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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, September 30, 1896
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MQlNgHi ALOONA, tQWA jW1gt)NEMPAY SfiPtMtBER.80 SRAPTEfe lTf.-JfCoiS*i8ftriS6.» irhapa it would be better for me change my dress, if I am likely 'ringe upon the dinner hour," said ce, at her chamber door. , I do not think my cousin would of that!" exclaimed her em- c conductress. Then she amended inadvertence. "Of course, Mrs. era is the proper judge Of her own it.,- and 1 would not appear to die- but my cousin is punctilious on points, ftnd the matter of ladies* i is one of these. I have known so long that I am conversant with is amiable peculiarities. I am con- :t he wou'rt be pleased to see Mrs. crs assume tho head of her table 11 dinner toilet. But as I remarked, not presume to dictate, to ad| or even suggest. Mrs. Withers is sputed empress here." Having run fittingly through this speech, she in;ed a third remarkable courtesy in the novice, and vanished. [She is undc'.rbred and a meddler," ded Constance, while she made a d toilet. "I hate to be addressed in third person. I thought it a form [speech confined, in this country, to ;chen maids and dry goods store ks.»' efore she could invest herself in the nor dress that lay uppermost in hor ink the bell rang to summon her to evening meal, and three minutes eafter the footman knocked at her ir with the message that Mr. With- had sent for her. I shall be down directly. Tell him to wait for me," she said, hurriod- She did not expect to be taken at word, but upon her descent to the ing room she beheld her husband [ted at the foot of the board and Miss ild 'at the head. The latter laid down j soup ladle and jumped up, fussily. ! fHere she is, now. I resign my chair Ipuo who will fill it more worthily I have ever done." ; !eep your place, Harriet!" ordered , kinsman. "Mrs. Wither,; will waive | claims on this occasion, since she j ate," designating a chair at his left ;hat intended for Constance's occu- cy. "We would .have waited for ; , Constance, had I been less faint weary. My physician has repeat- warned me that protracted absti- _ce is detrimental to my digestion, [rriet, here, understands my consti- on so well that I am seldom, when ome, a sufferer from the twinges of ipc-psia, that have afflicted me in my "ence." , . : Those horrible public tables," cried ! riet. "I nssure you I never sat down meal when you were away without ing over your evil plight in being ijected to the abominable cookery 1 intolerable hours of hotels." I did not know you were a dyspep- f," observed Constance. "You seemed enjoy good health during our tour." "That was because Mrs. Withers ies not yet comprehend your marvel- iis patience—the courage with which iu bear pain, and the unselfishness at leads you to conceal its ravages om the eyes of others," explained ,iss Field, ogling the interesting suf- •rer, who was discussing a plate of Excellent white soup with a solemnly lonscious air. "Mow -that you are safe inder your own roof, we will soon undo jhe mischief that has been done. You o not know what a prize you have on, Mrs. Withers, until you have seen 1m in the retiracy of 'home. His virtues are such as flourish in perfection the shadow of his own vine and fig- |-ee; shed their sweetest perfume upon o domestic hearth." "As you perceive, my good cousin's partiality for me tempts her to become 'Oetically extravagant'In her expres- ons," Mr. Withers said to his wife, In ^tended apology, looking well '.eased, nevertheless. "I could not have a more patient aud- r than Mrs. Withers, I am sure," re- jned Harriet. "Mrs. Withers will ver take exception to my honest en- .UBiasm." CHAPTER IV, , ONSTANCE answered by her stereotyped, languid smile, wondering only at theicompla- cency with which a man of her spouse's years and shrewdness hearkened ,to the bold flattery of his parasite. The exhibition _peased to astonish her before she'had lived in the same house with the cousins for a month. Within the same pe- jriod she was gradually reduced to the sltion of a. cipher in the management the establishment, After that first y Miss Field bad not offered to abdi- te the seat at the head of the table, jjcept at the only dinner party they given. Then the handspme Mrs,, •appeared