ready for the ground.
Only a light, friable soil will grow
Ihcin profitably. This is thrown tip
by the plow into ridges four feet apart.
The plants arc dibbled out on these
ridges one foot apart tho cut worm
often destroys quantities of the sets,
and must be watched for, destroyed
when found, and other sets put out
where needed. At least a couple of
crops of sprouts can be taken from one
set of tubers, and an time in June
will do to plant them, so there is no
danger of not having plenty of plants.
It takes from 8.000 to 10.000 sets per
acre. Stable manure is tho best, SL
White Specks in Butter.
Your correspondent says in substance
that white specks are occasioned by
dry cream. With au her precautions,
if she will place in tiic churn with her
cream a quantity of thickly-soured
milk she will find a corresponding
quantity of white specks, as sour milk
is the one and only cause of white
specks. The sour milk forms a sub
stance like cheese curd, which is sepa
rated only by the process of washing,
while washing with a barrel churn the
specks can nearly all lie eradicated. Sho
takes great stock in water setting, and
here we will agree with her. on the
ground that when milk is set in a cream
er the cream is token from the milk while
the milk is perfectly sweet and free from
any sour milk to form white specks, aud
from our experience we have become
thoroughly convinced that no farmer
can profitably conduct a dairy without
a good creamery, especially a winter
dairy, as the loss of cream in extremely
cold weather will more than cfftet the
expense of a good crcatusry. Country
If a man publishes a paper which
Is of no interest to its readers he had
better offersomc contemptible premium
to induce people to take it.
There is a New York man who fre
quently gets into difliculy through a
habit which he has. when hard up. of
pawning his wife's cork leg for money
to buy drink.
Texas is excusable for feeling big.
The State contains 274.356 square miles,
which is more than double the area of
England, Scotland and Ireland com
bined. Some of the shepherds in the moun
tains of Bulgaria live for ten and fifteen
years attending their flocks, and never
knowing what it is to sleep in a house
or to enjoy any of the comforts of civ
ilization. An Indiana judge did not know
what a cartoon was. A lawyer sketched
the body of a jackass with his. the
judge's head and face attached as a
specimen, and was promptly fined $25
for contempt of court.
A very curious toast, the apparent
irreverence of which disappears upon
reflection, used to lie common thirty
years ago at commercial tables on Sun
days. It was, "Rusty swords and dirty
An old log-cabin that was built by
George Washington and occupied by
hiin while surveying a part of the Shen
andoah Valley, is still standing in a fair
state of preservation a few miles from
Miss Gushington "Do you not
find Dr. Smalltalk entertaining? He is
such a mimic. Mr. Snecrington (who
detests the doctor) "I have often
noticed that the doctor takes people off
cleverly." Town Topics.
Smith "I see you are keeping
company with Miss Jones ytt?" Brown
Yes.'' "Does it mean business?"
Can't tell. I wouldn't bo surprised,
though, if I received a proposal soon."
The Graphic tells of a wealthy
Western man who was about to visit
New York City for the first time. and.
wishing somebody to show him around,
telegraphed in advance to secure the
services of "an experienced bunko
stcercr." Farmer Bascom "I do wish tho
threshing machine would come around
this way." Johnny Bascom "O. pa.
that reminds me. Teacher wanted me
to tell you he was comin' to our house
to board next week." Burlington Free
In the office of the Recorder of
Deeds. Philadelphia, is preserved a
justice's docket over 100 years old.
One of the entries in the volume is as
follows: "Commonwealth agt. Stephen
Blunt, July 24. 1778. Charged of drink
ing Damnation to General Washington
and all his Armv. Defendant held in
A woman in Newton, Kan., who is
so poor as to have become an object of
charity, kicked because a can of baking
powder which she received was not ac
companied by a prize, and another
female beneficiary of the benevolent
society sent back to the grocer a
quantity of bacon and beans with which
she had been supplied, stating that she '
wanted a turkey and somo cranberries.
The failure of the potato crop of
1887 was the worst that has befallen
the country since 1881, when the aver
age yield per acre was only 53.5
bushels. The disaster is attributable
to two causes, opposite in operation but
uniform in their ultimate result. The
crop in the Western States was stunted
for want of sufficient rain, and that in
the Eastern States w:is rotted by a sur
plus of it.
Illicit "cider brandy" distilling, it
is claimed, is indulged in by some of
the farmers in Litchfield County, Conn.
The cider is boiled in a copper kettle
with a tight cover, and a pipe conveys
the steam outside which condenses into
brandy in the winter air. If a spotter"
arrives the pipe is disconnected and
tire cover removed; the spy only finds
the farmer boiling cider, which is per
THE POISONED KEY.
How Pudna' Tyrant Disposed of Disa
Another delightful relic of the life
and times of the Tyrant of Padua is a
simple key about the size of an ordi
nary door key. It was the key of the
Duke's library in his private room.
When he wanted to get rid of any of
his suite or any person in his household
that he had a bitter feeling against, he
used to ring his bell and ask for Mr.
John to be sent to him (fancy name of
course.) When John entered the Duke
would say: O. John, I wish you would
go to the book-case in my private room
and bring me the 'Dngonct Ballads.' "
Certainly, your Grace." Mr. John
would say, and away he would trot
with the key iu his hand. When he
got to the library he would put the key
in the lock of the book-case and turn
it. But direct!' he turned it, out of the
handle of the key shot a long poisoned
needle, which stabbed the hand of the
holder and instantly shot back again.
John would let go of the key and say:
"What the deuce was that." Ho would
look at his hand and sec only a small,
dark blue spot. He would think
nothing of it but all of a sudden
ha would begin to feel queer in his
head. Presently some one would come
in aud find him in a fit on the floor and
the household would be alarmed. "Mr.
John has had a stroke of a fit." the
people would say. A doctor would be
sent for. but his services would be of no
avail. In twenty-four hours Mr. John
would be dead and everybody would
think he had died through a lit. There
were no buthering coroners' inquests to
upset the plans of clever fellows liks
the Duke Francis in those days,
(horte A, Linds, in Referee.
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