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V, v-'*w f - THE UPJPMHDBS MOlNlS: ALGOISTA, IOWA, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 27, TABERNACLE PULPIT. DR. TALMAOE PREACHES FROM SAINT LUKE. Lord IncrdAna Our Faith, 17:5—Reinforcement of the ChrUtlan Armies tli« Theme of t,a«t Sanday'» Sermon In Hrooklyn. t Sept. 17.—In his sermon at the Brooklyn Tabernacle this forenoon, Kev. Dr. DeWltt Taluinge prenohod to a vast audience on the mibjo, t of "lleinforce- hietik," thn text being: Luke 17:5, "Lord, Increase our faith " "What a pity ho is going there," said my friend, a most distinguished general of the artny, when he was told that the reason for my not being 1 present on a celebration day in Brooklyn WHS that on that day I had sailed for tho Holy hand. "Vvhy do you say that," inquired some one. My military friend replied: "Oh, ho will be disillusioned when he gets amid the squalor and commonplace scenes of Palestine, and his faith will be shaken in Christianity, for that is often the result." 'Ihe great general misjudged the case. 1 went 10 the Holy Land for the ono purpose of having my faith strengthened, and that was the result which catne of it. In all our journeying, in all our reading-, in all our associations, in all our plans, augmentation, rather than the depletion of our faith, should be our chief desire. It is onsy enough to have our faith destroyed, lean givcjyou a recipe for its obliteration. liead inlldcl books, have long-and frequent conversations witu .sceptics, attend the lectures of tho-« antagonistic to religion, give full swing to somu bad habit, uud your faith will be so completely gimu that you will laugh at tho idea that you over had any. if you want to ruin your faith, you can do it more easily than you can do anything else. Alter believing tho biblo all my lite, I can see a, plain way by which, in .-ix week", 1 could enlist my vulce and poll and heart and head and entire nntiirc in the bombardment of the hcriptures atul the church and all I now liold sacred. That it is easy to bst'.isli ,-oori and forever nil respect for the bible. I p ove by the fact that so many have done it. They were not •particular y brainy, nor had especial force ot will bu f . they so thoroughly accomplished the overthrow of their faith that they have no more idea that tin 1 , biblij is true, oi 1 that (.hristianity am .inns to anything, than they have in tint truth o'f the "Arabian Nights' Ktut>i. tui union i.s," or the existence of )>ou i/uixote's "w ndrnills." They havo. destroyed their faith so thoroughly that t.uey never will have a rc- ivirtiof it. Fifty revivals of religion may sweep over the city, the town, the neighborhood where they live, tind ttiey will feel nothing but a silent or exorcised disgust. The:c arc persons in this hou-tt to-day, who, tvveniy years ago, gave up their faith and they will never resume it. The black and deep-toned bull of doom hangs over their head, and I talie tho 1mm- >Kicr of tlmt bell, and I strike it three times with all my might, and it sounds, Woo! Woe! Woe! But my •wish, and the wi«h of m.jst of you, is the prayer expressed by the disciples to Jesus Chri.st, in the words of my text: "Lord, increase our faith." The first nn de ol accomplishing-this is lo study tin; bible itself. 1 do not believe there is tin inlidcl now alive who has read the biblo through. But as so important a document needs to be. read at least twice through in order tlmt it may be thoroughly understood, and read in course, 1 now offer §100 reward do any infidel who has read the biblo through twice and read it in course. But 1 cannot lake such a man's owu word for it, for there is no foundation for integrity, except tho bible, and the man who rejects the source c° truth, how can 1 accept his truthfulness-' So 1 must have another witness in the case before I give the reward. I must have the t stimonyof sumo one who has S"en him read it all through twice. Infidels Ush in this biblo for incohoroncios and contradictions and absurdities, and if you linii their bible, you will see interlineations in the Book of Jonah and •sodio of tho other chapters of that unfortunate prophet nearly worn out by Kititth use, and somo parts of Second (Samuel or first King's, you will llml dim with lii'ger marks, but tho pages which contain tho Ten Commandments and the Psalms of David and the Sor- tuoii OH the Mount and the Book of John tho Kvaugelist, will not have a siugie lead pencil stroke in tho margin, nor any finger-marks showing frequent perusal. The father