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BED CLOUD CHIEi
A. C. HOSMER, Proprietor.
EEDCLOCD. -
NEBRASKA
TH FRIEND OF AGES AGO.
"Should aaid acquaintance be forgotr
Yes. it yoc d ;-st as liet as not.
Johx Pacl
Tier- are evral things tha; trouble one's ae.
And -ork lor a man much woe.
ansa a- oct :md doubt dents that cCi run.
And rS thai will sot Sow
Bet Tin a.1 aa Seen said, do we sot most
d-cad.
01 th- 37 bcres thnt w taow.
That nbt;ai?cs ban. the woman or man.
The knew one ares ago"
In yrwti! you wir yonng; and ;ooluh perhaps;
Yoc f-ine-- with hum and with low.
Had on- lort on tne hill and cn dowa by the
mil!
Yet aevr wpt -x eked, ah. no
And thij fn"nd Vcw you in a Jar-away tray.
In a w7 that as only o. so
Jsst eno-.?h o sit; hn to the cry about you:
"O. I knew hinj ages ago
Yea ar- mamed now asd quit' circumspect.
Your pa.e. !: your speech. i !ow;
You lei' :n a bant ke-p ilnt a church
Are one it i proper to tr.ow :
Bet this vidian; rr.end w-Ji nver consent
That your virtue's unchanrsd -hall jo
Thocgh -he nv-r demurs, but only avers
That it icpi you "a?" ago."
And sure I am that if rer I trir
To th- piaca:i:re I hope to s
To s; anion? a:r.T- porhap the chief
In ra:raent as white as -no'v.
Bejor" nw a:i! buv among ih West
Peratp in th -elf-a:n- row
I snail 2nd tsv ban. thi- woman or man.
"Who knew me "nr:s ago."
And haU hear th voice I o oft have heard
Do tou thmti :t ;- wet and low
A.- it whimper- -t.i; w-.th accnt shrill
TJx" refrain th-ir -o "e!l I 'icnow:
"O you aerdn t rw -tung ntieh sto" by lira
Thi- ae-' anp. -. much a', a show.
Ee soar T.toJ ;r. -,a.nt who :n't acquait
3ct kaew b.nt -ae a" "'
d t. i it-nj WtiJ. in. CfiTury.
LOB AND ALICE.
The Story of llr. Heath's Last Ten
PVET I.
Oa a wt. rloomy afternoon in the April
of 1ST- jir. James Heath -at m a honj in
Adam treet. Strand, and in the cur5ocly.
foraihed apGrtnvr'. -.v'aicn he call-! hi
aSre. The very dirty window curtain of
t5e moa were of the ri"het .silk. The
ctlyTuev carpet wae covered witn du-t
zsd Irttrf with band.e of oid law paoers
and a,rparr-. be-ide lotter and other
dortta&nz- waich.havin!r been torn un. had
evidentlv lam oc the Hoot uitoui'hvi for
week.-4 cr months. On tne wal of the room
were hua-' a numtr of valuable oil paint
iars. "wa'rro'-jr and enr-avinT. iladon
as an-I Hiy VamUi" of the early SnanL-h
aad Italian -ohooK r-i-5 of tap ballet and
die prize rtnr. Dut.-h Ouor. lamLipes. por
traits and rai- n -v m:nrled a they
vwr wjthont the W: rcard to tyle or
sebj- tae renrai ifect wa alt.ither
novel aad 5crprt.-inr. About the chamber
were a numbbr of chairs and couches,
mo-tly f antique pftttem-. bet all of them
made of the inu-t cotiy maerial-. and cov
ered. lik the carpet, with dat. In the
coroer'-of the room wreoile "f well-bound
volume? and two massive a;de-board one
of tmk. the othr of ebony were piled with
mi-c,"-ia.noc- heap of books. zLtS-; and
silver plate. Every thimr about the cham
ber, in abort, was dirty, costly and incon
mcc. Finailv. asa-1 vl) in a thfck cvercoat.
and with his be to th Sr-plrice. in which
tbre vra no ure. -at ZIt Heath H wa a
rather :vut man of about ;rty, with keen.
zray eve, white ha:r and a very rubicund
complexion. On the tabie before bra tood
ansoaca nsnwr of papers, a bottle of
braaciv an-i a tumbler, and he was cncaed
in reasii'iir a !on letter, which was written
in a rather -nrawlinir. boyish hand.
"Dear :r." the letter ran. "1 must have
TObv Mtiay. and I want at Ieat T
besides. Tais. with 'what I owe vou at
preeeat. will make 4.X). I promise, in
coasidera' ion of that !.&) which I now
ask you to advance, to asisrn to you th"
whoteof my Lfe interest in the 15 CS) 3 per
cent, con-ois. toceth-r w-.th the whole in
terest unir the po'acv of a--urance for the
5.00). Th premiums on the Pj:K-y only
amount to A per annum, so that the i4ro
o4d wh.cn accrue from the crnoLs will
leave a balance of about iV) pir cent, in
terest on the 4 Ou) uut J the policy fali in.
