Starting a Flock. This is the season of the year when many ara thinking of either starting a paying flock of hena or reinvigoratlng; an old flock by the introduction of new blood, says a write* in Southern Planter., It la a good time to do this, as th* sprljig-hatcflied chickens are of sufficient else and so fully feathered as to show clearly what kind of hens they are likely to make, and breeders are now anxious to sell before cold weather atftl the heavier requirements of winter feeding com&a upon them. If you have no hens, or only a few "old eenibs" which you have decided to kill off, then the question naturally first 'arises, what breed should be bought? If the object is eggs and eggs alone, then' you cannot go wrong in buying Leghorns, either white or brown. With these you will never be troubled with sitting hens, but you must "make up your- mind to fence your garden not merely with a four-foot fence, but with ono at least .six feet high, if you intend to keep the hens out of it, or you must have your hen house so far away from the garden that they will seldom come near it They are the most active breed of Jowls, and are ever on the alert. As a consequence of this, if the range is large, they will provide themselves during the great part of the year with very much of the food they require, and seldom become too fat: to lay. Tihelr close plumage and compact form also conduces to hardiness, and they eeldom suffer from cold. Their weak point is their sinall size if wanted for the table.' As egg producers, however, they are probably unequalled, and their eggn, though not BO large as those of sos-o of the other breeds, are- yet large enough to sell readily on the market lor a full price. =It the object be egg8-and r broilers,J.hen we would say buy Plymouth Rocks, Bralhrnaa or Wyandottes. These breeds akre all large, heavy ones. They are of .•» contented, restful disposition, and re• quire only a very low fence to confine them. They are good layers and good Bitters, but their sitting propensities .-somewhat Interfere with, the quantity •'<& eggs they will produce, but this, of course, is compensated for if chickens are wanted by the fact that with any of these breeds you may have -Chickens almost at any time of the year, for we toiave "known.; them, to sit itl the fall of the eame year they were hatched, and to have chickens running ' with them at Christmas. Whilst har- -,dy^ they ore not eo little affected by • cold as Leghorns, as their quiet dispo- •fcltlon leads them to neglect that exerr -«iBe woldh wards off the effects of cold.- should have warm quarters in r,' ami they will then lay when • imljst other breeds axe resting. If you have already a flock of good hens, then all you need IB .the introduction of new. male blood. In mak- Jkjg a selection of a rooster, never buy. o miything but a pure-bred bird of whatever breed you fancy. In^this way, If ' 3J6u do not buy of the same breed as the hens,-you will, nevertheless, get ifcod blood, and not breed scruibs, but • iberely cross bred birds. Many of these crosa-bred fowls are amongst the best layers that can be kept A cross between the Plymouth Rocks and Leghorns makes excellent layers 1 and table fowls. The cross should be made by running-aHLeghorn—rooster—with-the- P*lymouth Rock hen. A cross of games and Leghorns is a good one. They are good layers, the hens will Bit, and the dbickens make good broilers. The rooster should' be a large game bird. s <-rf»"f n 1 Jf* city of Bresian fsnys the New York Herald, a noteworthy memorial, which will form a fitting addition to the manu- rncnt lately completed there In honor of the Emperor William I., in which the people of ths province of SchleswSg expressed their reverence for the character and their acknowledgment of the achievements of the great Jk&lser. The new memorial will commemorate Von Moltke, another member of the triumvirate which influenced so notably the destinies of united Germany during and subsequent to the war of 1870-71. Born in the year 1800, at' Parchmln; Mecklenburg, his father, a Danish general, had him educated