of one of the Presidents of tho United States was a pronounced inlidol, 1 know it -wlu-a many years ago I accepted his invitation to spend the night in his home. Just before retiriug at night, he said, in a jocose way: "I suppose you are accustomed to read the Bible before going to bed, and hero is my litblo from which Vo read." He then told mo what portions ho would like to i Vvu read, and ho only asked for those I \tions on which he could easily be fi Ntious. V know you can make fun about BUJ Vug, I suppose you could take the u M, letter your father or mother ever w.Vte and find .something in tho grammar or the spelling, or tlio tre- luor of the penmanship about which to bo derisively critical. The internal evidence of tho truthfulness of the biblo Is so mighty that no man out of the J,1)00,000,000 of the world's present population, or tho vaster millions of Ihe past ever read tho biblo in course, heavenly father, and these memoirs of our Lord Jesus, what would -be the verdict? Shall they burn or shall they live? Tho unanimous verdict of all is, "Let it live though all else burn." Then put together on the other hand all the debauchees and profligates and assassins of the ages, and their unanimous verdict concerning the bible would be, "Let it burn." Mind you, 1 do not say that all infidels are immoral, but I do say that all the scapegraces ond scoundrels of the universe agree with them about the bible. Let me vote with those who believe in the holy scriptures. Men believe other things with half the evidence required to believe the bible. The distinguished Abner Kneeland rejcctc-d the scriptures, and then put all his money into an enterprise or the recovery of that hocus-pocus "Captain Kid's treasures," Kneeland's faith for doing so being founded on a man's statement that he could tell where those treasures were buried from the looks of a glass of water dipped from the Hudson river. The internal evidence of the authenticity of the scriptures is so exact and so vivid that no man, honest and sane, can thoroughly and continuously and prayerfully rear! them without entering their disciplr'ship. So I put that ask him what he thinks of Christian ity, and he replies: -'Why do yon ask mo that? Did you not hear me p-each i.hrist in the 'Midnight mission' o London?" Oh, yes! J remember!" But I see many witnesses present to day in the courtroom, and i call you to the witness stand, but I have only a second of time for any one of you. As you pass along just give one 'sentence in regard to Christianity. "Under God it has changed my entire nature, says one. ''It brought me from drunkenness and poverty to sobriety and a good home, 1 says another. "It solace>i me when I lost iny child," says another. "It gave me a hope of future treasures when my property was swept oft' by the List panic," says another. ''It his given me a peace and a satisfaction more t.3 me than all the world besides," says another. "It has been to me light, and music, and fragrance, and radiant anticipation, says another. Ah! s.op the procession of witnesses. Enough! Enough! All those voices of the past and the present have mightily increased our faith. Again our belief is reinforced by archaeological exploration. We must confess that good men at one time were afraid of geologist's hammer and chemist's crucible and archuoologist's investigation, but now intelligent internal evidence paramount. How Christians are receiving 'and~Btili°ex- nro you led to believe in a letter you re;eive from hiitband or wife or child or friend? You know the handwriting. You know the style. You recognize the sentiment. When the letter comes you do not summon the postmaster who stamped it and the postmaster who received it and the letter cat rifr who brought it to your door I o prove that it is a genuine letter. The internal evidence settles it.and by the same process you can forever settle the fact that the bible is the handwriting and communication of the infinite God. Furthermore, as f have already intimated, we may increase our faith by the testimony of others. Perhaps we of lesser brain may have been overcome by superstition or cajoled into an acceptance of a hollow pretense. So I will this morning turn this house into a court room and summon wit- nes-es, and you shall be the jury, and 1 now empanel you for that purpose, and 1 will put upon the witness stand men whom all the world acknowledge pccting nothing but confirmation from all such sources. What supports the "Palestine Exploration Society?" Contributions from churches and Christian