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^W^JJOSWaS^S*'**** 1 '* 11 ™^^ fctETiUtANS* CORNER. ttrtr ™w*** ^ ! ">< «• the closer, and thfi st^rn oM « saw his face, -he- set down the switch C5OOD SHORT STORIES instdo the door and went outside. FOR OLD 8OLDSER8, "One boy slipped to tho window and reported to the rest. The old man was pouring water on Lys Grant's hands knd having him wash his face. He gave him hjs red bandanna to wipe it dry.. What the school saw a mlnste later was the schoolmaster coming in, patting this very red and embarrassed boy on the head." Gtnat WB» &<M«6a*e<S ot the Bare o* J!?*v*r Knowing: When He i»*f*»t«d-—About' Spanlah Soldier* Soldiers. WAS Just before the last fierce charge v Two soldiers _drew their '.""•'." reln~"". """'" For a. clasp of. a hand and a parting word; They might never meet again. One had Mue eyes and clustering curls, * Nineteen but a month ago, Down on his chin, red on his, cheek, ~ ' He 1 was only a boy, you know. *?i ' •'••''• ,•*•* , The other was dark and stern and \- ' proud, '•'•'•' '*• His faith In this world was dim; X,- He only trusted the more In those *,*-• Who were all the world to him. ^- , .•••'' • -----4- ' They had irldden together In many a raid, •',.'• Had marched for many a. mile, ' V* And ever before they had met the foe ^ With a calm, and cheerful smile. <i.~ But now they looked In each other's «!•(,<", With "an awful ghastly gloom, "" And the dark, stern,man was the first '. to speak, , Saying, "Charlie, my hour has come! 1 ."We'll ride together .down the hill, jr And If you rldo Jjack' again, ' . . ^YoU must 'promise a little trouble ,to take, For me, when I am slain.'' "'You will flnd a face upon my breast- Til wear it. la the fight— "With bright blue eyes and sunny curls, And-a smile like 'the morning light. ''Like the ^morning-light'was her love f or_me, _ ' • • ror"H~gladdens"my "lonely life; C_ .—'What cared l-for : the-powera of-fate—— vV s "When she promised to be my wife? . t J'Write to . her, Charlie,' when I am gone; , ; . Send back that fair, fond face, And tell her tenderly how I died, And where la my resting place." Tears dimmed the blue eyes of the boy, His voice grew low with pain; "I'll do your bidding, comrade mine, - If 1 ride back again. ' •"And, If you ride back, and I do. not, * You m,uat do as much for me; I've a mother at home must bear, the n'ewsv • • ,. •••".••• •'.••'. ;••. • Write to, her tenderly. • v •"She has' prayed at home like a watch' Ing saint, . ' . Her fair face white with woe; It will break her heart, when :I am - *-• gone; -''.. - • 1 shall see her soon-, I know. . ''One after another -of those she loved, She' has parted with — husband and sons; ' ; . • ' ;...." :...",.. • . . .' '' I was the last, my country called — . ---- she^kissed and Bent me on." .— ; — — - Just then -the order came to charge, ' ' In ap Instant hand, clasped hand; They answered ^|Aye," and ,on they ' rode,— —— ~~~~" -• --_ — _:^r^_^ — These brave devoted men. Spanish Soldlewt Ons of the most pathetic, and even heartrending, things In the history of modern warfare has been the sending of thousands of very young peasants from the Interior districts of Spain, wh6 are in the deepest ignorance of the world's affairs, to combat In Cuba, not a vlslb|e enemy, but the terrible fever, which gives to but few of these unac- cllmated youths from "the bracing highlands of Spain a fair chance of recovery. So little do they know of affairs that they are scarcely aware what they have come to the low coasts of the tropical West Indian Island for before they are striken down. The simple-mindedness of the average peasant-soldier of Spain is illustrated by a story told in a Spanish journal. During the brief reign of the republic which, followed tho. banishment of Queen Isabella In 1868, Don Carlos, a prince who claimed to be the rightful king of Spain under the old Salic law excluding women from the .throne, made war against the republican government. His standard was raised in the northwestern corner of the country, and almost all his soldiers were Basques—as the. people ol the ancient race who Inhabit that part of Spain are called. • The city of Bilbao was defended by an army of the republic. Ono moonlight night two pickets of the hostile armies met outside the trenches. One ja_flbldler_of-the-republic,jrooro-the-unK form which Jju^JatelyJ^ad J»?en_royal; Fhelother, the Carlist, had on his mountaineer's garb, surmounted by the white beretta, and carried an ancient flint lock rifle. At the ends of, their beats the two '"enemies"—neither of whom knew why ho was fighting the other—came together. " "Good evening, comrade!" said the jparllst, politely. ' "dood evening, comrade!" answered the bttier. , "Where do you live, comrade?" "I live in a little.village in Aragon, on the other side of Spain." ' ' , "Possible?" '•' • , .'