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THE tTPPEU MOINES, ALGONA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, MARCH 1. 1893, A QUAKER HEROINE Exploit of a Woman During tho Revolutionary War, in the American as in the English story is due to the judicious action of Lydia Da.rrach. Lydia was the wife of William Dar- racflT, a teacher of some reputation in Colonial times. With her family she the AVintry winds which Avhistled around lived In the "Loxloy House" at 117 South Second street, just Avhere little The Good Work oi Lydia rach lor the American Cause. Learning fjord Howe's Plans She u am s Washington of Dangev. "Lydfa .Darrach, Hei'olno'.'—lluat is the Avay the makers of that species of literature known, as biographical dictionaries wrll'o, her down for the knoAV- ing and reading of till men. But the distinction of suctln an appellation applied Dock street. The Loxley House was of good age even then, and from its cmi- [iis old front porc-h* which Avas a sort of galery on a seconel story level, the Meth- Dar- odist preacher, John Wliitelleld, had often addressed largo audiences ranged in the streej; and on the hill opposite. The historic house stood until Avtthin the memory of inanjy UOAV living, but AVIIS linallyi replaced'"by more modem buildings beter sul'.ed for modern uses. W bother the Darrachs owned the Loxley Houso at. the time of the Itewolulion or Avhother. like St.' Paul, they Avere merely "living in their own hired house," seems to bo a point upon Avhioh no OIK; is qualified to speak with authority. At the rate the occupying Knglish failed to loiiA-o them in undisturbed possession of their homo quarters and a portion of tlie house Avas appropriated tor use as others for tiho Ad.iuih.nt General of the invading army. It was on December 2 that that oltl- lo horsi'If. probably never entered the little Quaker Avomans head as she set herself energetically to work to serve her country find to save her countrymen hi the long ng >. And the idea of the distinction of having a heroine as one of the mothers of Philadelphia back- In revolutionary times has pretty generally dropped out of the consciousness of the present generation of dwcllere "in the good old Quaker town." It was list, one amndred and fifteen years ago this December that Lydia Darrach earned for herself the litle bc- stOAved upon her In tho books Avhich devote themselves to keeping green the memories of departed Avorthies, says the Philadelphia Times. The curious parti of the talc is that whereas the Helens, the Catherines, tho Marys and the various martam.cs celebrated in song and story have most of them earned tilieir distinction by stirring up strife and bringing about Avars and rumors of wars, this little Quaker Avomau, Friend Lydia, distinguished herself by preventing a battle, or at least by doin? AVhat might be called reducing a military encounter to the lowest tenns. Early school training has impressed upon the mind of llhe American youth the fact that the whiter of 1777-78 was, in tho text-book phrase, "the gloomiest period of flic Revolutionary War." The fortunes of the little Continental army struggling to make good the daring assertions of the revered "Declaration" had been far from brilliant. Liberty seemed about' to bo crushed, and that in the very cradle in Avhich it had been bom;-and great: Avore the apprehensions that the principles of self-government would be deprived of the American colonies as a vantage ground from Avhich to work. The main actors of the miUtarj* drama were gathered almost Avitlihi t!ho present confines of Philadelphia. HOAA'O and Cornwall!* on one side and Washington Lafayette ad Pnlaski on the other, Avere in such near neighborhoods that if they had had the advantage of modern railway facilities a half- hour's ride Avonld have enabled them to exchange calls between tho inimical encamp men In. But the British had decidedly tho best of Hie bargain. As strangers and visitors they Avould IKWO been entitled to Ihis under ordinary circumstances' but in tho case in point they had Avalked in and helpcel themselves. In military phrase their army, under Lord HOAVO, hatl "occupied Philadelphia," and that in tho face of decided though ineffectual objections on the part of the American residents and armed forces. Tho main body of the stranger troops Avas located at (Jorniantown. Tho remainder made themselves merry in the social life of what .was then the heart of tho city. Old St. Ueorge's church, on Fourth street \vas turned into a riding school for the pleasure of the red- coaled captors of tho toAvn and the devout Methodist congregation sent to fraternize Avilh their Baptist brethren in a, neighboring church until such time as it pleased the visitors to render their cial gave orders to his Quaker landlady to have a, room in readiness for a meeting, ho Avishod to hold that evening, adding In a. tono of authority, "and bo sure Lydia, that all your family are in bed at an earljy hour." Mrs. Darrach had no choice but to obey, and the meeting came off as scheduled and. under tho conditions as proscribed. But, AVhilo she luid faithfully seen '(hat all oil)*') 1 members of her family Avore duly abed and presumably asleep, she herself utterly failed to fall In Avith the spirit of the arrangement. After a, period of restlessness, sho rose and stole softly to the door of the room in AA'hich the Adjutant 'aws holding his council of war. Then 1 she hoard plans made for an attack on Washington's force' at White Marsh. The news Avas naturally far from agreeable and the latter end of that night, so far as sleeping was concerned, AVIIS AVOTSO than Ms beginning. Lydia Darrach AVIIS a distinctly capable Avoman even though, she is described by those Avlho kncAV her as being physically small and frail;.and Avhat to a Avoman of this part of the nineteenth century Avonld have scorned all but: impossible Mrs. Darrach undertook wit'hout a Avord of confidence to anj.-nc. The Darrachs 1 were evidently not burdened Avitli an overplus of this Avorld's goods, for it is recrdod that Lydia folloAved a. profession of her oAvn, and rendered services as a nurse whenever needed. So it was entirely in keeping with her social and financial position that Lydia. should, on the morning of- December U. obtain from Lord HOAVO a pass alloAving her to proceed beyond the British lines, and start on foot to Frankford for the ostensible purpose of purchasing Hour for family use. There Avas snow on the ground; but: the little AVO- mau I nidged ail these weary miles without a thought of hesitating, left hoi- bag at the Frankford mill and hurried on toward White Marsh to Avarn General Washington of his danger. Before sho reached t!lw> camp, sho met an American officer. Colonel Craig, and knowing and 1 rusting him as a friend she delivered to him the secret that: impelled her to the journey and started IhomeAvard. Carrying Her twenty-live pound of flour from Frankford to her homo on South Second street, she saved appearances and was neA'cr suspected of having put tho Americans on their guard against Lord Howe's plans. Tho British troops marched ivway at nightfall of December 4, and it \vas not until tho 8th that they came back, sore and, having found 'Washington prepared at every point. Their intended attack on the Sfchi had proved a i\x- xlo and tho little Edge Hill military faro.o Avas over. Tho Adjutant examined L|v<ria Darrach closely as to tho niOA'omonts of tho members of her household on Hie evening of his mooting, but never thought of suspecting her, because he had had apparent diHiculty in rousing her after tho meeting was over. The frustration of his plans remained a mystery to him; and it was probably the necessity for looked, nor should t.h,e possibility of profitable inventions* be undervalued. Either may make t'ne professional engineer's fortune, AVhilo tho lawyer or doctor has no such opjortunity. Neither is brought Into such close connection Avith tho actual affairs of business. Tho discoveiy of eiilorofonu, ether or of any of the means of producing antigthesis, undoubtedly the greatest medical discoveries of the present lime, mad'e no fortunes for the discoverers; indqc'd, the'names of those benefactors to humanity are almost forgotten. But the names of the groat engineers who not only benefited th,o world, but have made large fortunes, are household words. As nn instance of what we have said the AVords of tin .eminent and AA'calthy mining engineer may be- quoted: "I have 'practiced my profession for lAA'enty-livo years," said ho, "and my receipts from professional fees luiA'e been in tho neighborhood of only $150,000, AVhilo my expenses, for I. kept my accounts exactly.' haA - o been within a fenv thousand dollars of this." There are many engineers remarkably successful financially and professionally Avho could duplicate this experience, and Avho. like this one. are yet Avell satistiod with tho not results of their profession. There is no profession Avliich otters so many opportunities to the aspirant as that of tho engineer. SHOT BY ROBBERS! 