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RED CLOUD CHIE1
VA. C. HOSMER, Proprietor.
RED CLOUD. - -
Or, Tt Peril of the Poroys.
Thrilling and. Bomantic Story
of Love and Adventure.
Bt James m. Mcannxs author or "Bogus
Biu," "FtsHfR Joe" asd
l' ' Otbkk Stokies.
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CHAPTEK XIL COSTIIfUED.
His brain was in a whirl, and bo was not
at case by any means. Hank Cabcra bad
seen his band and might prove dangerous
in the time to come.
" I fear that I forgot prudence when I let
so much bo known to that low scoundrel,"
raused the Captain; "but then what can it
matter! I do not believe that the body of
the dead girl will ever be found. Bhe was
only a poor orphan any bow, and the hub
bub will soon die out. Once I step into old
Vendible's shoes I can defy the world.
Money is the lever that moves all mankind,
and with that I am utterly safe, lhave
pone too far now to recede. My hand is laid
at the root of the trae and I will proceed to
the consummation. I have the subtle poison
and that must do its work at once.
" It's lucky "Wentword did not Ret that
letter. I'll answer it myself, or send some
thing to widen the breach between Grace
and the mechanic"
It did seem that every thing worked to
the success of the scheming villain's plans.
When Captain Starbright reached Lone
Hollow at a late hour in the evening be was
met with the announcement from Grace
that her grandfather was ill and in bed.
" I hope he is not seriously sick," said the
"Troubles do not come singly," returned
Grace. "I think it is worry more than
aught else, over the disappearance of Lura,
that hat prostrated grandpa."
41 Old people are apt to borrow trouble. I
will go up and see the old man if you will
" Certainly. You may be able to cheer
him up a bit. Any news from Lura!"
" rfone. You have heard none?"
" Not a word. I am looking for the worst
now,' declared Grace, in a tremulous voice.
Ho firm, my dear Grace," be urcod in a
tender, hopeful voice. 1 am not yet will
iug to give up hope."'
Grace turned away, ready to cry, and the
Captain hurried at once to the spacious bed
room on the first floor allotted to old Morgan
Vandible. It was the largest room of the
kind in tho house. The furniture was
massive, and of ancient pattern, the huge,
high-ostcd bedstead reminding one of Noah
and his ark.
Tho curtains about tho bed were pushed
back, and a gray, sunken face laj- among
tho pillows. Tho old man was breathing
heavily and croaninjj.
'lo he quiot, father, you aren't half as
bad off as you pretend."
It was Mrs. Pcnroy who uttered the
words. Sim sat soil; distance from the
bed, rocking gently, and agitating tho air
about her thin face with a huge feather
fan, seemingly utterly indifferent to tho suf
ferings of the sick old man.
"I'm going to die, 1 toll you," groaned
(r- Vandiblc. "I guess I know how I feel.
Y "V-, haven't any heart. Mar: ha, and never
V - If Grace was like you I wouldn't leave
"lier a cent. She's a Fenrny, every inch of
" her. Heaven bless the girll My children
were all bad, the last one of 'em "
' Just like their father, anyhow," inter
'tcd the widow, spitefully.
A' groan alone answered tho heartless
words of a liimrtlcss daughter.
It was true, as the old man had asserted,
Grace l'onroj- was liko her father, gentle,
kind and true, and it was these qualities
that had endeared the golden-hatred g.rl to
tho old millionaire. It wus undoubtedly
true, also, that had his grandchild been
like her mother she would never have been
mentioned in connection with an inherit
ance. Captain Starbright nd-aneod and stood
by t lie bed. Tho moment tho old man saw
him !us counlcuauco brightened.
"I am glad you have conic. Captain. 1
am j-oing to die, and I need your advice"
! hope it is not bo bad as that," said the
Captain, as he drew a chair beside tho
couch and sat down.
'It m just that bad," declnred Mr. Vandi
blc. Send her out, will you!"
Of course, this last referred to Mrs. Pen
roy. With a toss of her head the woman roso
Don't let him make a fool of you. Captain
Starbright, as he has doao of every body
else about Una house."
With this parting shot tho woman was
Yes, I'm going to die this time, sure!"
declared Mr. Vandiblc the moment Mrs.
Penroy was gone, "and 1 want your advice."
About what J"
"About making m will."