in the cadets' academy at Copenhagen. At the age of 18 he became an officer. In 1822' he entered the Prussian service, and after ten years' arduous study and labor was admitted to the general staff. In 1835 he went to Constantinople, where the then sultan, Mahmoud II., formed eo high an opinion of his genius that he persuaded the Prussian authorities to allow Von Moltke to direct the improvements to the fortifications of the Turkish cities most in need of them, and also In the war against the Kurds and against Egypt. After the death of the sultan, in 1839, he returned to Berlin, was employed for many years in staff service and in 1856 became adjutant of Prince Frederick William and in 1858 chief of staff of the army. The rank of lieutenant-general was conferred upon him in 1$59. He was responsible for the plan of campaign and the principal encounters ' of Prussia with Denmark in 1864 and Austria in 1866, accompanying Prince Frederick Charles to Denmark and King William to Austria. After the battle of Sadowa Von Moltke made every preparation for marching on Olmutz and Vienna, but negotiated a five (lays' truce, which became the prelyde to peace. -Having long contemplated the contingency of a war with France, he was ready with his plans when it suddenly broke out in 1870, and their execution resulted In the most astonishing and uninterrupted series of victories over achieved by.one great military nation over another. His system consisted mainly, in making the different corps of the* army advance separately but operate simultaneously In grappling with the enemy. His mind was of singular calmness, his logical powers were wonderful and he had capacity of a high order for patient research. Like many of the famous generals of classic antiquity and others of less remote date—for example, Seylitz, Blucher, York and Qenesian—he had his "tusculum," where he could commune with nature in the silent wilds of his private park, his beloved Crei- san; and there he found his final rest- Ing place. THE SAME GOODS FOR LESS nONEY. BETTER GQODS FOR THE SAME MONEY, OUR EVERLASTING MOTTO. We want your trade, if honest dealing and the most goods for the least money will get it. We refund .the money .as cheerfully as we take.it. ' ; , , : _.;./.:. , /.'.... ....'.. _ . . [ ..;.,.- -.,;;/•' - -" 'v. .,•.'•._. __. a ^, 1 Paints, Paints. Are you going to paint, this Spring? The very best White Lead, per j± ^ Ib.,thl8 sale ....., ; ...... i V 1 Mixed Paints—all colors. 1 gallon cans,' per can. ..,.$1.15 X " " " ..... 03o y. « •« » " 30c j£ "" " " " .I... 21cf We guarantee our Paints to be the beet In the market, . and we will cheer- fUlly refund the money to anyone to whom it does not prove satisfactory, Hardware Department. 2lc 9c 4c 5c 4c 5c An excellent all Steel Hatchet.. Carpenter Hammers :.. Shelf Brackets, per pair........ Screen Door Hinges, per pair... Full line of Screws and Curtain Hooks, Good Tack Hammer, wood handle '.,. Harness Snaps, 2 for.. „ 10-inch'Meat Saws 21)c 14-inch Compasa Saws 28c 115-inch keen edge Panel Saws... * 25c 20-inch keen* edge Saws, war/anted... \ 48c Full line of Auger Bits and Files at exceedingly low prices." Bit braces, best polished steel rod. This brace is constructed upon an entire new principle, its sockets and grasping jaws are one piece, No pins or fastenings to get misplaced—tempered jaws—will hold any size bit shank— 50c_Value, for'this sale._._;_..,. i; __24c 15c padlock; two keysr....TV.:.. " 9c Rival lamp or flowerpot bracket—this sale for.... ..,. So Wire coat hooks, per dozen..;... 9c No. 3. nickel-plated curling iron, improved spring, lOc value, for All sizes screw eyes, per doz.... A prood coffee mill ; Milk strainers made of heavy strong tin plate. For this sale 4c 2c 19c 7c THE NEW WOMAN. 45c Table Damask,' white and .' red, good quality, per yd...... 19o 4c Fringed Napkins at 2c lOc Linen Napkins ,. .5c One lot of Linen Towels, hem stlched and fringed, at especially low prices. .....' . JUST RECEIVED. A Complete Line of Lamps. Lowest Prices in the City. Latest Imperial Banquet Lamp . with globe : —desirable colors— usually sells at '86.00. For this sale .