1 wi 1 show liiiu lo you. ' With all flic regal grace for which she AA-as famous. Anno slowly led iho AvayOo'VU the gallery to hi" son's room. She W".:' I'll 1 .i\vccl by :is motley .1 ; % i'o\v as ever the Palais Itoyal luid soon with Leecliburg:, Pemis.vlvania, Stirred m its walls, uu me- threshold sh<- paused to jut her linger significantly on her Ilips. then, stepped forward lo the lieil. pulled wide the curtains, titul (lls|il:iyetl to t'he people llho young king seemingly .asleep, lie was only feigning shnnli'.'r. I ho Up Over an Attempted Hatik breaking. William Scliaci'er Killed Outright By the Baffled Burglar.".' with keep that. His Murderer I ocked Up and Narrowly Escapes Lynching — Others Pursued. Louis tho Fourteenth lay (hero eyelids tight, shut, but, if was to back the fears of helpless anger welled up from his heart. Kov two hours the queen stood beside his pillow, and did the honors of his supposed slumber, while the nibble of I'aris tiled past in whispered admiration. Such nights as these in the lives of kings either dethrone them or make them tyrants. constitution. He had weak lungs from boyhood and he was conscious of It Hut h' would not sacriiiro the cigarette, and live hxos of cigarettes, of twenty, piec.-s each, meant, as he himself says, a modeiate day's smoking for 'Him. Kv- ory possible substitute was resorted to in order to break the habit, but all efforts were fnitloss. Kobet Louis Stevenson, it iray be tuthfully said, has hastened his own death. PLAINT." Tradition of the Alleged Miraculous Origin or Calvary Clover. HI.VI' TO STAAU' COLLKOTOKS. Oeueral \Vanamakor Tells How lo (!o About (idling tilic Colimibian HE FOKGOT TO KEMEMBEK. Detroit Free Press: Mr. Wiggins Avont about his business duties all day Avith a little scrap of red ribbon tied around his linger. Men looked at it and smiled, but asked no questions. They had been there themselves. But. a Avoman he mot—one of his Avifo's friends—had more curiosity or less knowledge about that particular bit of ribbon. '•Oh, Mr. Wiggins, Avhat arc you Aveariug that ribbon bOAV on your linger for, I should like to knoAvV" "It's a help to memory," said Mr. Wiggins; "my AA'ife tied it on this morning." "I. tltought maybe it. was a kind of new decoration," said his AA'ife's friend. "No, indeed. She wanted mo to remember to bring hter something A r ery particularly, and in order to Impress it constantly on my mind took this plan," ansAver,ed Mr, Wiggins, with a troubled expression. | "Y-e-s, I se,e. Now you won't mind tolling me, as an old friend, Avliat It Avas she Avanted you to remember." "My dear madam," said poor Wiggins, Avith a weary smile, "1 AA'oulel be only too glad to tV'll you if T kneAV it myself. You see, 1 have entirely forgotten Avhat she wanted me to remember; that ribbon must have driven it out of my mind." Leeehburg, Pa., Feb. 21.—This toAvu was IhroAvn into the most Intense cx- itcinent this evening by an attempt t bank robbery and the -murder of a prominent citizen, hi attempting to apture the burglars. One man Avas aplured and narrowly escaped lynch- |* ing. ' Boys S«AV live men trying to force nn entrance into one of the back Aviii- dows of the Leeehburg bank building. They gave the alarm to Constable Collars, S. S. McCullough and Councilman AVin. Schaefer. The three men hurried to the building. Just as they arrived, one of the urglars caine out and they ordered im to surrender. The burglar drew a evolver and tired. Sehaefor fell dead, hot througfli the .heart. McOuliough eturucd the lire and Avhllo the shooing AVOS going on, a great number of eoplo collected. The man Avho shot Councilman Scliae- er was caught and hurried. to the ock-up. At least a hundred citizens onued- themselves into a posse and tarted after the other men. The murderer was locked up and the irison Avas surrounded by a ci'OAA'd of ruied men and threats of lynching vero freely indulged in, b.ut Cooler's i head pixrvalled 1 and the .crowd dls- SWiMMIXG ON 1-IO'RSEBA.GK. Some Horses Sink Muc.h Deeper in the Water Than Others. Swimming horses across a flooded creek or a river is a common and on some stations almost daily occurrence in Australia during the rainy season. As a rale 