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OSTRICH FARMING NOW
AN IMPORTANT INDUSTRY
Mini $mnl Teas Witt
Kifaey TrwHc, "Penai
Constant Demand for Hlcjb.Grade Plumes at Good Prices
Makes Business Profitable Considerable
Progress In United Stales.
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ILLUSTRATIONS by M.G.KETTNE
COPYRIOMT 1909 ,by BoosS -KWJRrx.1. coMVkiior
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Lawrence niakelpy. lawyer, pops to
PltJslnjrs with tlie forced notes In the
Uronson rase to net Tin- deposition of
John G'lmnrf. m'llionaire. A l.iilv ro
quets Elakeley i buy lier a Pullman
UckK H Kives lior lower 11 ami re
tains lov.r 10 He finds :i drunken man
la lov.er 10 and retires in lower
- He awakens In lower 7 and
finds his rlothes and has: micsins The
man in lower 10 is found murdered. Cir
cumstantial ex'Menrp points to botli
Blukelcy and the man who stole his
clothes. Tile train Is wreeked and Blake
ley is rescued from a burning car by a
Ctrl In blue His arm is broken. The irirl
pioves to be lion West, his partner's
sweetheart niakeley returns home and
Onds he Is tinder surveillance. Movimr
pictures of the train taken Just before
the wrerl; reveal to Hlakelev a man lenp
liiff from the train with his stolen crip.
Investigation proves that the man's name
Sullivan Mrs Conway, the woman for
whom niakeley tioucht a Pullman ticket,
fries to make a bargain witli him for the
foreo" notes, not Knowing that thev are
tni-s-incr niakeley and nn amateur de
teem e investigate the home of Sullivan's
CHAPTER XXIV. Continued.
Hotchklss felt certain tliat It had
"Been Sullivan, but I was not so sure.
Why would he have crawled like a
tltfef Into his own house? If he had
crossed the park, as seemed probable,
when we did. he had not made any
attempt to use the knocker. I Rave it
cp finally, and made an effort to con
ciliate the young woman in the tower.
We had heard no sound since our
spectacular entrance Into her room.
I was distinctly uncomfortable, as
clone this time. I climbed to the tower
staircase. Reasoning from before,
one would probably throw a chair at
sae. I stopped at the foot of the stair
case and called.
"Hello up there," I said. In as de
fconnalr a manner as I could summon.
"Good morning. Wi geht es bel
"Ron jour, mademoiselle." I tried
again. This time there was a move
ment of some sort from above, but
nothing fell on me.
"I we want to apologize for rous
ing you so er unexpectedly this
morning." I went on. "The fact Is. we
wtnted to talk to you. and you you
were hard to waken. We are travel
ers, lost in your mountains, and we
crave a breakfast and an audience."
Sh came to the door then. I could
feel that she was investigating the top
of uiy head from above. "Is Mr. Sul
livan with you?" she asked. It was
the first word from her, and she was
-not sure of her voice.
"No. We are alone. If you will
come down and look at us you will
iind us two perfectly harmless people,
whose horse curses on him depart
ed without leave last night and left
ua at your gate."
She relaxed somewhat then and
came down a step or two. "I was
afraid I had killed somebody." she
eaid. "The housekeeper left yester
day, and the other maids went with
When she saw that I was com
paratively young and lacked the ear
marks of the highwayman, she was
-greatly relieved. She was inclined to
fight shy of Hotchklss. however, for
ome reason. She gave us a breakfast
of a sort, for there was little in the
house, and afterward we telephoned
to the town for a vehicle. While
Hotchklss examined scratches and re
placed the Bokhara rug. I engaged
Jennie in conversation.
"Can you tell me," I asked, "who Is
managing the estate since Mrs. Cur
ds was killed?"
"2Co one," she returned shortly.
"Has any member of the family
been here since the accident?"
No. sir. There was only the two.
and some think Mr. Sullivan was
killed as well as his sister."
"No." with conviction.
'.She wheeled on me with quick sus
picion. "Are you a detective?" she de
"You told him to say you repre
sented the law."
"I am a lawyer. Some of them mis
represent the law, but I "
She broke In impatiently.