benefactors. I saw the marks of the shovels of that exploring society amid the ruins of ancient Jericho and all up and down from the Dead sea to Cesarea Phillippi. "Dig away!" says the church of Uod, "and the deeper you dig ihe better I like." The discovered monuments of Egypt have chiselled on them the story of the sufferings of the Israelites in Egyptian bondage, as we find it in the bible; there, in imperishable stone, representations of the s'ave, of the whips and of the task-masters who compelled the making of bricks without straw. Exhumed Nineveh and Babylon, with their dusty lips, declare the biblo true. Napoleon's soldiers in the Egyptian campaign pried up a stone, which you may find in the British museum, a'stone, ns I remember it, presenting perhaps two feet of lettered surface. It contains words in , - , O | ••-ww.jM.'-w»JV»*ji.iiv,v rf . JVVWJ-I.UIHUO »»V1UO1JJ to be strong intellectually and whoso , three languages. That stone was the key that unlocked the meaning of all tho hieroglyphics of tombs and obelisks, and tells ove'.' and over again the same events which Moses recorded, f evidence in any other court room would be incontrovertible. I will not call to the witness stand any minister of the gospel, for he might be prejudiced. There are two ways of taking an oath in a court ro'un. One is by putting the lips to the bible and the other is by holding up the right hand toward heaven. Now, in this case, it is the bible that is on trial; we will not ask the witness to put the book to his lips, for that would imply that the sanctity and divinity of the book is settled, and that would be begging the question. So I shall ask each witness to lift his hand toward heaven in affirmation. Samuel P. Chase, chief justice of the Supreme i ment unrolled by'archaeologist. Court of the United States, appointed | fore the world rolls on as far into by President Lincoln, will take the wiincss stand. Chief Justice Chase, upon your oath, please to state what you have to say about the book commonly Called the bible." Tho witness replies: "There came a time in my life when I doubted the divinity of the scriptures, and I resolved, as a lawyer and judge, I would try the book as I would try anything in the court-room, taking evidence for and against. It was a long and serious and profound study, and using the same principles of evidence in th s religious matter as 1 always do in secular matters, f have come to tho decision that the bible is a supernatural book, that it has come from C!od, and that tho only safety tor the human race is to foliovv its teachings." "Judge, that will do. Go back again to your pillow of dust on the banks of the .Ohio." Next 1 put upon the witness stand a President of the United States—John Quincy Adams. "President Adams, what have you to say about tho bible and Christianity?" Tho President replies: "I have for ftiul read it prayerfully and carefully, but was li.-d to boliovo, it. John Murray, tho famous book publisher of EdiuburgV. ami the intimate friend of Kouthoy, Coleridge. Waller Scott, Canning ami Washington Irving, bought oi' Moore, the poet, the "Memoirs of Lord Byron," aud they wen! to be published after Bv- rou'tideatu. But thoy were not lit'to bo published, although Murray had paid for them $10,010. That wan a solemn conclave when eight of tho prominent literary people of those times assembled in AJbei-marlo street alVr Byron's death to decide what t-hould b.- done with tho "Memoirs" which won' charged and surcharged with defamations and imU-li- cai'ios. The "Memoirs' wore, read and poo.lerod, and the di.-u'Uiim eamo that thi'y musi be burni-d, ,aml not until the last word of those ••.Memoirs" went to ;isiit!b did the I'.lertiry company 6cpa.ruu>. But, Kup»o.se now all the b.-M. spirits of the :i'.res w.'ro assembled to ' -eiile. the late 01 the bil.le. which Is the last wi.'l ti-ul te.stumcut of o in- many years made it a practice to read through tho bible once a year. My custom is to read four or five chapters every morning immediately after arising from my bed. It employs about an hour of my time and seems to me the most suitable manner of beginning the dav. In what light soever we regard the bible, whether with reference to revelation, to history, or to morality, it is an invaluable mine of knowledge and virtue." Next I put upon the witness stand Sir isnac Newton, tho author of the "Principia" and tho Kreatost natural phi'osophor the woiid has over seen. "Sir Isnac, what have you to Kay concerning the biblo?" The philosopher's reply is: "We