$2,98 A fine assortment of Parlor Lamps, ©2.00 value 79c A large size .Glass Lamp, With Rochester globe, 75c. value.... ' 39c Medium size Glass Lamp—50o value. .......,...........*.;.* 24c Small Glass Lamps, 25c, value.", 15c Bracket Lamp, JSTo.- 2 burner, with reflector,—45o value. TA. 24c Fancy China Night Lamp, with globe, at 60c, bargain at 29c Glass Night Lamp lOc Iron Stone China, up-to-date, Wash Bowl and Pitcher, 690. Entire new line of rich Amerl. can cut-glass now on sale. Beautiful wedding present at Nominal Cost. 82.00 cut-glass 4-plece Tea Set —Special for — '...'. 98o 8&00 eame as above, gold filled, . warranted not to wear off, 4- piece Tea Set.,.. .....; $1.39 Choice designs In American cut- gfofis berry sets— , . $2.00 value 98o 81.00 value. : 48o 50c" American cut-glass Rose Bowls, rich pattern, scalloped edges 2Jlc Crystal glass fruit or berry bowl, flgured designs with 6 berry ^saucers—to-match, -Bc^value -—— per feet, complete. ^— 23c 81.25 crystal and colored glass water sets, in a variety of de,. signs, per set.., 84c Plain etched and cut-glass water bottles, 75 and GOc.values.. 29-39c 50c American cut-glass Vinegar 1 Cruet—rich pattern at........' 23o Hosiery Department. 'Children's Fast Black Hose— . sizes 5i£ to 8J^............5c a pair Ladies' Hose, Fast Black, Full Seamless......... ..3 pairs for 25c Gents' Hose, Fast Black, Full • aeamlesa..^ 3 pairs.for 25c V A full line of higher grades and low grade prices. ! . . ""• It paye to buy Hosiery of us. OilStoves. One-burner, solid one-piece Iron tank, removable mica front... 3-burner, same as above 3-burner, eame aa above ........ 1.23 Tin Pie Plates.... ~lc Tin Pint Cups ........ Ic Full-sheet Graters.............. 4c Tea and Coffee Pots, 2 qt Oc Wire broilers, large size ........ 2c Cookie and Cflke Cutters, only.. 1C Tea Steepers, nicely finished— 9e 10-qt. Flaring Pails 8c 2-qt.CoveredBuoketa,,.,.,,,,.. -• --4o Granite Wash 13aaine....,..."... lOc All Copper Nicker Plated Tea and Coffee Pota............... 4J)o Extra heavy Bice Boilers....... 2Qc Extra heavy .re-tinned Dishpan in this sale w .;...>..... 14c Bread Kaiser, same quality.... 39c 14-qt, Granite Water Pails...., 39o Woodenware. Waahtubs.OOc value, this aale.. 39c Chopping Bowl 9c Wooden Spoon....... 2c KollingPin 4c Towel Boiler..i 5c Knife and Fork Box Tc Clothes Back, 35o value.. 19c Clothes Basket; ;. 21c Willow Clothes Basket-. 4»c Market Basket. 4o May Basketa........ 1 ic 28c Shirtwaists; Ladies' Wash Waists, new Spring styles— immense assortment . . . Laundered Waists, The newest styles, with detachable collar and cuffs... Better grades at'59,69.and,89c. FREE I FBEE !-To every purchaser oZ Lad les' Shirt Waists from 480 up we will present with either a Gold or Silver Tlated Waist Set, com- nrlslng a pair of Link Buttons and lour Collar Buttons to match. Corsets* Corsets. %*^ ** 9&e Summer Corsets, best quality Only A 81.00 Corset- ; It's no exaggeration when we 81.00 Corset for 48o; it's a plajn, c«ol fact. CKen»Ie Portieres— 4 yards long 1.98 12 yards of Torchon Lace, for .......<..., ...... A complete line of Valencies, Oriental ana Bpanlsh laces at exceedingly low prices. One lot of Embroideries, per yard.;...,• One lot 6f Embroideries, 14 Inches wide, per yard...., 4c 15c Crash Towelin gr, jier yd.... Turkey Bed Hdkfa, only.. Gents' Balbriggan Underwear, 79c Quality. This Sale, 39c. Gents'Overshirts, Moleskins and Percales, excellent value st $ 76c, for this sale.............. *8c LADIES' WRAPPERS. A full and complete line. One lot Indigo Blues/all sizes Better qualities at 79, 98ci 81.19, 81.39. Ladles' Ribbed Vests. 15o value for Sc 8Bo quality f or..... .. .... i...... , l»o 50c quality for .T... 2»o RIBBON BARQAINS--AH Silk RjbbpnB. All Colors. « 1 i No.2, per yard.....,:.:........ ' 2c " 5, " ................ ^c » 7 » " OC " 9, " ' 80 « 12, " .....: lOo BABY-RIBBONS.