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THE XTPPiSR Dgg MOINES: ALGONA. IOWA, W3Elt>Nt)SPAY AUGtJST 30, 1899, CHAPTER I. "Handsome? Yes. He has the most Jnnoc«nt blue eyes In the world, and 'the smile of an angel; but he broke his toother's heart, spent her fortune And his own, and committed every Wickedness under the sun before he was one-and-twenty. Yes, It Is very sad—very! And now poor old Colonel Branscomb Is dying—the accounts this morning were quite hopeless—and Charlie is his next heir. Another fortune for him to squander, as he has already squandered everything he could lay his hands on." "But I thought the estate was not entailed," remarked the lady to whom the foregoing was addressed. "No, It Is not entailed, but the Colonel has very strong ideas on the subject of hereditary right. He never would make a will; he has always believed that Charlie ultimately would pull himself together—poor old man; he must die In that belief. Charlie will make ducks and drakes of beautiful Forest Lea In no time. Oh, It is a sorrowful pity!" The speaker, a handsome well preserved woman of fifty or thereabouts, ,with the exclusive stamp of the "county" about her, .sighed profoundly as she concluded. "But there Is the niece—the Colonel was devoted to her, I understood," remarked the second voice. "Yes, absolutely devoted. Poor dear Child—she will miss him terribly In jevery way! I believe the Colonel toleased himself at one time with the idea of a marriage between Nona and Charlie, and threw them very much together—too much, when you consider what a fascinating scapegrace he is. Sho Is a very sweet girl." • "I hope her uncle has provided for •her. She was quite dependent on him, was she not?" "Yes. It is impossible to say what he has done—something, I hope. But without a will—which he certainly has not made—I should be afraid " Here I, Sidney Fort, the involuntary listener to a conversation which, considering the place and circumstances, was certainly Indiscreet, stirred, coughed, and otherwise made the fact of my waking presence known. The _volces, which had been somewhat raised, dropped at once to a lower tone. I was the third passenger In a first- at the office—"Old family; estate worth fifteen thousand a year; business In the hands of the firm since 1825. Mr. Rowton thought a great deal of the Colonel; rather eccentric and arbitrary, but a gentleman down to the ground; quite of the old school; never married; had nephews and nieces;" he—Fisher—had seen a young gentleman at the office, a nephew of the Colonel's. The adltlonal information conveyed by my fellow-passengers Imparted to my expedition the Interest It had htth- .erto lacked. I was no doubt about to save Forest Lea from the hands of the spcndhrlft Charlie, and possibly to endow a young and lovely girl with the fortune he had forfeited. The matter was lifted all at once from a dry detail of business into a chapter of romance. I am, notwithstanding my profession, somewhat Imaginative, and by the time the train stopped at Wcstford, the station for which I was bound, I had drawn a sufficiently fan- cllful sketch of the position. Little, however, did I guess how the events and experiences of the ensuing week were to color and Influence my own future life. My traveling companions also alighted at Westford. I saw them, attended by a maid and a footman, and obsequiously escorted by the station master and porters, drive off In a wagonette with a pair of well-groomed roans, and then I was accosted by an elderly groom with a cockade In his hat. "Mr. Fort, for Colonel Branscombe's, Forest Lea. sir?" "Yes," I replied. "How Is the Colonel?" "Very bad, sir," answered the man, shaking his head, and with the manner of a good servant who feels the loss of a good master. My luggage, which consisted of a small portmanteau and a black bag, was put into the dog-cart In waiting and In a few minutes I was being driven at an exhilarating pace through something like six miles of a country which, In Its summer beauty of rich foliage and delicious green pasture was "A good master served by faithful servants," I soliloquized. "They are dreading the change which spendthrift Charlie's reign will bring. It remains to be seen whether that reign Is to be, or whether a fair young chatelaine is J* "OH! IT IS A SORROWFUL PITY." «' class railway carriage, traveling from v London towards a country station ID * the midland counties. ; I had at start- i Jng withdrawn into the fartherest cor- ,','ner of the carriage, and, being sleepy §from the previous night's burning of 'the midnight oil, had disposed myself 0 utilize the enforced Idleness of the journey in recouping exhausted na- ';ure. I believe that the two ladies, the Interest of their