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M2S MOlKESi ALGOKA, IOWA, WEflNMDAY, SflPTffMBER 6, 1B93. HMMHt *f£LL ME NOti me not how fair sho is, How Soft her eyes of brown, I do not care to hear her praisa For once I saw her frown. 'Tell hie not how sweet sho is, How loving and how mild, 'For once when no one seemed aneaf 1 saw her strike a child. .Her little brother spilled some ink Upon her pretty gown, .Ah me! the vengeance of that blow, Tht blackness of that frown. .And so you see I do not caro Her charms to hear you laud For in my eyes (I may be wrong) •;Sho's,but a pretty fraud ! —Chicago Inter-Ocean. The Actor's Story, BY JOHN INTRODUCTION. On the Queen's Highway. "Pike," the manager of our little 'company of strollers, nnd I, were on the road to Kiltnarno.ck. We had left Greonock for Glasgow, by train- leaving our luggage (there was not much of it) to be sent after us—whilo we walked on to Paisley, where Pike had a friend in the local tragedian, Mr. Jutnleson—popularly known as "Lang Willio' 1 —who would bo "good" for a sovereign. Alas: when we got to Paisley we found "Lang Willie" was "under the weather' 1 himself—• and the expected sovereign .dwindled down to live shillings—which was the entire amount of his night's share for acting Bertram in the gloomy but powerful tragedy of that name. When the play was over Mr. Jamieson took us to his lodgings, gave us a hearty welcome, and a hot supper; after which I sat and listened while tho veterans actocl "their young encounters o'er again," Amidst their pleasant reminiscences Pike happened to mention tho name of "Curly." At the sound Jamieson became . sad and silent. After awnile Piko in. quired: "Where is ho tho noo?" "Uod knows!" replied tho other. '••I've not seen him for a month or more. Ho aye bursts out when the anniversary of that awful time comes round. He generally stays away for a month or six weeks, and comes back without a word, and resumes his life where he loft off, just as if nothing had happened. Poor Curly! Poor Floral But there; what is it Mistress Macbeth says? '"Things without ull remedy Jbnould bo without regard; what's done is done. 1 " ,So sup up and clear out—that is, if you mean to go to Kilmarnock tomorrow. Good-bye, young gentleman. I hope you'll be luckier than this weather-beaten old villain and myself. Stick to tho -textj 1 study •night and day; and, who knows, you may lako tho world bv storm one of ^these days." "I'll try," I said. "Good lad! Good lad! Remember, •there's no such word as fail. 1 Goodby, Pike; good luck to you tit Kilmarnock." And so we took our leave of "Lang Willio" and sought our humble .hostelry, where ten minutes later I lay fust asleep, not over dreaming •of tne influence that accidental encounter with Mr. Jtimieson and another yet to como were to have on my future destiny. Next morning after we had paid •our score we had only eighteen pence loft; but what is money when you have youth, health, strength and .ambition? Thank God! I had all these; as for my companion, poor fellow, ho had had so many rubs of fortune that he was equal to any fate. .By tho way, his name was not "Pike" .at all; he had merely arrived at that .•sobriquet from his marvellous voracity and hio extraordinary resemblance to the pike lish. Ho had fulfilled one .short engagement in Edinburgh or Gla gow some thirty years boforo I mot him, but all the interregnum had •been passed vagabondizing about in halls and barns in tho small towns of •Scotland. Ho was always in debt, ••always in difficulty, but somehow or other ho always kept afloat, always •kept a light heart, and always had a (pleasant word for everybody. Although it was in the month of May. the snow was on the ground; .fortunately for us it had been frozen into a line crisp consistency. The sun flushed the horizon with a tender violet, lighting the hill tops with fire and making the distant road, which lay before us, alivo with rubies and emeralds and other precious stones, set in great masses of gold and silver. Of course, when we came up with them, our magic jewels vanished—no, not quite vanished, thoy had only gone a littlo further off; and so we followed in their track, just as tho people follow in the pursuit Df pleasure in Noel Paton's picture. •It was indeed, a lovely morning, and tho young blood ran riot in ray veins whilo tho birds chirped and