Tho Captain was interested at once.
"1 want to ask you whom I had best em
ploy about drawing it up. I want it good
anil solid, to hold ".rater, for I don't want
auvbodv picking Haws with it af tor I am
No, of course not. Haven't you a good
"No. I never patronized them. I man
aged to get on well enough, and lay up
money, without consulting a crafty lawyer
at every turn. My motto always was, tho
less vou have to do with such chaps tie bet
ter."' A very good motto "'
"Yes." with a low laueh. " In the pres
ent case, however, 1 supposo a lawyer must
cowo in "
' Whom would you recommend!"
You trust,umr judgment on this sub
ject!" queried tho Captain, elated in spite
of himelf at the turn affairs were taking.
"Then 1 would name Seekmore Gripes, of
Stoneucld. 1 have always fouud him relia
"Very well -send for him."
" In the moraine;!"
" Now "
Captain Starbright came to his feet, then
seemed to hesitate.
" Is it necessary for such great haste !"
"Do as I bid," ordered the old man. "If
1 die without makiue my will the ungrate
ful Martha will get my property, and I
don't u:vui that she shall have a penny."
"I wtffend for the lawyer at once, and
for a physician!"
"No, no. bend oraee here. I will sco 1
nono of tho leeches, confound em, growled
the old man. in such a fierce way as to
K. prove conclusively to tho Captain that
v audible was not in such desperate straits
as be imagined.
He left the room, found Grace and sent
her in to her grandfather, and then went
forth to the stables.
-.TU go myself," be muttered. "I don't
m isvo the old man will die to-night, but
r.vell enough to have every thing pre
pared. 1 causes that every thing will go
to Grace. If I can make it contingent on
tier marrying me, a master-stroke will be
in. I know lean trust Seekmore Gripes.
He'd sell his soul tor pelf." Soon after the
Captain was ob the road to SteaelekL
twe hoars after midnight
iato the sick
He has bear, very restless," answered
Grace, in a voice that evinced deep anxiety.
" I have brought something that may do
him good," and tbe Captain produced a
small bottle from an inner pocket, sad
poured a part of tbe contents into a glass
that stood on a stand at the bedside.
The old man refused to touch it, however.
He glared at the Captain's companion and
" A doctor a miserable leech ! Did I not
tell you it was a lawyer I waated!"
" And I have brought one. Allow me ta
introduce my friend Gripes, Mr. Vandible."
The sick mas glared at the bald little
man who bobbed his head in recognition of
the introduction. Mr. Gripes was thin to
attenuation, with projecting gray brows,
deep set ferret eyes, and wrinkled neck
and cheeks, the very personification of a
He polished his hat with his elbow and
stood ready to make himself useful.
The Captain glanced at Grace, then at the
old man on the bed. He nodd-d to the girl,
who understood, and walked from the room
with the assurance that she would be called
if her presence was needed.
Clearing bis throat Lawyer Gripes as
sumed a scat at the bedside, depositing his
hat under the medicine-stand, and then said
in a low, insinuating voice:
"I understand that you wish some legal
papers drawn, Mr. Vandible !"
"I want a will made," returned the old
man, bluntly, and far from weakly.
"Exactly, exactly," rubbing his hands to
gether rapid iy. "I suppose you have de
cided upon the terms of this will !"
"I have. I leave every thing I have in
the world to my granddaughter, Giace
"Then it will be a comparatively short
process to make out the document."
The old lawyer moved aside, drew some
papers from his pocket, together with pen
and ink, and was soon writing rapidly.
At length a touch on tbe shoulder caused
him to cease writing and look up. Captain
Btarbright stood at his elbow. Tho two ex
changed glances, the lawyer nodded, and
then the Captain stopped aside.
"Now, as to he terms of this will ?"
questioned Seekmore Gripes.
"Is it necessary to enumerate the prop
"Not unless you wish to bequeath part "
"It all goes to my granddaughter, to the
last farthing. I told you that before," re
torted tbe old man, in a vexed tone.
"Very rood. Ahem it seems ts me that
in a certain contingency some other pro
vision ought to bo made," suggested Wit
lawyer, still holding his pen suspended,
glancing under his spectacles at tier old
man on tbe bed.