subject, had iuite forgotten that they were not ,}one. With my newspaper spread ov- my face I looked, as to all Intents d purposes I was, up to a certain Int, a dummy. The soft murmur of e feminine voices had had at first a lllPPorinc effect; but the Journey was "mewhat long, and, the demands of ,ture satisfied, I awoke to hear the ,g-end of a conversation which, 'ange to say, had a particular Inter- it for me. was the Junior partner, lately ad- tted, of a firm of London solicitors, of my seniors was on the Conti- t, the other was laid up with one the serious bouts of bronchitis Ich had been the primary cause of initiation Into the secrets of a ;e and important clientele. An im- 'atlve summons had come early that •ning for our Mr. Rowton to take actions for the will of a country ,t, The terms of the telegram ad- Jed of no delay, and within an of its receipt I was on my way juston Station, whence I wired to ijpnel Branscombe, Forest Lea, ihlre," that "Sidney Fort, of prs. Rawton & Fort," bad "left by W:45 train," and would "be with not later than 9 p. m." tbe absence of my principal and pressure at starting, I bad no fur- knowledge of my client than the. data furnls.UeiJ by the fread clerk —like the good St. Elizabeth of gracious memory—to dispense her smiles and hor charities in the place of the beloved Colonel. CHAPTER II. The great oak doors opened noiselessly as I mounted the wide shallow steps. Evidently some one waa on the watch to save the clangor of "the'loud bell through the silent sick-house. I stepped from the portico Into a large wide hall hung with antlered heads and other trophies, telling of the Colonel's love for sport, and carpeted with tiger and other skins spread on the polished oak floor. It was altogether an Imposing and appropriate entrance to the fine old mansion. Here, amongst the distinctly masculine elements, I was not long in detecting the subtle signs of the presence which had Just pervaded my waking dreams of Forest Lea. Set on the ample old-fashioned window-ledge were old china bowls heaped with rich crimson and golden roses, and the wide fireplace was filled with gracefully grouped ferns. A shady hat wreathed with green leaves lay on a little spiral-legged table, close to a large old-fashioned screen, which shut off the staircase; and near the hat had been thrown a pair of tiny gauntlet gloves, which could never have fitted poor Colonel's hands. A little black? andean v terrier, nestled In one of the fur rugs,, roused Itself and came up to me, nestling its cold nose In my offered palm, and looking up into my face with, the wistful appeal of its sociable nature. Bvidently.lt was a lady's pet, neglected or forgotten (Q tbe presence of sad aad overwhelming oarea. A Interrupted my observations with ft respectftul greeting. "Dinner will be served at 7 o'clock, sir," he said. "Will you take any refreshments now—brandy or soda, or sherry and bitters, sir? There is tea In the drawing-room still." Then, as I declined all his hospitable suggestions, he added, "I will show you to your room, then, if you please, sir. The Colonel Is sleeping; the doctors are most anxious he should not be disturbed. We had Sir Alfred Cox down from London this morning. I was to say that the Colonel might not be able to see you for some little time, He has had no sleep before this for eight-and-forty hours—he has had such violent pains—and now that the sleeping-draught has taken effect the medical gentlemen make a great point of " "Oh, certainly—I quite understand! We must hope that this sleep will be a turning point In the illness," I said cheerfully. "Of course it Is of vital Importance that the Colonel should not be aroused. Sleep is often the best medicine." "The Colonel has been counting the hours until you could ha here, sir," the man went on, as he unpacked my portmanteau and laid out my apparel. He sent for the Bradshaw as soon as your telegram came, and ordered the dog-cart himself. He only dropped off as you turned Into the avenue. Is that all I can do for you, sir? You will find the morning papers lu the library. 