sting to us from every hedge. I was in love with my art, and tho present ordeal •seemed to mo the "rough brake ^through which greatness must pass." I Haltered myself that I was another Edmund Kean in embryo—besides, • was I not about to open at the Theatre . Royal, Kilmarnock, in "Romeo?" (Alas! this Theatre Royal turn• ed out to be a barn over a sui• bio!) I was Romeo already. I must ' confess my mind was sorely exorcised . as to my future Juliet, Miss Madeline Montmorency. Was sho short or tall. . slim or stout, dark, or fair? (I may . as well state at once that she turned • out to be old enough for my mother, and wore a false ••front, " so I think It was culled.) I. was to have a guinea • a week and u benefit, all the receipts, after tho shares and stock debt were •taken up. So. building those castles in tho aii 1 , I trotted along, lull of the delightful anticipations of youth and hope; while, as for Pike, ho 'was us •jolly as 'usual. About midday wo . stopped ut u farm <house a little out of ' Uw inain <road, nvnere lie negotiated u lunch of oatcake nnd milk for six-pence of our" 'little store. When we had -done ample justice to our frugal repast he took a pull at his pipe, and then we resumed our journey, beguiling the time, with snatches of songs and theatrical reminiscences of which he had an abundance. Incidentally he mentioned the name of Curly; then he stopped and changed the subject. This reminded me of the hitch in tho conversation on tho previous night, so I ventured to inquire who and what "Curly 11 was. After some hesitation, Pike told me the story I am about to relate—a story remarkable enough under any circumstances, but rendered still more remarkable by an incident which actually occurred during its narration. Had it not been for this strange co-incidence the narrative would not have needed, this induction. Lo&don for a fow nights to 'Star" in his native city. Johnston was a very handsome man and a very tine actor. His acting was a revelation to Curly, who became a red hot partisan, and distinguished himself by the demonstrative fervor of his admiration. On the last night of his engagement the Roscius intimated that he had been driven out of London in consequence of having taken the liberty to thrash that "fat Adonis of forty," tho prince regent for insulting his (Johnston's) wife, and that he had taken the theaters of Aberdeen and Dundee, and was now going to settle down in management in his native land. Next day Curly got one of the actors to introduce him to the new manager, nnd succeeded there and then in obtaining an engagement. He had achiev°d one stop on the road to fortune. CHAPTER I. Donald^ Debut. 1 As I despair of reproducing ite's happy way of spinning a yarn, I must tell his talo in my own prosaic way. Many yetii-s ago Donald Campbell was a writer to tho Signet in Edinburg. As for his writing, he did nothing but compose versos, and very bad ones they were. Ho was young, woll born, well bred, of pleasant and en^ gaging manners, very handsome, and very idle. "He was the only son of his mother, and sho was a widow"—left with a small annuity bequeathed by her husband, a distinguished officer, who fell at Waterloo. Donald was an assiduous diner-out, great at balls and parties, played a capital game at billiards, wont to the theater frequently, and sedulously cultivated tho acquaintance of tho players, among whom ho posed himself as a man with expectations, In person he was a young Apollo, tall and straight ns a dart, fair complexion, a pure Greek face, straight nose, eyes blue us sapphires and bright as diamonds, a head of sunny hair which fell in a mass of golden curls about his nock. Yos, tho hair was very beautiful, but, unfortunately, there was not much worth speaking about under it. His face and his hair were very much admired —the latter obtained for Jwm tho sobriquet of "Curly," a cognomen which clung to him throughout his life. This interesting young gentleman generally began the day by shaking hands with himself, and admiring his handsome fnco in the glass. Then ho condescended to permit the poor fond mother to worship him during his breakfast, after which he sallied out for his morning game of billiards. In the afternoon he sunned himself in Princess street,' "to givo the girls a treat," he modestly put it. After that an early dinner (in those days late