"Some other contingency! Confound it,
sir, if you can't write out the document to
suit me you may go. I'll employ a man next
time of some sonse, wilL"
" Very gooo, uiiswered Gripes, not the
least disconcerted by tbe rudo language of
the invalid. " It shall bo as you say, only,
should any thing bapjten "
"Happen! Confound it, sir, what do roa
expect to happen ! "
"Nothing out of nature, yet you must re
member that it is sometimes the uncxiccted
that docs happen. It is customary in will
ing property to provide for such a con
tingency. For instance, should this young
lady, your respected granddaughter, die
before this will is probated the property
would then revert to the legal heirs if any
existed, which mit:ht bo contrary to the
wishes of tho testator "
Then Mr. Scekmone Griju's dropped Ids
pen to the pajier once more for the purpo-e
of continuing his writing.
"Stop! you're right," cried Vandible, in
a husky voice, his faco growing suddenly
palo. "The ungrateful Martha shall never
inheritono cent, never a cent, T suy Put
in another name in cauc of the contingency
30U mentioned; putoneiu, Mr. Griies "
"Have you got it in!"
"I am waiting to hear tho Hume."
"Eli! Well, that's a fact "
Morgan Vandible contracted his brows
as if in deep thought. Just then Captaiu
Starbright stepied into his vision This
movo nt once gave the old man an idea,
"Yes. yes, that's it," ho whisjered, seem
ing to grow weak suddenly "Put in his
name, the Captain's, lie's a good friend to
me, a gid friend."
Thank you, sir," said the Captain, with
his hand on his heart, "you do mo exceed
ing honor "
Scratch, scratch, scratch.
The pen of Sekinore Gripes was once
more nt work. In a little time the impor
tant paper that was to convey more than a
million dollars was completed. It was a
business like diicumcnt the lawyer had
drawn up scores of them and lequeathed
all tho Vaudihlo property, real and pcrkonal,
to the testator's Itclovcd granddaughter,
Grace Penroy. In caso tho girl should dte
U'loroootningofage, jettwo years away,
then the proterty was to co to his well
esteemed friend, Clinton Starbright, of
Stonciicld. The reading seemed to suit
Vandible. There was one clause in tho will
that the lawyer had neglected to read, a
most important clause. It was that Grace
Pcnroy was to forfeit the property if she
did not marry Captain Starbright.
After everything was in readiness for tho
old millionaire's signature the will was laid
on a book, Vandible propped up with pillows
and tbe document placed before him to
"Place your name right there, sir," di
rected Mr. Gripes, glibly, touching the do
sired spot with his bony forefinger.
The old man's hand trembled so that it
was with difficulty that he held tbo pen.
"I I'm not just sure. The witnesses"
"Yes, yes, I will call them the moment
you sign. Tho Captain will do for one.
Sign quickly.it's all right," declared Lawyer
Gripes, in his smooth, glib way.
"I suppose so. I feel bad, very bad," de
clared the old man, huskily. "Give me
somcthin g quick !"
Lawyer Gripes reached bsckand snstched
the glass into which the Captain had poured
a liquid some timo before, and at once con
veyed it to the lips of the old man. He
swallowed the contents at a gulp, then re
sumed his pen. He seemed strong, and his
hand ceased to shake.
"It all goes to Grace, all," bo muttered,
tho ghastly look deepening on his shrunken,
"Yes, yes. but sign," urged Mr. Gripes.
The old millionaire carried his pen to the
paper, but his hand did not movo to form the
signature. Instead he jerked it away
suddenly, as though a new thought had
entered his brain.
"No; I will not sign. You must make a
This announcement came like a thunder
bolt to the strained senses of Captain Star
bright. " You are beside yourself, Mr. Vandible,"
said the Captain, stepping quickly to the
bedside. " Would you deprive Grace of all
happiness by "
"No, no; you dont understand." inter
rupted the aged man. "Way back in Cali
fornia is a man that I love. He may be liv
ing. Reports arc not reliable. I loved that
boy, though he almost broke mv heart.'
" Mat he is dead."
" You do not know it. Captain,"
"lam willing to swear that such is the
fact. I saw him die.''
'I know; but vou mar have been mis
taken in the man. Karl must not be forgot
ten. Half my fortune is his."
" But this is nonsense." declared the Cap
tain, in a vexed tone.
