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FAHMIN' AIN'T NO GOOD.
In th Bummer when I'm mowin'
Wuy clown In th moddor lot
, i When th' wind ban stopped a-blowln'
An' th1 sun Is plpln' hot.
An' th' locus' la a screychln'
An' th' spring's dry In th' wood,
hen I thinks I'l bo to proachln'
1 Ueln's farm In' alnt no good.
Somehow preachln's took my fanc,
Kver sinco I was a lad,
Whan I ust to drive old Nnucv
Down to meotln' 'Ionic with dad.
I'roachera never docs no stewln'
t An. nouldn't think they would,
n,Velr line they's suinpln' doln'
when this fnrmln' alnt no cood.
Wlmmln folks all pet Iho parson
An he never does no work:
rays but half-faro on the cars an
Alius wears n clean blled shirt.
Una his say on Sunday morula'
I would talk back If I could-
Uut th' likes o' nio he's scornln'
Ueln's farmln' alnt no good
If th' buns alnt on th taters,
7,b.?n I flH'ito th army worm
While them Wall Street speculators
llun th' hul uol-daru concern,
bo b'goih I'm coin' to quit It.
Would ye blame me If 1 should
Make a breuk fcr some olo pulpit.
Ueln's farmln' alnt no Rood?
--,u- 'rrlngton ln American l'Ictorlal
The Wise Beaver.
"O, Uncle Ned," Hurry exclaimed, as
lio threw himself down on the big
panther's skin In front of the lire,
"will you please tell thnt stoty you
promised mo about u gang of beavers
you onco saw building a dam, ou
"Yea," Undo Ned replied slowly af
ter ho had finished the paragraph ho
wa8 reading. "You see, that was the
tlmo I wua engineering the construc
tion of a levco ou some islands In the
Son Joaquin ltlver.
"All that summer we lived right on
tho water In a trapper's 'Ark,' and
as the adjoining sloughs furnished
pretty good accommodations for these
) crafty animals, I hud plenty of oppor
tunity to study their ways.
"Well, on this particular day to
which you rofor, the Uoss ilea, or
willed his workmen together very
early; and as thoy came paddling out
of their muddy holes, he set them to
work cutting down timber; not the
largest trees, of course, but yet some
that would make you wonder how on
earth they managed to gnaw through
them oven with their shnrp teeth.
Just as soon as tho trees were down,
the orderly foreman, or boss, put on
another forco of helpers to remove
the logs to a creek not very far away.
"Tho clearing thut bordered on this
' ati cam was lovol and somewhat low
er; so, after a little investigation, it
seemed evident to me that my neigh
bors Intended to build a dam across
tho creek and Hood tho flat. This
conjecture proved correct, for before
night tho lowland had been converted
into a fair sized pond, and several
beaver families had already taken up
their abode thore, apparently quite
pleased with their new quarters.
"However, their satisfaction was
destined to bo short lived; for, as the
water abovo the dam became deeper
the pressure also bocamo greater; bo
- whllo I watchod, one llttlo opening
after another appeared, until finally
tho entire obstruction gave way, and
tho usual swift current rushed on
again with much hasto and becnilng
impatience for tho unwonted inter
ruption. That certainly wus very dis
couraging, and Uoss Beaver became
quite angry, as ho saw their loomy
habitation diminish down to a few
"Ho looked at the floating timbers
and shook his head; then, as he looked
at his companions with disgust plain
ly stamped on his ugly face, he
seomed to say, 'You are to blamo for
, this misfortune.'
' "At this rather abrupt reproof, the
tired, hungry tollers flapped their
trowel shaped tails over und sighed.
Then one, a llttlo bolder than tho rest,
threw back his head and made u
nolso which sounded strangely like
this, 'Thoro's a fellow I know would
never had this luck If ho'd been boss
In tho Job.' Anyway, tho remark,
whatever it was, angered Boss still
more; for, without deigning a reply,
ho picked up somo soft mud on his
flexible tall and threw It, not very
gently either, straight at tho offender's
j "Of courso, this scene, with the do
feat of their hard earned plans, rather
put tho patient little animals out; but
without wasting any thought or re
grets, at a signal from their undaunted
Doss, they all started to work replac
ing tho dam, which by this tlmo was
floating ou and on to the river.