in pearl-colored sat" , and diappnds as the mistress of eer* monies to a toe» substantial cltlsens, their expensively attired wives, en* jurec] the two, hours spent at table, and t\vp duller ones in tbe great par- jiprs, where the small company seeded, host and everybody talked q$ \l afraid let bis own voice, §l\e was RP g a yw Mw rest by the time the entertatifttftent h^f, Qver. The atn.ipsph.ere pf re* fepectable stupidity \vas infectious, had ydung visitors, and there Wls, St the dullest, the hope of release to console her, Now she was "settled in life," could sit down with idle hands and spend her days In Contemplation of her grandeur. She had married Well. Nobody looked askance at her when old maids Were the subjects of pity of Hdi* cule. The m&st censorious could not Couple her name with the dread Word "dependence." She had no household cares. Mr. Withers and Miss Field relieved her of all such. And the mistress of the mansion was left to her own devices? By no means. If ;hcr husband .were fastidious, he was also tyrannical, He dictated not only what dress his wife should appear in daily, but also what laces and ornaments she should sport; at what hours she should take the air; whom she must visit and whom invite; what songs she should sing to him when he asked for music in the evening, and when the day should close—the day so wearisome in its similitude to all that Jiad preceded and those which should follow it. "My cousin is a man with aspirations above the frivolities of fashionable life, and excitement is injurious to his health," Miss Field notified tho bride that day after her home-bringing. "I fear Mrs. Withers will tire of the even tenor of our way." "I like quiet," Constance replied. But she did not mean stagnation. She was married in April, and on the first of July the trio removed to Mr. Withers' country seat. Here Constance was to find that the dead level of her existence had yet a lower plane of dullness. There was not a neighbor within four miles, hardly a farm houso in sight. . "We recruit here after the dissipation of the winter," Miss Field said, enjoyingly. "The solitude is enrapturing. One can sleep all day long if she likes." This proved to be her favorite method of recuperating her exhausted energies. Mr. Withers, too, liked a post- prandial siesta, "prescribed by his physician as eminently conducive to digestion." Constance was not more lonely when they slept than when they were awake. The horrible sterility of her life was not to be ameliorated by their society. If conimonplaceness be a crime, Mr. Withers and his cousin were offenders of an aggravated type. Harriet's affectations and Elnathan's platitudes were to the tortured senses of the third person of the party less endurable than the cicada's shrill monotone through the hot summer day, and the katydid's endless refrain a.t night. Her- chains, which had hitherto paralyzed her by their weight, began to gall and fret into her spirit. She grew unequal in temper, nervous and restless, under the restrictions imposed by .her spouse. An insane impulse beset her to defy his authority and set at naught his counsels; to rush into some outrageous freak that should shock him out of his propriety and provoke the prudish toad eater to natural speech and action. This madness was never stronger than on one August afternoon when she escaped from the house, leaving the cousins to the enjoyment of their recuperative naps in their respective chambers, and took her way to the mountain back of the villa. She had never explored, it, tempting as was the shade of the hemlocks and pines that grew up to the summit., and the walls of gray rock revealed through the rJfts of tho foliage. A current of fragrance, the odor of. the resinous woods, flowed down to greet her ere she reached the outskirts of the forest, and the lulling murmur of the wind in the evergreen boughs was like the sound of many and wooing waters. The tender green tassels of the larches tapped her head as she bowed beneath their low branches, and the wide .hemlocks were spread in benediction above her. She was alone with nature—free for oiie, short hour to think her own thoughts and act out her desires. She laughed as a bushy cedar knocked off her hat at the instant that she tore her dress upon a bramble, "They are leagued with my legal