""A sheriffs officer?"
No. Look here, Jennie; I am all
that I should be. You'll have to be
lieve that. And I'm In a bad position
through no fault of my own. I want
jqu to answer some questions. If you
Ul help me. I will do what I can for
foo. Do you live near here?"
Her chin quivered. It was the first
tign of weakness she had shown.
"My home is In Pittsburg." she said,
"told I haven't enough money to get
ere. They hadn't paid my wages for
two months. They don't pay any
body." "Very well." I returned. "I'll serul
you back to Pittsburg. Pullman in
cluded. If you will tell me some things
I want to know."
She agreed eagerly. Outside the
window Hotchkiss was bending over,
examining footprints in the' drive.
"Now." I began, "there has been a
Miss West stayiug here?"
"Mr. Sullivan was attentive to
"Yes. She was the granddaughter
of a wealthy man in Pittsburg. My
aunt has been in his familv for 20
years. Mrs. Curtis wanted her broth-,
er to marry Miss West."
"Do you think he did marry her?"
I could not keep the excitement out
of my voice.
There were reasons" she .
"Do you know anything of the fam-1
Uy? Are they were they New York
s?" "They came from somewhere in the
touth. I have heard Mrs. Curtis say
oer mother was a Cuban. I don't
know much about them, but Mr. Sulli
van had a wicked temper, though he
"I Was Afraid I Had Killed Somebody." She Said.
didn't look IL Folks say big. light
haired people are easy going, but I
don't believe it. sir."
"How long was Miss West here?"
I hesitated about further question
ing. Critical as my position was, I
could not pry deeper into Alison
West's affairs. If she had got into the
hands of adventurers, as Sullivan and
his sister appeared to have been, she
was safely away from them again. But
something of the situation in the car
Ontario was forming itself in my
mind: the incident at the farmhouse
lacked only motive to be complete.
Was Sullivan, after all. a rascal or a
criminal? Was the murderer Sulli
van or Mrs. Conway? The lady or the
Jennie was speaking.
"I hope Miss West was not hurt?"
she asktrd. "We liked her, all of us.
She was not like Mrs. Curtis."
I wanted to say that she was not
like anybody in the world. Instead
"She escaped with some bruises." i
She glanced at my arm. "You were
on the train?"
She waited for more questions, but
none coming, she went to the door.
Then she closed it softly and came
"Mrs. Curtis Is dead? You are sure
of it?" she asked.
"She was killed Instantly, I be
lieve. The body was not recovered.
But I have reasons for believing that
Mr. Sullivan is living."
"I knew it." she said. "I think
he was here the night before last.
That is why I went to the tower room.
I believe he would kill me if be could."
As nearly as her round and comely
face could express it, Jennie's ex
pression was tragic at that moment.
I made a quick resolution, and acted
on it at once.
"You are not entirely frank with
me. Jennie," I protested. "And I am
going to tell you more than I have.
We are talking at cross purposes.
"I was on the wrecked train, in the
same car with Mrs. Curtis, Miss West
and Mr. Sullivan. During the night
there was a crime committed in that
car and Mr. Sullivan disappeared.
But he left behind a chain of circum
stantial evidence that involved me
completely, so that I may. at any
time, be arrested."
Apparently she did not comprehend
for a moment Then, as If the mean
ing of my words had just dawned on
her. she looked up and gasped:
"You mean Mr. Sullivan committed
the crime himself?"
"I think he did."
"What was it?"
"It was murder," I said deliberately.
Her hands clenched involuntarily,
and she shrank back. "A woman?"
She could scarcely form her words.
"No, a man: a Mr. Simon Harring
ton of Pittsburg."
Her effort to retain her self-control
was pitiful. Then she broke down and
crieu. uer bead on the back of a tall 1
"It was my fault." she said wretch
edly, "my fault. I should not have
sent them the werd."
After a few minutes she grew quiet
She seemed to hesitate over some
thing, and finally determined to say it
"You will understand better, sir,
when I say that I was raised in the
Harrington family. Mr. Harrington
was Mr. Sullivan's wife's father!"
At the Station.