"Night was coming on, too, and,
though tho beavers had apparently
eaten nothing at all that long day,
thoy did not seem to mind It very
much. At nny rato, personal incon
venience was cheerfully overlooked for
tho time being, as all of them began
to guaw down more ttees and convoy
tuem with no end of bother to tho
bunk, when they would carefully
shove them oft Into tho creek. As
soon us it was In tho water, several of
tho gang whose work it wbb to put
the timber ln place, pushed It along
to tho spot whero It was to bo lowered
and fastened; for you will observe,
Harry, that a certain number wcro
detailed fur each section of work un
der construction. That Is tho reason,
nc doubt, that It does not require
much tlmo for them to perform rather
"Well, as I was about to say, they
, swam along guiding tho timber until
'it was Just where they wished It; thon
they fixed Its ends firmly in tho aper
tures they had dug ln both banks, and
Ailed thorn up with sod and rocks.
"So they worked on for quite a
whllo; und for the second tlmo they
f had quite a pile of logs interlaced
with willows projecting out of tho
water; but Just them my p!p went
out, and as It was getting qulto danc,
I hurried off to bed.
"The next morning when I went out
the dam was finished, and It certainly
looked fine. The wnter was more than
knee deep on the lowland, and there
wasn't a beaver In sight. Perhaps
they all felt so confident of the dur
ability of their project this time that
they had gone homo to get some rest.
"1 felt rut lie t glad that Hohh had
triumphed; for, in my opinion, at that
time, he was a Mint late artisan, but,
wait; the water hasn't sutely made
that large oillke over thcie' Yes, It
has, was my excited icpl to the men
thought; and unity bofoic 1 eould
remedy the mischief already wrought,
another and another weak, place gave
away, until the ilinn watt again totally
demolished. The noise of course,
brought the beavers on the spot Im
mediately, and consternation pievalled
for awhile, I tell ou, In fact, fur
Hew, If It ever did.
"After awhile, however, when quiet
had been paitly restored, and Uoss
In ellsgtace slunk oil to the filcudl)
shelter of his dwelling, there was a
sort of muss meeting held, and for a
while I wan fearful for his safety,
l'leacntly, to my lellcf, after a long,
noisy consultation, one oung peit
looking animal struck off at a bilsk
waddle In the dlicitlnn of a slough,
bevei al miles distant That puzzled
me. but as the beavers suspended all
further opeiations toward dam build
ing for that du, It ot curled to mo that
possibly they hud sent for an expert
to supei Intend the woik. Such was
the case; for, on the second day, back
came the sleek nungster, bringing
with him u very fat, veiy gru old
"Ho was greeted with the funule.st
excited chatter Imaginable and the
most marked homage was bestowed
upon him, as though he might be a
king. He paid very little attention
to anything, and without wasting
time or words, ho puitook of the food
offeied him, then, after he had taken
a plungo In the elenr water to lefiesh
hlnihelf, lie hitrvojed the place they
had attempted to dam, and from what
1 undei stood he must have pro
nounced It unfavorable; for presently
ho set them to work, but this time
they were some fifty feet above the
situ lloos had selected. For his own
part, he stood ou the bank and dl
lected the woik, or swam back and
forth pointing out defects, or even
wielding his skillful tall at times to
moie clearly denioustiate his views.
The development of the new dam be
came vcty lntoicbting under this
bhrewd old leader's dliectlon; and
when It was at last llnished 1 could
tindeiKtund why Uoss had failed.
"The next day, after the old fellow
had assured himself that ever thing
was all light, lie trotted off homo
ward." "Did that dam hold, Uncle?" Hairy
"Hold! Well I should say so. It
had held mote than a year when wo
left, and in all probability it Is thcro
lo Captur Nitrogen.
Hy far the most expensive of the nia
ntirial elements that wu must feed Into
tile soil Is nitrogen Sttangc as it may
sectu, this most expensive element is
the most abundunt In natuie and
makes up fuur-llfths of the atmosphere
about us. Theie was a time, and not
veiy long ago when all people believed
this gteat muss of nitrogen to be un
available. All the .scientists taught
that then was no way of getting ut
this valuable stoie, and that we could
avail ouiselves of lib ptesenre only
when the slow pronsr-'eh of natuiu
elaborated It for us.