"Put his name in there in place of yours
and I'll sign, not otherwise," declared the
sick man, secmiag to take oa new perverse
ness with growing weakness of body.
ril fix it; it's but the work or a moment,"
said Mr. Gripes. Giving the Captain a know
ing glance, the lawyer removed the paper
aad pretended to make some alterations.
Then he returned to the bed aad placed the
will snee more before the testator.
As Morgan Vandible raised his head to
is name at the hottest of the ascu-
t a swift change came to his shrank
Ihe ashen hue ef
A gasp, and tbe aged head, crowaed with
its silver locks, fell forward; the pen fell
from nerveless angers, imprinting a black
stain where tbe name should have been, aad
thea all was still.
"My God, the man is dead !"
No, no; that can not be!" cried Captaia
Starbright. "He hasn't signed the will!"
At this moment tbe door opened sad
Grace Penroy entered the room.
s rum, will ftUKi ak lost.
"Grace stood near the threshold with whits
faceaad questioning eyes.
X thought I heard grandpa call"
" It is nothing. Go out at onoe," ordered
At this moment the girl caught sight
of the dead face among tbe pillows, and
with a shrill cry of alarm she darted for
ward and bent over tbe old millionaire.
"Grandpa! grandpa! speak to me," cried
Grace Penroy, shrilly, seizing one of his
Tbe chill of death was in the old palms,
and on the instant tbe girl realized tbe
truth, that the kind old man, kind to ber
at least, would never speak again. He was
dead, bad died without looking again upon
her face. Tbe thought was a most painful
one to poor Grace. She could not weep
then, for indignation held sway in her
heart. Turning apon Captain Starbright,
" You promised to send for me and did
not. Cruel man !''
Then, without waiting for a word from
him, she walked with bowed bead and sor
rowful mien from the room.
Seekmore Gripes glided to the door with
a cat-like tread and turned the key in tbe
' You should have taken that precaution
before," be said, piercing the Captain with
his little gray eyes.
" It was an oversight on my part," admit
ted Captain Starbright.
"Which may prove your downfall."
Don't croak, Gripes, whatever you do."
- The situation warrants it."
u J hops you arc not ready to throw up
" What can we do!"
The heartless lawyer penetrated his com
panion with a glance.
"This calamity is so sudden I am not pre
pared to state," answered the Captain,
paring tbe room with uneasy strides.
"No will has been made." remarked the
lawyer. "Death thwarted you there"
"And the property goes to the next of
"One minute more of life and the will
would have been signed," uttered tbe Cap
tain at length, with a groan.
"That is true."
Captain Starbright bent over the docu
ment as it lay spread out on the table. With
a name signed at the foot it would be a legal
document, as it was it was only so much
blank paper. The Captain was not tho man
to permit a fortune to slip through bis
Angers when there was a way to prevent it.
" A few strokes af a pen would fix that,"
he .said in a low .tone, glancing at Mr.
The lawyer looked wise, but said nothing.
Perhaps he was keen enough not to advise
in such an emergency.
" It was evidently the old man's intention
to sign the will," pursued Captain Star
bright. " It was his Jlrst intention," returned Mr.
" Thcro is a million at stake, Mr. Gnpes."
The lawyer nodded.
"Just turn your back one moment."
Seekmore Gripes did so.
He heard the scratch, scratch of a pen,
then the Captain's voice:
"See here, Mr. Grijes."
The lawyer turned about and came for
ward, peering over the Captain's shoulder
at the paper now lying on tho table. One
glance sufficed to show that tbo will bora in
proper place the name of Morgan Vendible.
now is that!"
" It looks fair," admitted the lawyer.
"Itafair. I havo only carried out the
old man's wishes."
" His.?rst intentions, certainly."
" Well, first intentions are tho best ones,"
asserted Captain Starbright. "1 want you
to take possession of tho will, Mr. Gripes,
and bring it forward at the proper time."
rhero are no witnesses as yet."
"True; that important part must not be
forgotten. Will it do for mo to sign as
'If no contest is made there might be no
objection," returned the lawyer.
"I haven't any fear of that. There is only
one living direct heir, and she is willing and
anxious for such n Uisjiosition of the proper
ty as this will decrees."
Then tho Captain signed tho paper as a
witness. Mr. Gripes noticed that ho wrote
the name "Clinton ltraudon."