So it had been the tiger, not the
lady! Well, I had bld to that theory
all through. Jennie suddenly be
came a valuable person; if necessary
she could prove the connection be-
tween Sullivan and the murdered man.
and show a motive for the crime. 1
was triumphant when Hotchkiss came
in. When the girl had produced a
photograph of Mrs. Sullivan, and I had
recognized the bronze-haired girl of
the train, we were both well satisfied
which goes to prove the ephemeral
nature of most human contentments.
Jennie either had nothing more to
say. or feared she had said too much.
She was evidently uneasy before
Hotchkiss. I to!d her that Mrs. Sulli
van was recovering In a Baltimore
hospital, but she already knew it,
from some source, and merely nodded.
She made a few preparations for leav
ing, while Hotchkiss and I compared
notes, and then, with the cat in her
arms, she climbed into the trap from
the town. 1 sat with her. and on the
way dov.-n she told me a little, not
"If you see Mrs. Sullivan." she ad
vised, "and she is conscious, she prob
ably thinks that both her husband and
her father' "aero killed In the wreck.
She will be in a bad way. sir."
"You mean that shestill cares
about her husband?"
The cat crawled over on my knee,
and rubbed Its head against my hand
invitingly. Jennie stared at the un
dulating line of the mountain crests, a
colossal surf against a blue ocean of
sky. "Yos, she cares." she said soft
ly. "Women are made like that They
say they are cats, but Peter there in
your lap wouldn't come back and lick
your hand if you kicked him. If If
you have to tell her the truth, be as
gentle as you can sir. She has been
good to me that's why I have played
the spy here all summer. It's a thank
less thing, spying on people."
"It is that." I agreed soberly.
Hotchkiss and 1 arrived in Washing
ton late that evening, and, rather than
arouse the household. I went to the'
club. I was at the office early the
1 next morning and admitted myself.
McKnlght rarely appeared before half
after ten, and our modest office force
some time after nine. I looked over
my previous day's mail and waited,
with such patience as I possessed, for
McKnight In the interval I called
up Mrs. Klopton and announced that
I would dine at home that night What
my household subsists on during my
numerous absences I have never dis
covered. Tea. probably, and crackers.
Dilligent search when I have made a
midnight arrival, never reveals any
thing more substantial. Possibly I im
agine it, but the annouuecment that
I am about to make a journey always
seems to create a general atmosphere
of depression throughout the house,
as though Euphemia aud Eliza, and
Thomas, the stableman, were already
subsisting, in imagination, on Mrs.
Klopton's meager fare.
So I called her up and announced
my arrival. There was something un
usual in her tone, as though her
throat was tense with indignation. Al
ways shrill, her elderly voice rasped
my ear painfully through the re
Not What Tommy Desirea
Incident That Caused Youngster
Have Grave Doubts of the
Efficacy of Prayer.
The Sunday school lesson had been
on the efficacy of prayer, and the
teacher had done her best to instill
into the youthful mind the belief that
our prayers are answered. There wa3
one doubting Thomas, however, who
insisted that he knew, better.
"Why. Tommy, I am surprised to hear
you say you don't believe our prayers
are answered," expostulated the
"I know they ain't" persisted Tom
"What makes you think so?" asked
"I don't think It; I know it," re
plied Tommy. "You know the angels
brought a new baby to our house last
"Yes, I heard about that." said the
teacher. "Now, surely, that was an
answer to prayer, wasn't It?"
"It was, nit!" replied Tommy dis
"I have changed the butcher. Mr.
Lawrence." she announced portentous
ly. "The last roast was a pound short,
and his mutton-chops any self-respecting
sheep would refuse to ac
As I said before, I can always tell
from the voice in which Mrs. Klopton
conveys the most indifferent matters,
if something of real significance has
occurred. Also, throuch lone habit.
I have learned how quickest to bring
her to the point.
"You are pessimistic this morning,"
I returned. "What's the matter, Mrs.
KJopton? You haven't used that tone
since Euphemia baked a pie for the
Iceman. What Is it now? Somebody
poison the, dog?"
