The Algona Upper Des Moines from Algona, Iowa on February 4, 1891 · Page 3
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FEBRUARY 4 V 1891. MAHtfi SARAH SBIGHAM. CHAPTER XI.—AMERICA. t was at last, ready to start for America. TH6 land of heroes! Land of God's planting! The beacon light ot hope! A land of free churches, of free schools, and free inenl Would my grand ideal be realized? Would 1 iliul lite re all the noble aspirations of a nation fulfilled f When I reached my lodgings In London, I sent word to tho Duke of Melvorne that I was nt his servire and ready whenever he wished to start on our western tour. The answer came In person of the Duke himself. "You were In earnest," he said* giving me a cordial hand shake as he spoke. "Yes, sir," 1 replied. "I want to see the laud where a man can make a million in n month or two." Our preparations for tho voyage were quickly completed. Our passage was secured on the "FiiUlsi," aucl soon we were plowing (he waters of the deep, leaving behind usa line of white foam, soon lost in the distance. I thought how like our life la this path, very real and full of life it seems (it first, and then it is lost iiiid i'or- gotten. The docks were crowded with n gay company. Some wore going home, after years of absence, to greet tho denr ones waiting to welcome them. Others, like myself were goiiig for n first look at the new § , Our voyage was made after the ent of tho United .States had issued orab>"8 for tho groat cattle companies to take thuir herds fro in some of the. Indian reservations. A corpulent old man was making himself: very disagreeable over the news which had just reached him. "Why are you so vexed with the prcnl- ' dent's order. "If it is carried out it will cost nearly all my cattle are worth. They are not in u marketable condition," ho said, grumb- lingly. "How did you obtain permission to put your herds there?" I inquired. "We got leases from tho Indian chiefs," ho said. "AVhy, I thought tho Indians wore wards of the nation, and hnd no right to sell or lease their lands." "So they are thought to be. But through • the secretary of. the department we obtained tho lease tor a large tract of the best stock- raising country in tho west. Plenty of good water, grass in abundance, xnd 11 mild climate," ho said, wavming up vlth his subject. "There is a man with his tnes pinched," ^&22&lto the duke n few moments after, as rei ufeartl tho old man still grumbling ./hen any one would listen to him. "Yes," said tho duko, "that order of tho president's will pinch a good many toes if it is carried out. Hut it will not be enforced. There is too much money in it. ^e order amounts to nothing. It is only a blank cartridge fired for effect." "Then yon think delays will be winked ofc, and at last nothing will be done to enforce tho order?" "I find, as a ritlu, my young friend, that money wins every time," said tho duke, looking me full in the face, with an amused expression on his handsome face. ;. -'i' fi fine looking lady that is sitting yonder' watching the sunset, with the young lady at her side," remarked the duke, changing the subject abruptly. "I wonder if they are Americans?" I asked, as we strolled along the deck. "Have you mc'i the:-.)?" "Yes, to both your questions. I have met tln::n mid they are Americans. Tho elderly liuly is the mother. The young ""lady is one of tho iinest violinists of her age in the world. They are now returning homo from Europe. The daughter has just completed her course of study and will now begin to reup her reward as an artist." "I hope she will favor us occasionally with some of her skill," I said, as we passed in to supper. Evening on shipboard is usually a delightful time. Every one Is willing to be agreeable. There were several good musicians on board who kindly favored us with music. And glee clubs were formed from th'o merry company. Some paired off for . a quiet game of whist, the only game allowed on board by order of the captain. Tust at sunset on the third night out, a cloud gathered in tho west, and we saw old Neptune lashed Into fury by a most terrific thunder storm. The great ship was dafhccl from side to side like a toy. Then I found that sea sickness is one of the usual penalties for crossing the ocean. Bracing myself with my umbrella, I was ready to surrender all, even to my boots. All night I heard something on my cabin floor rolling to and fro as the great ship rolled from side to side on the mountainous waves, but I was too sick to care to ex- iiinine what it was. When morning cnme and tho storm without and the tempest within had subsided, I saw my beautiful now silk hat (and what Englishman is ever without one!') with the rim worn off and im'nua a crown. It had fallen to