"My middle name," explained tho wily
Captain. "Should it be necessary, I could
deny that it was me that signed. Isn't that
"If another witness is necessary you
will furnish one, Mr. Gripes!"
"Remember, there is a million at stake."
A gaunt smile twitched for an instant at
the thin, wrinkled lips of the old lawyer.
Ho made no reply, but folded and thrust the
forged will into an inner pocket.
Day was beginning outside, and the
wcaicn-faeed oid man prepared to de
part. "We will meet vou after the funeral.
"Every thing seems satisfactory. I bid
you good-day for now."
After pressing Lawyer Gripes' band the
Captain showed him to the door. The
lawyer's horso stood at ihe gale, waiting
his master's return With us little impa
tience, manifested by pawing and an oc
It was not until after day-dawn that tte
death of old Mr. Vandible was made knowa
to all the inmatas of Lone Hollow. Mrs.
Pcnroy manifested more feeling than Cap
tain Starbncht believed her capable. Grace
retired to her room and refused to see any
one. Sam was dispatched to Btoneflcld with
orders for the undertaker, who arrived at
tbe house soon after noon with a hand
some casket. Preparations were at eaos
mailo for the funeral, it not being deemed
necessary to hold an inquest, sine there
seemed nothing strange in Mr. Vendible's
sudden death, his age being nearly eighty.
The funeral was a plaia affair, the re
mains cf tho old millionaire being mid to
rest beside the only other grave on the
premises, that, of bis late wife, who had
preceded him to the better land several
years. Her body had been removed to its
present place only few years before from
the city cemetery, at tbe wish ot the old
millionaire, who had strangely declared his
wish to sleep in this spot far removed from
the turmoil of the world.
Seekmore Gripes sat in his room at bis
boarding-house (he was a bachelor; eagerly
scanning a legal document, no less a paper
than the last will and testament of Morgan
Vandible. It was a week subsequent to the
funeral of the old millionaire.
The window was open, and a breath of
fresh night air fanned the withered cheek
of the acute lawyer.
He seemed satisaed with his scrutiny
just as a rap announced a visitor. Laying
down the paper, Mr. Gripes crossed the
carpeted floor and admitted Captaia Star
bright. During this brief moment a band shot
from the outer darkness through the open
window, and quickly ismuiDd the
from the narrow able.
"I come, a yon have douJ
to speak ef the win"
" Certain! v. Captain. Here it is."
Crasaisgto tho table Mr. Gripes pat eat
bis nana, as taea, gmacmf sharply
uttered a lew cry.
-What is K
r cried tea hnrrsr. MM
" "- riarT. mi mm Mis
A Practical Traatlaa tae Xstaad f
Each member for each share of stock
of which he la the owner pays to the
association a stipulated sum weekly,
semi-monthly or monthly. Each mem
ber's contribution La small, but when
all are put together they make a con
siderable sum. This sum is immedi
ately loaned to one or more of tho
members who can give the required
security, and becomes productive at
once. The borrower, thenceforth, pays
not only the dues above referred to
but. in addition, interest and premium
on the money borrowed. Should any
shareholder fail -to make his regular
payments at the appointed time he is
fined such sum as makes promptitude
a profitable virtue.
Tbe premium is one of the main
stays and at the same time one of the
dangers connected with the system.
When two or more persons desire a
loan at the same time and thepe is not
money enough for all. the question
arises as to who shall get it This is
usually settled by an open auction, in
which each would-be borrower has the
same chance. The member bidding
the highest premium nccure-, the loan.
It will be readily seen that if the bor
rower, iti addition to the ordinary five
percent., pays a premium which makes
his loan cost him the equivalent of
eight, ten, twelve or even a higher per
cent, per annum, he is apt to get dis
couraged and cease paying and leave
the property on the hands of the asso
ciation. And since these associations
can not live without borrowing mem
bers, the whole affair will have to be
Conservative associations discourage
high premiums preferring to make the
total cost of the loan about seven or
eight per cent.