In other word-, for ?.i-) von zz an ab-o-lute
rever ion m lJ.t. v. together with )
a .veer until the reversion L- realized. I am
aware that I could do baiter than this, but I
want the money at ojh-o and I am readv to
scbtaitto tfte sarriace for immed. ate pay
ment. I -nail ! on you to-morrow after
noon at fuur oV.."k. when I hspo ynu will
let me Save a check. Your, faithfully.
"Ri BE2T 0-w.Ln."
ilr. Heiith read the letter very caref ullv
tfaroura twi or three times, after which he
laid it on the table aad poured out
fealfa tcmoier of brandy Having
learlv i
mixed i
this wi;n a very little water, he drank it off
and l-aaed bark ia his chair, while he in
dalged in a soliioouv which he muttered
half aloud.
"Yes." he said, "the terms are good
e-joturh. The voeng fool i in consumption
already tboegh he's bareiv twenty-three.
aad this -eason will kill him. Chapman
say hi? right lung is nearly gone lucky I
got aim V) in-ure for the big sum at once.
Wants xte money. I suppose, to meet his
ksse on the City aad Suburban. What's
he g-ing to do. I wonder, when he has
p$rt-d w-.ta hi- interest m the 15.000" Fall
back on hs mother, I suppose. She's sup-po-ed
to ae wes.thy. but her money is all in
American vn:li5. thev say. and if report is
true she ks -w- how to keep it The -.ridow
of a Scotchman, wao made a fortune m
America. tny came bacij to England about
fve vears -ince to get into societv and put
yoccg hopeful through Oxford The father
died three ear ago. and the mother has
been leading a rather retired life since, so
they -ay. But. nonsense, wnat ha-; all this
to do with me' Yocng Mr. Oswald, who
has got aimself into consumption through
dbsiputaon. i- practically offering me 10.
000 for a farther advance of LOfO. Even
if I had to is. ait a few years it's god
eaoach. But he hasn't twelve montns' life
in him. Three months more, at the rate he
is gaingat resent. ought to finish nrm! And
tken!"
Mr. Hath poured some morp brandy into
his tumbier. Having drunk it. he continued
almost aloud, and in an excited manner:
7fctn I have made the 100,000 which it
has ofen the amaitim of my life to be
wortn. T: s i- the last ten ti.DUaad- Witn
this I sha. be .vrth a.mt exactly one hun
dred and two the jsand pounds in hard cash,
besides the gjod wi.1 of this acenrsed busi
cess. and all the things connected with it,
which I shall dispose of at once. Why. I
oqght to have nearly one hundred and ten
I cah. 1 snail gtve u. To that I have made
up my mind. And then! well. I shad ro
en tn- continent for a time. I'd be pretty
well fonrotlea in the course of two or three
year, and my name is not in particularly
eood odor Just now hasn't been for yars
past. Never mind that when a man has
four or live thousand a year, people are not
too particular about his antecedents. I may
take a place a little way out of London oe
a sort of county magnate for a bit and
work my way into a decent club. Let them
say what they like behind my back, they'd
be bound to be civil to my f ace. and that's
all that anv one need care. Half the pers
in Eneland would jro crazy if they only kcw
what theirservants were saying about the
Fools, we're alL more or less tarred with
the same brush, thinking vermin as we are,
if this new theory of evolution, or whatever
it's called be true. No, if I once ?et foot
into a ;rood club, they could not ret it out
acain. if I can only aftord tree; respectably.
Let them whisper hat they like behind my
nack. al! that I have to deal with is what is
paid or done before my face, antl the hounds
would be silent, for they can prove nothing.
If the brutes have to lick me what do I care
if they would like to bite. 'Heavens, what
a contemptible thin:: is human nature!' the
;rreat Napoleon u.-ed to say when &e was a
youne man starvinc in Paris. Contemptible
is not the word. 'Worthless indifferent
unworthy of even contempt poor wretched
puppets. You band together, and club your
wretched ?elnshnes into what you call re
spectability. Respect! V.hy you will have
more real reapeci for me, who'll force my
way, and walk alone amoasr you. than you
t have for the sleekest creature of your pack.
Yes. 'Lions walk alone, jackals herd.
together. ai Pitt used to say. and one can
play the Pitt or the Napoleon in private, a
well as in public life, if need be. Yes, I
have only to wait now till Mr. Oswald
smashes up tae little that's left of his con
stitution. Not many months at the further
esr Strans-e that "the la-t 10.000 should
come altogether in this wav; I murht have
befi three or four yars rettins it together.