A decade and .t half ago, Ameilcan
and (!ei man scientists discovered that
tho books weie all vviong ou this sub
ject, and that there is a great family
of plants, the legumlnos.ic, that Is able
to fix nltiogen by means of bacteria
that live on and In Its roots. Uut
whero these bacteria exist root nodules
are formed. When clover plants havo
no such nodules their growth is slow
und development weak, unless tho soil
bo very llch In tho nitrogenous ele
ments. Wheio not naturally rich tho
soil may be made suitable for tho
legumes by bringing hull fiom other
localities whero the legumes have the
nodules desired. A recent icport states
that tho soy bean has been grown at
the Kansas Btatlon since 1890. Only
lecently, hovvevor, havo tubercles
formed upon tho roots, and this was
brought about by artificial means. In
oculated soil was obtained from a soy
bean field at tho Massachusetts station,
and by scattering it over the Kansas
land, plants with tubercles were giown,
producing an Increased yield and a
higher percentage of nitrogen. Several
methods of Inoculating wero tried. The
seeds wero thoroughly wetted In a bag
suspended In water, Into which tho
Massachusetts soil had been stlired.
Again, tho dry boll was sown broad
cast over tho fields, and in other
cnBes was drilled with the seed. Tho
best results were obtulned by sowing
Inoculated soil in tho drills.
Russia is neglecting no means that
will ndvanco her intetests In the oaBt.
An Instituto for eastern languages has
been established at Vladivostock.
Thero aro accommodations for COO to
800 students ln tho lecture rooms, li
brary and music rooms, but thero Is
llttlo accommodation for resident stu
dents. Not more than 40 students are
now enrolled in tho Institute proper,
but twenty more aro expected from
Ruiopean Russia, and others from
Japan, China, and Korea. Tho flrbt
com so Includes tho English language,
the Chlncso language, theology, orien
tal geography, civil government (Rus
sia and other countiles), political
economy. Tho second courso includes
morning lectures on tho English, Chi
nese, Japanese, Korean, Mongolian
and Mnnchurlan languages on Intorna
tiojia'i vv on tho political and admin
istrative organization of China, nud
tho history of oriental countries, and
evening exercises in tho abovo.
Tench me, father, how to eo
Softly h the grasses trow;
Hush my soul to iiuct the shock
Of the wild world us u rocki
Hut mv mIi It, pi opt with power,
Make as simple us a flower.
Let llu iliy tu'Hil till Its cup,
I.Ike u poppj looklitK up;
I. it llle lightly wmr htr crown,
l.lki u poppt looktiii; down.
When im heart I nilid with dtw,
And It lite liecliiH ntiew
Teach ma, Tather, how to bo
Kind and pntltiit as a tree
J fully the c-rlrlccis croon
I'mlu shady oak ttt noon;
llei tie on lily mission bint,
Turrit In that uioliiiir tent,
l.tl me, I no iliier u spot,
Mlddtri held or KUtdeu grot
I'lun where pukxIiik souls can reft
On the wuj mill tie their best.
Miss Salome's "HreslvAir."
'Two''" the ministers wife said She
held lict pent II suspended, waiting
' Men.v. no' One's nil 1 tan manage,
and mote too.' gtoaued Miss Salome.
"I louliliit get mv decp out last night
dreading It but 1 pi utilised our hus
band, von tan put me down M.v llfes
Uoth women latighid gently over tho
little pleasantry, but It was Ml.s Sa
lome's face thnt straightened to Its cus
tomary bober lines llrst The fnce of
tho ministers llttlo wife "look" nntur
ally to laughing curves, nnd held tfirin
peisiHtently aftei the real occasion for
them was ovei. 'I he people of Sweet
water said It was a wonder the mother
of six little children, all of 'em "cases,"
ever felt inclined to laugh
"I've got the T all made, Miss Sa
lome. I don't sec how 1 cart make "I"
Into an O'' Ut sides, one would be so
lonesome; aren't you most afruld ho?