. • "Aye. And where do you live?" "On. yonder mountain."" ' ' "And whom are you fighting for here?" • ; - ". '.' '' "For King Carlos. And for whom do you fight?". . "For the republic." ' "For the republic? And who Is the republic?" • . .—''That-I don't rightly know, comrade, but I think she la a new queen who lives in Madrid." Tte two men were sf.lent for a moment-looking, amiably at each other. Wisconsin Hortlcnltnral D. C. Converse spoke on how to. plant and care for strawberries. He recommended covering the beds in'the fall with straw'as a mulch. ..In the sprltfg he would loosen up this mulch enougfo to let the t)lanta grow through. He adyise r d_pepple not tq_buy cheap plants Just because they were cheap. He had had people come to him and say that their strawberry beds were faJlures.afcd on Investigation had found that the plants they had used were old ones that a neighbor had dug up to throw away. One should be sure to get good plants, whether they cost little or much. In setting out plstll- lates and stamlnates should be set In rows by themselves, a stamtnate row for each third row, and these should be marked so that they, could toe told at any time. This would help to Iden* tlfy the new plants' growing from them. In marking the best way has proved to be a piece of zinc. This woud not rust and obscure the name. Each zinc tag should be nailed on a piece of.wood and the wood driven into the ground at the end of the row. As four best strawberries fitted for distant markets J. D. Sarles of Sparta named Warfleld, Crescent, Michel's Early and Wilson's Albany. Mr. Johnson—First four for near markets. I would name for the first Crescent; this, I believe, Is a berry of the first quality and the best, taking all things together. It is sour, it Is true,' but it has a very pleasant acid taste and is much enjoyed if eaten with sugar. The Crescent is also of good size If you give It good attention. Tho usual trouble Is that many grow-ere plcfcit-before.it JBjIpeJorJhojalce^ pf getting It Into market Awhile|__tho_ prices are, high. The 'berry is then half grown mid red except tho tip. It And they rode till they'came to the crest of the 1 hill, ••''... , Where the rebels' shot and .shell Poured rifle death In the tolling ranks _ And Jeered them as they fell. .\ , Among the dead; that 'were left behind. .Was the boy-with the curly hair, And'the dark, stern tnan, that rode by ,, ' his side, . Lay dead beside him there. 'There was no one to write to the blue- eyed girl ;'• The words her lover had -said, ' And'the mother at home could not hear - -'• - the news"-;--———— ;y--- 1 j —That her darllnirboy.-was-deadv-r^- Sho never can know the last fond thought .:-.'•• - ••••;-'That was eald to soothe her palri, • .Until she crosses the river of death,. And stands by bis side again. t -'.-'• •'.'.'•'•'." • '•'"-'•: ; '- ' . ' ; . Sticking to It. The hoys who knew Ulysses Grant best hold him in esteem, and with 'reason; for his playmates said of/him that "be never .backed out of anything,"'and that "he was the soul of honor." There was, however, in the village a belief that his father unduly valued his capabilities,;and the feeling, against Mr. Grant was often openly expressed toward Ulysses. An Instance , of the rancor of .some of the boya, which shows at the same time Grant's peculiar persistence and hla" schoolmaster's recognition of' this character', Istic, is given by Mr. Hamlin Barland in McClure'B Magazine. ' According to the tales of old resl- dents, the boys were always "laying for tJlysaes," and he -was called upon to suffer positive abuse, An old citizen of Georgetown, Ohio, relates the following incident; , *,. "A favorite game w^th the boys of John D. White's subscription school, at Georgetown, was 'mumb'le-the-peg.' Grant couldn't play the game,very ekil- fully, and the peg always got a few clandestine licks every time he was to . pull it. On one occasion it was driven could never get it out. • "He,set to work with his forehead down in the dirt, the sun beating hot ttpoa him, and the crowd of boya and girls shutting out every breatbrof fresh sir; The peg would not move. The _ '"Why doesn't our king marry iher, I wonder, and