the floor and was ruined. A storm at sea mnkos one feel very helpless. A terrible storm on land is a trial to people's nerves, but there you arc only thrcuten&d wiih danger from above. At son you are like mi atom tossed about, (is hulpleas as a leaf, in tho wind. I thought of tho philosophy oi'Siurmo when lie sniil, "El! do cahs run off do truck, dull yo is; ef. do boat goes to pieces, whali is yo?" It was a grand sight, that met otu- view as tho mill rose over the black cloud that hml just pfiKscd over us. Tim waters were rolling mountains high and every wave rioemud (lolcrniinwl to engulf tho ship. That was tho only storm wo had during our voyage. After it was over I was glml of having had the experience of seeing Uio mighty oceiin when maddened into fury, Ono evening a call wns mado for tho young violinist. Whilo who is not gushingly beautiful, she has a bright look that is very attractive. She has a clear complexion tinged with the rosy glow of health, dark eyes, an expressive mouth, and slightly Itomun iioao. As slio took her position she wns greeted with hearty cheers. Making a blight bow uf than/s, Bho hold her violin in her white, tapering lingers and with their skillful touch and tho graceful movements of tho bow she sent forth the most delicate melodies selected from her favorite operas, and some choice gems from the. old masters she rendered with an ease and skill th it Olu Bull him.solf might have tried in vain (o surpass. I thought of Stella, how she would have enjoyed the treat. But where was my lost friend? Was I leaving her behind, or would I flnd her in the now world scattering sunshine and gladness? There is no place whore one is so tempted to poop into his neighbor's life as on ghip board. One day as I was standing on deck thinking of my lost friend, the duke came to .me, and, placing his han my shoultter, snfttr "A penny tor your thoughts! You look So grave I" For a moment I wns startled. I hnd been thinking so intently that I hnd forgotten everything. At first I made no reply; then 1 said: "May I oak you a question?" "Yes, a do/on if you like," he said, laughing. "Have ytni never seen (iny one that you loved \vol! viioit ;li to make her your wife, tmit you itrr t-.!iil a bnc.holnr?" To my siirpnso )ip lookod annoyed, but tn amoiiu'iU :,:iM: "Yes. (i young girl won nil the love of my heart once. But she <vn;4 not free to choose. "When but a child her fnther droruisc":' her hund in mnrriage to a friend Of hifl. She never knew how dear she was to me. She married the man of her father's choice. Now she is a widow, beaxiti- ful, they say, and immensely rich. I have never seen her since her marriage. Her home is in London, and I often hear of her, but I never care to meet her now. The pure, sweet girl that I have lovedjor years must now be changed into a woman of fashion, without love or sympathy." I was astonished, I had thought of the Duke of Melvorne as a shrewd business man, jeadj for any undertaking to make money.' But here was a new side to his character; a fond memory of other days held a warm plnco in his heart. "Now," ho snid, after a few moment's silence, "for an answer to my question. Of what were you dreaming when I disturbed your reverie?" "I was dreaming of one I long to see. I, too, have loved and lost, but not In the way you did. My lovo was among the humble class, not rich or proud, but a good, pure woman, who gave me the first impulse toward a useful life that ever stirred in my breast. I was a careless, thoughtless fellow, when she came to War verland. Then her active, happy life mado mo ashamed of tho idle one I led; From her influoTico I have tried to do some good. My father was an absentee landlord, and his estate had been neglected until the old house itself was going to decay. She came as governess to my little sister, and soon she was governess, housekeeper and almost estate keeper. By an unfortunate word from my mother she was made to feel her dependence, and she left Waverland one day when I was away from home. She did not know how dear she was to me. Though I have sought her far and near, 1 can find no clew to her whereabouts. That is my story. It wns of her that I was thinking when you came to me." "I have often thought what little things can change our lives," said the duko. "Yet they are not tho little things; they are the real, sensitive, living, though unseen, parts of our existence." After that exchange of confidence the duke and I were greater friends than ever. We had many pleasant visits ere we reached the now world, whose lirst centennial birthday was still fresh in everybody's mind. We reached Sandy Hook nt night. The water was made brilliant by tho harbor buoys, each of which carried a wonderful electric