proprletorln the commendable business of repressing the lawless vagaries of those who cannot get their fill of natural beauties through the windows of a state chariot. But I-shall have my frolic all the same," "Another and a higher peak tempted her when she had sat for awhile .upon a ,bou}der crowning the first, revelling in the view of valley and hill, includ ing the basin in which nestled the house, and the plain opening eastward toward' the sea and civilisation. The second, height was precipitous, in sonje places almost perpendicular. From treading fearlessly and rapidly from crag to crag, she came to pulling herself, up, gravelly banks by catching the.stout underbrush, and steadying herself among rolling stpnes by tufts of "Wiry grass. But she kept on forgot aching feet, scant brea,tb and blistered hands,' when she stood, finally upon a broad hundreds of. feet above the house,, that had awjncjiea into a tpy cottage, and the environing plantatipns pf 'treeg like patches. Jn an garden- is life!" she cried out In a sud den transport, and 6h& sat her dpwn upon a cushion of gjay.n\oes in the shadow ,o| a cecjar, to gaee and wpndej and rejoice. • Sho maUo a discovery pveaently, A A6d" chose the sh6rtest route td ttie Hlley, babbhnf with all its littlS might. It wfis joined, before it had gone many feet, by othef rivulets, and ffota a point midway in the descent, where the cliffs Were ete&pest, came up t&e shout ot a wateffall. This, and the tireless murmur of the evergreens, made up the inusle of this upper sane* ttiat-y.-tintil Constance's Voi6e rose frott the rocky table, sweet, full, exultant: "The wild streams leap with headlong sweep In their curbless course o'er the mountain steep; All ftesh and strong they foam along. Waking the rocks With their cataract song. My eye bears a glance like the beam on a lance As I Watch the waters dash and dance. 1 burn with glee, for I love to see The path of anything that's free I love—I love—oh, 1 love the free! 1 love—I love—I love the free! "The skylark springs with dew on his wings, And up in tho arch of heaven he sings— Tra-la-tra-la!' Oh, sweeter far Than the notes that come through a golden bar. The thrall and the state of the palace gate Are what my spirit has learned to hate." The strain ceased abruptly, and, in place of the rapt musician, borne above he power of earthly woes to crush and petty vexations to sting, a woman grov- elled upon the mossy cushion, weeping hot, fast tears, and heating against the rough rock with a child's, folly of des- icration the white hand that wore the badge of her servitude. What was she but a caged bird, bidden to preen its' feathers and warble he notes its master dictated between golden bars? A slave to whom state and thrall meant one and the same abhorrent thing? What had she to do henceforward with dreams of beauty and freedom—she, who had signed away her liberty of spirit and person, voluntarily accepting in their stead the most foul captivity a pure ancl upright woman can know? She felt herself to be utterly vile—plague-spotted in soul.and flesh in the lonely sublimity of this mountain temple—a leper, condemned and incurable, constrained to cry out at the approach of .every passer-by,./ "Unclean! unclean!" It would have been better for her to beg her bread upon the doorsteps of the wealthy, and, failing that, to die by the wayside with starvation and cold, than to live the life of nominal respectability and abundance, of real degradation ancl poverty, which were now hers. The tears were dried, but she still sat on the gray carpet, clutching angrily at it and the wild flowers peeping through the crevices of the rock, rending them as passion had torn her; her bosom heaving .with the unspent waves of excitement and *a mutinous pout upon her lips, when a crackling among the brushwood thrilled her with an "uncomfortable sensation of alarm. Before she could regain her feet or concert her scheme of defense or flight, the nearest cedar boughs were pushed aside, and a man stepped into the area fenced in by the hardy mountain evergreens. With subsiding fears, as her quick eye inventoried the various particulars of his neat traveling suit, gentlemanly bearing, pleasant countenance and deferential aspect toward herself, Constance arose, visibly embarrassed, but dignified, and -awaited his pleasure. Tho stranger betrayed neither surprise. nor. confusion. Walking directly'up to her, he removed his hat,;bowing low,.with a bright, cordial smile. "Unless I am greatly mistaken I have the pleasure of seeing my brother's wife. And you are more familiar with my name and my .handwriting than with my face. I am Edward PIS!" (TO BB CONTINUED.