1 have remained seated in tho saddle Avhilo SAvimming my horso across a flooded river, and have found the buoyancy of the horse to vary quite as much a.s that, of a human being, says a, Avriter in the' London Field. I liave had some horses AA'hich would swim Avith the seat of the saddle clear above the AA'ater, while others on the contrary SAvam so deeply that only the ears, eyes, and nose Avero visible. In the latter case the sooner tho rider slips over the talil the better. Tf you ara not, in the saddle I do not think it matters much Avhether you swim at the horse's head or tail, or on your back, breast; or side. Of course, the nearer you are to his head the bettor chance you have of guiding him if necessary, ersed. But little can be learned about ang that did the business. It is ain that the second burglar Is AVOI d and the chances of his capture ood as the Avhole tOAvn is scouring ountry for him. the cer- ind- are the Mr. NO LIJXUIUES FOK HIM. Selus, Hie African Explorer, -Neither Hammock Nor Tent. Mr Selous, the distinguished linn tor and explorer, is in England, and has been lolling something of his methods AVhcii in the wilds of Africa, says the London Daily NOAVS. HOAV little he has over cared for personal comfort, may be gathered from the remark that he never thought of taking any sort of con- A'oyauco oA'on to the extent of a hammock, for ease by day or rest by night, and Avoulel not be encumbered by a tout. For weeks together, year after year, he slept on tlip ground, covered only by something in tho shape of a blanket. Asked if there \vere no reptiles to elisturb repose under such conditions, Mr. Selous replied that, although venomous snakes were to be found 1 , bites from them were verry rare, and in all his expedience he had never known anybody, either native or European, Avho had been killed by a. snakebite in Ma- sonaltincl. "In fact," he said, "you run more risk of being killed by an omnibus |iu London streets than AVO do by veno- but as a rule horses will swim as fast mous snakes in those African forests." and as straight as they can to tho near- And as to. the malarial fever, of Avhich est landing point. In tho Avholo course ^o much has been heard lately, he of my experience. I have never seen, thought nervous travelers, or the in- but one horse uuaMo or umvllling to swim, and on tMs occasion the horse turned on his side immediately it found itself in deep water, and, refusing to to make droAvned. house of Avorship to them again. Balls preserving lier secret from him that kept and routs, dinners and dances, kept tho British officers going until shreAvd old Dr. Franklin drylyt remarked one daiv that "Howe had not taken Philadelphia so much as Philadelphia had taken Ho wo." Meamvhilo, Washington and his impoverished 1'olioAvors Avere shivering in tlieir encampment out at White Marsh, beyond Chestnut. Hill. They Avero poor and Avretched, but their spirit was unconquerable, and (lie result was the long list of small engagements in and around Philadelphia which distinguished tli:o story of Lydia Darrach's heroism, from being better known. Just what elements go to make up a case of genuine heroism is a curious sort of study. In this case there was on one side an uncontrolable curiosity abut what, might have been very justly considered none of her business;'a clear case of eavesdropping, and a certain amount, of Jesuitical reasoning as to tho justiflcation of the means by tho end, ventors of travelers' stories, had exaggerated its deadly effects a groat deal. When exposed to all the discomforts of this tropical climate in rainy seasons tho slightest effort, it AATIS !years ago, Mr.' Selous had several at- In my opinion tho most im- j tacks of fever; but during his latest portant thing to do AA'hen swimming sojourn of three or four years in Ma- any horse across a stream is to unbuckle ' your snaffle rein, and, 'if riding with a double-roiiiod bridle, cut tho stitches of the icurb rellu. Practically the only danger there is lies in tho risk of the horse getting Ids fore legs entangled In the bridle, which can easily be avoided. "How can Iho stamp collecting girls and bo.vs of this country procure full Bets of the new Columbian postage stamjs for their albums?" repeated Postmaster General , Wanamakor. thoughtfully, when a question on Ibis 'lit was put to him the oilier day by ;i New Yorl- .press repoi'ier. "Lot me see." said lie. "Of cousc they