have an end of wars!" Senator and Soldiers. The day's when senators and representatives in congress were expected to frank letters for private soldiers, recounted by Mr, J. A. Watrbus, of Chicago, in some • army remlnl' ' a, were dangerous ones for* congr , al visits to the military camps. . Mr. Watrous says that Senator Timothy O. Howe, of Wisconsin, once 'visited the- headquarters of hls~friend,- Gen, But us King, and was at the first opportunity besieged by the soldiers with packages of envelopese to be franked. .": ••-; •<••'' , Senator Howe was one of the most good-natured of men, .and.Immediately sat down in the tent of'one of-the captains, and/began to frank envelopes by..the hundreds. General KJng had mad§ special preparation for a dinner in honor of his guest. It was to eclipse all the camp dinners that had been glVen for a long time. Senator Howe had been frank- Ing envelopes about half an hour when the call came for dinner. He went on writing, and General King came to .get him. , ' . '•'.'• "Go on/King; I'll be there directly," said the ..senator, » Dinner was served.' The guests had arrived. No one ate, tout after a while the colored cook was sent to tell the senator that the.meal was getting cold. "Oh, tell them to go "ahead." said the senator, still writing madly QU soldiers' envelopes. "I'll be with them as soon as I can." .'-.\ .• . . He finished the pile and rose to go, tout just then two more soldiers came' in'with fresh parcels, and he seated himself again. After he had -signed them all he Joined the impatient company at a cold dinner. • ; "I'm sorry," he said, "b6t It made the boys happy; they will make their friends happy with all the letters they will "eeud^ln"thoserfranked'envelopes,' and it made me happy to do it." • red-faced, shpok-hefeded, thick-set boy, with his face now covered with mud, had forgotten his comrades and saw only one thing In the world; thM was* this stubborn pe#. The bell rang, but the boy did hot hear It. A minute later, after a final effort, lite staggered to his feet With the peg in Us mouth, "The old schoolmaster ,wa*> in tho of the In Greece. fl/he newspapers pf Greece do not take very high rank in Europe, either in respect to their progressive features or their extensive circulation. The standard size of a Greek - paper is twelve and a half by nine laches, and there are usually four pages devoted to the discussion of.political and theological mattei-s/with an occasional reference to.local occurrences, when ade- corroboratiou has. keen obtained. AtheiiB, the capital, maintains r>,lue i, with his long I daily nww&iiaucra, not one of which 5,000 at does not pay to pick at this time, for if ono will wait till the berries are fully ripe they will have doubled In size, arid will taste better and sell better,. although It will have to bo for u lower price. But double the quantity will more than pay for tho partial loss in 'price. This berry Is ono of the first to ripen, there being few that ripen two days before It Haverland Is next. There Is a great demand for It, though I do'not'like It myself very much. I think there Is an advantage in having a pollenlzer near the size of tho pistillate berry. For the Haverland I prefer.the Lovett.: It has a great many' little roots running frpm it. Brandywlne has come through the tests'well and I would name that for the fourth berry. • Q,~How many times have you fruited the Brandywlne? _A.—For two years. It has done as well as I expected. . Q.—Can you ship the Haverland? , A.-—Not usually. Sometimes It will keep over night. ; ' Q._Doea the Brandywlne rust? A.-^-It has not rusted witn me; Q.—Is the Haverland as good as the Warfield? A.—If I -wanted a canning berry I would" raise the Warfleld. Q^—why do you recommend that the pollenlzlng berry should be the same size as the pistillate? A!—I do Mt very strongly recommend that; but it. injures the samp.le of berries to mix two different sizes in the.same box. They do not sell as well. That is the only point I make on-that. ~- —1 L' .'._ Mr.