* between t\YQ \ HtS subject was discussed at a meat- ing of Canadian farmers, as follows: "Celery growing, Is it profitable to the market garden* er? What is the .best method of growing and blanching? Which are the best varieties for the amateur; 'or marketing; and what is the best Vay to pack and keep for winter ise?" Mr. Ducke—I believe It has been generally said that the proper soil to grow celery In is black swamp muck. I have seen it grow repeatedly in such soil, and have never seen a bad crop. It grows flno and strong, and the muck does not appear to rust the celery. Mr. Rose—Any one who wishes to grow celery should not attempt It in dry soil. I have'for many years planted more or less celery. Our soil is high md dry, and I havo never yet with per- laps one exception had a good crop, t is not as good as what Is grown on mucky soil. It does not blanch quite as well, and it is inclined to be tough. I n fact abandoned the cultivation of it ast year; but by mistake of one of the men we had a piece planted with it, and the season being a wet one the celery was the best we have had for years. We have a gentleman who lives n the eastern part of the town here, who has a piece of mucky land—it is Coining: of Pennies. It is not generally known that all the minor coins of base metal, such as pennies and nickels, are made at the Philadelphia mint, and that nearly 100,000,000 pennies are .coined there every year. This large "numtber Is occasioned by the fact that thousands of pennies are lost annually, ancl the government has some difficulty in maintaining a supply, The profit of the government on their manufacture is large. The blanks .for making them are purchased for $T a thousand from a Cincinnati firm that produces them by contract, Blanks fpr nickels obtained in the same way, costing Uncle Sam only a cent and a half a piece. Gold Is coined in Philadelphia and San Francisco. Not enough of It copies Into the mint at New Orleans to make the coinage of it worth while. Gold pieces are the qnly coins of the United States which aye worth their face value intrinsically. A double eagle contains $20 worth of fold without counting the- one-tenth part copper. Nocount (proudly)—"I can trace my descent from William the Conquer* or-" Oynlcus---"You have been a long tijn.e on the downward path."—Truth tto'eatened toJclqk next time he meets me in society. If , see him wlb J» what should I 49?' "git 4PAv«,"—Standard, caterpillars are great eaters, different species conil^njlpg from J}YI to, twenty tjna'eg tfeejr qwn we}|^| ffnrtrl oanh rlnv *' L ' VlAttERS OP INffeftfeSt AGRtcULtU8lSt& TCI tlp-to-tti»t« Mlntl About CnHItn- nt tli* Soil and trtaitti —Hoi-tlcuttntp, VUltnilurti and cnltnrc. remaltt Sit it, tales it iftto the 1 root* house, and packs it clese tbgethet standing iierpeticlttuiaf. He S&Tf that celefy keeps without fifty difficult? whatever, and contifittes to blaficfi And grow. 1 do fcdt thifik h& {tots &fiy fidil or moss around it; only packs it close together, and uses it as he wants it. Mr, Wellittgtfin-^I just tack the Mosa at the botionl, fbf aft inch Of- two tip. Mi 4 . Goidie—That felafc ^duld hardly stilt the latge. growers. ¥he Way they commonly do in Mew Jersey, and 1 thlhk abdUt New YofK, too, is t6 dig ft trench and stick it in ad closely as they can without putting say earth, in at all t and then .covef it otfei 1 With hfty that is taken of! the salt meadows. They can theh pick it out at any time during the Winter. I think the Way Mr. Wellington mentions would be the best for small families. Mr, Woodward—1 have a different way of keeping celery from any I have heard mentioned. 