dinners were not in vogue) then tho theater or the dance, whichever presented the greater attraction. Usually his poor stupid head had room only for one idea; but at last he managed to smuggle in two at one and the same fane. His flrst idea was, on tho strength of his handsome face and comely carcass, to mako a wealthy marriage. In order to enable him to carry out this highly laudable object, he managed, through his father's name and his mother's influence to get himself nominatec for a cornotcy to tho Midlothian volunteers; and a very pretty figure ho made in his uniform whenever he hac a chance of airinc; it. His second, tinU it must be confessed, most dominant idea, was to go on the singe and mako his fortune. Others' had done so, why should not ho. At that period there was not—a least not in Curly 1 s sot—many mar riageablo young ladies of largo fortune, so ho contemplated seekin "fresh woods and pastures new/ But there was a difficulty not wholly unconnected with coin of the realm, so he was condemned to vegetate ir • 'Auld Reekie, " at least for the present. He was now five or six and twenty, and had never done a hand's turn to mako himself useful in his lifo; nor, indeed, had he tho slightest; intention of so doing. His mission was to be ornamental, and he knew it. Co ale ho only ohtain an opportunity of dis playing his manly beauty on tho stage the women—heiresses especially— would bow down before and worshi| him. Sublime aspiration! He wouk got up an amateur performance for the purpose of providing the Highlanders of the Hebrides with breeches. To illustrate tho importance of small clothes, the comedy of "Tho Belle's Stratagem" was selected, and Curly was to bo Doricourt. Ho hud alighted on his feet Ho was a born comedian —he hud animal spirits in abundance —his laughter was contagious, and ho was sublimely and unconsciously impudent. That ho was good-looking no one could deny. In fact, when Sir George Touchwood exclaimed, "Confound the dog, how handsome ho looks!' 1 every ono indorsed tho opinion. Next day the blockheads in the papers pronounced him a genius full- Hedged—that, in fact, he had only to show himself in London to extinguish Charles Kemblc, Elliston, Jones and tho rest of tho London players. The j resident light comedian was a very j distinguished actor, but, of course, he wasn't to compare with tho now Dori- court! Curly's mother, a strict Presbyterian, by no means approved of her darling's disgracing the houso of Campbell by exhibiting himself as a stage-plnyer, and several differences of opinion arose between them on the subject'. These jangles culminated in a lit of apoplexy, which cut short the old lady's life and his means of living, as, of course, his mother's annuity terminated with her existence, To do tho lud justice, ho was very fond of his mother, and her loss was a great blow to him. Sho had left him a small hoard of two or three hundred pounds, which she hud scraped together with groat difficulty; but ho soon mude "ducks and drakes 1 ' of> that, and it was molting rapidly when Harry Johnston, tho "Scotch Uosoiua " as ha was called, cjirno down fivm /.-!» CHAPTER II. Love at First Sight Upon joining the company nt Dundee. Donald opened in Doricourt. j.nd at onco made a groat hit. Now "Lang Willio" was the tragedian ol he company. Although the stronger ind more manly character, he "cot- oncd" to Curly at once, and, notwithstanding his frivolity and weakness, )ecamo greatly attached to him. They occupied tho sumo apartments, and soon were firm friends—"friends at tho age when friends are brothers. Decidedly. Master Curly's lines woro iast in pleasant places. Everybody was kind and considerate—for tho youug beggar had a most ingratiating way with him—and despite his egotism which habitually assorted itself with 'rnnk and perfect self-belief, ho was petted and spoiled by both tho men ind women in tho company, just as il lie hod boon a great hnndsoino Newfoundland dog. Johnston put him forward by degrees— 1 'nursed" him gradually into an important line of busi- nngs —coached him up in several of his own parts, spread abroad tho report that he was a man of fortune who had taken to the stage pour passer lo temps, made a great friend of him, and took liiui into society, whore ho became as great a success socially as he was artistically. At Aberdeen he was even