- ALL- COLORS. For this sale, 2 yds for Ic. lOc Celluloid -photo frames'.... . fio' 25c Silk Mitts.... HAMMOCKS; HAMHOCKS. . When the warm weatlier comes we all need hammocks. Be sur&.to get our prices before you buy. We have n One assortment and we cau save you from 23 to EO per cent on the dollar. • HOW IS THE pSHINQ THIS SEASON? Our 200 pole we sell for Oc. Our 35c pole woijell for 19o. Our 60o 3-Jolnt bamboo pole for W<J. * Our 75c 3-]olnt bamboo pole for 48o. Our Jl.fw • 8-]olnt bamboo pole for B4o. Klrby •hooks, alt; sizes, aa. Furnished line complete, lo. • , BASE BXLtS.-Uocfeot base ball, 4c. Eureka,, Oo. S6o League, 14o.- A good ball bat, fio. A, .better one, lOo. Our best 50o bat for ««o. 50o catcher's mitts, ZOc. : Sterling Departmetit fy , -,... f."-. . ' • •* • MORRIS &TRIPP. Poultry Do not feed geese much grain. l^se milk for mixing up soft feeds. < Fully one-half of early maturity is In the feeding. '•• ' > A little salt la the food is beneficial, too much JB detrimental. Inbreeding is breeding within a fixed line without outside blood. Young poultry should never be allowed to run In the wet grass. With extra large size fowls comes the increased danger of bumble foot. Inbred stock is that which will trace on both sides to a common parentage. In breeding more dev^nds upon the female than the male, if size is an object,. If you raise ducks, do not iiUow the Uttle ones to go into the water till they are feathered out " Under ordinary conditions if a lay- Ing hen averages an egg a week it will pay the expense of feeding her. Cooked meat chopped reasonably fine can be fed to chicks confined In a brooder once a week, profitably,As a general rule, it will be best to have all surplus fowls of every kind marketed by the middle yt thjs month. - Keep/the littlr chicks warm and dry and do not allow them to geUbungry, and you will have but little trouble with disease. ' . Aa average Leghorn hen will weigh four pounds, and if she lays an egg a day for a month she will have laid four pounds of egge. Roup may be generally traced to want of cleanliness, improper ventilation or undue exposure, and guarding against these will usually prevent it. While the Brabjaas are good sitters they are so large that care must be taken In the coustrueiioa of their nests or they wljl break a good many of their »ea claim thai by ttuat ti> poufer^ sa Cheap —Witticism ftt Her £zpenie—A Splendid Creature. "I glory in the new woman, in that so often she is rich and beautiful," says a writer in the Home Companion. "It is easy enough to be good if you are plain. In fact, there is nothing else left_for_a plain woman to do! But to take these lovely girls who are tempted by society to idle away their days and waste their lives listening to a .flattery which is but a thing of the moment, and let them-have sense to see'through its hollowneas, and want-to be something and do something, and It becomes heroic. Perhaps it is only a fad. Then heaven send more fads! If it is the fashion-to have a-vooation-and-to-edu- cato one's self along these lines which were never^ heard of a few years ago, then for once fashion has accidentally become noble. It strikes me rather that the reign of common sense has begun; that the age of utility has come. When nine out of every ten girls you meet in smart society .have a [distinct vocation of their own 5 when a girl who only slnga or plays or crochets is considered by her Bister woman to be a butterfly; when society girls are being trained nurses; when if you are paying calls upon a fashionable friend you are quite apt to be told that she is living at Hull house this month; when a girl whose face generally appears in the society column' suddenly comes out as the composer of a,new song; when a girl who dances best at the balls calmly announces that she is taking a course at the university; when everything nowadays is gone into so seriously, the time has come to look the question of the new woman squarely in the face-^ to put a stop to cheap witticisms at tyer expense and to give her your honest re- emctnt It ~ • - ' A FLUCKY SPARROW. spect.' i A Chance to'See Mercury. It Is only once In a'whlle that this planet Is easily visible, and perhaps the readers of the Companion will be glad to know tha.t they will have an excellent opportunity to Bee it on April. 