Think of my little Jerty or my Ted or
Mistress Maty being ff hoinowhoie
Tho pencil waited, still, nnd tho min
isters wife looked toward Miss Salome
with atch questioning. She could seo
bejond her the bioad stretch of prim
lawn and the lilac bushes flinging It
It looked like such a beautiful chance
for fresh-air chlldien. And the house
tho minister's wife sighed softly, re
membering the crowded little parson
age. "Shall I wilto the 'wo' after tho 'T'7
or i could write 'hree,' you know!"
Miss Salome laughed, but not with
yielding ln It.
"Write 'O-n-c,' " she said, "nnd after
my name you can put In u p.uenthesls
'And tho Ixml have nieicy on her
It wus early July, and hot waves of
ciovcr-svvect sunshine crept into all tho
open windows. Thero was scarcely n
breath stirring, ln the cities, the tenement-house
people gasped for their
breath, and tho llttlo babies were borne
away In tiny plno colons. Tho minis
tor's wife was thinking of tho babies as
she rose to go,
"My list Is counting up," she said. "I
shall send It tomoirow. I don't care to
wait nny longer, The accounts In last
night's paper wero heart-bi caking, Miss
Sulomc tho tiny ones nre dying bo!"
"I don't road the papers In the hot
waves" MIbs Snlomo said briefly. "I
mnke fans of them then!" She fol
lowed her caller through the cool, dim
hall to the front door.
"You'vo bald u girl, of course?" she
called after hor. "Of courso you un
dei stand I can't have any boy traipsing
"Yes; I said 'one little girl," tho
minister's wifo atibwered quietly.
Tho children Sweet wntcr's share
would como the Inst week in July and
stay a fortnight, tho city mlssionnty
wrote. They would bo the forlornest
waifs of tho sticet, nnd no one was to
expect perfect manners or clothes.
Miss Salome stayed awake oftcner aft
er tho minister's wife rend her tho let
ter. Thero wero plenty of times when
sho railed bitterly at herself for ever
On tho long-drendcd duy, she wnlkcd
to the station to meet the train and her
fate. Tho minister's llttlo wife Joined
her halt way. She had a determined
look In her sweet, tired face.
"I'm going to bring homo the loft
overs," sho bald. "Thcro aro most al
ways ono or two. Somebody gives up
at the Inst moment, or elso tho mis
sionaries can't resist tho temptation to
smuggle In ono extra at tho end. I
shall bring nny little left-over homo, if
I have to make a Hold-bed for ray boys
out on the piazza! It bteaks my heart
to read about tho poor little Buffering
Shu wus not thinking of Miss Sa
lome's big, empty rooms sho was
thinking of tho terrible, crowded rooms
in tho sweltering city tenements. Miss
Salome would not let hcisclf think of
Then tho train swept in nnd the llttlo
waifs trailed out on tho sunny plntfoim
and stood about uncomfortably, Tho
minister's wife sorted them out busily,
checking them off ab sho went down
hor list thcao two to Dencon Spooner,
those two to Mrs, Wltheuspoon ono to
tho WethoreU's ono to tho Greenes,
ono to Miss Salome but Miss Salome's
was a boy! They wero nearly all boys.
Tho ono or two girls wcro more babies,
nnd Miss Salome had specified no ba
bies. "Dear me," murmured tho minister's
perplexed llttlo wife, gazing up and
down tho disreputable llttlo ranks in
senrch of a girl to fit Miss Salome. A
touch on her arm mado her turn.
"Never mind about me," Miss Sa
lome was suylug, with humorous wrin
kles round her oyes; "I can get along.
I wasn't i cully hankering."
"Uut theroil bo too many to go
round, Miss Salomo. I haven't dared
to count, but I know thero nro moro
than enough. And so few llttlo girls
I do bollovo Miss Trent mado n blun
der and sent us tho wrong consign
ment! Poor llttlo things!"
Thoro wero threo loft-ovors, oven
after Deacon Spooner took an extra
boy und tho Greenes took two.
"I can Bqueezo two In, but I can't
squeeze tluee 1 simply can't!" whls
pried tho minister's wife In despair.
Sho wont up to the solitary boy thnt
nobody could squoeo In, nnd patted
his little gtlmy hands eouip.isFlonntely.
