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Algona, Iowa
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Wednesday, October 14, 1896
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fl' ( "' A'^Y •',>•" ' , '• * f^ •'•'^> j mi^^^^;^^-^n^^f ^^^H ffll UPPER DM MOINBSt ALQONA. IOWA WBPNBBPAY QO^OBBRJ4.JJ86. V!.— as" October before the family _ formal removal to town. One I'brothers, sometimes both, spent 1 three days a week there in Sep- and, since the uncertain suh- and cold rains of autumn con.'"the ladies, for the most part, to |bUse, they were ready to second proposition to seek their winter lers, Edward Withers was regu- jlinstalled as one of his brother's |lliold, and under his allspices city also put on a new face for Con-' be. He had a box at the opera, and lithan was foremost to suggest that Itance chould accompany him is, when you are not engaged scort single ladies," added the se- with a dry smile. .Yhioh will not happen often ?f 1 ffhave my Bister's company instead," lied the other, cordially. "But can|we make up a family party of four ^•to-morrow night? I can promise la treat." tusical treats, when they fire op- ftlc, are thrown away upon me," waa "answer. "But I am anxious that istance shall keep up her practic- I, and, to this end, desire her to have fry opportunity of improving her |e and style. You and she can give 10 concocts of the latest gems in 'Is line for Harriet's benefit and ie." larriet applauded the idea to the 10, and was careful that he should regret the young people's absence I' the evenings they spent abroad, iying chess with him for a couple of jjtirs, and then reading cloud mone- j;y or political articles selected by .self until he dropped into a doze. iy were left thus to themselves more . more as the season advanced. In- Eations to parties, concerts and din- Sfs rained in upon Mrs. and the srs. Withers, and to most of these a stance went, attended by Edward gjy. Mr. Withers had never been so- from inclination, and he was only glad to delegate his duties in this ie to his wife, now that the protec- |n of his brother rendered his attend- fce unnecessary. Constance did not confess in svords |herself how greatly her pleasure was jmentecl by the exchange of escorts, twas natural that a man o£ her luis- id's age and disposition should pre- his own fireside to dancing and all talk, and a wearisome feint of farkening to harmonies that were un- elligible and without sweetness to .m. She enjoyed gay scenes with an Isier conscience that she did not see grave visage at every turn of the Itz or promenade and was not haunt- by the thought of her selfishness in jving dragged him from his beloved 'tirement. How much this feeling of ilief was intensified by the circum- ;ance that her willing cavalier was the 'ost delightful talker, one of the best mcers, and assuredly the most grace- illy attentive to his fair charge in the •jrdon of beaux who frequented the fehionable resorts just named, did ;er into her^complacent calcula- PRESS ASSOC)AtlON January. "Constance should be thank 4 fu! to us all her days for opposing hef absurd transendentalism about congeniality and mutual, attraction and the like puerile nonsense. What a wreck she Would have made of her happiness had she been left to pursue the course dictated by her own caprices! I hope, Margaret, that we shall not have to combat the like errors in our daugh' ters when they grow up." "Constance had a fund Of strong common sense in spite of her crudely extravagant theories upon certain subjects," rejoined Mrs. Romaine. "Thanks to it, and, 'as you justly observe, to our counsels, she has married better than any other young woman I know. Yes, I can ask no more enviable lot for our girls than one like hers." According to these irrefragable authorities, then, our heroine had steered clear of the rock upon which so many of her age and sex have, split; kept out of the current that would have stranded her, high and forlorn, upon the barren headlands of celibacy; had, virtuously eschewing "crude" instinct, and heart promptings, and natural laws (fit only, in Mrs. Konialne's creed, for the guidance of beasts, and birds, and other irrational things), rendered just and graceful obedience to the equitable principle prescribed and practiced by the autocrats of the "best circles." These burning and shining beacons cease not, night nor day, to ;varn off the impetuous young from the rigors and desolation of Scylla, and cast such illusive glare upon Charybdis as makes its seething rapids seem a Pacific of delicious calm. CHAPTER VII. 1 PON as smooth a current were Constance Withers' conscience and prudence rocked to sleep during the early months of that whiter. Winter! Never had summer been so replete with' light _ and warmth. There is a divine delight in the slow sweep of the outer circles of the maelstrom; the half consciousness of the awakening heart, like that of the babe who, aroused from slumber by his mother's voice, smiles recognition of the dear music before his eyes are unsealed by her kisses, or his head is nestled upon her bosom. That to every human heart such awakening comes, sooner or later, I hold and believe for certain. Deserts of salt and bitterness there are in the spiritual as well as in the material world; but there was a time when the Creator, whose name is Love, pronounced them "very good," when as yet the flood, and the rain of fire and brimstone had not made havoc of nil ttake ft thorough test Of them feffdt'e tonsenting to the Venture. 