can always Jjo procured at, any .MI olu mnsly there arc low of our young collector Avho can afford I to buiv them in that fashion, inasmuch as an entire scries would cost ^lii.L'ii. For most of tlliem tho only practicable method will be to obtain I lie stamps already canceled. That will be easy enough us far as the lower denominations are concerned, but not so with I he higher denominations." | "But. on wihat mail matter Avill those high cost stamps be used?" I asked. | "The high-priced Columbus stamps," said tho Post-master General, "those iWh'cli represent; one, two, three, four and live doll tux each, will bo largely in demand by bankers and brokers for mailing bonds and other securities to 'Europe. Such valuables go in sealed packages at regular foreign letter rates, which are 5 cents a half ounce. At thai- rate a very moderate sized bundle will cost; as muchi as $5 for postage across the ocean. In this manner a laigo part: of the stamps of big denominations Avill 'go abroad. American boys and girls ,\. ill not get those high cost stamps will also bo used for mailing largo packages his country. People often send big at, letter rates from place to place in this country. People often send big parcels containing valuable things In that way at 2 cents an ounce, sealed I and registered. I ( daro say you know Unit: you can transmit through the post anything you like—no matter how bulky ami heavy it is—so long as you pay letter rates on it, though yiou can not for- Avar.l any package exceeding four pounds at tin; ordinary charges for merchandise. Young collectors must: rely on getting the canceled stamps from parcels forwarded in tihis manner at letter rates. "That 1 docs not solve the puzzle, 1 know," Mr. Wanamakor continued. "Of course, big packages sent at: two,cents an ounce, scaled and registered because tin ir c men is arc valuable, do not reach every merchant or professional man. The bankers are most likely to get thorn I Avould recommend the boys and girls Avlio are anxious to procure the high-priced Columbus stamps to make friends with people at the bunks Avith the vioAV to securing possession of such coveted treasures. A good natured cashier or toiler Avoulel be very apt to find tin opportunity to detach a few of the canceled stamps from bundles of securltcs once in a while, ft is well AVoi'ih ti'.vlng, because these curiosities are likely to go up considerably in value on ticouut of the difficulty in obtaining them. 1 suppose that dealers in stamps Avlll not soil them cheap." St. Louis Konuhlic: Those 1 veined hi plant and llowcr lore say that, the celebrated "Plant of Calvary" was unknown in the llora of the world prior to the dale of the crucifixion of Jesus. According lo (he tradition the original plant sprung up in Ihe (rack made by Pilate when he went, to the cross for the purpose of pliaclng that famous "title" over the head of him of whom the Jews said. "Say that he called himself 'King of the Jews.' " The plant as it is now known Is a conunon trefoil, resembling the common, clover in many particulars, especially in tho peculiarities of growth. There is but little doubt, that, in truth it was originally 11 native of Turkey or India, but Christians who discredit Ihe story of its miraculous origin still claim that its native home is Palestine. Under the name of Calvary clover it is known all jover Europe. At present the three round green leaves of the plant each i a carmine spot in the center, ! which Hooks for all the world like a [drop of blood. During tho day the three leaves stand erect, the two side ones laterally taking almost the exact form .of ti cross. During the season a smaJl yellow tlower appears, its form and make-up reminding most startjUngly of t'he crown of thorns. Early Christian writers and not a few of the "vulgar" historians mention this botanical oddity. Julian says that hi timo each of tho loaves had a Avhito .center in the form of a cross, and that close inspection would reveal miniature ; pictlres of ligures hanging to each. The tig-lire, on the center leaf Avas ajhvays clad in white, those on the sides either in black or rod. Ho also says that the crosses, ligures, and bloody spots disappeared from the side leaves before the Mower burst into bloom, but that the central one (which in all countries Avas thought, to represent the Saviour) "lasted for a. good fortnight after the Ihe others hod faded from view." ENGINEERING-. The