account the scriptures of God to bo the most sublime philosophy." Next i put upon the witness stand the enchantment of letters, Sir Walter Scott; and when I ask him what he thinks of the place that our groat book ought to take among other books he replies: '-There is but one book and that is the bible." Next 1 put upon tho stand the most famous geologist of all time, Hugh Miller, an elder of Dr. Guthric's Presbyterian church, in Edinburgh', and L'anulay, and Keppler, and they all testify to the same thing. They all say tho bible is from God and that tho mightiest iulluouco for gooil that over touched our world is Christianity. "Chancellor Kent! Whatdoyou think of the bible?" Answer: ".No other hook over addressed itself so authoritatively and so pathetically to tho judgment and moral sense of mankind." "Edmund Burke! do you think of the biblo? s\vor: "I have read tho biblo morning, noon and night, and havo ever since been the liappior and tho bettor man for such reading." Next I put upon tho stand William K. Gladstone, the head of the lOnglish government, and 1 hoar him saying what he .said to rue in January of IS'.IO, when, iu reply to his telegram, "Pray come t-o Huwarden to-morrow," 1 'visited him. Then ami there 1 asked him as to whether, in the passage- of years., his faith in tho holy scriptures and Christianity was on' tho increase or decrease, iiii'l he turned upon me with an umphasis and enthusiasm such as no one who h;is not eon versed with him can fully ;ipu"ec.iato, and expressed by voice auitgesture, aiui illu- niincd countenance his over-increasing faith in (ioil and tho bible :ind Uu'isiianify us tho only hope of our ruined world. "That is all, Mr. Gladstone, we will take, of your time now, for, from the reports cit' what is Ruing on in England just now] 1 think you are very busy." This next man 1 put upon the witness stand is tho late earl of Kiutorc, and 1 The sulphurous graves of Sodom and Gomorrah have been identified. The remains ot the tower of Babel have been found. Assyrian documents lifted from the sand and Behisun inscription, hundreds of feet high up on the rock echo and re-echo the truth pf'bible history. The signs of the time indicate that almost every fact of the bible from lid to lid will find its corroboration in ancient city disentombed, or ancient wall, cleared from the dust of ages, or ancient docu- Be_ -he twentieth century as it has already rolled into the nineteenth an infidel will be a man who does not believe j Ms own senses, and the volumes now critical and denunciatory of the bible, j if not entirely devastated by the book I worms, will be taken down from tho ! shelf as curiosities of ignorance or ! idiocy. All success to the p ; cUaxs and j crow-bars and powder-blasting of . those apostles of archaeological ox| ploration. I like the ringing defiance • of the old Hugonots to the assailants of Christianity: "Pound away, you , rebels! Your hammers break, but the anvil of God's word stands." How wonderfully the old book hangs together. It is a library made up of sixty-six books and written by at least thirty-nine authors. It is a supernatural th'ing that they have stuck togethar. Take the writings of any other thirty-nine authors or any ten authors, or any five authors, and put them together, and how long would they stay together? Books of "elegant extracts" compiled from many authors are proverbially short- lived. 1 never know one such book, which, to use the publisher's phrase, "had life in it" for live" years. Why is it that the bible, made up of'tho writings of at least thirty-nine authors, has kept together for a long lino of centuries when the natural tendency would have been to fly apart like loose sheets of paper when a gust of wind blows upon them? His because God stuck them together and keeps thom together. But for that Joshua would have wandered oft' in one direction, and Paul into another, and Exekicl into another, and Lnko into another, and llab- bakuk into another, and the thirty-nine authors into thirty- nine directions. Put the writings of Shakespeare and Tennyson and Longfellow, or any part of them, together; how long would they stay together? No book bindery could keep them together. But the cannon of scripture is loaded now with the same ammunition with which prophet and apostle loaded it. Bring me all the bibles of the earth into one pile, and blindfold me so that I cannot tell the difference between day and night, and put into my hand any one of all that Alpine mountain of sacred books, atul put my linger on tho last