Per laps longer Who can tell4 "We make
more bad debt? than people think, and. lie
the snail crawling the post, I mizht. now
and then, have slipped down at nizht twice
as far as I had crawled durin? the day.
'But irere, the whole thins is done. The
lst ten thousand made, as the sayinsr is by
a stroke o f my pen. And yet it's curious how
I have had a suspicion from the nrst mo
ment I set eyes upon this bra; that he'd be
at once mv makinsr and my ruin. Tush!
sucn nonsense . the thinr is perfectly leraL
and th" money is perfectly afe. Even if I
lot it. I'd be very far from ruined, but it is
quite safe. So, Mr. Oswald, yen shall have
your thousand pounds, more especially as
j you are pretty certain to jrill yourself with
it. Still I have a tran;re likinr for the laiL
He has sr0'd qualities witn ail his foliy.
But oh. humour : what have I to do with
these feelinrs! If I had any one to leave
mv money to a child of my own to inherit
my wea.tn i mura; wisn to leave it a uttie i
' cWnr than it 1. Yes. it's hard tO think '
that the riches for which I have toiled will
l-.-l. 1-. ,-.-. , -
co to p-xpie who curse my name if I don't
leave them to the nation, or turn them
into ca-h and ding it into the ea before I
die. Come in '"
I he last two wo;
rds were
answer to a
knok at the door
"Mr Oswald, sir." said a boy who
acted ;
asartofciersMilr. fcieath.
"Show him in." said the latter as he re-
sumed his seat at the table.
A talL handsome, but very delicate young
man entered the room.
"We'd, youar sir. what can I do for you "
said Heath m a zr-zZ voice, which was in-
tended to bo p'easaat and assuring.
:e of Mr. neath s peculiarities was that
he seemed to take a delight in making his
clients state their business as often as pos
siole. however well he mignt be acquainted
with it,
"You can oiler me a chair if you want to
be civj. and a srlas of brandy if you're in
clined to be friendly."' replied Oswald, in a
languidly familiar manner, which just bor
dered on boing contemptuous.
"O. please be seated, mv dear sir. if you
intistcn ceremony." said Heath, pushing
the bottle and a g!as toward his visitor as
nepoiie. "Ana now. besides offering you
a chair aad a little brandy, what else can 1
do :or you;
TV"1 i.'flri ir Tntr Ir-rrt-nr whir T !
have come abrut. Yo'
nave
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Wh.:- the u of a-kmg such a q:
estion'"
was the impatient rejoinder.
"Yes. I have had your letter, but I don't
like the business. I tell you frankly. I don't
ILre to -e- a young man ruining h.mself as
you are doing "
"O. cure it all ' I have not come here to ,
bo lectured." interrupted Oswald, angrily, j
"Wid yon do tae thing or not! This is
Thuraav. I must have the monev bv
fa;urdav night.'
i "I would have to giv notice to the tru-
tee of this f re-h charge and there is barely
time to get the thing through. I would
rather you took the matter somewhere
' else." replied He3tb, dubiouslv.
, "But is impossible, and I mas; meet my ,
I encagenients on Monday." was the answer.
j The result of some further conversation '
i was that Mr Heath, with a erpat siow of
relurtance, suffered him-elf to be persuaded
to have evcrv thing ready to make this
further and final advance on Saturday.
"Ycu will have twenty pounds ia gold,
eight ten-pound notes, and the remaining
nine hundred ;ounds -short.' " said Oswald
I as he wa leaving the room.
"Yes. I hpe you will take care of it," re
plied neatn.
"I shall win twenty thousand over the
Guineas. Good evening." was the answer,
and Mr Oswald took his departure.
Oa Saturday Oswald duly received the
15.0 after he had executed a deed, by
which he assigned the policy of assurance
and his life interest in the I5.0) consols
to Mr Heath. According to the will of the
late Mr Oswaid. the 15.000 was, if Robert
Oswald died without issue, to pe paid to a
distant relative who lived in America.
Mrs. 0-wa.d. I may add, derived her in
come from certain investments in Ameri
can railway sto ;k. She was supposed to
be very we.i off. but it was a curious thing
that, though she went a good deal into
society, nobody seemed to know much
about either her or her late ha-band. They
had come from America about live years
before and taken a hou-e in Porcaester Ter
raco. Bayswater.
Tie late Mr. Oswald brought very satis
factory references from Chicago, kept
vert' good balance at his banrC and enter
tained, a.- did Mr-. Oswaid. in a very ho
pitao.e manner. This, however, was really
ad tnat was known about them. As to their t
son. Ruber;, he had unluckily taken to bet
ting, and got into the clutches of Mr. Heath,
with what result, so far, we have seen
above.