more popular than in Dundee. The ladies admired him especially—indeed, he was the idol of the hour. At that time, boforo the railways were in oxistenco. the adventof tho players in a country town was an important event. [TO BE CONTINUED.] OUK LAUCIHtNG (IAS. POT POURRI FROM MANY MOROUS PENS. HU- Celtlc Ucasonlng in the O'Flannlgnn Mansion — Snrrnam In a Hontlst'g onifc—Wit of Our Exchanges So- lectod for Merit. "Inc \Vonl la (irowlnj; In Demand— About E)TB* — N" Keflow or Sap — TnrllT on Anltnnls—TTortlcnlturttl Hint* nmi Household Help*. Wnltlnjr for Wind. Small Boy (on river bank)—Do you know 'bout weather? Old Gentleman—I have studied meteorology a litt P. "Well. I've been standin' here'most a hour, ivaitin' for the wind to blow hard, and it don't blow a bit. Do you think it will soon?" "I shouldn't wonder, my little man. The sky looks very streaky. Hut what do yon want of wind?" "I want to have a swim." "It does not require wind to go swimming." "No; but mamma won't let me go in. That's why I want wind." "I don't understand." "Don't? Guess it's a good while since you wus a b-\y, isn't it?" "Yes, a, good whilo." "And your mcin'ry isn't very good, 1 s'pose?" "Perhaps not. I certainly cannot recall tiny connection between wind and swimming." "W'y, don't you see? If a wind comes along and blows my hat into the waier, I can go after it, and mamma won't say a word. Sho paid a dollar an', a half for that hat." EROTHERLY LOVE, Tlio Tender Devotion of a Colored Man for :i Sick Sister. Nothing moves tho heart of the loving' sister of undemonstrative brothers so much as the unexpected exhibition of brotherly love, says a writer in the Housekeeper. Many a sister, whose brothers are all .that she could ask for, in manliness, courage and purity, would bo almost glad to exchange places for a tittle vv.hilo with tho sister in the following account, whose brother not only loved her, but was willing that all tho world should know and. fool that love. A noble case of brotherly love came under my observation recently, whilo in ono of the groat greenhouses of tho city. A. little, middle-ngod negro, with a face like ebony, Was overseeing tho, making of a largo bouquet, which tho young lauy in attendance was skillfully constructing of white carnations, daisies, etc. "Now, put somo roses in," he said. "Tho roses aro much more expensive," remarked the clerk. ••It does not matter about the cost; she always liked roses," said tho little man. and going to the cold closot ho selected Jacqueminot, Marechal Niel and Niphetos buds, with a reckless disregard of cost. Then, following me to the door as I was leaving, ho spoko lovinely of tho flowers that they could get in the South, everywhere, without paying for them; of how tho flowers grew in- their yard, and how ho used to see his sister out every morning handling and looking thorn over. "But sho is down with tho typhoid favor now, and I tim on the railway, and every time I como to tho city the first thing sho says is: •O! bring mo some flowers!' " And two groat crystal tears looked over the rims of tho littlo man's oyos. and a great whilo soul, full of brotherly love, shone out through the black face, and my heart cried out: "Oh, happy sister, to have such a brother!" tin nfakCN Cycloiicst Professor Douglass has succeeded in manufacturing miniatuie cyclones and tornndoes by means of electricity, thus proving the electrical character of the "prairie terrors." In carrying out his plans ho suspended a large copper plato by silken threads and charged it from a battery. He then used arsenious acid gas. whereupon the combination of gas and electricity could be seen hanging from tho underside of tho plato in tho form of a perfect funnel-shaped cyclone cloud. When everything was ready, the professor swung the plate and tho miniature cyclone to and fro across a table littered with matches pieces of paper, pens, pencils, etc. Tho lighter objects woro instantly sucked up, the heavier scattered in all directions. The effects wore exactly those of destructive cyclones. These curious e.