1 ' There was a suppressed interest and excitement In the manner of the man, who was evidently an old and confidential retainer. My arrival and mission were, as I could see, matters of supreme importance and curiosity to that anxious household. The butler was waiting for me 'again in the hall as I descended the stairs. He threw open the door of the room on the right, and ushered me in with the announcement: "Mr. Fort." It was with a momentary and uncomfortable thought of my morning dress that I found myself In the presence of a lady—a fair slim girl whose white gown made her at once a conspicuous point in the sombre, heavily- furnished room. She was seated In a large leather chair at the table In the center of the apartment, her hands folded over the closed volume in her lap, and her eyes fixed upon the door. Large limpid blue-gray eyes they were, I saw as I came nearer, searching mine with an anxious questioning gaze. This then was the "Nona" of whom my fellow passengers had spoken—tho ideal about which I had woven so many imaginings. A very fair maiden, the fairest, sweetest—I decided on the instant—whom it had ever been my lot to meet, although the lovely eyes were ringed with dark shadows as from watching and weeping, and the white gown had been put on without the addition of a single flower or ornament. She rose as I advanced towards her and bowed gravely. Once, I thought her hand stole out with a hesitating gesture—as if she would have offered it to me. But it was withdrawn almost instantly, and rested on the table beside her, as she stood, a graceful drooping figure, with that indescribable and exquisite grace of delicate refinement which Is inherited—never acquired. A very gracious chatelaine, I thought, if the sleeping colonel upstairs should so. will. And with the thought there cama a strange dumb thrill of pain, as If the fair vision were floating away from me into the dim shadowy distance. Some conventional remark as to tha weather was the only thing which occurred to me, and seemed for its commonplaceness terribly out of harmony with the spirit of the occasion, especially as It was met by another long, troubled, almost trembling look into my face. (To be continued.) FARM AND GARDEN, MATTERS OP iNtERBST TO AGRICULTURISTS. MARRIED TO ORDER. How Alexander the Great Celebrated His Victory Over Uarliw. The-newspaper reporters of the time of Alexander the Great, had there been any, would have had the heaviest day's work of thir lives In covering the interesting events that marked the day 'Alexander was married. On that day, says the New York Journal, authenticated accounts tell us, no less than 20,202 men and women were made husbands and wives. Alexander had conquered Darius of Persia, and felt that this great achievement was important enough to be signalized in & conspicuous manner. Imagine the pride of a conqueror who d-ecidea that it can be measured properly only by a wholesale giving and taking in marriage the like of w~.ch the.world has never seen. Alexander himself married Stattra, the daughter of the conquered king, and decreed that one hundred of ; his chief officers should be united to one hundred ladles from the noblest Persian and Medean families. In addition to this, he stipulated thait 10,000 of his Greek somiers should marry 10,000 Asiatic women. When everything was settled a vast pavilion was erected, the pillars of which were six feet high. One hundred gorgeous chambers adjoined this for -the hundred noble bridegrooms, while for the 10,000 an outer .court was inclosed.out- side of which tables were spread for the multitude. Each pair bad seats and ranged themselves in semi-circles around the royal throne. Of course the priests oQjjJd.not .marry this vast number of couples In the ordinary way, BO Alexander the Great devised a very etmple ceremony, He gave his hand to Statlra and kjsaed her—an e$that all the bridegrooms followed. T.bfc end,e,d t|a followed tbo JesMy«}, Borne Cp-to-Dat* Bint* About Cnl- tlvatlon of the Soil and field* Thereof—Horticulture, Viticulture and Floriculture. Cucumber Melon DUeaieB. ' The April bulletin of the Ohio Experiment Station thus summarizes the report of experiments in the treatment of cucumbers and melon diseases: The cucumber pickle Industry continues to Increase In Ohio and the yields of pickles have been more satisfactory for 1S98 than for the previous year. The abundant rains, well distributed, and the high mean temperatures for the growing months have contributed to this end. The downy mildew of cucumbers ana allied plants,Plasmopara Ctibensis, has been fully as destructive to the plants during the season named as In 1897, but owing to the earlier harvesting of the crop the actual reduction of yields has been only about one-balf as great from this cause. Anthracnose of cucurbits, Colleto- trlehum Lagenarlum, ha» increased In abundance and destructiveness. A wilt of cucumbers and* muskmelons, referred to a species of Fusarlum, has also prevailed, besides the usual wilt diaeaso, Phyllostlcta CTucurbltacearum and Cereospora Cucurbltae have also been found- spotting cucumber leaves as well a» Cereospora Citrulllna upon watermelon foliage. Co-operative spraying, experiments upon a commercial scale have given an Increase of seventy-five bushels per acre upon sprayed, compared with unsprayed cucumber plcklo vines, attacked by downy mildew. The profits from this