page of Genesis, and let me know it, and I can tell you what is on the next page, namely, the first chapter of Exodus, or while thus blindfolded, put my finger on the last chapter of Matthew, and let me know it, and f will tell you what is on the next page, namely, the What i first chapter of Mark. In the pile of An- I live hundred million bibles there will be no exception. In other words, tho boolc gives me confidence by its .supernatural adhesion of writing to writing. Even the stoutest ship sometimes shifts its cargo, and that is what made our peril the greater in the ship (iraecc of tho National lino when the cyclone struck us oft the coast of Newfoundland, and the cargo of iron had shifted as the ship swung from hirboiird to starboard and from starboard to larboard. But thanks be to God this old biblo ship, though it has been in thousands of years of tempest, has kept its cargo of gold and precious stones compact and suro and in all tho centuries nothing about it has shifted. There they stand, shoulder to shoulder, David and Solomon and Isaiah anil Jeremiah and K/ekiol and Daniel and ll'osea and Joel and AmosundObadiah and Jonah und Micah and Nahum and Habbakiik and Jcphaniah and llaggai arid Xaeluu'iah and Malaolu and Matthew and Mark and Luke and John and Paul unit Peter, all there, and with uecortainty uf being there until the heavens aud tlio earth, tho creation of which is described ia the book of the bible* shallhavecollnpsed, and the white horse of the conqueror described in the last book of the bible shall paw the dust in universal demolition. By that tremendous fact my faith is reinforced. The discussion is abroad as to who wrote those books of the bible called the Penta* t'uch, whether Moses or Hilkiah or Ezra or Samuel or Jeremiah or another group of ancients. None of them wrote it. God wrote the Pentateuch, and in this day of stenography and typewriting that ought nor, to «>e a difficult thing to understand. The great merchants and lawyers and' editors and business men of our towns and cities dictate hear'ly all their letters, they only sign them after they are dictated. The prophet and evangelist and apostle were Jehovah'* stenographers or typewriters. They put down only what God dictated; he signed it afterward. He has been writing his name upon it all through the vicissitudes of centuries. But I come to the height of my subject when 1 say the way to reinforce our faith is to pray for it. So the disciples in ray text got their abounding faith: "Lord,increase our faith."fc'oma one suggests: "Do you really think that prayer amounts to anything?" I might as well ask you is there a line of telegraphic wires from New York to Washington, is there a line of telegraph wires from Manchester to London, from Cologne to Berlin. All the people who have sent and received messages on those lines know o-f their existence.' So there are millions of souls who have been in constant communication with the capital of tho Universe, with the Throne of the Almighty, with the great God himself, for years and years and years. There has not been a day when supplications did not flash up and blessings did not flash down. Will some ignoramus, who has never received a telegram or sent one. come and tell us that there is no such thing as telegraphic communication? Will some one who has never offered a prayer that was heard and answered come and tell us that ihere is nothing in prayer? It may not come as we expect it, but as sure is an honest prayer goes up, a merci- :ul answer will como down. During the blizzard of four or five years ago, vou know that many of the teleeraph wires were prostrated, and I telegraphed to Chicago by the way of Liverpool, England, and the answer, after while, came round by another wide circuit, and so the prayer wo offer may come back in a way we never imagined, and if we ask to have our faith increased, a though it may come by a widely different process than '.hit which we expected.our confidence will surely be augmented. What a frightful time we had a few days ago down on the coast of Long Island, where I have be.cn stopping. That archangel of tempest, which, \\ithits awful wings, swept the Atlantic coast from Florida to Newfoundland, did not spare our region. A few miles away, at Southampton, I saw the bodies of four men, whom the storm had slain and the sea had cast up. As I stood there among the dead bodies I said to myself, and I said aloud: "These "men represent homes. What will mother and father aud wife and children say when they know this?" Some of