light. I followed the duke. We extricated ourselves from the throng at the wharf, and were soon comfortable in our rooms at the hotel. After a good night's rest we wont out to sec the wonders of tho city. A ride on tho elevated railway gave mo a peculiar sensation. It seemed as if wo were flying through space, only we could look into people's houses in our flight. We visited the art galleries and were surprised that American artists can hold so high a position in the world of art. One day we were standing near the courthouse steps, when a line looking gentleman, little past the middle of life, passed up into the building. "That," said the duko, "is Mr. Arthur, the ex-presidimt of the United States." "A fine looking man," 1 said. "But what a queer way they have here of disposing of those who have hold tho highest ollice in the nation. They do not have even a badge of honor presented to them I "When ex-president Giwifc wus in England I attended a reception given him on one occasion. Tho diplomatic corps were invited to meet him. A question was raised as to who should occupy the seat ol honor at table. The embassadors who represented thoir sovereigns would no't accord the seat to Mr. Grant (a private citizen.) But at la^t an arrangement was made by which no one held the seat of honor. It was a most awkward position for.tho general." "It seems to me that the ex-presidents should have some well defined official rank. As wealthy as this people are nud as proud as they are of their great nation, It is strange that they will permit those who have been exalted to tho highest place In the gift of the people to settle back into the rank of private citizens again," I said. "That is their idea of democracy. It destroys distinctions in all, rather than foster them." "But a man's knowledge after a term of service would be of value to this country." "So it would, but they choose to deprive themselves of that and send him back among tho people, merely as an object of curiosity. Hut they are beginning to talk about it, aud some honorable position with proper pay will be provided for ex-prcsi- ilents nud perhaps for ex-senators also, one of those days." At the clone of one of our busy days of sight seuint;, as we sat in our room enjoying a rest, 1 snid: "I do not wonder now, where Parnell got his independence of character whou I romombur that his mother was an American woman." "Why so?" asked tho duko, looking puzzled. "Those people have such a live, energetic way. 1 suo now whore the nerve and pluck came from that dared to mako Boston Harbor into a huge teakettle, and to put a whole ship load of tea into it for one stooping." "That's a now idea," laughed tho duke. "But the Yankees n*o a shrewd, bravo people, that will dare anything for prin- plo." "The very air has caught the spirit of tho inhabitants. There is no drowsy fog to keep one in bed till ten o'clock in the morning huro. I would caution tho nations of tho old world to look alive before they pick a quarrel with this strange poo- pie," I said. "But with all this energy, pluck and thrift, they are allowing one of the most vital principles of their institutions to pass out of thoir possessions. Thoir lands are being sold, stolon or given away at an enormously rapid rate. In a very few years not a foot of land worth the having will belong to the government, or be in reach of the common people." "I am surprised at that, for with tho example of ancient Rome, and the later one of Ireland, with its terrible want and suffering which bus risen from the uniust land monopoly, i snoxtld thmfc that they would take warning and keep the lands for the many and not grant them to the few." "The people have not awakened to the truth of the situation as yet. When they do it will be too late unless they can redeem whnt is now held by fraud, and there will be a terrible struggle if they ever try that. The men who hold the lands will never yield one acre unless compelled to do so." "You might have to give up some of your possessions if it came to that," I snid. "Yes. So I am going to begin now and prepare for it by buying only farms with bonafldc titles. I can hold the other lands till they pay me well for my investments and then sell." "Wlipre are you thinking of buying?" "lu Illinois, I think. From Lord Sanders' account, that is a good state for landlords." "In what way is Illinois better than the other states?" I asked. "Lord Sanders says the legislature has passed every law that the landlords have asked for to protect the land owners. There you can make any bargain you like with your tenants, and if they fnil to live up to the agreement you can turn them oil just as readily and roughly as in Ireland. 