treatment were not so large as would have accrued from similar work in 1897, for reasons pertaining to oarllness of crop. The practicability of saving the late trop of cucumbers from downy mildew, by use of Bordeaux mixture, is fully demonstrated by the experiments made. Spraying for this purpose need not be begun earlier than July 25 to August 1. If a crop of pickles or cucumbers Is harvested by August 15, spraying for downy mildew Is not re- . Spraying of anthracnose, downy mildew and leaf blight of muskmelons Is still recommended, although some failures are recorded. , Previous recommendations as to the treatment of late tomato plants with Bordeaux mixture to prevent tomato leaf blight, Septorla Lycoperslcl, are again repeated, Stock for European Pluiux. In some notes on plum culture published In a recent bulletin issued by the Colorado Experiment Station, Professor Charles S. Crandall says: For the European plums such as Lombard, Green Gage, and Bradshaw probably no stock is better than seedlings of some variety of the species from which these varieties came—Prunus douiestlca. These have been in common, use for many years, but in recent years have been in some degree superseded by Myrobalan stocks (seedlings of Primus cerasifera, a species of European orgln). Myrobalan stocks are in common use in European countries and have rapidly grown in favor with our nurserymen, not because better trees can be grown upon them, but because it is easier to secure good My- robalan than good domestica stocks. Seeds of domestica varieties that will produce an even stand of stocks is difficult to obtain, and the Myrobalan, which is easier to grow and less liable to in- Jury from parasitic fungi, offers an acceptable substitute. Some nurserymen import the seeds and grow their own stocks, others find it more profitable to import the seedlings. They are usually received during the winter, planted in nursery rows In spring, and budded In July and August. In the south the stocks In common use are the Marlanna plum and peach, an'd very diverse opinions as to their relative merits have been expressed. Probably the differences arise from varying local conditions, for the testimony at hand, indicates that on the light and dry soils the peach stock does best, while the Myrobaian is better suited to the heavier and more moist soils. Even, at the north the peach meets with some favor as a stock for plums on light soils, but It Is too tender for districts where severe winters are common. For the native varieties, Wolf, Weaver, De Soto and other derivatives of Prunus Americana, the natural inference that Americana stocks would be best-seems to be borne out by experience, but the degree of success may depend in a measure upon the seed used. The species is extremely variable in general habit and rapidity of growth, as. well as in the fruit produced. Study the Sott. .For the economical application of fertilizers it is necessary to make something of a study of the soi]. Clay soils as a'rule contain sufficient potash but they are likely to need either nitrogen or phosphoric acid and are usually benefited by both, Complete fertilizers should not be applied by the farmer without reservation. They are only complete as they meet the requirements of Ills soil. On clay soils bone meal Is usually a very effective, fertilizer. It supplies phosphoric fa^ and potash and also lime, which usuaK }y exerts a beneficial mechanical effect oa clay, Acid phosphates or Sputa Carolina rock acts in the same way except that It contains no aitrogeij, average sa^dy acil is always de»U 9l tfe tllizlng constituents. It Is not only necessary to supply the soil therefore With nitrogen, phosphoric acid , and potash but organic toattef will ptbvo beneficial as well. If barnyard manure is not available plowing under green crops will serve the result. By a systematic method of rotation and Pasturage together with the use of commercial fertilizers, sandy soils can be brought to the highest state of productiveness. in the determination of what kind of a fertilizer and how much snau be applied to a partlculalr soil tho farm er must be his own guide-he must make his own field experiments and profit by them from year to year. Field experiments conducted In his same locality but on a heavy black soil whereas his might be a light Bandy soil, would be of little or no benefit to him. in a general way sandy soils are leachy and non-endur- torHH?" 