She cleared her throat
"The house has been broken Into,
Mr. Lawrence." she said. "I have
lived In the best families, and never
have I stood by and seen what I saw
yesterday every bureau drawer
opened, and my my most sacred be
longings " she choked.
"Did you notify the police?" I
"Police!" she sniffed. "Police! It
was the police that did It two detec
tives with a search warrant I I
wouldn't dare tell you over the tele
phone what one of them said when
be found the whisky and rock candy
for my cough."
"Did they take anything?; I de
manded, every nerve on edge.
"They took the cough medicine,"
she returned indignantly, "and they
"Confound the cough medicine!" 1
was frantic. "Did they take anything
else? Were they in my dressing-
"Yes. I threatened to sue them,
and I told them what you would do
when you came back. But they
wouldn't listen. They took away
that black sealskin bag you brought
home from Pittsburg with you!"
1 knew then that my hours of free
dom were numbered. To have found
Sullivan and then. In support of my
case against him. to have produced
the bag, minus the bit of chain, had
been my intention. But the police
the bag. and. beyond knowing some
thing of Sullivan's history. I was prac
tically no nearer his discovery than
before. Hotchkiss hoped he had his
man in the house off Washington
Circle, but on the very night he had
seen him Jennie claimed that Sulli
van had tried to enter the Laurels.
Then suppose we found Sullivan
and proved the satchel and its con-
'The House Has Been Broken Into,
i J l
tents his? Since the police had the 1 Ostrich farming has made considera
bit of chain it might mean involving , ble progress in the United States. It
Alison in the story. I sat down and
buried ray race in my hands. There ,
was no escape. I figured it out de-1
Against me was the evidence cf .
the survivors of the Ontario that I
had been accused of the murder at the
time. There had been blood-stains on
my pillow and a hidden dagger. Into
the bargain, in my possession had
been found a traveling-bag containing r
the dead man's pocketbook.
In my favor was McKnight's theory
against Mrs. Conway. She had a mo
tive for wishing to secure the notes,
she believed I was in lower ten. and
she had collarsed at the discovery of
the crime Jn the morning.
(TO UIZ CONTINUED.)
gustedly. "Why. for sis months I've
been prayin" for a goat"
The Bey Critic
Richard Croker. at an open-air lunch
eon at Palm Beach, told a George
"A teacher," he began, "was con
ducting a lesson in history.
"Tommy Jones.' she said, 'what
was there about George Washington
which distinguished him from all other
" 'He didn't He was the prompt an
swer." Says the Optimist to the Pessimist
"Lire, said the pessimist, "is a
dreadful bore. I don't know what hap
"Lire is all right." rejoined the op
timistic man, "if you only look upon
the bright side or it"
"But my life has no bright side."
protested the other.
"Then." said the optimist, "get busy
and polish up one of the dark sides."
(By J. SI. BALTIMORE)
The great success which has atten
ded ostrich farming in Cape Colony,
has caused a number of other
South African countries to take up the
Industry with great zest This has
caused some uneasiness In Cape
Colony, as it Is feared that there may
be an overproduction of low-quality
plumes. The market for high-grade
feathers Is capable of expansion.
The export of ostrich feathers from
Cape Colony has Increased year after
year; it amounted last year to 792,723
pounds, valued at $10,490,425. While
the Cape Colony farms contain about
GOO.000 tame ostriches, there are but
30.000 tame birds in all other coun
At the present time ostrich farming
Is carried on in Europe, Madagascar.
Argentina. Australia. New Zealand,
ond in California, Arizona and Florida.
The most dangerous rival to South
Africa in this respect will be the
It is not easy to arrive at a Just es
timate of the value of ostrich feath
ers annually imported into the United
States, on account of ther being in
cluded with other feathers In many
cases. The direct imports from South
Africa In 1909 amounted to $1.193.3S3.
while the direct Imports Into the
United Kingdom from the colony du
ring the same year amounted to $1,
722.C34. Of the latter. S7S0.S7G worth.
Ostrich Cock at Feed Box.
presumably South African feathers,
were re-exported to the United States,
makiiig the total imports in to tho
United States of South African feath
ers $1,974,234 In 1909. How much or
the feathers imported Into the United
States In 1909 from France and Ger
many, under the head of "Natural,
dressed, colored, or manufactured."