1 ' "Why, can that be true?" I asked, as 1 thought of the bright picture I had painted of America ns a nation of homes with no landlords to grind the poor tenants down to degradation and poverty, but a freo and happy people with their little vino-covered cottages and broad fertile acres in foe simple I CHAPTER XII.—StOIIT SEKINO. Chicago! 'What wonder ot the age, whose first Sunday-school teacher is still living! What shall I say for it! Twice it has been laid waste by fire. But with tho nerve and push peculiar to this people of the West, they have rebuilt with greater beauty than before. Wo took a morning drive through tho parks that surround the city like selected remnants from tho garden ot: Eden. Hero those who long for the beauty of nature, the fragrance of flowers and tho songs of birds, can enjoy them while resting from the noise and confusion of the busy city. This drive is an extended boulevard that surrounds the city with a bolt of beauty. Tho parks were brilliantly beautiful with tho rich green of the grass mingled with the gay colors of flowers and shrubs. Tho business streets of Chicago are a living throng. Each one rushing on to attend to his own affairs, forgetful of tho crowd and heedless of all about him. But that, we found, is characteristic of: the peo : i pie of the West. Ono.evening wo stood by the bridge on Wells street, near tho great Northwestern depot, watching a tug boat towing in a largo vessel, when the whistle sounded for tho bridge to turn. Men grabbed by tho arm tho ladies that wero walking with them and rushed ahead. Children ran on tugging at the skirts of their mothers who could not run. All was bustle and confusion. I thought there surely must bo but one train per day, and all must reach that or go without their dinners. Just as tho bridge began to turn a querulous old woman, her armb full of bundles, and an umbrella in her hand, came rushing up the walli; turning to a bright-eyed, rosy-cheeked girl who was with her, she said: "There, we'U be left! That is our train standing there just ready to go! Samantha Jnue'U think we're lost!" "Oh, aunt, its only an hour to the next train, whnt if we do miss this one," snid the young lady with composure. "Only an hour?" 1 snid to tho duke. "Why, I thought it would be a week, at least, from the fuss and hurry those people make." "You'll get used to this," laughed tho duko. "They must hurry to mnke room for the next crowd. There are one hundred and fifty thousand persons who como and go in this city every duy." "Then I do not wonder nt tho rush. It seems strange where so many people como from and go to," I said, soliloquizing. The Board of Trade attracted ouv attention. It ia a very large edifice .built of stone and marble, very finely finished. Having tickets we wero admitted to the visitors gallery. It Is a magnificent room, with massive marble columns, frescoed ceilings, beautiful pictures and finely wrought balconies. "Tho people of Chicago may justly be proud if this building," said the duke. "It is the third one they have built since the fire of 1871. The first was a little wooden structure. Then a fine stone building was erected. This in turn became too small aud plain for thorn, so they have • built this one." "Well, this ought to satisfy them for some time to como. What a babel of voices. One might almost think that he was at tho ancient tower on the phiiua of Shinar." "Only see how few of tho men are of even middle ago," said the duke. "Some look like school boys; yet here they nro in this wild exciting rush of speculation, intoxicated with the hope of success, or vain- l.y struggling against defeat." "Are you familiar with thoir workings?" I asked. "I understand it takes thousands of dollars to become a member." "What do they moan by throwing their .hands out in that frantic style?" "They uro bidding; and in that very act some one may bo financially ruined." "How can that be?" I asked, puzzled to know how such an act could harm anyone. "They buy and sell on what they call a margin, and they may exceed tho amount they have on deposit. Tho prices of crops are in a measure established here before iho seed is sown or the crops grown." From the Board of Trade wo visited tho panorama buildings where tho battles of Shiloh, Missionary Ridge and Gettysburg wore represented. In those groat triumphs of art tho hand of man has so skillfully represented the spirit of tho scenes that nil wo needed to make us dodge wns tho sound of whistling bullets aud bursting shells. The wounded, dead and dying wort) so lifo-like that wo felt like offering our aid to help euro for the suffering. As wo stood leaning over the railing trying to separate tho real from tho ideal, a tall, line-looking man standing near us said: "There, that mau on the bay