It is not necessary to say more than that
Robert Oswald lost his money, and brought
himself to his deatn-oed daring the next
two montns. .is oir. tieatn Knew, ne was
in coavumntion when be sold his annnnity.
and the effect of his losses and cont:int
' dissipation precipitated the collapse cf his
, sy-tem. "When sorrows come, they come
I not sing'e spies b-t in batta .Dns " Oa the
j morning after the race for the "Two Thou
' sand Guineas." when Robert was left ut
terly peanuess. and in debt to a number of
bookmakers. Mrs. Oswald received a letter
realffacs. ArtX-rJinslT shs went at onee
to tne City. wbr3Jie learned that the tw.-
American raiiwi in trhich nearly all h3r
money jtis invented had ccsised to pay
dividends That, in short, the share. xere
alaost unsalable, a-j it was hisrhly probable
that the concerns tvould be sold under fore
closure of ntortxrartfs. Mrs. Oswald did all
she could under the circumstances. Sne
rave up her house in Portchester Terrace,
and took lodrinzs in Sr Paul's road. Cxa
deaToira. -xhere she devoted herself t the
task of nursing her son, who vra now fat
ainln'ng in consumption.
paet ir.
la the second week of the follovrins June.
Mr. Heath, who had a small houe in Not
tin? HS1, was sittinr in his parlor at a
little after eicht o'cloci m the evecisr.
wnen the servant came in to say that a Hr.
Bailey wished to see him.
Show him in at once.' said Heath, who
rose from his seat and went to the door to
meet him.
A shabbily-dressed little man, who looked
something like a lawyer's clerk out of em
ployment, came into the room.
Well." said Heath, in his usual rru2 way.
when he tad closed the door, which he did
very carefully as if he were afraid that
somebody misht be listening outside.
"Mr. Oswald's dead. sir. Died at five
o'clock this evening. I only heard of it
within the lart hour, and I came on at once
to tell you."
For a moment there was silence, durin?
which the little man stood twir
his ha:
in his hands.
At last Heath said: ''Are you quite cer
tain of thi-!''
"Quite certain, sir." was the answer. "I
have it from the -ervant in the house. I
hadb-ea expecting' the news all day and
directly Mrs. Wilmot told me I thought I'd
make assurance doubly sure by seeing ej
servant myself. As I told you. I knew her
before she went to live in s 1 aul's road. I
toW you how I heard from Mrs. TVilmot
every thine that wen; on in the house.'
"WelL we'd, that will do. Here is a sov
ereign for your trouble ia cominz here.
Look into my oiice next week, aad I shall
pay you what we have arranged, when I
nave the formal proofs of his death.
Good-
aiRht."
"Good-nicht, sir. thank ycu," said Bailey,
as he left the room
Bailey was a nondescript character who
was occasionally employed by Heath, some
times as a broker, sometimes as a private
detective. In the present instance, by vir
tue of his bavin? some relatives livinsr in
St. Paul's road, he had been encased to brins
Jlr Heath the earliest intelligence of Rob
ert Oswald's death. When he had gone
Heath walked up and cown the room for
some minutes in silence. At length he mut
tered ia him-ielf
"One hundred and two thousand pounds
in hard cash made at last' I shall sell
every thing I own within a fortnight's lime
furniture, bills, pictures. alL Tnev will
f rh n.nnrh.r ?t rh,-iiiani?- hm T-hir..-.
rhhrHn- rhcr -hn'l r anl,-! fit nnro T nm
J - -
determined to enjoy mv wealth while I
have time, and to do that I must cat the
life I have been leadinz a; once. Yt. my
pue" is made. I have at lat what, years
aco. I said I wiuld make, and I shall be out
of Enzlaad this di.y forriht. What mav
I not do yet with over a hundred thousand
! pounds and the brains and knowledge which
t nosses' Good heavenA. how. sc-.ld-n!v
i .,! last ten tho'-sand has come What a
!luriry chance it was that threw the young
f0oj jn:o mv clutches : I managed him prop
eriv. there's no dcubt. But yet it wis a
j iucw chance that brought him to me. Still
js --range the presentiment I have aiwavs
had about him. O bother such non -en se!
; -,rhat have I to do with presentiments! I
shall be believing ia ghosts aad hobgoblins
next! Yet I seem to be sorry instead of
glad, aad there is that fear of some impend
ing evil which I seemed to have every time
I aw him. What on earth can this be!'
Tne last question was caused by a sharp
knock aad ring a; the hall door. Ia a few
seconds the servant came in with a tele
gram. Mr. Heath looked at the envelope
nervously before he opened it. At last he
took out the telegram, which he read two
or three times over as if he doubted the
evidence of his evesigh'
1 teiejrram in his "pocke!
Then he put the
wnispenng to nim-
seif in a trembling voice as he did so:
"What can it be I What can it be "
The telegram which evidently caused him
so much uneasiness was as follows
Mrs. Oswald. To James Heath. Esi .