Trades With the and the lawfulness of mental reservation. But the love of country, and the practical patriotism shown in her sac- tho revolutionary campaign in Ponnsyl- |rifice of personal comfort, and the brav- vania for that year. The British Avere ,ing of personal danger seem I'o outAveigh , good soldiers as Avoll as jolly fellows, all those in the general esteem, for that ' y mi!Scd on Their social proclivities but seldom in- iL(ydla. Darrach AVIIS a trno heroine, and !11Kl S ™ ss bolt- teifercd with their business of Avar. ( of an .unusually modest type at 'that, They kept a watchful eye on the Avary few Avho ICUOAV her story AVOUId think American General and iiOA'er missed an of denying, opportunity to harass his climished army. In tho oarlli- part of December, 1777, the time to direct another blow at the Colonial forces scorned to the English leadens to have arrived, and Ihe plans Avore laid which led up to the engagement of lodge Hill. The affair Avas too slight to be set dOAA'n in history as one of tho eventful stopping stones of the War of ludopndence. Only local historians, or those Avhose care for exactness has transcended any vulgar ambition to bo handled, and read by the multitude, Jmvo taken the time and space to speak' of the Edge Hill skirmish. Thut the British general's plans failed of fulfillment and that Edge Hill Ingtoa, JDftfayett© and Pulaski on the oth as a wife at 9Hmk_w # , .A-?, Not In It Professions. FOOD FOK DA1KY COWS. Western Farm Journal.—Tho dairyman cannot afford to train AA r ith those Avho "feed only the food raised on tin farm." That may be all right and it may not. The man who raises beef cattle Ciin do A'erjy AA'ell Avith tho food usu- tlio farms in the corn Com, oats, corn fodder, straAA', tiinuithy and clover Avill make prime beef if fed in largo enough quantities to the right kind of cattle, but. the kind of food that makes beef Avill not .always make milk rich in butter-fat. iBoef can bo made cheaply from carbon- [aceous foods, such as corn. -Milk is host made from nitrogenous foods, such as bran, shorts, oil meal and oats, if these foods are not raised on file farm the Avidoawako dairyman Avill figure on what ho can get for 'them, ft may bo that ho wifl find that It Avill pay him to sonaland he has felt no symtoms of it. THE BOY KING. An interesting incident in the Life of LOTUS tho XIX. ! I Manufacturer; It has been recently stated by an engineer- in an address to college students that the pecuniary reward of engineering practice is much so11 soine ° 1Ws com ancl !w niiu tml queen's ladies, pale and trembling, i-lung less than that of other professions 01< ° 11 Illeal - There are a yood many J > her; she aluue Avas undismayed Here- Avhere equal ability is called into play. slcu ' s to <he dairy business. The man ing the shout for the king, .-me-tiis St. NicholKs.—It Avas a rule of the old French law that monarchs come of ago at 1 thirteen. Louis Avas rapidly approaching the momentous birthday. He had grown into a tall, line-looking lad; his manners were god; lie AVIIS an excellent horseman; he danced admirably, as AVO haA r o soon; and ho had already shoAvu that taste for elaborate dress and ceremony Avhich later years AVUI'O so strongly to develop. But befre (lie reached the eventful jduy, tho royal pair passed through a [frying experience. It AVIIS night-time. ,Suddenly a rumor spread abroad that jtho king and his mother Avon' trying jto escape out of their unfriendly cap! tal. Bells rang, the people turned out. all Paris Avas in an uproar, and marched down \ipon tho Palais Koyal. j Arrived at the palace gates, tho people shouted their Avill. "Our king! show i us our king!" they cried. Within tho palace Avero dismay and fear. Tho MEADOW (.Sit ASS. I I Heavy meadow yrass is valuable. If Is quality does not: come up to standard it may be cut wet. and balanced up | with nitrogenous foods, like cottonseed and linseed meal, and will pay well for feeding. Because a meadow is over- 'Mowed each year and doesn't cut the best timothy, but yields heavy fescue or oilier grasses, don't despise it. Stiui- iiilate it, encourage it, make all you can of it. If tin.! Hold docs not yield heavi- 'jy harrow it or plow ami hari'oAV It after the regular freshet, so it will have • a chance lo get. sodded' before another 'flood ar.d sow grass at once. | SOAV varieties that are knoAvn to do [AVoll in such a situation and. sow