horse in tha gray uniform occupies the position I hold in that battle." Whou lie censed speaking, a slender man with a gray board turned toward him, saying: "That man on the gray horse in the bluo coat is occupying the position I held in tho samo buttle. "Then you are General Prentiss," said tho first speaker. "Aud you are Marmaduke," was the answer. They shook hands as cordially as though they had never drawn swords against each other in deadly cpnilict. On inquiry we learned that nearly one thousand men who were in. tho battle of Shiloh | nave visited T.IUS wimclernu parmmg. Our stay in Chicago was a couttnttal round of excursions and sight-seeing. One morning we ascended the 276 steps and found ourselves in the tower of the water works. The city lay beneath us almost a solid block of masonry and architecture, The crib in the lake, two miles distant, seemed but a very few rods away. It was a clear calm morning. The lake wns like an immense mirror reflecting bnck every imnge cast upon its bosom. The snils and steamers cnme into port with a quiet majesty, ascending the slips aud canals that penetrate tho city, until the great prairie landscape bristled with masts and spars along tho extended and still extending wharfage. It was a scone of beauty, mingled with business—of nature and commerce, of God and man. W3 remained silent n long time, trying to grasp the extent of the scone and tho most interesting points, when the duke broke the silence by saying: "This is, indeed, a wonderful city, when we remember that not one generation bus passed away since the country hero wns all a marshy waste, an impassable, uuinbnbit- ablo swamp. "Yes," said I, "and remember the great fires that hnve swept through it. Two or three times the electric wires have thrilled with tho terrible words, "Chicago is burning!" until it seemed there could bo nothing loft to burn." "Yet look around and seo the stately buildings that greet the eye on every side, While from every point the masts and spars proclaim a groat trade center." "Are there so many branches of tho river?" I asked. "No, those," said the duko, pointing out tho different lines, "nre canals or slips opened by tho people. Whenever trado or business needs more room, or an outlet to tho lake, men arc ready to do tho work for tho earth that is to bo removed. It is taken to other parts of tho city whero it is used to bring tho grade up to tho city level." "Thou hero tho old adage is followed out, that nothing should over bu wasted." "Yes, even tho debris from tho burnt district mado the foundation for one of the finest avenues in the city." After tho noon lunch I suggested that we visit Lincoln Park. "Shall \vo take a cnrringo or tho street cars?" asked tho duke, as wo left tho lunch room. "Oh, let us walk," I said. So wo started along leisurely, enjoying tho different objects of interest. "Do you know what that building is that is covered with vines and shaded by thoso great trees that .scorn older than the city itself?" I inquired as we cnme to a handsome stone building. "No, but I think it must, bo some old monastery built by the Jesuits when they roamed over the western world," said the duko. "Anil thoso fine buildings in tho yard must binii/a.different scats of learning," I suggested. •-•-. "Here is a man Tn-uniform, I'll ask him," snid the duke, stopping forward. "Sir, what is this old building, covered with ivy?" "Potter Palmer's residence, sir!" snid the man, looking very much surprised that anyone need to nsk such a question. "And thoso outer buildings, what arc? they?" "Potter Palmer's stables, sir!" snid the man with a peculiar smilo. We had boon the guests of Mr. Palmer's hotel and now we had .seen his home. You may imn^ino our surprise, and, I must confess, chagrin, to think that wo hud mistaken a private residence for anything iso grand mid old. After that "Potter Palmer's residence" became a byword with us. Lincoln Park is one of th* finest in tho city. It is the zoological garden of Chicago, and full of interest from iho entrance gateway to tho farthest nook. The object tliat called for our special attention were the sea lions. They wove playing in tho water, diving and swimming or suunin; themselves in tho little artistic lakes and caves that had boon prepared for thoir use. Tho little prairio dogs were a novelty to us. Their little mounds of earth gave mo my first viow of life on the great plains of tho West. "These animals wo never seo in tho old world," I said, as we stood looking at them, busy at their play. "They nro found only in America, and then only west of tho Mississippi river. Washington Irving has given a very interesting description of their habits of life in one of his beautiful sketches." "Hero nro