the victims were unknown, only tho first name of two of them was found out—Charley and .William. I wondered then and 1 wonder now if they will remain unknown, and if some kindred far away may be waiting for their coming and never hear of the rough way of their going. I saw also one of the three who had come in alive, but more dead than alive. The ship had become helplesssix miles out, and as ono wave swept' the deck and went down on the furnaces till they hissed and went out, the cry was, ' O, my Go-l, we aro lost!" Then the crew put on life-preservers, one of the sailors saying to the other, "We will meet again on the shore, and, if not, well, we must all go some tivne." Of the twenty- three men wno ptit on the lil'e-pressrv- crs, only three lived to reach the beach. But what a scene it was as the good and kind people of Southampton, led on by Dr. Thomas, tho great and good surgeon of New York, stood watching the sailors struggling in the breakers. "Aro you still alive?" shouted Dr. Thomas to one of them out in the breakers, and he signalled yes, and then went into unconsciousness, Who .should do the most for the poor fellows and how to resuscitate them, were the questions that ran up and down the beach J at Southampton. How the men and women on the shore stood wringing their hands impatiently waiting for the sufferers to come within reach, and tnen they wore lifted up and carried indoors and waited on with as much kindness and wrapped as warmly as though they had been the princes of the earth. ,"Are they alive?" "Are they breathing?" "Do you think they will live'- 1 ' 1 "What can we do for them?" were the rapid and intense cpaestions asked, and so much money was sent for the clothing and equipment of tho unfortunates that Dr. Thomas had to make a proclamation that no more money was needed. In other words, all that day it was resuscitation. And that is the appropriate word for us this morning, as we stand and look off upon this awful sea of doubt and unbelief on which hundreds are this moment being wrecked. Home of them were launched by Christian parentage on smooth seas and with promise for prosperous voyage, but a Voltaire cyclone struck 'them on one side and a Tom Paino cyclone struck them on the other side, and a bad habit cyclone struck thorn on all ides, and they have foundered fax- away from shore, far away from God, and they havo gone down or are washed ashore with no spiritual life left in them. But, thank God, there are many here to-day with enough faith left to encourage us in the effort ivt their resuscitation. All hands to the beach! With a confidence in God that takes no denial, let us lay hold of them! Ketch thorn out of tho breakers! Bring gospel warmth and gospel stimulus anil gospel life to their free/.- ing souls! Resuscitation! Resuscitation! FARM AND fiOtJSEHOLD. ADVocAtiNc BARLEY AS FIRST CLASS STOCK FOOD. "Now," said tho prosecuting attorney, "I think about twenty years would fit your client's case." "Twenty years!" echoed the lawyer. "Why, I'd ruthor have him sentenced for life." 'Why?" "Because his health is HO bad he couldu't live fifteen years; and, if JiV did he'd still be liyoyeurs uheud." Corn Bad for Urccclin? Stock—A. Model Bag Mouse—Quick WajM to Clear La ; —Unnada Thistles—Dairy Notes 'am • Hoaseliold Helps. Bnrtpv us Stocls Food. That experience is the best teachei has been considered a fact for ages. If my experience in feeding barley is worth .anything, and 1 surely con sider that it is. 1 want every one not acquainted with its good qualities to have the benefit. It is a lamentable fact that the majority of farmers have fallen into the deplorable habit of raising only corn and oats every year. A simple glance at the asses sor's books for 1893 showing acreage of different grains raised in 1892, will attest to this fact. All over the country the cry goes up about loss of brood sows and young, pigs. Let it be painted in large red letters on fences and school houses; let every farmer paste it in his hat. or inscribe it on his dinner plate in letters of gold, that the main cause of all this is corn. On this farm of 3,400 acro.i wo raise all kinds of live stock, from mastiff pupa and wild goose to trot ting horses; and wo raise lots of them, too. Bear with mo a moment. Do not think I am trying to advertise the farm; far from it, but I want to prove to you why 1 think our experience superior to that of a man who only farms on a small scale. Wo run eleven work teams of good Kentucky mules, cultivating 700 acres, besides putting up "oceans' 1 of