-Hartwell—Now, at our meeting in Illinois one jnan brought out a point as to mixing'berries. He would grow in the same fields berries that ripened at the same time; for he believes that pollenlzers that ripen at a later or earlier date than the plants to be pollenlzed may not do their work fully. He tries to mix varieties that bloom at the same time. He thinks that aa a rule he gets more berries. Mr. Plum—I have noticed .that the pollenlzer does have a great Influence on the quality of the berry of the pis- tillate plant. I believe it is a point worthy our consideration. A word about the old bed. Had it not been fpr old beds last year -I, would have had little fruit. We had about fifteen acres of old beds in our vicinity. My beds I plowed between the rows and left about one foot untouched. Tie plants covered that space and gave a renewal of the beds. The work was done la 1895 and gave us a good crop of berries in 1897. Mr. Sarles—I tried that and put my subsoil plow in for about twenty inches. I ran it along the rows, stir- ' ring the soil to a depth of twenty inches and leaving the old rows for 'about ten inches in width untouched. The roots of the strawberry plant will •gp down, as far aa the soil Is BO loose and wet. The plants can thus get at new sources of food su,pply. I believe it is the best thing I have seen or heard of. "I then cultivate the fallowing spring. I know this is. against the teachings of many. After the toads are harrowed in the spring put back the litter and you have your new beds and new plants. Speaking of Haverland, I sent several cases of them, to my eons, BOO miles away, and they went through all right, though I do not consider them a great shipper. The sons wrote back: "If you have any more like those send theni a,Iong. They are all right" ______ A better method of getting apples to the people in tlto cities is needed. White apples wera selling at ten ceais a bUBbel o» the fara last fall, they were j^tailJae in the Ciiiea«0 $roberies lor SO ceiits or more & buste-l. ^ Beautify t&» iUH&<a gad a<ki flowers Sped. There are B!T different ways to sow timothy and clover seed. Some ara suited to Iowa condltionn and some are not, and in all casea conditions of eoil govern here, as elsewhere, writes E. E. Bennett In Waverly (Iowa) Republican. One .way is to sow ,t>» the wild prairie edit It was once * favorite expression of a- well known writer on agricultural topics, and .especially that of seeding to grass, that he would like to prosecute any man for plowing wild prairie sod that he wished to get Into tame grass. The reason given was that a better eod and a better stand can be obtained by" throwing the seed on the sod, pasturing pretty close and so run out the .wild grasses with the tame t6 the desired extent, lor some of the wild grasses are advantageous and should remain, especially for pasture purposes. Of late years we have had drouths that made this method of no effect In this locality. The timothy killed out, the clover run out, there was nothing left on closely cropped land that was desirable. On rough land that can not be plowed this method should still be tried, for It Is the only recourse In such a case. The second method is to sow after spring grain is put in, .following the seeding of the grain by sowing the grass seed and leaving It to be covered by the winds and rains, of following the sowing on the surface by a brush hanjpw. That Is the method we learned further east and the one that Is suited to heavy clay soils, but it la unsulted to our loose, black, mellow eoll, as, except In showery weather, the ground will dry out below th^ seed and It will not grow, and If it does come up It is liable to be killed afterwards by drying below _the grass roots while still young and short. This, then,' is an unsafe method" lor "Iowa, for failure to secure a stand surely follows when the season Is dry. ' The third way la to sow It early In * the spring, on land seeded to wheat or rye tha previous fall. Sow in March on "the last snow of tho season" if you can, and let the alterpate thawlngs and .freezings of tho soil work it down into tho cracks and cover it. Being in cracks, it will be moistened with every To Those in Need of Disk Harrows and Corn Planters. We are prepared to_otter the farmers "-.'.' C 4 i * • " . in this vicinity exceptional bargains in DISK HARROWS and CORN PLANTERS, furnishing machines that are unequalled for simplicity, durability, and superior quality of work, and urge that all parties interested call and inspect our samples and get our figures for Cash, before making purchases of goods in this line. : : : : : : : : : : KEYSTONE MFG. CO., ROCK PALLS, ILLINOIS. movement of soil moisture and germinate There may be springs so destitute of moisture that this is not a perfect method. No other way can beat it when 'the conditions are Just right 1 . There Is probably a time every spring when this method will be a perfect success if the seeding Is done exactly at that time, but it. may' come In tho night and by