more than OIK? kind. Be sure to SOAV sorts |that ripen together, that the hay may jbo lit for I lie moAvers, and not' part too ripe and part loo green, is the advice of a Philadelphia Farm Journal correspondent, AVho furnishes also the fol- loAving suggestive item: "1 have anel«jh- : bor w'ho last year had the best prospects for a good corn crop of any one around, but he folloAved old time Avays nd put a heavy cultivator at work sev- •.'ring the corn root in July, and a .drought setting in just after, his crop [failed to produce Avithin. a good many bushels of what it promised. STEVENSON IS DYING. lleport Says Ciyarettes Are Killing English Novelist by inches. PJrysicians and lawyers, as a rule, who has a Babcock test and lies awake the speaker said, are in receipt of much half two night worvyiug over two-tenths larger annual Income than thoir folloAv of one per cent, of fat tthat lie Is losing scientist, the practicing engineer. This hi his skim milk may be losing a dpi mother-calmly ordered the doors to bo thrwn open Avlde. She faced the mob of tlhose who AA'ould enter, tmd asked what tfrey wanted. "To se,p the The report: that Kobcrt. Louis Stevenson is a A'ictim to consumption and that he is sloAvly dying at his Samoan homo causes no surprise to those Avho know the novelist. Tho fact of tho matter is that Mr. Stevenson is a victim to cigarette smoking, and it may be said that he 'has ruined his health -by his fearful excess of the habit, f remember very Avoll, says a Avriter in the I'hil- aelelphia Times, Avhoii he left England upon this fast journey to America that he took with him a supply of cigarettes of dimensions scarcely creditable. He (tamo on a slow sailing vessel, and he provided for it amply so far as tobacco AVIIS concerned. One portion of his baggage consisted literally of tobacco. There were 200 boxes of cigarettes, and fearing thait this supply might exhaust itself before ho reached land lie had a reserve supply of tobacco and cigarette pners. i recall, too, a letter Avritten by him Avliiio 'he- was Avintering in the Adirondacks In Avhich lie said: "1 feei that 1 have many things to bo grateful for to my American residence. Not only has this brisk and invigorating air almost, completely restored my health, bur. i have practically overcome the cigarette habit, i find myself HOAV reduced to live boxex of cigarettes a day." Stovnson pructiealliv smoked all day, and AVIIS never AviVhout a cigarette in his mouth. When ho was he felt miserable. Often Avhen he waked during the night, while ho Jlve^'in. New *ork, lie would light a Miafcl). $n4 smoke half a. dozen olguvetifift IttUbM ,-iyhiU} wooing QUhjlm ABOUT ABSOIIBIONTS'. Dairyman Must, Look After the' Slop in the Stable. Western arm Journal.—Tho loading dairymen are not only advocating absorbents in tho gutters of tho stables to absorb the liquids and keep the stalls as dry as possible. While the plaster is of great value to lix the ammonia, it needs something to prevent "slop" abour the cows, and "slops" soon mean smells and foul ordors that have 110 place in a well regulated stable. To I procure absorbents is on some farms ' quite a task, but where there is a dis- positon to find thorn success is sure to Do met Avith. 'There is no bolter thing than horse manure Avith Avhich to nil the glitters, and the combination is an excellent compost for crops, as the horse manure is supposed to carry to the fields a generous amount of ferment germs and starts a crop quicker than till stable manure, which is slower hi its action. Leaves, that late in tho fail can be gathered by tho ten thousand bushels for tho Avork, can be stored in some unused' part of tho barn auel make a fine bedding, and as it is Avorked into the gutters, it is there a line absorbent. For many purposes road dust is excellent, as it has a certain effect of destroying odors as Avell, and a Aveil kiunvn dairyman each year brings in loads of black dirt to go under tho COAVS and behind them; and he thinks it pays a very large interest on the investment. Certainly, in the looks and comfort of the cows, the pay Avould bo ample, if there was no gain made whatever in the fertility. Dr. F. Thatcher was arraigned on, th,e 18th In the West Side Criminal court, in Denver, Ool., on his request to have a new Wai on the - 1 - -- '-^'^" Ing Mrs. Josephine ] seoutlcm AI,— « iJ^_^:^2?5fW?nr^

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