\ 7 perhneuts explain cyclonic phenomena. Low clouds become charged with electricity, descend and form a connection with the earth. Then a violent electrical commotion ensues, finally settling into a whirl which continues until an electric equilibrium is established. diving Him a Tip. An Irishman who was near Sabdeu, and who is a noted wit, went in a public house the other day and called tot a glass of ale. The tumbler was not full enough for Pat's satisfaction, so he quietly asked the publican how many barrels of ale he sold in a week. "Ten,." replied the publican. "I think," replied Pat, "if yez stand me a pint 1 could put yez on a plan to sell eleven barrels a week." "Agreed," said the landlord, handing him a pint; "now, how am I to do it?" Pat (taking a big drink at his new pint), "Always fill your glasses."— Spare Moments. Commercial Item. "Dot McGinnis has got some galls," remarked Hose" Schaumburg, one oi the merchant princes of Harlem. "What has he been doing now?" «„ "You remember when it rained hare yesterday!" "Yes, what a shower!" "Veil, he coined into my storo vile i rained. J asked him if he didn't van to puy some, umbrellas, and vat yoi dink he say?" ''I've no idea." "He says he vould prefer to vait ii my store until that shower was passec over."—Texas Sittings. FARM AND HOUSEHOLD, GOOD WOOL CAN BE AND HOW PRODUCED. IT A Married Hero. "Jones is a very brave man," remarked one traveling mail to another. "He distinguished himself in the war." "Yes, I know of only one thing that he is afraid to do." "What is that?" "Ring 1 his own door-bell at 3 o'clock in the morning." "You are mistaken. I've known him to do it frequently when his wife was at Long Branch." In the Chemical laboratory. "Professor, what has become of Tom Appleton? Wasn't Jio studying with the class last year. "Ah, yes, Appleton—poor fellow! A fine student, but absent-minded in the use of chemitals—very. That discoloration 011 the ceilinjr. Notice it?" "Yes." "That's him." • "I'm not surprised. I always thought Tom would make his mark it' ho got a chance." On tho Ouiot. "Can you shoot a revolver?" she asked in a whisper of the girl next to her on the car? "Yes; but don't you never, never toll anybody?" "Why?" "You know Annie Blank? Well, she learned to shoot a revolver and it got out, and after that she didn't have one flirtation n. month. I'm not going to Veil anybody until I am married." Celtic KettsonhiR. •Oi'll fix tliot luke Bridget, if it's Mr. O'Flannagan t'-morrer marn in', clare. Mrs. O'Flannagun—If it's clare, yer fulc, it won't be lukia'. Truly Ilciitheii Mother—.See here! You toklrno you belonged to a Hoys' literary society. Smalt Son—Yes'm. "Anil you said you spent the time reading about the heathen." "Ycs'm." "Huh! I have b?en informed that it is simply a club, and tha only books you have are dime novels." "Yes'in; but they is all about Indians wot has never been converted." To 3t:iki> Wool Morn 1'rodtnlilp. There has boon a steadily increas- ng demand of laic years for flno grades of wool, and while foreign growths have had a tendency to com- )oto successfully with our home jrown poorer grades of wool, they lavo practically had no effect upon he sale cri the finer grades, it is to ,his point that farmers should have lieir attention drawn frequently, or very many who go into thn sheep nisinoss think that wool is just tho same, no matter how grown. They secure good blooded stock, and nat- irally expect that those high priccdt animals produce good, salable wool. They are somewhat astonished when they find that after all more depends ipou tho proper caro of the sheep than upon tho breed. Poor and common grade wools in this country are lot in great demand. They are not profitable to tho snoop grower, and it is tho class of sheep raisers that Bfrow tins wool whom we always hear complaints from. Fine, homo-made woolen clothes are daily growing in popular demand hero, says tho American Cultivator, and tho largo mills aro absorbing such grades of wool rapidly. People who wear these clothes aro willing to pay' fair prices for them, Ind the mills coiiHoouently offer a premium for tho lino rades of wool. Wo can depend upon this demand „ ,'•roat deal bettor than wo can on any short-lived fad for an inferior article. There are a fow points about wool that oven tho old experienced flock- master, as well as tho beginner might think about. 