$1,794,039 and $7G9.714. respectively,
were ostrich feathers cannot be stated,
but it Is safe to say that the imports
of ostrich feathers from all countries
Into the United States annually are
1 considerably more than $2,000,000.
was started about 23 years ago, and
in 1905 there were 2.200 ostriches,
The oldest and largest ostrich farm
n California is not far from Los An-
gelos. This Is the Cawston farm and
was established more than 22 years
Then are hundreds u ostriches on
this farm. Tfec principle work on an
ostrich farm le the hatching, care of
the young ostriches, and the "shear-
Ing" of the old grown birds that Is
depriving them of their long, silky,
and beautiful plumes.
This is done at certain Intervals
whenever these long feathers mature.
Where there are hundreds of these
creatures to care for. and the plum
age to plJlck. it kef the force on the
farm pretty busy the yar round.
As these plume., are very much In
demand all ovr the world, and hrlrg
J a good price, the profits of ostrich
; farming are largo. The Industiy has
j proved a very profitable one.
Until a loader has been perfected
the style of wagon used In hauling
fodder needs careful consideration.
The rack should be as low as possible.
A solid-wheel truck gives good satis
faction on smooth, level farms, with
short hauls. The draft Is too heavy
for other conditions. The rack that is
quite commonly used is shown in the
fll..rai;nn Tt rnnclcto of ''
"" ' , , , - , if damage to trees by the San Jose
ktiu.r.tSi - rr ld wilh success ,n
form a "V." On top of these timbers "! a con of
Is built a rack six feet In width. The "chard tree trunks against the at
bottora or this rack is about eight tack3 of rabb,t8' says sretary WW
feet long. The end boards are four Eon"
feet high, built flaring so they do not I The remedy Is cheap and as a rule
quite touch the wheels. The apex a single treatment in the fall appears
of the "V" is suspended below the to Protect trees for the entire winter,
front axle of an ordinary farm wagon Its more extensive use Is recommend
by means of a long kingbolt, the other . ed.
on Arizona Farm.
The southern part of tho Pacific
coast is admirably adapted to ostricr
The climate Is warm and dry. an
these big awkward clumsy creatures,
grow and thrive as well as on the des
erts of South Africa.
Great Many Farmers Believe Fall
Is Proper Time to Trans
(By ANNA GAT.IGIinit)
The strawberry will stand a good
deal of HI treatment, but It will nol
produce good crops under the abovi
Any good soil that will bring cort
or potatoes will do for strawberries,
but if you want berries the size ol
hen's eggs, put the plants In the rich
est soil you can find and cultivate thi
same as other garden crops.
If the soil Is not rich enough with
out being fertilized, use well rotted
stable manure. Fresh manure will nol
do. except as a top dressing; after the
plants are well started, spread it be
tween the rows.
If one can procure good, strong
plants In the fall and have them taken
up with a quantity of soil adhering
to the roots, they will bear a good
many berries the following 'season,
but not a full crop.
If transplanted in the fall without
any foil clinging to the reots. the
plants should not be allowed to beai
fruit the following season.
This is important, because when all
of the roots are dislodged it takes a
long time for the plant to recover
from the shock and form new roots.
None of the old ever takes a firm
hold in the ground unless new feeders
start and while the strawberry grows
or hibernates all winter, the growth is
less rapid when the ground Is cold
than It Is In the spring and summer.
A great many people believe fall
Is the proper time to set strawberry
They take up the plants or send
their order to some nurseryman, as
the case may be. and handle the
plants just as they would In the
spring. Now. this Is all wrong.
The last week In October is about
the right time to transplant, or rather
See that the soil Is in good condi
tion to receive the plants. Plow or
spade It as deep as the soil will per
mit If a crop of potatoes has Just been
removed from the ground. It should
not need much stirring.
Place the plants In rows about four
feet apart, and ten inches apart In tho
rows. Rows may be cither single or
double as preferred.
If the weather Is dry a little water
should be poured around the roots
before filling In the soli.
Don't cover too deep because If the
air Is excluded the plants will
"smother." Clean straw, free from
chaff, makes the best covering.