He stood shunting his buro feet stol
idly "I'll go vvld her." he suld suddenly,
releasing a hand to Indicate Miss Sa
lome's letreatlng llgilte. And without
further warning, be dm toil down the
plntfoim In close pursuit At tho
street noBsdng he caught up
"I cntehed er," he filed bienlhleas. !
"I'm golu' 'long o' .vouse. Per nln't
no loom now 'ens else Ain't dete
room In ,vour tenement? I inn bunk
on de roof all right "
Miss Salome stood Rtlll and tan her
ken giay e.ves over the lean, patched,
unlove)) little creatine Something in
his cheerful eontldeiue In her making
loom for him touched her. (). es -
os es- theie was loom enough
Theie weie live, mI t minis lie would I
not need to sleep "on de roof ' Hut
this terrible little unwashed boy It
was not easv to associate hliu with one
of her Immaculate beds, as white, cv
try one of tbeni, as he was black '
"Did Mm evei take a bath?" she
"Take a wot, ma'am?"
The lean, brown face expiessed ut
ter unmqiuiint.iiieo with the word I
"Ah wh.v.h.ith Did ) ou ever wash
A minute's wiestlc with memoty and '
then a kindling of mnv-boiu pi Hie In i
the blown fine
"Yer bet' I washed me f.ue vv'en
me pal got t'lowed down an' 1 went I
ter de hospjital ter si e him. 1 didn't I
go vvld no dlitv fnce, nnvv'"
Miss Salome gasped, helpless before
such an cxpeileiue It was iincon
sciously the meeting of the two ways,
In her mind, and she took the one that
would lead them homo together.
"I'll keep li I in long enough to wash
him up, once, any way," sho thought
Miss Salome's "case" wi.h an unusual
one, If she had but known It The city
mlssloiiailes who louuded up the little
w.ilfs for their outing In tho country
made stienuoii.s effortB to send them to
their beuefactois clean, at least, and
as whole as they could iniiko tliotii. Hut
this giimy little mortal who had
adopted Miss Salome was au exception.
Taken Into tho ranks at tho last min
ute, thero hud been no tlmo to tiiuko
tho best ot him.
They wnlkcd on together, the boy'b
bare feet paddling unevenly beside
Miss Salomo. Sho stole a covei t glancu
by und by at the nleit, uuehlldlHh face.
What could ho bo thinking of?
"So you had a 'pal'? What Is a pal?"
"Oh' well, a pal's a purd, yer know.
Yer goes into ttndo wid him an' shares
do winnln's, seo? Yet sticks by him
t'lough t'lck an' t'in; yer don't never
go back on yer pal. nuw!"
"And your pal Is dead?"
Tho change in tho boy's faco was
wondeiful. Miss Salome mm veiled at
It. Mingled Joy ami tend rness strug
gled through the grime for equal ex
pression. "Mlckoy, dead? Yer hot ho nln't!
Ho's gettln' well yer can't kill Mick
ey! lio's comln' out cr de hospital In
a week, Mickey Is."
They wero close to Miss Salome's
great white Iioiibo, and further conver
sation was Interrupted.
"Come ln," Miss Snlomo said, at tho
lilac bushes that flamed a gateway.
And, ln silent nwe, tho city waif pad
dled In, his soiled llttlo fnco lifted to
the great purple tassels overhead.
"What's them?" ho whispered, after
"Lilacs." Miss Salomo answored
briefly. It was another argument In
tho boy's favor. To think ho had nev
er seen n lilac bush! (Miss Salome
called It "laylock.") She felt her
heartstrings freshly tugged.
It docs not take a great whllo to
wash oven a little gumln's face that Is
a stranger to tho operation. Uut tho
cleansing over, still the boy tarried.
Miss Salomo did not Invito htm ho
stayed. Ho was perfectly happy lu a
novel wny. Ho went about tho big
front yard on tiptoes, at first, as if ho
wero nfrald of aushlng tho grass with
his llttlo calloused brown feet. And
when Inadvertently ho trod on a great
ted clover head, Miss Salomo saw him
stoop and "set" Its broken stalk with
splints of herd's grass. Ho took
plenty of time, nnd his thin tinchlldlsh
face wua puckered gravoly.