St. Paul's Road. Stanhope Terrac.
Camden Town. Nottmg Hiu.
"It is of great importance that I should -ee yon
t-vuight. Eobert Oswald died at nve o'clock
th's evening. Please come hers a; once on Te
ceiviag this telegram.'
"Could it be some conspiracy to ret me
' into the house and murder me" thought
I Mr. Heath, as he walked about the room
j with the telegram in his pocket. "O, non-
sen-e! I need not be afraid of that. They
are very respectable people in the house.
i No. depend upon ir, it i either that the
j mother wants to beg or borrow from me. or
that there is some screw loose about the
policy of assurance. Cur-e
'.
Like
mv
Usual luck. But I had better beoff there at
once. What a curious authoritative way
she telegraphs in. though."
He left the house, and. hailing the first
hansom he met, was driven radidly to St.
Paul's road. A servant opened the hall
doer before he could knock, and. having
asked if he was Mr. Heath, conducted him
up stairs to the drawing room. Though it
was just 0-10 o'clocs. and getting rather
dark, no lamp or candle was lighted ia the
room, and as Mr Heath entered he could
just discern through the deep twilight the
figure of a tall woman who was sitting by
one of the windows, dressed in black. She
rose as he entered and asked him to take a
chair which was a few yards from where
she was sitting. From the position in which
she sat. and the da kaess of the room. Mr.
Heath could not cicern her features very
clearly, aad to toll the truth he felt exceed
ingly uncomfortable. He was pretty well
case-hardened of course: few men had had
more curious experiences, and some of the
scenes he had witnessed in the pursuit of
his vocation were not a little appalling. But
just as one of the firt things that is taught
to every medical student is that he must
disregard the pain which he has to indict
on his patients, so, from the very outet of
his career. Mr. Heath had trained himself
to be nerfectly caLous about the teelings
and in?ere-t3 of the people with whom he
was bro .ght in contact. Sti.L all the teach
ing in the v-orid cm not make a surgeon in
sensible to pain which is indicted on himself
and it wa jnstbeeausebewasapprehensive
that some c;tliti,;v wos about to fall uj-on
him that Mr. Heath felt oa the present oc
casion a sense of fear which almsst
amounted to terror.
"You have been prompt in responding to
my telegram,' said the lady in a hard, de
fiant voice. "My soc as I told you. is dead.
You have stripped him of his little prop
erty. He died a pauper. You make 10.000
by bis death. I have lately lost nearly all
that I was wortn. I have spant pretty nearly
the rest ia narsing him through his last ill
ness. I want twenty pounds ia ready money
topayhU funeral expenses. You are tho
proper person to give it to me. Do vou re
fuser' I dare say that 3r. Heath would gladly
i aa
after alL "Thank htvs,' he mattered
to himself, and for the first time ?ince he
heard of Robert Oswald's death ha felt
reaUy easy in his mind. '
My ?ood madam." he said, in hi3 usual I
tone of zrz" determination, -your son
soirriit me voluntar.ly. He had ample value
for wnat he sold me. I have nothinr more
tosay on the matter, aad I must vrUa you
gpoo-niat.
"But I have something more to say to
you," said the lady, who rose from her
chair at the same time that he did. "Had
you sivea me the twenty pounds I would
have been content to let ynu tro in pea-je.
As it is you must hear why you are the
proper person to pay for the funeral of my
son. Come here; I have something to toll
you which you will remember to the last
day of your life. See '
She threw open the foldinsr doors that
separated tha drawing-room from a bed
room waica was brilliantly lighted with
candles. On the bed lay the body of Robert
O-wald. His mother went round and stood
at the far side of the 'x. facimr Heath,
who advanced a little way into the inner
rr.nn a. if he werv drawn bv a snell.
-Now. sir. she exclaimed. ""do "you reeo?-
nizeme!''
T T J 1 ? 1 TT L
i isu mj x uu, . iit..ti... miu iiTtu,
whose eyes were fixed on the face of the
corpsr. and who hardly looked at her.
Twenty-two years make a difference, no
i can .. sa., i uo, inaoaat. miu xieatu,
Twenty
doubt, she saio, as she removed a car:
rf
which was tied round her head and let her
long auburn hair fall about her shoulders.
"Now. Philip Araott. loos at me again and
see if you recognize the face of the wife
whom you forced to leave you. Look on
that bed and see if you recogaii your own
features in tae face cf yur dead son."
My son!"' exclaimed Heath or Araott.
as he really was.