A farmer who lives within l.'O miles
of Pittsburg is making a great deal
of money bv curing pork for city cus
tomers. He smokes and cures hams,
shoulders and baron in tho good old
fashioned way. using no Injurious
chemical!: but depending on molasses,
black pepjier ami hickory wood smoke.
He feeds his pigs to about l.'O pounds
and does not try to make them very
fat. He sells all his pork to city peo
ple direct and pays no freight charges.
He fs now selling bacon at 30 cents
delivered at his home station ard has
to buy all of his neighbors' pigs that
are fit to supply his customers.
isV - Vr".
ends are attached below the hind aIo
by U-shaped devices. This rack can
be easily made.
Lime Sulphur for Rabbit Pest.
During the last year the lime-sulphur
wash, which for a number of
vonra line tin An AfrtnlnfArl A ....,.
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Mr. John N.
Are, St Louis;
uot writes: .
the greatly ad
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cey and blad-'
der trou ble
there is nothing-
na. I suffered
for ser e r a 1
years with this
dollars on doc
tors and medi
cine and all tc
ao purpose un
til I took Pa
rana. "One bottla
rffrl fTisS) mnPA
food than all Mr. John N. Watkins.
Ji others put together, as they only
poisoned my system. Peruna cured
ne. I used it for four months beforo
1 complete cure was accomplished, but
tra truly grateful to you. The least I
ran do In return la to acknowledge
the merits of Peruna, which I take
ueasura in now doing.1
Ifr. C. 'B. Newhof. 10 Delaware
street, Albany. N. Y.. writes:
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t have been frequently troubled with
ulnar? aliments. The bladder seemed
rrltated, and my physician said that
t was catarrh caused by a protracted
told which would be difficult to over
some on account of my advanced year.
! took Peruna, hardly daring to believe
.hat I would be helped, but found to
ny relief that I soon began to mend.
The irritation gradually subsided, and
'.he urinary difficulties passed away. I
lave enjoyed excellent health now for
die past seven months. I enjoy my
neals. sleep soundly, and am aa well as
( waa twenty years ago. I give all
jratse to Peruna."
I PBL SmH Dm. SaI FrI.
Gemrimt - Signature
Its simplicity Is a strong feai
UNCLE CALHOUN SPOKE OUT
Answer No Doubt Truthful, bt by Na
Mssns What the Orator
Booker T. Washington, oagrtu
lated by a New York reporter on the
mccess he had made of sis Ufa. said
with a smile:
"I suppose I must be mad eat and
leclare that luck has had mora to do
lth my progress, or otherwise I'll bs
Im Senator Dash's shoes.
"Senator Dash of Tallapoosa prided
slmself on bis rise from the bottom,
for 8enator Dash In his youth bad
worked with the colored people in the
"Hoaatlng at a political meeting
tbont his rise, the senator singled
out Uncle Calhoun Webster among his
tuaience and said:
" 'I see before me old Calhoun Weh
tr. beside whom. In the broiling
ouihern sun, I tolled day after day.
Now. ladles and gentlemen. I appeal
to Uncle Calhoun. Tell us all, uncle.
: I. or was I not, a good man in
the cotton field r
"'Yo' wur a good man. senatah.'
Jie aged negro replied; yo wuz a
good man. fo' a fack; but yo' sut'ny
Udn't work much.'"
Not a Harmless Sport.
Friend You fought bareheaded?
French Duelist Yes. and got a fine
sunstroke. Journal Amusant
Had Been Done.
"I never saw such a versatile man;
le can do anything."
"Why stop at 'anything? "
HEALTH AND INCOME
Both Kept Up on Scientific Food.
Good sturdy health helps one a lot
to make money.
With tho loss of health one's income
Is liable to shrink, if not entirely
When a young lady has to make her
own living, good health Is her beat
"I am alone In the world." writes a
Chicago girl, "dependent on my own
efforts for my living. I am a clerk,
tnd about two years ago through close
application to work and a boarding
house diet. I became a nervous In
valid, and got so bad off It was almost
Impossible for me to stay in the office
a half day at a time.
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