The question naturally arises: Where
is tho benefit to the bureau in paying
seven or eight per cent, in a building
association when on good security he
can get money from a savings bank at
five per cent. A partial answer is
this: In an association he is permit
ted to pay on account of the principal
of his debt a small sum one dollar for
each $200 of debteach month. In
fact the very month he borrows he be
gins to reduce his principal. Again,
savings banks will loan only fifty per
cent, of the value; those associa
tions can and do loan seventy-five,
eighty, unci oven ninety per cent.
of the value. This is safe under
this system because tho principal
is constantly diminishing. Another
source of profit Is fines for failures to
pay promptly. This is n feature that
may be. and in some instances, is very
much abused. The true function of 11
fine is to make neglect costly, but not
to make misfortune almost criminal.
The idea underlying the whole system
is co-operation. Not combination of
part for benefit of that part, but nil for
the benefit of all. Good authorities
pluce the range of fines at the rate of
from two and one-half per cent, to
twenty per cent per month, the out
side figure 1eing allowed only under
Still nnother source of profit arises
from withdrawals; that is, members
leaving the nsocintion lefore the
shares have reached their full value.
Here again the practice is various.
Some associations puj back all the
principal paid in and nil the profit
then I osl with u mental reservation
they pay principal and n fixed per cent
of the profits. When the payments of
principal and the accumulation amount
to the paid up value of tho stock, then
this paid up value is given back to each
member and that division of the asso
ciation is closed up. C. F. Southurd,
in N. Y. Star.
Se-nalMr Siirrestlnns OflVrdd by a
M. Loni Clrrg-yoian.
The cu:torn of inviting the audience
at private and public (or church) fu
nerals to view the remains is too firmly
seated to be easily displaced, but it
nevertheless objectionable on several
grounds. It causes great delay, which,
on short winter afternoons, is a matter
of consequence to tho-e who wish tc
follow the remains to a distant ceme
tery. It is also productive, especially
when the services are conducted in the
house of deceased, of an amount of con
fusion and jostling which must disa
greeably affect all persons who love tc
see things done decently and in order.
It is. moreover, a fresh torture to the
bereaved ones, who are expected tc
lead off in the sad procession, to look
on the while face and pulseless form.
Some, not satisfied with a view of the
face through the glass of the casket
must see the uncovered features. Then
frequently ensues a spectacle which
must send a shudder through every in
telligent person. I mean the passionate
kissing of the lips of a corpse by those
too young or too ignorant to know that
they are perhaps absorbing disease or
death. Funerals ought to bo conducted
with solemn brevity. A tender hymn
or two. a prayer by the officiating
clergyman, and a brief talk pertinent
to the life and example of the deceased,
if a person of approved Christian ex
perience, are sufficient Of course, ex
tracts from the Scriptures, if not too
lngthy. are always in good taste. The
burial service of the Protestant Epis
copal Church can not in my judgment
be improved, unless it be in the slight
shortening of the long quotation from
First Corinthians, fifteenth chapter.
The popular deire for short religious
services is making itself felt In the
funeral exercises more wisely than in
the unreasonable clamor for hurrying
up things on Sunday. In the latter
cae. especially in the forenoon service,
selfishness is usually the prompter.
Nothing is so piggishly unreasonable
as a hungry humaa being. But in the
mortuary services the motive is a good
one to take the bereaved as rapidly as
possible off the tecter-bcoki of afflic
tion. No person of reined seasibilities
wishes to make a spectacle of his un
speakable agonies. Rev. J. H. Fox. ia
SC Louis Globe-Democrat
A suit agmiast a popular music hall
artist fives Jaforsaikm ahoet the
prices paid far soags. The highest
price was 900 for e Dat Waat to
Fifht -Tw Laveiv Black Esm"
FARM AND FIRESIDE.
Chair cushions of parfecly plaia
plush are much used. They may be
finished with heavy silk cord aad ta
els at the corners or simply tied to the
chair at the four comers with wide
Hard water contains too much
limestone, and that causes bread baked
with It to soon dry out If you use
soft water to mix the dough, you get a
much .better article of bread, and one
that will retain its freshness.
An ingenious Virginia woman has
discovered that saturating the bag con
taining her seed beans with coal oil
utterly exterminated the weevil inside
and out of the beans, but did not harm
the seed in the least Probably the
same treatment would serve with in
As to the quantity of food to be fed
we can not lay down a rule. If the
swine are In the fattening stage they
should have all they will eat up clean.