"Yes." said his wife, "it is not many days
since, by an accident. I found out tnat you.
whom I knew to have mined him and from
whom I tried to save him. were also his
father. When you forced me to rly from
you twenty-two years ago I found a protec
tor for myelf and child. We went to
America, where we lived for years as man
and wife. In an evil hour we came back to
England. God or fate brought your son
aad you togetaer the little darling child
whom vou used to nurse on your lap the
little child who wed to pull your whiskers
and throw his arms around your neck. You
loved him. though you aid not love me: but,
oh. see there is the result"'
For a moment Aruott. who was deadly
pale, looked ia her face and uttered one
word, Alice." Then he looked at the
corp-e again, and said mechanically, a3 his
eyes were riveted on it: "Bob."
"Yes. Bob and Alice." cried his wife.
"You recosnue us now; but what & the
matter '."
Philip Araott was swaying from side to
side. Suddenly he fell senseless on the
fioor. It was many hour- before he showed
any signs of returning consciousness, but
when he did so he was in a state of idiocy, in
which condition he remained until he died,
about three months afterward. As he had
made no will his property was divided under
the statute of distributions. I have only
to add th.it Alice Aruott -ucceeded. as his
widow, to her -hare of the oroperty. and re
turned to America shortly after his ceath.
Be'griivi'Z.
SMALL-FRUIT CULTURE.
Following Naturr' Method of .Vanurinx
and Mulching.
To preserve moisture and coolness
in the soil is a prime necessity in small
fruit culture. In my experience I find
manure and soil-stirring of decidedly
seconaarr imDOrtaace. inese fruits
do not draw hard on those manurial
elements which are necessary for full
crops of cereals, and they don't require
and doa't like to be pushed into rapid,
succulent, tender growth, like most
vegetables. I have, for several years, '
looked rather to Natures own process
of culture than to any theories of man's
device: for these are continually trip- ,
ping while Nature's growths ar-4 every
where healthful and strong where noj
interfered with by man or his domestic
animals. Nature does not plow except
by means of the frost, nor manure ex
cept with the leaves and other wastes
of growth, and with the slow weather- j
lags of the rocks. ',
I have been imitating this simple
course. The raspberry rows that have
been kept mulched for five or six years,
mostly with their own prunnings.
sheared off in lengths straight enough
to lie close and fiat, have dene admira
ab'.y well without any tillage, more ,
than now and then here :iad there to
scuffle out incipieat weeds, of which
there are almost none, and redundant
suckers which are rubbed out as soon
as they show their noses. Quite a
layer of black mold has already accu
mulated on the surface, and. without '
any digging or soil-stirring at all. the
growth is so strong that Cathberta
become top-heavy, and many canes
grow too large to mature well, and I
am giving precedence to the trim, erect,
clean, well-ripening Marlboro.
I treat strawberry beds quite simi
larly. Using no raw stable manure, I
introduce no weed seeds and I take
care to grow none of my own. I mulch
well before Christmas with taa or
saw-dust which, remaining on the
top. does not sour but in one year be
comes so carbonized as to do no ap-
nifiitit Tinwrp ? -ii- - V.n 'rTT f
Ld'ofCumberlandhasnotb-k-ndugor
replanted for eight years, and is now
as well set with strong, healthy-looking
plants as most others. As soon as
practicable after picking is over, the
old exhausted plants are chopped out
and their runners thinned to eighteen
or twenty inehes apart. This is heroic
work, and seems to leave nothing but
devastationbut it is rapidly done, and
when the autumn rains come strong,
new growth sets in. and I take care
that there is no competing growth.
The soil is mostly clay, some of it
heavy, "but this, compact as it gets
under this system of little tillage
yields quite as well as any of the mel
lower loam. This method of culture :
well suited for female fruit growers, aa '
triors ;s rrv little h.arx- Trth'i- !if.nii. .
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winter. Cr. Lural Xtw Yorker.
. A fMr. nnt T"a- vaII ImrkTrr, ".z T-.i
in theaters lighted by electricity th4 !
ini? it. but there is never any lack al no more than a little commercial fer- I ? T -J XT' ... nVUiZ Dees con
something to do. except just in the hot- t'Jizer strewn aloag th rows. Where . f. , ,., e tarJrt' ""tor 'ud to th
test of the summer and the dead of th nm.- An r n, ..-'- ..or.,, - U:t-'J ovr: Johnny, you ve played
LOVELY COSTUMES.
dtirant outfit ri iy -tou-ui -ii-sr"
at th A,-ot r..-,M.
i whi: nvop nink-. with rtmbroi(l?rv run- t
aias down the back of the bodice in a
t)oint. and ;i!?( trimrninir tht front.
Her h. w JlL?0 Infc wixh whitebow3
.
shade wujh lined with pink. A irirl.
with a very picturesque hat all covered
with fonret-nie-nots. wore a black rkin;
and a dainty little black jacket faced '
with blue. Very cool-looking' was a
creen dress in two shades one ideally
pale, with a Directoire jacket in a
darker tone and faced with a iinht one.