morning the weather be so that- seeding 'can not be done and if delayed it may be a failure. The fourth way is to mix the grass seed with the 'other 'grain and sow .both -together, putting it In all at the sam.8> time and at the same .depth. This Is for spring seeding. In loose soil such as Is common to Iowa; this Is safer than to seed alter the grain Is sown and subsequent- ly-CDvering-the-grasa-seed lightly THE STER LING STANDARD,: Job Printing and Book Binding. Work Unexcelled. Prices Reasonable. Office Thoroughly Equipped for all Classes of Work. , The Sterling Standard, Sterling, Ills. it is not mixed with the grain, but sown after the grain seeder and cultivated in deep with the grain the effect is the same as 'to sow both together. One or the other modification of this same method is -by far the preferred way when a stand is to be secured and the ground also sown to a spring crop of grain. Seed with the grain or immediately after, and cover the whole in the eame way. The fifth way is to sow the grass on ground in fall wheat or rye and to harrow the ground 'after- wardsr This -is-the-way-to-do-it-the. reason is too far advanced for depending upon the action of frosts to cover the grass seed. Sow the grass as early in the spring aa the ground is dry enough to work well, and follow with a harrow and cover it well. It may Beem as if this were rather hard for the rye or .wheat sown the previous fall, but try it- and see how the fail sown grain will thrive, with this kind of grief. The sixth way is to sow the grass alone in the spring. This has been tried at the Wisconsin station, and by aome good farmers, and excellent results reported. Other farmers scout the idea. . They say that the weeds will take the ground and that there will be no grass. Both sides have hold of the same truth. If the ground la foul, as most plecea of land are, then sowing alone will be followed by sadness of heart and bitterness of feel- Ing towards those who advised it. On the whole, this cannot be recommended for the average farmer. If you are way ahead of your neighbors and enough better than the average, then try it at your own risk. If you are of common clay and only a few steps' beyond common folks, then it will doubtless be safer and more satisfactory to sow on ground already in fall grain, sow early, harrowing it In if the. is dry enough or sow it with They Go, •-• • • - -' &r --.-.--:•. -•- r Knock Out Prices. CORBET IS LICKED, BUT WE ARE NOT. spring grain and cover the same as the grain Is covered. We have all learned bow to cover grain in the 'spring in such a way that it will make a-'catch." The thing to learn now is that the same practice will Insure a catch with timothy and clover; 'but there is a later possibility of fte being killed In midsummer If there Is a heavy crop of oats and Jt is very hot and dry when the oats ara cut. On this account It is safer to BOW on fall grain, as that Is cut earlier. There are plenty of farmers who follow this method and have never failed of securing a good Bland, .even in our drouthlest seasons, Avevaglng Iowa experience shows that we abould sow on fall grain very .early ia the spring, or BOW with spring gralu &nd cultivate it iu as deep as the grain is covered. ..-_..-, ; '._.-' ' ' , Gash Dejjartrnent Store LEADS AND OTHERS FOLLOW. MeLaughlin's Coffee, Groceries. XX XX 2 pound can fancy Mocha and Java (regular Price 130 Gold Dust only. i8c Home made Sorghum 1 .,,. 400 5 gallon Gasoline 4S C New York Buckwheat Flour, per pound ac Pint Jar of Heinze's Sweet Mixed Pickles, only,... i$P 4 pound pure Leaf Lard.. age Box Toilet Soap, '. ... *5 C to .iiserieaa !arise?8 fa«y wlU have ttep bow 6oc New best Tapioca 5C 2 pound can Sugar Corn.. S c 9 cakes of Santa Claus Soap for......... ...... 250 32 pound H. & E. Granulated Sugar for $I.QO. Gold Medal Flour $1.10 per sack. Best in the World. We sold a Train Load of this Flour in 12 Months, or 13 Cars, or 7,000 Sacks. Shoe Sale, We have a few of those Shoes left, we bought at 400 on the Dollar and they must be sold'at once, Come and see what you can save. Clothing, We are going to close out. all of our Suits and therefore if you are in need of a Suit it will pay you to •come and see what we can do. We are agents for the Western Woolen Mills and take Special Order for Suits. Take your Measure, •No Fit, no Sale. - , - * Dry Qoodsi Large line of New Spring Goods. Latest Styles in-Spring Capes and Skirts. i,., „.„: ; -V' ' ^-rtHai.^iiiPs

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