tho bear pits. See that old fellow hanging by one foot to tho limb of that old stump," I said, as wo came to tho caves of the black and brown bears. One of the brown bears seemed perfectly at homo on tho limb of an old stump in his pit, trying to cntcli tho peanuts that tho children wero throwing to him. But the bear at the foot hnd the foust while tho one in the tree was working hard for littlopay. The great grizuly bear, looking up from tho mouth of his cavo, was the greatest curiosity, I hud never seen one before, but hnd often rend of them. _To _bo_cpn tin ue d. A VJffiUY FAMOUS CAT. Remarkable Gymnastic ITeat Cleverly Done by a Cut. There was a famous cat at Christchurch. This was the ermmou room cat. This room was, ol course, sacred to dou.«, but when a man took his bachelor's, his tutor generally asked him to wine in the common room. There if he was lucky, he might hear Osborne Gordon come out with some of liis wit and wibdoin. He might also yitw ^ process which attested both the agility of tho cat and the agility of the human subject. Above the fireplace was the mnntelpeico, and above the mantel peice a bust of the venerable Dr. Busby, and above tho bust a bracket on tho wall. The don would stand before the fireplace and, with a dexterous jerk would toss up a biscuit, which would alight on the bracket. Pussy would bound to the mantelpeice, then to the bald head of tie venerable Busby, and finally to the bracket. It was cleverly done, both by the cat and don, but the chief credit of tho gymnastic feat was supposed to remain with the cat. There was one man of long standing who was very fond of mice, which used to reside in his pockelsancl run freely about his clothe*. Any person in the pursuit of natural history v.ould be pardoned in the college which owned Frank Buckland as a student whose reunirkablo performances that way will long be a tradition nt Oxford.— Temple Bar. Mr. Newed: "vVhat kind of pudding is this?" Mrs. Newed (archly): Guess. It has something to do with the place honey- moonr^re often passed in." Mr, ft: Ah. yes a flat pudding. Very good indiwl. Quite appropriate. ' Mrs. Jf: (tea/fully) "I meant a 0-o-cottage pudding." FARM, HOME AND GARDEN. A CHANGEmTHE HOME. "A chnngo In the house, ma'am. A sud'iiu—you'll flnd: All si ill ns n monso inn nmj Til dnnv up I he blind. No, nol I tin I freuing— lie cloth nil wpllt But, as forcottliiK— Ah, mothers cnn tolll Yo«, lhi'!>c> is my riche?, My jimolnHiitl gold— Tho jickot and hroochos I mndelilm of old. 1 brush 'cm and air 'cm And Iny 'em out rijjlit, Ac thoimli lie would wear "pin, O' friatiirdav iili>hl. Hut. no little Sammy Uotnos running nnon, And cu!Hm;out, '.Mummy, Just lool? nt 'PHI on! When the lioiiiioivork Is ending, Towimls Ihri'i- oC tho dock, I still sit M mnmllnfj Some lltllc« j;niy nock, And sometiines—through thirsting And lonjrintf PO sore— F hem* lihn como hustling And bunging the door, And .lump up In hold him And feed on his smiles— Oh. how could I him For polling the tiles? All the gold ever minted I'd K'ndly give o'er To see his foot printed In mini on the floor. I'hereV iho bed where t laid him, Afy Precious nt night, And tin! quilt as I nmdu him, So cosy nnil light, And now IIH he's laying Down under .tho moiild. I'm waking and crying A-thinking he's cold. I know IIH It's blindness-- Ifebi'llions IIH I am; TheShepnrd In kindness HUB folded his lamb. Hut oh I how I miss him, And hunger to kiss him, Aly own little Sam I" UATJSS. Are your crops well secured? Make till buildings right and tight. A fnrnier in Norwnlk, Col., has realized $4,200 this year from sixteen acres of onions. A drink of wiirm water, with a small cjuantity of corn meal added to tho water, is excellent for the pigs on cold mornings. Keep all animals in dry, clean and well ventilated quarters. It is one of the best preventives of sckness known. L Potatoes are very likely to be sccTre next spring. Be sure >ou save a supply of stood seed; keep in a cool, dark place, freo from frost. Anlies for IlogH. The importance of feeding' ashes to hogs should not be overlooked. Many farmi'Ts are obliged to feed corn in large quantities, especially upon tho prairie farms, where hardwood ashes are scarce or wholly unknown; yet it is upon these very farms that there is the greatest need for null material in aiding in building up the bone of hogs. Corn cobs furnish a very strong ash and in the 'absence they should be burned and the ashes carefully saved and fed. Spread them upon a clean wood floor and tho animals will help themselves every day to just the amount they need. Qualities of .Fowls. An exchange tells us that good rangers always make the best table fowls. The flesh of tho indolent bird is tough, coarse and stringy. It