6 Cl 7 , SOlls are of an enduring fertility, mainly because they do not wash excessively nor allow th* water wh TV™" 1 them the plant which they contain. Now outlet for the 1'otnto rh, e WnCr the Klondike refer to a brand of evaporated potatoes sent from Canada wiiloh have proved very satisfactory as a substitute for fresh vegetables, says J efR " ral Nfi w Yorker. We learned. tnat the Canadian company has varli- ous factories in this country and in vin »;, u° ne factory is run at Mayville, Mich. It started last fall with evaporated apples, and then made apple. older and apple Jelly. When the apple season was finished, they begam evaporating potatoes and kept at It nearly all winter, through the very coldest weather. The same company, we are told, evaporated peaches In Georgia earlier in the season. One of our friends In Mayvllle gives us the following information about this business: "How are potatoes canned?" "They are first washed and then put n a large vat or steamer and steamed Just enough to loosen the skins. Then they are taken out and peeled by women and girls. After this they are cooked until thoroughly done, and then run through a machine shaped like a cola'nder. They come through this In long, white strings very much resembling long worms or shredded cocoanut. After this they are evaporated and put up In tin cans and sealed air-tight." "About how many potatoes were canned during the season?" 5 ' 000 "Does this make any difference In the potato- market for the neighboring farmers?" "Yes, I think it does, although the farmers have no trouble in selling all the potatoes they grow, to the shlp- Pers. The canning factory helps to raise the price. Last winter, when the factory first started, the shippers were Paying only 20 to 22 cents a bushel for Potatoes. The factory's first contract was for 3,000 bushels at 25 cents. Of course the canners want the highest quality of potatoes. It Is understood here that the factory had a contract with the United States government for all the potatoes that were canned last winter." American HorBcs i n Cuba. A correspondent of the Chicago Rec ord writes that Journal from Washington: "American horses do not •hrlve on our new possessions. It takes them a long time to become acclimated. The heat, the malaria and insect pests are more of a trial to beasts than :o men. Texas ponies or bronchos however, do very well in Cuba and Porto Rico, and 800 have been shipped over to Cuba since the close of the war Three or four hundred have been shipped to Porto Rico. Any man who will go down into Cuba and raise mules and ponies will make a fortune, because the draft animals have almost been exterminated during the war, and a great many are needed upon the Plantations as well as by the military forces. The best stock for that climate s the hardy little horse that Is found n Texas and New Mexico." That is a point we called attention to a year ago when the war broke out. The climate of Texas, and the conditions surround- ng horses in that state, would naturally enable them to become more easily acclimated in Cuba and Porto Rico :han northern, horses. • Av NBW. Ramie 1'iant. The Agriculture Ledger of Calcutta India, announces- tb.o discovery for the government of a plant described as similar but superior to ramie. Ramie furnishes an extremely fine, strong and valuable fiber, suitable for making fine, high-class textile goods, and the only thing which has operated to prevent its culture extensively In this country Is the fact that It has to be degummed. which Is always a costly process. This new kind of ramie, if it can be so, called, Is free from gum, and therefore does not, In Us production, present that difficulty. The department of agriculture Is investigating the subject, and is arranging to procure seed for trial and distribution. Mr. Jared G. Smith of the department states that a ramie which does not require deguinmlng would, In all probability, prove a highly valuable acquisition, and its introduction might be the means of starting a new line of industry In the United States. Such a plant, be says, wight to some extent French Qpyeriwent StaHlons.—The f>»Gb, government keeps stalitpns for ;he use of the farmers, charging only ) nominal fee of $2 or |3 per service. By this method the French a re rapidly improving their horses, for these government ataUions are carefully in. enacted before being approved for AdttntAfM at Soiling. Soiling possesses id many advantage of er pasturage, especially where dairy* Ing on high priced land la content* plated, that every dairyman should carefully study the question of adopt* ing the system. A good deal depend* upon the supply^ character, and cost at labor at the farmer's command. It may. be profitable to practice partial soiling. Careful experiments have demonstrated that by feeding cows entirely on greefl forage crops in the stable, from tw* to five times as much milk will result per acre as from pasturing th* same land. It was an old saying thai the cow tramped three times as much as she ate. Of course, many