"I shall let him stay his time out,"
mm mured Miss Salomo; nnd that
night It was tho first night sho sat
up to mond his clothes. When sho
cairled thorn back, u llttlo less out
at tho elbows and forlorn, tho boy waa
fast asleep and tho moonlight was ca
ressing his faco ns It lay lu brown re
lief among tho white pillows. It could
not havo kissed more tenderly the llt
tlo faco of a child who was loved,
whoso mother bent over him. Tho
light in Miss Snlomo's unsteady fin
gers flared and half roused tho waif.
He opened his1 eyes und regarded hor
In stupid terror.
"Lommo iono I nln't doln' nothln',"
ho muttered, shielding his fnco as if
from a blow, then sinking away into
sleep again. Miss Salomo uttered a
soft sound ot pity in hor throat. Tho
tug nt her heart-strings tightened.
Tho next day, tho boy appeared be
fore Miss Salome, rolling back his
alcoves energetically. Ho beamed up
at hor with a friendly grin.
"Yer gotter brush nn' Bora' blackln',
ma'uni? I kin shlno yer boots com
plete that's mo perfeshlon. An' I'll
give do stovo a coat, too, Yor won't
Ho waited wistfully. It was his
only way of acknowledging his dovo
tlon to his adopted mistress.
Several days went by uneventfully.
Then Miss Salomo took tho boy to
town and fitted him out with now
clothes. That day waa eventful. Tho
child was ttansflgurcd mado over
new, Kven his little uncouth tongue
seemed to partake of Uio softening In
fluence of the pntchlcss, nntty trousers
nnd the llttlo binsn-buttoncd cont, nnd
the stiaiige bticct dialect sounded less
offensive lu Miss Snlomo's ears, She
wim pi oud of her fresh-air boy, and hor
heuit-stilgs, tugged so often and bo
persistently, vibrated with geiitlo
steadiness, The lonely woman was
near to loving tho llttlo lonely child.
Then came the rude nwakenlng when
one morning Mis Salome found her
blid had flown, tricked out In his proud
now plumage. The tagged old clothes
weio smoothly folded on a chair. Thoro
was nothing else save a freshly black
ened stove and shining shoes at Miss
Salome's door, to tell ot his having
been theie and gone.
Miss Salome stuod a long time be
side the heap of foldod clothes, torn
between anger nnd grief. She had
never felt so keenly thu ono way or
tho othet lu all the flfty-soven yoais
that spanned her quiet life. Tho
clothes If ho had only left tho now
clothes behind Instead of the old
That would have helped so much.
"Hut It wouldn't huve been near so
hunian," sighed the poor woman dioar
Hy "Then I should have been enter
taining an angel unawares No, no,
let him wear 'em back to his slums,
but don't let him over darken my dooia
again from this Hum forth and foiever
Still, she left tho llttlo ragged clothes
unmolested. It takes time for heart
sitings to teeover themselves.
Two days after the waif's disap
pearance, Miss Salome saw n strange
llttlo liguio hobbling up hor walk, to
the accompanying tap of crutches. She
had never seen the boy, but tho
clothes! Sho adjusted her glasses
hastily ami nodded us sho looked,
They were several hIzcs too huge the
tiouseis ami tho sleeve wero turned
up, nud the coat was lapped until but
ono low of brass buttons wns visible
but thu clothes wore tho ones Miss
Salome had bought fur her fiesh-ulr
Tho llttlo flguro hobbled nearer, and
nn eetlo gutint llttlo fucu looked up
finnkly at Miss Salome.
"It's mo I'm Mickey," the child ex
plained nt once. "Jerry sent me Jei
ry's mu pal, yor know, lie said as I
could wear do clothus he fought
ouso wouldn't mind?"
Tho upwind Inflection at the end
wns lutcnso with wistful Intel logatlon.
Mickey pioppcd one crutch under his
arm and inn his thin white lingers up
und down tho coat front udmlilugly.
"Ain't dey dundles? Jerry wus u
rcg'lar toff, but I guess I'm too llttlo
to All 'em out it tukes tho stullln' uut
o' yor ter bunk at do hospital u
Ho drow close to Miss Salome and
touched her dicss gently.