1'ho lino grade of wool that takes well to-day is the mo that has a good fine staple, but not too silky in fiber. Tho wool is graded often according to the ovon development of it. If developed evenly it will resist tension equally. This wool can bo woven freely and easily by tho mills, and it makes good cloth that will bo equally strong in ull parts. No breed alone will produce such wool. Tho finest brood in this world, unless attended to properly will not givo an evenly developed wool fiber. Tho strength and development of the p fitaor depends upon tho uniform, good health and vigor of tho animals, and if those are checked in any way tho fiber will bo long and strong in somo places and wouk and short in others. This production of inferior wool is caused by every neglect to food tho animals regularly, by starvation and by exposure to inclement weather. They all combine to injure the libor so that it cannot pass muster as a lino grade. If treated in this way continually, tho patches of poor fiber will increase in number so that tho wool will degenerate annually, and finally become so poor that it docs not pay to keep tho sheop. Good staple should also bo evenly lubricated along in its whole length, and this can only bo accomplished by having tho animals in perfect health. If growers would stop to think ol how much this neglect injures tho fiber of their- wool when placed upon tho markets they would givo more attention to their animals. Wo must havo good stock, but more than that, wo must have tho time and patience to grow good wool by attending 1 j tho sheep. Soinr.tliini;'Abuut Ksga, Authorities on scientific cooking toll us many things that aro weL worth remembering. A' writer ir Food tells us something about; eggs. Eggs should never bo cooked before they aro twenty-four hours old, anc they aro much better if kept forty- eight hours or until their whites are sot. Tho white in a freshly laid ogg cannot be beaton stiff until it has lait on ico for somo time. Tho old way of testing eggs—that of putting tho in in water—is one of the best. If they aro fresh enough for cooking they will sink. On tho contrary,'! tho oggs rise to the surface aii enough has penetrate.! tho shell to make the egg unlit for uso, although its yolk may look perfect and no odor can bo detected,. Decompose tion begins when tho contents of tho shell are exposed to tho external air and the fact of tho egg floating in water is proof positive that it has been lightened by air. Tho digestibility of tho hard-boiled ogg is favorite theme. Eggs should nevoi bo actually boiled, as tho extromoly high temperature of tho water hard ens and toughens tho whites at once rendering thorn indigestible. If they aro submerged in water just' belov tho boiling point and kept at tha temperature for one half hour thoj will bo almost as digestible as ra\v eggs. A good rule to cook eggs for in valids is to pour boiling water in i tin pail having a tight cover; put tin eggs in the pail carefully, cover i tightly and lot it stund entirely awaj from the lire for five minutes. The whites of tho og'gs cooked in thi manner will bo perfectly coagulated soft, tender and easily assimilated.— journal of Agriculture. pounded by my, s-tudctits—that the "sap goes downiih. winter.- and wp itt spring." Just whore-the-sap- is supposed to go .in- winter is not exactly clear, since,'if tho roots are-absorbing water, in.tho fall when;the' evaporation is diminished, they tire likoly to havo quite as much water as they can hold already. The- conception, apparently, is that all of the water lodged in tho trunk and spreading branches goes down iti.to> the roots. It needs, however., only the most casual examination* of trees in winter to discover that at this time they aro almost saturated with water. Tho'twigs of tho hickory tree, for example, will bo frozen on a cold day in winter so that they are brittle almost as.glass, and one can snap off a twig half an inch in diameter as though it were an icicle. The same twig, when not fro/en, on » mild day will bo so tough that there will bo no possibility of breaking it. "Again, if ono cuts olT a branch from n tree in winter and brings it into a warm room, ho will quickly discover that wator is oozing from tho cut end, showing that tho twigs arc almost saturated, with it. As a matter of fnco, tho wator in trees increases from midsummer or early fall to tho beginning of growth in early spring. There is thus no necessity for any '-'going up" of tho sap in spring until tho leaves aro expanded and the water with which tho troo ia already saturated begins to be evaporated from tho foliage."