hay. Our mule's never wintered finer and afot through spring work in as good llosh as this past one, and their feed has been barley. I fattened a small bunch of beef entile on barley for house use, and "quicker" and liner flavored beef I never put over the coals. By quick beef I mean that they fattened quickly, and as a consequence the meat was juicy and tender. We marketed over $8,000 worth of hogs last fall, and wintered all our shouts on an exclusive feed of barley, and in the iiftccr. years this ranch has been in existence shoats never wintered as finely. Our ewes on same rations sheared a heavier fleeuo of wool,and had a larger and stronger lot of lambs than ever before. Our entire band of brood mares had thoir regular fpecl of barley, and never had a stronger lot of fouls with no trouble whatever in foaling. The stallions and colts had tho same rations and opened up the spring campaign vigorous and keen. 1 doom corn as certain death to breeding stock, writes William Berry hi tho American Trotter. While its superior cannot bo found as a cheap and easier fattener for all butcher stock, its fattening and heat producing 1 qualities are just what have tho killing effect on breeding stock. Now, a word as to brood sows. Every year up to 1889 our bunch of fifty or sevonty-flve brood sows were allowed to run with the stock hogs behind tho steers in feed ; ;s. They were all removed a few days or weeks as occasion called for to the farrowing house, but tho deadly corn had gotten in its work, and wo annually lost quite a number of sows and scores of piss. The litters were small and so many either came stillborn or were so small and weakly that it was a sure case of the survival of tho fittest. In KSS!) we introduced a radical change. Corn was entirely discarded, and sows put on a diet of ground barley and oats. Sometimes barley alone, and occasionally bran was mixed with it, but barley was the main food. Now, mark yon, since 188!) we have not lost a sine'lo sow in fattening, and all stillborn pigs could be put in a common water pail. Tho litters averaged from thirty-three to fifty per cent larger in quality and numbers. Instead of four to eight, each sow would have from seven' to thirteen in a litter, and all healthy little fellows ready to scrape for their dinner at the drop of a bucket.' California is a great barley raising and barley feeding stats, and look at the results. Don't give all their success to climate. The only thing against my argument in favor of barley is that I am a young- man, and to some people that is a crime. And while I never was on a farm until seven years ago, yet during that time 1 havo made it a study, as 1 did my Ga.'.sar and Virgil in school, and havo raised more grain and live stock than some old cranks through whoso hair tho hay seed of sixty summers havo sifted, and through whoso "gaxalaa" tho winds of six°ty winters have whistled. Simply bo- cau. ) some of us "kids" don't do as tlmy and their fathers did down on tho rocky hillsides of "Vermont," is no reason why "no good thing can come out of Naxaroth. " licmo-mbor that all this is gratuitous and free us air. It don't cost any man a cent. If any man wants to know of any further particulars all ho has to do is to pay the postage and I will do tho rest. J will just mention in closing that a ration of ground barley, oats and bran with a dash of oil meal occasionally, makes a nice feed for colts or other stock. A .lloclfl Hot;- lloUSO. (J. II. C., Cedar Blufl's, Nob., writes Orango Judd Farmer: Tho building is entirely of pine lumber. Tho sills are Gx(! inch; floor joist. -2x8 inch; Jloor, I. 1 , inch board. Tho two extra sills ii.ro laid nearly under tho alloy partitions and extend tins whole length of tho building. They urn not mortised into tho end sill's, but they are hud unc'or thorn, supporting tho floor joist in the center, and the whole rests on blocks of stone. Tho sides and ends aro boarded upright and battened with 8 fetch battens. Tho roof is made of grooved roofing and (i inch battens. Tho walls inside are lined up 2J feet for warmth. Tho building is fifj feet long and 26 feet wide. There is a steam generator and barrels for water and cooked feed, with pens SxlO feet and yards. Tho five pens on the south side aro divided by partly movable partitions and aro used for fattening hogs. Tho troughs aro placed directly under the partition between tho pens and the alley, and a door twenty inches high and tho same length as the trough, hangs to this partition, the door having a sliding latch with