"Jorry wanted 1 should nx yer If
yer'd bo wlllln' ter swop ho said ter
toll yer I were a tip-topper chap 'an
him but ho lied. Jerry's a brick!
Ho glvo mo do clothes an' mudu mo
eome, cos I'm his pnl an' goes Inmo.
The child ln tho overgrown clothes
seomed to shrink to a baby's size as
Miss Salome looked at htm nut of dim
eyes. Tho other child's face Jen y's
peered over his shouldcis at her.
"Yor won't mind, ma'am?" It seemed
to sny wistfully.
"I say, ain't It pi line here?" Mlckoy
snld. "Dere's grnss you kin step ou,
an flowers ou do trees, an' de liouso
Is painted lit tor unlit! Dat's w'at
Joiry let on horo'd be Jotry said ho
hot 'tweio like w'at do mission chap
said goln' to Henven'd be, If If er
wouldn't mind, could I bunk ou do
Two weeks Inter, the minister's llttlo
wlfo called on Miss Snlomo again. She
pointed out ot tho window to a llttlo
figure ln tho grass and smiled.
"Still here?" sho said.
"Yes," MIbs Snlomo said briskly,
"I'm going to keep Mlckoy till he's
strong again. He's coming ou you'd
bo surprised to see him cat now! And
Miss Snlomo's fuco bioko Into mel
low cuives outriders of a laugh. Tho
minister's wlfo wondoied why sho had
ever thought it a plain fnce.
"Jerry went off ns brown nnd fut!
You know, I sent for him to como back
after ho ran away nnd 'swopped' him
self? Ho's been here two weeks with
Mickey, und he's Just gono today. Ho
said It was necessary for him to go
back and 'settle up his business'!"
Tho laugh had arrived and Miss Sa
lome gave herself up to it luxuriously,
"Such a boy! Yes, we're going Into
partnership together, Jerry nud I, nftor
that. Wo'ro going to he pals!" An
nlo Hamilton Donuoll, ln Country Gen
tleman. Tho cost ot tho public schools of
grentcr New York for tho year 1901
will bo 117,710,078. Tho number of
pupils in thu schools is estimated at
408,112. So that tho averugu cost for
cucli pupil is ?t3.39. In 1890 thoro
wcro 230,931 pupils, tho total cost was
?G,000,G3D, und tho averago cost per
pupil wus J25.98. Tho expense of tho
public schools bus, therefore, nearly
tripled in ten years, whllo the aver
ago cost per pupil Is nearly 18 a year
moro, This Increase is partly duo to
tho municipal consolidation and part
ly to tho Davis law, which has In
creased tho avorago salaries.
Tho Hessian fly probably ranks next
to the chinch bug us n farm pest ln
the United States, and its ravages In
other countries havo long been known
and apprecluted. Whllo Its first scien
tific description waa by Thomus Sny
In 1817, It had been for many years
recognized us a pest in wheat and had
received In this country tho populur
namo of Hessian fly ln tho ballot that
It had beon introduced by Hessian sol
diers during tho wur of tho revolu
tion, A short nbsenco quickens love; a
long abbonco kills It. Mlrabcau.
Scholarship and Athletics.
The council ot administration of
the University of Illinois recently
passed tho following resolution ln re
gard to the scholarship requirement
for athletes: "Whllo it is trtto that the
university looks with favor upon col
lege athletics, it should not bo un
mindful of the Interests of tho univer
sity and its students; thnt undergrad
uate contests should be conducted lu
nuch a way ns to servo the heat Inter
ests of tho university nnd Its students,
so that nolthcr the standing ot tho uni
versity nor tho scholarship of tho stu
dents mny Buffer; that tho good name
of tho university Is affected by permit
ting students who have failed or beon
conditioned to tnko part ln public con
tests lu which they roprcsont tho uni
versity. Thercforo, no student who
hitii fulled In nny university course
shall bo permitted to tnko part In such
public gutuo or contest during tho con
tinuance of such fnlluro; that no otu
dent who has been conditioned ln two
courses bo permitted to play or on
gaga In university nthlotlc contests
dm lug the continuance of such condi
tions, nud that lu no case shall nny
student be permitted to piny or en
gage lu nny contest until tho fnlluro
or condition shall bo removed by ex
amination, and that his mcmborshlp
In any team of tho university, nftor tho
removal of such fnlluro oV condition,
shall depend upon tho porformnnco ot ,
class or laboratoiy work to tho satis
faction of tho Instructors to churgo."