1 Used to pack it in sand in boxes. Then t got to packing it with moss. For tho last few years 'I have taken shoe-boxes and made the bottom of them water-tight for about two or throe Inches up. I have then bored holes in the boxes so as to be sure never to have water come above that. I lift the celery with ft moderate amount of soil sticking to it, set it in the boxes on end, and put a little water in so as to puddle the earth. I then set the boxes on top of each other, and take the celery out for use as I require it. I had some of it for my breakfast yesterday morning, and nobody coulJ have asked for better. The secret for growing celery is to have tHe ground rich and keep it damp. Mr. Beadle—I like best the variety of celery that is sometimes called the Prince of Wales—sometimes called the Sandriugham dwarf. I .think that is the sweetest and nuttiest celery I have tried. A Fortune from IMiiInn. The biggest mule deal that over took place in this country occurred at Salt fttttttftttafl *******ii ttit Tliat CttitrtatibB of the upper* «! ifcs Itrtf idids to^iteal eWotattoit of thi moisture bel&w, 18 & fact that every j&fa&ticlil Hafffief 1§ 'Welt aware of, write* V. 0. fiarfee!' in IftigaUott Ag& It i6 daily* Wng ftfbtei ifl ftctitat t>rftctice,,b1it the seiefttifld thjeiofy tigte whictHhis j&heUbffllftbli fg'Byid Is lit* tie UfldefBtoed, Mett will, tell f8fl 16 IS , so, but why, they d6 ndt ttftdefstttfld. N6Wj it is Well knowfl that tfie &oll Is composed of ifltttimefable attd i&flnlte^ ly small particles, wheit the soil is dry each little particle i'a surrounded by a vacuum of air eiiftce. Whenevef the particles came in cotttaet with ffiolsture, they have the pawer of at* tractlng that moisture and flf stii 1 * founding themselves with a thlft film bf water, The panicles next to the Water 1 first draw the water around themselves, then the dry particles next to them in turn attract it, and sd U continuous stream is set up, inti'Ch in the same way that a wick of & lamp draws up the oil. This goes on until the whole bddy of soil is saturated, but ad soon as the water reaches the particles on the surface of the soil, this water is evaporated, and the supply below is again drawn upon, until the water stored below Is so exhausted, or left at such a depth that the distance overcomes the power of attraction, and the soil becomes completely dry. This is the process which goes < on in uncultivated soil. The object Of cultivation is to break up this attraction, usually called capillary attraction, in the upper crust and so prevent the moisture from being brought to the surface and evaporated. To understand,. how this is done, one must take into account another scientific fact, and that is, that if! these little particles In the soil be widely separated from each other they lose their power of attraction. Now, when the top crust of the soil is loosened and reduced to a fine tilth, these particles lie less closely together and do not attract moisture from be- THE NOTED SniRE STALLION HENDRE HAROLD (15,630), PROPERTY OJ. 3 LLANGATTOCK, MONMOUTH, ENGLAND. : muck down a foot and a half to two feet in some places— and he grows on that year after year the most magnificent and succulent celery it was ever anybody's, pleasure to eat. He grows it in large quantities, and I presume there is no town that has enjoyed better celery than the Woodstock people have for the last few years from that place. In keeping celery for the winter I find very great difficulty. If I put it outside— which the moat of those who grow it largely do— put it in trenches— I find great difficulty In getting at It. About five minutes of severe frosty weather damages celery so that lit is not nt to eat. Mr. Wellington— I do not think the growing of celery Is so difficult as is ;the: keeping of it. After trying a num- |ber of plans— placing it in sand, and stacking It up very, compactly together without anything about It, but merely allowing the roots to rest on soil — I found the best way and only way I could keep It perfect was. to pack it In damp moss, the same as nurserymen use for their trees and shrubs, I have tried that now three years with success, and the celery seems to keep growing and blanching as it grows, and cannot buy celery jn Toronto equal to what I have on my table every day, We pack It In the damp moss In cases and then put }t in the cellar. I have never to damp the moss after I put the celery away, and I have to-day as fine celery as I can find in the country. You can get the moss from any ordinary marsh. Mr, Gllchrist— Was that celery that r/ Wellington put in the cellar iblanobed? ) Mr. Wellington—It was only' about jhalf blanched when it was dug and. put !in the moss, j Mr, Gilebrlst— I think a great many make a mistake in blanching their eel* ery before putting it sway, , , j J4r, Rose— What tewperature do you fteep your cellar at? Mr, WellingtonTT-l have a» .grtjinary cellar euch as we have ta cities; a gqo4 ' csllar, J keep i without letting C.QQI §s }», .