If they are growing animals they should
have enough to keep them steadily
growing. In no event should they bo
Do not wash cruet bottles or de
canters with frbot as it is apt to chip
away small particles and leave the
surface scratched; grains of rice and
potato parings clean them very thor
oughly. They should be put in warm
water, shaken well and afterwards
carefully removed. A soft leather will
polish the outside.
Most every farmer is aware of the
fact that a sheep must be fat to make
the best mutton, but few conceive the
idea that a properly and well-fed sheep
produces more and better wool than
one poorly fed and cared for. Wool is
a product from feeding, just the same
as fat or flesh, and the flock should be
fed and managed with a view to wool
growth, and that of fine quality.
Jam Pancakes: Stir the yelks of two
eggs in one pint of warm milk, with
one-half of a tablespoonful of melted
butter, and one-half of a teaspoonful of
salt, flour for thin batter with two
teaspoonfuls of baking powder and the
whites of two egg beaten stiff. Bake
on a griddle and serve spread with jam
and rolled up. Sprinkle with powdered
sugar; eat with sauce. Hood House
A Paper Holder: Take a broom
handle and saw it Into a two-foot
length, and paint it black. Into each
end screw a medium-sized picture-knob
and gild them. Suspend It by narrow
scarlet satin ribbon, tying around the
knobs and fastening each end with u
tasty bow. Hang tho papers over this.
If liked tho whole may be gilded or
stained with any of the pretty stains so
popular now. using a shade of riblwn
that will form a pretty contrast, or a
brass chain can be used instead of a
CULTURE OF CORN.
A DtocuMloa of IU Xf4a and Want Both
of SoU aad Cultivation.
For ten years I have been satisfied
that com was tho one great crop for
farmers, and that upon the successful
growing of it depends in a great meas
ure the successful conducting of farm
During this time I have carefully
studied corn. Its needs and wants both
of soil and cultivation, and each suc
ceeding year, although teaching some
thing of value, brings forcibly to mind
the fact how little we really know and
how much wo havo to learn. There is
one thing that 1 have observed, how
ever, which speaks for itself, and that
is. that whenever you find a pice. of
land in the proper state of fertility and
cropped to corn, and upon which a
rood crop is not produced, it will in
ninety-nine cases out of one hundred
be the fault of tho cultivator, either
from poor seed, slack and improper
cultivation, or careless preparation of
On the other hand, there are thou
sands of acres annually plowed and
planted to corn, upon which it would
be impossible to raise a paying crop,
with tho very best of seed, preparation
and cultivation. The remedies for these
two evils suggest thcm-H-'lves.
My practice last season which re
sulted in a large yield of cxceptionally
fine ears, was as follows: Tbe land
was at first deeply plowed and thor
oughly harrowed. Furrows were then
opened out overy throe feet nine inches,
and to an average depth of four inches.
The plow while opening out these fur
rows was followed by a corn drill drop
ping the kernels about fourteen inches
apart In about three days after plant
ing, a flexible harrow with straight
tooth was applied lengthwise of the
rows; again in two or three days cross
wise of the rows with straight tooth;
in two or three days more again cross
wise of the rows, but this time with
slanting tooth. It was then cultivated
twice with a two-horse cultivator with
shovel attachments, and once with the
same cultivator with plow attachments,
and finally the fields were invaded wit!
hoes and every weed that managed to
live through cultivation was clipped
out with the old reliable hoe.
This last operation I regarded as of
the greatest imparlance, as it not only
greatly increases the yield of corn, but
it every year reduces the amount of
weeds to be battled with the succeed
ing year; besides it renders the opera
tion of husking a clean and pleasant
The advantage of planting in drill
is, that by having single stalks you I
two cars each, anfi larger and more
uniform ears. I would say to all
farmers who hare never tried drill
planting, try it by all means and by th
mcthod given above. By using a plow
before the com drilL you have a de
pression left where your corn if
planted, which tbe successive harrow
ings fill up with fine coil to the exclus
ion of weeds, so that whea you come
to cultivate yea fad your cora rows
leas, aad the weeds between the rows
where the cultivator will resaove thea.
By all ws get the best seed to be
aad. bwt Ttaw-iVt that the best ear
from a poor or evea medium crop do
aot rep reseat the heat seed, ao mora
taaa the aest spseimeas frost a scrub
herd represeas Wooded stock, h
mifht do to start wfea, ami it would
lake yean to rail it wp to a
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