The hat wa alao entirely composed
of poppies in two shades of creen. A
simple and extremely pretty dreas wad
in grass-oloth. trimmed with rlne Ma
deira embroidery, and worn with a
sash of old Dink silk. On another dav
the same lady wore an equally simple
and equally effective dre-s of srray al-
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paca. trimmed witn silic. ana worn
paca, trimmeci witn
' vi a colIar
,. . , .
wmttf moire -asn. A
of laj'e. and a
very t:i-teful li-
rectoire toilet was ia striped rnene
moire-antique, with cream colored
crepe fulled into the front of the bodice,
and at the waist a little blue sash.
Another irood Directoire dress wa.- ia
striped reseda silk, overshot poplin
ette in reseda and orange, a lovely com
bination. This dress was mnde -hov.--ins'the
selvege a fashion that L? much
adopted this year. Two sifters wore
blue and white Directoire polonaises,
with red .sashes and old silver buttons,
over skirts of blue and white shot ben
jraline. A tall and handsome blonde, with a
line Rjrure. aaa a short reseda and
terra-cotta silk trimmed with bands of
wonderful Indian embroidery, in which
the bright reds, blues, greens and
mauves were so subtly and exquisitely
intermingled that a subdued and very
soft e5eet was attained. Oa the other
day that we were there this lady wore
a dress of Gobelin blue silk, also
trimmed with Indian embroideries, ia
which much gold had been introduced.
The vest was composed of the em
broidery. A striped cream-colored and white
dress, gracefully draped, was worn
with a vest of cream moire silk. A '
perfect Directoire coat was ia black
and white striped silk, over a vest and
skirt of lace, and a tiny sash of irold ,
Liberty silk. Gold-colored roses were
in the bonnet. A black-and-white-
striped silk redincrote was worn over
a softly draped dress of delicately j
transparent white muslin, tied with
moire ribbons. A well-known Ameri- ,
can lady wore black trimmed with . stitute for cod liver oil and that if. dur
troid galloons, in panels, with very insr the cold weather, those who have
hand-ome gold-and-black tassels. The delicate constitutions which need coa
galloon had jet stars on it. A hand- j eentrated nutrition but who can not
some black aoire. striped with white, i overcome the nausea associated with
was worn over a white dress. Two ' cod-liver oil. will take this description
sisters wore white China silk, with of cream they will find in most cases,
trimmings varied artistically. One had , immense and lasting benefit. In sev-
P blue wIlh blue ind -old pamen-
terie round the eue ot the ssirt. 1 ne
other had pink passementerie and pink
silk. In each case the passementerie
came from the right shoulder. Their
hats were in some diaerent coffee-
colored transparent material, one being
trimmed with silk, the other with ble.
Both were tall and fair, and in their
graeeim gowns attracteu mucn atten
tion. Their mother, in gray velvet
and silver, with bonnet to match,
formed a harmonious item in the agree
able trio. London Truth.
BARBED-WIRE FENCES.
How to IluIM Them So as to Preheat
Injury to Liv Slock.
Many valuable hor-es and colts are
ruined every summer when running ia
pastures feaced with barbed wire. This
may be prevented in two ways. First.
A'hen horses only are to occupy the
pasture, set the po-ts from eighteen to
' tweaty-four feet apart. For the top
wire ii-i the best barbed, plaeiag It
four feet from the ground and on the i
outside of the post. Then on the in
i(l n- three smooth wires hnvin"- rh
upner space not more than eight inches
, wide. Horses will not nut their heads
1
through below the upper space, and if
they paw or kick over the wires they
are not cut.
This will not work where horses and
(. cattle run together, and I build a fence
for such purposes as follows: Place
three barbed wires on the outside of
the costs, puttiag the highest four feet
from the ground, the others at eighteen
iaches apart. Then on the inside of
the posts I put two smooth wires, the
lowest one three inches above the low-
est barbed wire, the second four iaches
above the middle barbed wire. If a
horse Daws over the bottom wire as he
P'-lLs back his leg rides on the smooth
wire, aaa u ne rua- agant tne ieace ' ""-- auu wm ucuau
his bre.ist strikes the upper smooth dred years ago.
wire, and if ho kicks again -t or over i Sir Walter Scott truly says that sav
the wires he is shielded from harm. ; iag, not getting, is the mother of
The barbed wires prevent cattle from ' riches. This truth is wonderfully il
reaching through, and the combina- t lustrated in the history of some families
tion works well. The e.vpeases of the I once poor but now noted for their
smooth wires does not exceed five cents
per rod for both. For sheep add
ano'her smooth wire at the bottom.
and they will not pulloil their wool oa
the barbed wire. H" U. Rice,
Faul Pioncrr-Pres..
in ii i
r i i . .