• o{ a J Mr> wfes Is ft very \ the towa of is, his, pwe*' dpies jjot m^fce nju^b/gut, pf. H thrPUjji m>; bu.t Jjft Ifee i^nte^ {Je up his celery pd § great Lake City in 1860, when at public auction Ben Holliday bought from Uncle Sam 4,000 head of big stout, Iowa and Missouri mules, says an exchange. These fine hybrids had been;taken to Utah in the famous expedition against the Mormons, which crossed the plains Jn 1857 under command of j Albert Sidney Johnson. When the expedition proved a fizzle and had been recalled, the government found it had no uso for so many mules and they were consequently condemned and ordered sold., They were put on In blocks of GO and sold at prices ranging from "$60 to $100 a head. Ben Holliday had the stuff to pay' 1 for the stubtalls and seeing a speculation in them he took the Whole cav- allard at his own price, 'On the first day of June the mules were started on a drive to California, They were driven in bands of BOO, a week apart, and : pnly 500 were kept in Utah for sale there, The mules were readily sold In California In lots to. suit purchasers at the average price c j f $500 apiece and Holliday cleaned up more than $1,000,000 on the dicker, which goes down in history as record. the biggest mule deal on Hoes JJout Do({8. About February, 1898, my wife said to me, I want a pig, says a correspond* ent of Stock Journal, I am feeding three pr. four worthless dogs for you and the -'boys, and I would much rather feed a pig for myself, I tried to impress upon her the idea' that the p}g ' would be the source of more ance than profit, I thought, as she made wo reply, that ^ ie had abandoned the idea of keeping a pig, J knew, however, that she had the peculiar jjnack pf carrylnfg her pplnt, and was not surprised a few days later on dig, cpvering in the back yard s, Aiming tive pig in » chipkew'a cppp, j' jt. goon putgrew. its »arrp.w limits, I bu|)t it a comfortable my \vlfe jLjeyer called o» than one bushel of corn, that pis December turned the scales ppunfls. The wprthless ipnpr pn the farm, fept Ptes i» tb e fty that wju ggJQ to, j, larj' by pw. The moisture now rises as high as the upper tilth, and there remains :o a much longer extent than : in, the case of untilled soil, for, owing to the, Blanket or mulch of loose soil on tho , ;op, the soil below the surface is much less exposed to the action of evapora- tiqn. Some of our farmers hero are unwilling to accept the above theory, Uleglng that adobe or clay soil, that has never been cultivated for years, will ,have more moisture below than cultivated soil. If this be so, the fact does not clash with the theory of particle attraction, On such soil the top surface has been packed down so closely that the surface is practically pud- dled, Jn which case the attractive power of the particles is destroyed. It is the same as though the surface were covered with a large rock or a board, whereby the evaporation were BUS- .' pended. Every one knows that moisture may almost always be found un* der a large rock. The idea is to cover the soil with something thafwllj suspend the attractive power-of the soil particles and retard evaporation. Herein lies the whole secret of why land should be cultivated after each Irrlga* tlon or heavy rainfall if the farmer wishes to conserve the moisture in the poll. ,There is ajso another and very impprtant reason why crpps should be cultivated after ea«h irrigation. The- roots of plants require air' qult§ as much as they do water, an4 when the soil becomes packed or plastered <Jowu by irrigation the roots <}p not get a, full supply of air unless this surface crust When to Sell Uoge-—As a yule, wrl^e H, B. Wilson in Prftctjcaj .Farmer, the, best time tp se)} hogs Is at six or eight months Qf age, which >s very e^lly 4<me u they »r?. fed all the mwte- fqpj,t¥y wiH -**£&$ MPf old, Tfce grew! be Jj sho,»$ ;t&ejj«' r&tio,ft way be laat fop}- yreekj fcef^re, way to? atwt entirely, oars. QJ

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