which it may ho fastened to cither side, excludine- hogs until the f.ed is in place. From X to the right hand end of house, thirty-two feet, the whole floor slopes six inches and this I consider the fine point in my plan, since by using hose or eave sprouting in connection with the water supply the floor can be easily washed, and the manure with tho liquid bs pushed through the shute, and caught in ;i tight box placed on a sled or fctone boat and removed to tho field. Tho alloy is si:: feet wide, doors four feet wide. With this house I am ready for my sows to farrow any time after the loth of February. The cost of building was $2:>o with lumber at $2a per thousand. Cuiuidi ThintlKfi Nol. Scmlln;-. The Canada thistle propagates so readily from its roots that it does not need seed to become an untolerablo nuisance in cultivated grounds. There are conditions in which seed does not form usually on very rich, mellow soil where the root growth is unobstructed. In somo Western agricultural papers we have seen communications saying that tho Canada thistle never seeds. The writers havo examined heads of :iloom and have found thorn entirely barren. But this negative evidence Droves nothing. Wo have noticed both tho seeding and not-seeding- specimens. Tho latter wore always noro rank in growth and usually had. red bloom. The thistles that furnish seed havo mostly a bloom very much lighter colored.—American Cultivator. I):ii:-y Xotns. Uoocl clover hay is one of the best of feeds for tho dairy cow. loocl butter depends more on tho butter maker than tho cow. It requires no more to milk and cod a good cou- than a poor one. In dairying profits depend less on low much we do than how well wo lo it. Peas, oats and barley mixed are lighly recommended for cows. The ;rop can be used for soiling and also n the grain. What can I do to harden butter ihat comes too soft!' asks a lady. We presume you have; no ice. Then iso cold water when tho butter is in .he grain. Churn in tho cool of Ihe morning n very hot weather, to prevent tho omporaturc of tho cream from rising oo high for the good of tho butter. When the boy or girl begins to Tiilk see that they aro taught to do t properly. As they begin they will ikoly continue. We have known >oys to begin by stripping with the numb and two fingers, wetting tho cat with milk, to milk that way vcr after. An exchange says that if a cow Tots choked with an apple or potato, lolding up its head and breaking an gg in its mouth is a sure cure. The amo remedy is recommended for orses under similar circumstances. HuusGhnUi llolps. A few drops of carbonate of ammonia put into a small quantity of rain water will provo a safe and easy remedy for cleaning spots from carpets. Instead of putting food in the oven to keep hot for late comers try covering it closely with a tin and setting it over a basin of hot water. This plan will keep the food hot and at the same time prevent it from drying'. Tho most judicious foods to servo with pork aro fried apples, apple sauce, tomatoes and sweet or whita potatoes. If pork i i oll'orod in the form of sausage meat, apple sauce or fried apples should never bo omitted. An old and tried cleaning solution for black drosses is a handful of fig leaves boiled in a quart of water till only a pint is left. Dip a brush or bit of sponge in this and rub tho spots and stains. Black cloth that is only dusty and generally grimy may bo washed in soap bark water, drying without rinsing. Tho juice of three lemons and the thin, yellow rind of one, with two ounces powdered sugar to ovary quart of water, makes a rich and strong lemonade drink. Put juioo, sugar and rind, cut into bits, into an earthen jar and pour over tho boiling water, covering closely at once. When cold add pounded ice and serve. 'To clean gilt frames rub thorn with a little sulvolutile mixed with cold water, or, after dusting tho frames well, paint tho gilding with a camera hair brush dipped in tho following mixture: One gill of water in which one ounce of common salt, one ounce of alum and two ounces of purified nitre have boon dissolved. To wash silk stockings, use tepid water and white soap, ivory or white oust lie, and wash only ono'ut a time, as on no act-mint must they ho allowed to lie in the wafer, llinso carefully in cold water and i:qune-/.o, lay thom Hat mi a towel, and roll the towel up tightly, and h.-avo to dry. AftorwartiH. lo renew tho gloss.', n'lb them briskly with a piece of dry Uunnol, They will look like uo\v, \- ;

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