—Florida Despatch. ' DocreitHO In Ilumhlo Itcos. Thoro aro, at least in tho older ootions of the country, not nearly so nany bumblo boos as there wore soon fter its- settlement. We grow as much clover as over, but it is cut arli.ovt and tho men and boys engaged in haying havo more time to ght bumble boos than they did vhon till grass was cut with the cytho. There tiro not so many good ilueos for tho female humblo boos to ay their eggs in spring as there ised to bo. The soil is firmer from ongor cultivation, and thoro are owor rotten stumps. In our boy- lood, pretty much all the fun wo ound in haying and harvesting titno was in lighting buinblo bees vhoso nests woro in danger when- over wo cut noar where they woro.—• American Cultivator. Another lClo<'li'i<-ul I)u vivo. An important -invention has boon made m tho adaptation of magnetic electricity to tho prevention of the slipping of car wheels. Tho use of it is said to increase the hauling of un «n£lD« many per cent A; j» Why 11 Valuable Bird Was Not Valunblr, Old Lady (in bird store)—Can that be.iutiful bird talk? ittrd Fancier—Yes, indeed. '•How much?" "One dollar, madam." '••••>'"So cheap?" '.'Yes, madam. He was a.g-ood bird, but he'.s gone off in value. His last pHey evaporation,, I mugt mistress taught him the Lord's V"i««* *- >-and the Ton Commandments, ft, him ttnDopulari?i New ^ There In No llnllon- of Sup. Mr, Charles R. Barnes, professo of botany in tho university of Wis consin, in an address to tho stat Horticultural society, thus gives th< latest accepted conclusion of ^science "Before passing from this topic of the movement of water which s,up.? II ortlcul timil Hints. Rubbish around trees harbors mice. Plums naturally grow in clumps, and tho seed will therefore boar thick planting. '• An experienced gardner says that tilo drajmige must procoiio the ing nuro for euccossin gardening fruit growing. > Somo ono has said that when tho farm breaks out into smiles of fruits and flowers it becomes tho most charming spot on earth. It is not worth whilo to havo an orchard' unless it is given proper caro. The orchard cannot prune itsolf or defend itself against insects. Tho director of tho Oklahoma experiment station recommends as a remedy for various squash bugs, spraying tho vinos with soap suds in which is enough Paris green to give a decided tinge of color. It pays to sort fruits before offering for sale. Frequently tho second- class by being uniform, will bring as much or more than tho mixed lot, whilo tho first-class will bring much bettor prices than when mixed, with inferior fruit. An orchardist says that he plants his vegetables in the young orchard so that ono cultivation will do for both. lie says his rows of trees aro thirty-three foot apart which admits seven rows of strawberries, nine rows of corn, or eleven rows of potatoes. At a mooting in Now ¥ork a horticulturist said ho had always made a sheop pasture of his orchard, and that they wore the host insecticides ho over tried. Ho advised keeping 100 sheep on every ten acres of orchard. Givo them plenty of Un- seed meal and bran which-will make thorn ravenous for apples. !Wrt H ,. f .-tv.^^W^ tti^UM|0mta \V*A<1 /I *-S f\ Household Helps. Thinnest and clearest of "clear soups" aro now very much in order. A now name at tho clubs for Welsh rabbit, or rarebit, is "Cardiff hare." Lettuce as a cure for insomnia is more and more favored by tho doctors. TJibso who oat inordinately of radishes soon take a gloomy view o$ life. Tho introduction of grated pineapple into cake is voted a great success. Modern codfish balls leave that particular kind of fish to the imagination. To be "intensely fashionable 11 eat your strawberries with a fork—never with a knlfo. No city baker can make cake to compare with the "gentlewoman housekeeper." Tho number of courageous people who eat oysters out of season is said by dealers to bo increasing every year. Scotch toast is tho best dish ever invented for the pleasant and satis-i factory utilization, of "pld, stale broad." Flatirons should be kept as far removed from the steam of cooking aa possible, as this is what causes them to rust. ' Tilo that can be purchased for 9 few pennies each are at once neat and convenient to place between the kitchen table and hot cooking vessels, A,,tow,e,l rack mac\e. jyith f/4-fe

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