requires an epicure to decide. To some, anything that wears feathers is chicken, and the larger tho fowl so much the better, since it supplies the greater amount of food. Not so with all. A delicate morsel fitted for the invalid or tho refined palate, is chicken to some, while tho ordinary case cannot discriminate beyond the greater -furnished, and called chicken. Small, pure bred fowls have small bodies and sweet, tender juicy flesh. By tho unijoiity, yellow legged fowls are preferred, as they possess j'ellow skin, and the greater portion of our domestic fowls possess this color notwithstanding the fact that yellow skinned fowls often have the toughest flesh, especially the flesh of tho large fowls. Turkeys, when fattened on corn, have a pale yellow skin, while the log coloring is either bronze, black or pink. A yellow leg is not becoming to a black turkey, and is out of place. Slate or blue is more in accordance. Swine Ruining Pioflte'ble. Swine may be made the most profitable of. farm stock. Th»ir productiveness is amazing if counted up for a few years. A sow well cared for will produce two Jitters of from seven to ten pigs ea.Ui every year, and what the total numlvr would be at the end of five years, a'lowing one half of the pigs to be sows, we leave to some of your young friends who have mathematical faculties to calculate and inform us for the benefit of other reader^ These pigs— way sixteen for the tivo litters—may easily bo made to weigh 200 pounds each when a year old, so that one sow will yield her own 8,200 pounds of pork every year for five or fcix years, equal to from 1(3,000 to 20,000 pounds of pork for her contribution during her useful life. But it is very rarely that the pigs are looked unon us worthy of much careful regard. They are more commonly treated as the weed, of tho farm stock, prolific, growing without care and in spite of neglect. It would not bo a.l- yisable to increase their number, but it is advisable to increase their value, by lessening their number and improving the keeping of them. Pigs of 100 pounds each are much less profitable than tivo of 200 pounds each, and one well kept sow is worth more than twice as maeh as two ill kept ones which produce each one litter in the year. To reduce the stock one- baif and treat these twice as well would ireble the profit from the year's increase. Winter Cure of Breading; Cows. Many breeders of cattle can recall where ;hey have lost a valuable _ animal, not for want of knowledge on their part, or of the men in charge of the herd, but because of an accident that might have been prevented had more careful attention been given to the surroundings. Forthought, says an exchange, would prevent a large t'hai'O of the accidents apparently common to farm stock. In making whiter arrangne- ments, which applies now as well as earlier where not already provided for, the breeding cows should have special attention to guard against what may cause the loss of a calf. Not only should they have light, comfortable well-venfcilateu quarters, with food calculated to preserve a healthy condition, and thus promote the growth of the i'catus, but there are details in the daily uitiimgenn-ut :juito as important-. On most farms it is the custom to turn the cows out a portion of each day for exercise and to get water. Where cows are heavy in calf, there is constant danger in this unless there is more caution than is ueulljr displayed by the average farmhand. A common cause of danger is the presenci, in the herd, of an jnruly, quarrelsome animal ''hat is always ready to attack her companions. Such a cow is liable to cause more loss than she is worth; and the only safe plar, is to get rid of her at the earliest opportunity; or if for any reason, it is desirable to retain her, provide a separata yard for her. Slippery, icy watering places are dangerous for the cow in calf, as a fall may cause abortion, even is the cow herself escapes injury in other ways. It it needless to say that the safer plan is to provide water in the stable, so the cows need not be turned out exceut for exerciee, and then only when the yards are not icy, and the weather is pleasant. In thua guarding against what may cause abortion there is more than the value of the calf at stake, for a cow having once aborted there is constant liability that she will do so again, as many owners can testify. The difference between the value of a cow as a regular breeder of choice calves an>i her worth n<i beef, cortainly warrants the exercise of due care to prevent accidents. FA MI IA' KE ADI NX). Content;. Do not content. Contentment means Inaction; The growing soul aches on Its upward quest. Satiety Is twin (o siitlsfnclion; All great iichlevments spring from life's