27, and for two or three days.before and after. It will not'set until nearly two hours after the sun goes down, and will be fairly conspicuous in the western twilight as a ruddy star of the first magnitude, rather brighter than Aldebaran, and a little south and east- of the Pleiades; ' Not a great deaMa known about Mercury except that it is the nearest to the sun of all the planets, and the smallest of all except the asteroids, being only 3,000 miles In al- Bineter; that it shows phases like the moon, and—a comparatively recent discovery—that it behaves like-the moon in its diurnal rotation, turning on its axis only once while it makes a complete revolution in its orplt. Venus probably sets in the pame way. ; ; It Whipi a Bantam »nd rlpdalgei In » War Danco Over • JU- Victory. The sparrow, in whatever part of the world ho is found, seems to earn a reputation for a -degree of persistency and pugnacity— • altogether — dispropor- tioned to his size, says Worthington's Magazine. Even the climate of India does not enervate the valorous little creatures, and they make their way, or take it, with the same, resolute impudence .that they exhibit in colder regions. In the journal of the Bombay Natural History society Lieut. Barnes gives some interesting particulars -about-the-house sparrows-of-west-- ern India. At " Deesa he, found that a pair had built their nest between a pair of antlers on the veranda and another pair appropriated a soap box in the bath room, where, . although their nest was destroyed several times, they persisted In building until out of compassion for their .repeated labors, they were left alone. A*thlrd pair built In an empty bird cage Kinging against a wall and there reared their little ones although the cage was frequently taken down to exhibit the family to visitors. Once their eggs was stolen, and their indignant clamor' was so disturbing that the residents of the house : f or their own sakes were obliged to hunt up and restore the missing treasures; Lieut. Barnes also ' states that these sparrows will attack their own image in a looking glass, and will fight all day, only leaving off when darkness sets In, to begin the battle over again next morning, so that it was often found necessary, to protect the mirrors with coverings, The birds are, perhaps, • not more brave than the , fiery little British American residents of this country, one of which not long ago disputed with a bantam cock the pos session of a delectable tld-bit. The bravado of the' sparrow so astonished the bantam that he retreated in dismay, casting glances of affright over his shoulder, BO to speak, at the small warrior, who having disposed of the delicacy was indulging in a, fantastic war dance, ' le hfta never been known to wash; He- has no private ownership of land, ex- 1 cept as^regards that which la not bver- carefully. concealed about his own person. He cultivates nothing, but lives entirely on the spoils of the chase. And although the thermometer frequently ranges from 15 degrees to 120 degreea, iPahrenheir in twenty-four^hours, and bis country Is teeming with furred :ame, he makes no'use of the skins for clothing, 'but goes about during the day and sleeps in the open at night perfect- y nude. ; He builds no permanent habitation and uoually camps where night or fatigue overtakes him. Above all, he IB absolutely untamable. You may clothe and_care_lLorjhim fgr_yearfl,jwhen auddenly the demon of unrest takes possession. . He throws off all his cloth- Ing and. plunges into the trackless depths of his native bush, at once reverting .to his old and hideous customs, and when sated, after months of privation, he will return again to clothing- and civilization, only to repeat the performance later on. wb*t tfee Js fa beir-at-lawf THE AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINE. Jle '!