Omons and celerv make a most ex-I
,. . . - .- ,- . .
ceilent cron combination. The rica ,
i r. , ., j ., , '
and abu.idantlv-maaured soil of tne !
iimnn nn.ti'h - in-r. in thf m mt. rvn I
cition to nroducs a fine crop of celery I
i
w't'-..t? rJ;.i.r...l r... ,,.: .. ,,-;...
..wsifc. i.avithiwut. u.uuAiu uv lbX
be followed by celery, every fifth row
may be left vacant until thi celcrv u
pIailted there at PPe" eaQG-
SCIENCE AND INDUSTRY.
Thc !;ir-nit marble quurrv :a the
nTLg" ir...
; Company in Pickens County.
A cegTo farmer in Dougherty coun
ty. Ga.. has succeeded ia making ex
cellent sirup from wat..ine!ons. and
thus a new use is devised for the sur
plus crop.
Hard wood eut in June. July or
August- and left untrimmed until the
leaves have drawn the sap from th
trees, makes the most solid and laatin-f
timber.
Among the recent mechanical in
ventions is a nail machine which cut
either a wire or a cut nail with eq'ial
facility. The construction of this ap
paratus is quite simple, as compared
with ordinary wire nail machines.
With it. cut nails of s quare section,
with either a diamond ora chisel point,
may be produced as easily as the com
mon nail, and the change from wire to
cut nails may be accomplished in a few
minutes.
Extended observations Paris
and at Munich indicate that the sani
tary condition of a locality depends on
the amount of water contained in the
ground. The-years ia which there ha.-
been a large quantity of ground-water
present have invariably been the
healthiest years, while those in which
there has been smaller quantity havn
invariably been the unheal thiet pe
riods. The Lancet defines the disease
which is known as "The Sightseer's
Headache" as "nature's tax levied
on the comfort of that great body of
busy idlers to whieh we all at some
time or other belong. It is endemic
aaoB? the frequenters of museum.-.
picture galleries, and exhibitions, vary
ing somewhat perhap ia different
cases in its precise causation, but asso
ciated always in a manner significant
of its origin with the habits of the ob
servant loiterer."'
It is claimed to be proven, beyond
all doubt, that waters which circulate
l orstand in leaden pipes or vessels, not
only take up particles of lead through
mechanical action dv. to friction, but
attack the mental, the result of this
being ceneraily lead carbonate. Ac
cording to the most eminent authorities
in this line, minute quantities of lead
thus introduced into and accumulating
in the system. mut rank among' the
causes of aniemia and defective nutri
tion in larire towns.
"It can not be too widely known.
writes a medical man. "that cream
separated by machinery from pure new
milk, before it has cooled, is a full sub-
, era! hospitals it has already quite
superseded the nauseous oil.
Some remarkable changes have
recently been noted bv il. Perrotin on
j the planet Mars. In a letter to th
j Academie des Sciences, he reports that
i tne tract 0f ian OQ fco sides of the
' equator, which has been named Lvbia.
! erris to have been submerged by the
sea. it was uistinctty seen by him two
1 years airo. when it was bounded on two
sides by a sea. and on the others by one
i of the streaks to which M. Sehiapareili
; gave the name of canals, but now doer
I not exist. A drawing made by him in
' 1M'sTinn:s tK s'imp'innd'ittnnjtfi rr-TriVi
i --'---- . - .rt-.-...N.. "......J
leads him to the conclusion that the in
undation, if it be such.
is periodic.
DOES WEALTH CORRUPT?
Walter Scott'4 Theory That .Navlm. Not
Getting, I the Mother or Kiciies.
Wealth is said to co-rupt our species.
We do not believe it. Wealth is one
of the great civillzers of man. Wealth
corrupts when it is suddealy got. or
unjustly distributed: when, owing to
monoroolies or entails, or some other
! -parous system, it is prevented from
U"-'? --ell naturally and justly.
But where all have aa equal chaace:
1 where all start aearlv evea: where all
have a certain degree of instruction to
begin with; where superior skill and
virtue alone give one man an advaa-
j Wife over anouner. tnere weaitn is aa
i '-amix-ed blessiag.
j We ought to rejoice
that the desire
of wealth is so universal and so strong.
i It keeps the vast machinery of the
' world going. It has suggested the
J most beaeficeat enterprises and the
most useful improvements. We owe to
-e fac- -bat a man who can earn one
dollar a day can be better lodged, bet-
ter fed. Letter clothed, better taught.
wealth.
John Jacob Astor had a brother, not
so well known as himself, but who
possessed ia an eminent degree the pc
culiar characteristic of the family the
art oi saving money. It is told of him
ovan olu New orker. taat inteadia"-
. , t
to operate upon the feelings of an a'-
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quamtanee oi wnoia he wa3 about to
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'itui.ii r mi --f-irt anrninn. .l a
"" -" .wt tuuauLc. a. urin
tait the pemy toag enough; give it
back to me.
Johnny, much surprised and net a
little disheartened, handed over tha
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