farms contain considerable proportions of pasture land that cannot be tilled, but for tillable land, the profit In soiling is very great. Many more cows can be kept on a given area and the productive capacity of the land can b» rapidly Increased. The saving of manure and its application to best advantage is one of the great gains in soiling. But for this sytem of feeding some little calculation Is required, and a variety of green crops Is necessary to present a well arranged succession throughout the growing season. In other words there must be no break; the supply must be certain and ample. The careful and experienced dairyman will plan to grow perhaps twice as much of every crop as he expects to use. The surplus will not be wasted; it can be dried or stored in a silo. It Is stated on good authority by the soiling system well managed, one acre of productive land will feed two cows for five or six months; three acres for five cows Is considered a conservative estimate. The time of exercise should, however, be not overlooked. One of the points gained by the soiling is the saving of food required through tha useless exertion of the animal in procuring its food at pasture. Moderate exercise should accompany soiling, and a small pasture lot should be provided convenient to the cow house.—Ex. Lousy Many farmers sometimes wonder what is the matter with their pigs when there Is nothing the matter except lice, says Wallace's Farmer. They are not accustomed to,looking for lice except on the older hogs, and plg» frequently are so badly Infested that the constant irritation from day to day brings on indigestion, diarrhea and other symptoms of cholera. We knew of a number of cases last spring where pigs were supposed to have tha cholera and were entirely relieved by the application of the well known and efficient remedies for lice. If you call do nothing else, fill a barrel two-thirds full of water, pour a gallon of kerosene on top of It, take your pig by the ear and souse him In and put him in a clean place where he can not pick up a new assortment from the pens and bedding. A better method, however, is to prepare kerosene emulsion according to the recipe we have frequently published and apply it to the whole herd. No man can afford to feed a lot of miserable lice. The annual osses from hog lice, cattle lice, horse lice, chicken and sheep ticks on the average farm would pay the taxea. Why not save this? America's Yellow Poultry. It is an odd fact that tue E reat American poultry-consuming public la greatly prejudiced in favor of the yellow-legged, ,yellow-fleshed fowl That It is merely a matter of fashion, or fad s amply proved by the fact that la all other countries the preference la given to the white-meated birds trance is recognized as authority upon the edible qualities of all the foods devoted to the use of man, and In that sunny land the Houdan stands preeminent. They have been bred .for generations for the express purpose of use as a table delicacy. They are a bird of medium weight and large breast predominance; being small boned and fine fleshed, witn a small amount of offal, they are a profitable carcass for the consumer to purchase In.the great Paris markets huge piles of dressed Houdan and La Fleche fowls can be seen at the numerous stalls These are reared in small flocks by the villagers adjacent to the city, and sold to professional dealers who make th« dally or weekly tours.—Inland Poultry. New Shade Tree Pest,—That beautiful and graceful shade tree, the white birch, which decorates so many parks and home lawns, has been attacked by a very destructive Insect enemy In our state. For several years past spme of the finest specimens of this tree in Buffalo's parks have died each year. It Is now known that the cause was a small, slender beetle, whose grub makes tortuous tunnels Just beneath the bark. To scientists the Insect la known as Agrilus anxius, but we may well speak of it as the birch Agrilus, * * * I have, as yet, no better suggestion to offer than to cut down and burn Immediately, especially before May In the spring, all trees found dying; I doubt if any protective wash for the trees will be found practicable and effective.—Prof. M. V. SHngerland, before the W. N, Y. Hort. Society. Water for the Horse.—The quantity of water allowed to horses is often in- sujflcient, says Rural World. The wa- for nutritive, [OB Is obtained water. Green n a good deal .ybe as 90 per ing these foods .but the staple s and hay, con- jm 14 to 16 pejr this dry food iwder special aud ioodb of waK, cent—an< require foods of tbe tain no more sent of moisture? there should, unless , very peculiar circumstances, be a •',.4t!:.&?A

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