• Absolutely Untamable aud Fred from ( All Care. •The central Australian aborigine Is the living representative of a stone age, who Btlll fashions bis spear-heads and knives from flint or sandstone, and performs the most daring surgical opera-, tions with them, says the English II- luatrated Magazine. His origin and history are lost la the gloomy mists of the past. He has no written records and few oral traditions. In appearance he is a naked, hirsute savage with a, type of features feccasionally pronouncedly Jewish. He is by nature light-bearted, merry' and yrons to laughterj & splendid mimic, * sup , wlifc aa uaei-rini b»na !taat Ja perfect uui$oa,with bi# U m &eea as $fe*t ol aa ^ • Smoken la London. The London newspapers have frequently poked their ponderous fun at the habit of smoking alleged to be prevalent among the'ladies of the United States and have.raisad their voices in thankfulness that English' ladles are not like;,their American sisters. All this Is amusing in view of the fact that two of the ladles' clubs in London, the Writers and the Pioneer, have pronounced against their members smoking. The Writers' club, the membership of which is exclusively, composed of women Journalists or authors, taboos tobacco altogether. Some of the members accustomed to cigarettes or cigars openly indulged thereii* after remonstrance. Then a meeting was held and a great majority decreed that -any lady found smoking must resign mem* bership. At the Pioneer members may smoke upon retirement to a sort of crib, Into which non-members are not allowed to penetrate and would soon quit if they got there. There are other ladles' clubs where the cigarette is under no ban. Jn the inpst select private circles cigarettes for ladies appear simultaneously tvith cigars for men.—New York Times, Hard Tinea Iii Persia. People who are inclined to bemoan the hard times should remember that there are many who are In much worse condition than themselves. The heartrending newa cornea that the shah of Persja has been compelled to re^u-ce the number of,his wlyes, having but 633, whereas before the bard times struck Persia he could well afford 635. The elevation of woman was going on with rapidity. All were pleased gave the elevator youth, who ewora softly to himeelf to miJga bis Job if the firm allowed Ua luuovatioa of a bar &l* oa the frwt$e»$ a li&tolt,--dadasati STOP! LOOK! SEE! WHAT CASH WILL DO AT ROCK FALLS, ILLINOIS. 21 Ibs. Granulated Sugar......... 81 00 Pillsbury'a Beat Flour . . ......... 1 15 White Satin Flour. .. ...... ...... 1 10 Kansas Beauty Flour. ........... 1 05 Iowa Girl Flour ;,......,.. ...... 1 00 All- kinds-of-Feed, -Screenings,—- — Wheat, Cracked Corn, Baled Hay— Cheap. • • . . Perfection Oil, per «&!.... ........ 9c Gasoline. 5 gale f or . . ; . ......... , 45c XXXX, Lion, or Arbuokle Coffee, IBc A good Bulk Coffee...... ........ 15c GoodNavy Beans ..... .,...,.... 6c Beat Dairy Butter ... — . ....... l*o Best Lard ....................... go ggs, per doz . ... v.- ...'.,... ..... «c Soda— Arm and Hammer ........ 60 Yeaat Foam, per pkg . . . ... . ..... 3«J Beat Fine Cut Tobacco ...... . ... 80o Corn Meal, per sack. ..... ;> ..... . lOc Graham, per sack ................ 20o Santa Clans Soap, 8 bars for — , S 25o 3-lb. can Table Peaches. . i ... . . , . ipc Crackers, "Christy's Beet," 4 Ibu . . 25 0 Best Syr up, per gal .., ..... ...... 25 C Cider Vinegar, per gal........... l&c Large Pickles, per doz ........... &c FRESH, AT GOE&VANSANT'S ROCK FALLS, ILL, KANDY KITCHEN ICE CREAM SODA, \, AND/ ALL THE LATEST DRINKS. The Beat Quality of Ice Cream • . Market, in all flavors in .any quantity. • IMPORTED AND DOMESTIC H. H. OVER, Prop,, 18 E. Third Street, -:"«& COUPON. Every Boy aud Girl sbould save tills Oou- pon. it means money to the one having-}' the largest number. Explanations later, J i Date... i' ! . i Name. IF YOU WANT ; An,Oil or Gasoline Stove, A Refrigerator, An Ice Box,, Ice Cream Freezer, Or a Hammock, You will not have to send to Chicago for it. "We tion. We buy direct from the factory and save all and discounts, and Gash will buy''you more of us than anywuet ..'.',•'.• , i else in the twin cities. , Blue Flame Cook Stoves A.J. ! »<t' ft? IM4NOUI*- -V' '
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