'I ree-riiiutln- Kh1 hiiiI WhL
A (iiculnr of tho Department of
Agriculture sayH that foiest troo
planting has been In progross In tho
West for many yonfH. Although rea
sonable nuccubs has usually followed
skillful planting nnd closo nttcntlon
to tho selection of Bpeclos nnd to their
subsequent care, many of tho treo
claims of that region nro failures.
This condition has largely arisen
from the difficulty of obtaining nc
cuiutc information nt first hand re
garding tho moat dcslrublo Bpeclos
to grow In a given locality and from
tho lack of porsonnl supervision by
u competent treo plnnter In tho sot
ting out and subsequent enro of tho
plantation. Many of tho curlier pa
pers on forest tieo planting, scat
tered through tho Western press and
through tho reports of Western horti
cultural societies, forestry associa
tions and boards of agrlctilturo were
based upon untiled thcoile.s or upon
experience too brief to warrant tho
deductions mado. Many spcclos wore
recommended with the utmost confi
dence for planting In regions for
which later experience has shown
them to bo entirely .inflt. Although
ninny valuablo papers occur ln tho
gicnt muss of published material on
Westorn tieo planting, they nre bo
obscured by unrollublo mutter as to
be ot llttlo uso to thu tuoxporlenced
planter. Iu tho East a small amount
ot planting has been douo, with much
hotter results than has attended
Wostorn planting, but tho good re
sults aro duo to tho moro favorable
nntural conditions rather than to tho
methods employed; for methods ot
planting have rccolvcd loss consider
ation in the Knst than In tho West.
In both regions tho method Is bo Im
portant thnt success to a great degreo
depends upon it,. Tho grower must
know what to plnnt, how to plant it,
und how to enro for It afterwards.
"Select somo word containing at
least eight letters, and announce that
u prl'u will bo given tho guest who
will write tho best telegram in a given
longth ot tlmo tho words of tho tele
gram to begin with tho letters in tho
chosen word, taken In tholr order," aro
tho instructions of n contributor to
Housekeeper who, in describing the
"At a recent entcrtalnmont tho word
Washington wan selected and among
tho telegrams written tho following
wero considered tho most amusing:
"When Aunt Sarah has internal neu
ralgia glvo two ounces nervine!" This
was objected to, when put ln compe
tition for tho prlzo, ou tho ground that
tho doso ot norvinc was too large!
Then came, "Wntch anarchists, Sam
has Informed. Now going to organize
nabobs." Thoro was n tone to this
which pleased many becauso of tho lato
news ot the Now Jeraoy anarchists,
nnd It was urged that tho nabobs ought
to organize; but It was finally voted
that tho telegrum was not sufficiently
busluoss-llko to win tho prlzo.
The fourth word ln the next tele
gram stood betweon tho writers and
tho prize. "Whore nro Sam's habili
ments? I nevor got them ot Nathan."
In vain It was urged that tho dispatch
was sont by a Doston woman. Tho
Judges wero firm In their opinion that
tho telegraph operator would never uso
tho word habiliments without a protest
which would result In a shorter word
"Will nrrlvo Sunday. Hurry Is not
going to organize negroos." Whllo this
was considered a well-written tolo
gram In that It would glvo tho ono who
received it considerable Information,
objection was raised to tho wording.
"Harry will not orgunlzo, etc.," was
noted to bo more like u real telegram,
and so this, too, was shelved. Then
eamo tho following:
"Wallnco nnd Sarah hore. Ira nearly
gono. Tumor on nose."
Could uny telegrum tell more In tho
samo number of words? Try to wrlto a
better ono, und you'll not wonder thut
tho author of this was given heud
Tho production of tolmcco ln the
United States Is now about 725,000,000
pouds, ot which about one-hulf Is con
sumed by our own people und ono
halt exported, Indlutinpolls News,
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