unrest. The liny roots, deep in Iho dark mold hiding, \Voulcl never bless the enrth with loai arid llower Wore not an Inborn restlessness abiding In feed and germ, to stir them with Its power. Were man contented with his lot forever, Ho had not sought gtrungo eons with sails unfurled, And iho vast wonder of our shores hnd novor Dawned on the gaxo or an admiring world. Vrizo what Is yours, but, ho not qulto contented; There is a healthful restlessness of soul By which a mighty purpose is augmented In urging men to reach a higher goal. So when tho restless Impulse rises, driving Your calm content before It, do not grieve j It In the upward reaching and the striving Of the (>o<l In yon to achieve, achiovol Kl.IjA WllKELBll WlLCOX Woman is tho symbol of moral and physical beauty. Tho greatest and sublimest power is often simple patience. Put off tho habit of petting yourself as long as you can. _ Procrastinotion may be the thief of time, but it never was known to get anything else. The lucky man is generally a very industrious one and loaded with good common sense. A CUIUl'H Short Memory. Wo ohould bo glad that it is a child's nature to bo forgetful; that a kiss, a smile, a kind word will efface tho recollection of the hasty reproof, the cross look, the impatient blow that has wrung blood from tho tender little heart. We would not dare tn insult those of our own age as we do our children. Thank heuven for their short memories! Rules for u. LOIIJJ; Life. A Canadian clergyman, who is hale and hearty at 78 years of age, gives these rules which have governed his life: The [use of plain food, with plenty of fruit. Personal cleanliness by frequent ablutions from head to foot. Flannel next tho skin the year round, graduated according to season. Open air exercise every day. Ventilation of sleeping room, summer and winter. Eight hours' sleep each day.—Exchange. il'eculliir Impressions of Children. Parents can scarcely imagine how very mysterious much of thoir conversation appears to their young children, and how strangely it is interpreted. Many times when one would _scarcely think they were listening, their little immature minds are being filled with incorrect impressions, or they are trying, to solve problems far beyond their ability to solve. As an instance of this, Mrs. Stovve relates the following incident concerning Henry Ward Boecher: When ho was two years old his mother died. Ho was told at one time that she had been laid in the ground, and at another that she had gone to heaven. Thereupon Henry, putting the two things together, resolved to dig through the ground and go to heaven to find her; for beina discovered one morning under his sister I Catherine's window digging with great ' zeal and earnestness, she called to him T^ know what ho was doing. Lifting his* curly head, he answernd with great simplicity: "Why, I'm going to lieayen to j find mamma. ATTACKED BY TWO BACCOOXS. ' Mrs. Pomllunr Kills ISotli Animals After u Desperate Fight. Mrs. Pomilear, a prominent resident of Elmville, a small village about eight miles from Egg Harbor, N . J. was attacked recently by a large ruccoon. Mrs. Pomilear was walking from her house to the barn when the animal sprang from behind a wood pile and confronted her. Mrs. Pom- iloar turned to run, but tho raccoon had her in his grasp. The nnini'i.1 clung to her and snapped vi- ci'iusly, but Mrs. Pomilear finally managed to shako it off, and, picking up a club, brained it by a well-directed blow. She then proceeded to the barn, and upon her return she was terrified at seeing another raccoon in her path. It was the mate of tlio one she had killed. Before the animal could attack her Mrs. Pomilear got a pitchfork from the barn. She approached the raccoon, which was larger than the lmt one, and more savage. The woman was scratched and bitten repeatedly before she succeeded in killing tho animal. "1 suppose you have a bigger trade when it rainn than when itdose'nt rain?" he said to a dealer in umbrellas. "No I don't notice any difference," said the umbrella dealer. "But you get better prices wh«n it rains, don't you?" " Why should 1?" "Why, umbrellas go up then don't they. "We'll give you just twenty-four hourtj to leave town," tniid the chairman of the vigilance committee. "Do you believe i hat time is money?" asked the undesired visitor. "5fes, c s rtainly," "Then how much cash will you give BJQ to leave at once':"" " A young woman who bad a check foij $14 on a certain Detroit bank presented if at the cashier's desk, and he pjjitely saidj "You will please indorse it, miss." Shd took it over to the desk and wrote on back: "I want this money awfuj ~ yowe truly, please pay tourer," n I

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