1 shall dft|e them myself, and speak out frankly the result of the trial. In whatetefr else we may differ, Elnathan and 1 afe a unit in ouf care for your v. »lfate. So, if we show ourselves and the heavenly span of quadrupeds at the doo? today, yon need not fear to accept our invitation." The gentle and affectionate reassure ahce contrasted pleasantly with Mf< Withers's authoritative mandate. "Constance! you will hold yourself in i-eadiness to drive out with us this af* ternoon. We shall call for you at three o'clock. I wish you and Harriet to be' entirely prepared for the ride when We come. YoUhg horses do not like to Stand in the cdld." An impulse she did not Stay to define drew Constance to the window as the two gentlemen descended the front steps side by side. Mr, Withers ^as a trifle the taller of the two, but 'his figure was angular and unbending; Edward's supple and elegant, while scarcely a trace of family likeness existed between the swarthy visage of the elder, with its deep-set eyes, long upper lip, and high, narrow forehead, and the lively glance, clear complexion, and spirited mouth that made Edward's physiognomy a goodly sight to more eyes than those that met the parting smile he cast up at the parlor window when he gained the pavement, whore- as Mr. Withers stalked solemnly on, apparently forgetful already that ho had a home and wife, now that his face was set office-ward. "Shadow and sunshine!" reflected the gazer, "And they are not more unlike in countenance than in dispositions, alms and conduct—as dissimilar as two upright men can be." Harriet's shallow treble sounded at her elbow like a repetition of the last thought. "No one would ever take them to be relatives," she said. "Yet each is excellent in his way. Don't you think so?" "Yes," answered Constance, moving away. "Only their ways are so different!" persisted the cousin. "I like Elnathan best, of course, but Edward is the more popular man of the two, I believe—isn't he?" "I really do not know!" Constance left the room uttering the falsehood. Harriet had a trick of making her intensely uncomfortable whenever the talk between them turned upon the brothers. "I hate comparisons!" she said to herself, when she reached her room. "And it is forward and indelicate in her to institute thorn in my hearing." Convinced that the sudden heat warming her'heart and cheeks was excited by Harriet's impertinence, .she made it her business to stop thinking of the conversation and its origin so soon as she could dismiss it and turn her attention to pleasanter things. It was more innocent and agreeable work; for instance, to write out Edward's part of a new duet upon a fair sheet of paper which he could hold in his hand as 'he stood by her at the piano, the printed copy being so blurred as to try his eyes. He was very slightly nearsighted, although a casual acquaintance would not have suspected it. She AM) GASMEN, MAttERS OP INfEftE^t ftf AG&lCULfUfelSfS. Soine tJp-to-.lntO Mini* AbJrtit fcflitt*k- tlon ot the Soli and fiMdi thereof —floMIcuHufc, tlUcliltntS And frlort- fcnltnre. Hfi fthode tslahd experiment station has the following suggestions to make on apple growing: Apple trees need ofi'the §affi§ land at Sol-' Yielded lwefily*nte bfi&hels acre, and this yield was InefelSed fire to six bushels In the average t the tise of" fertilizers. 'Thfougfidnt this seveA-yeaf test H was observed that fertilizers carrying phosphorid ftcld produced 6. Marked ihcfease 6f plant growth Ifi the fall, and It was hoped that, in seasofls of setefe winter kill'- mg, such fertilisers mlgfat enable the plant to successfully resist the adverse climatic influences; but in 18§6, the yield of the unfertilised plots having fallen to less than half a bushel per acre, the largest increase made by any fertilizer waa not more than three bushels. In the experiments at Woos- tef> where wheat Is grown In rdtatioh water. If the slip- with com, oats, clover and timothy, nly of water In the three crops have now beeh harvested, soil in an .orchard ^Jesuits for 1894 and 18&6 are giv- is deficient when the fruit is matur- 1 ing, as it frequently'is, the trees cannot produce a full crop of apples, however well they may have been fed and otherwise cared for. The lack of a sufficient amount of water in the soil in orchards often is the cause of apples dropping, prematurely and the ripening of winter fruit during the fall months. While it may be impracticable to attempt to supply water artificially in most cases, at least, to orchards in this state, yet much can bo done by good management to prevent the needless escape of the natural supply, and in this way large quantities of water may be retained in the soil for the use of the trees when it is needed by them. A mulch of grass, leaves or other organic matter is useful for this purpose, and the ground in some cases may be cultivated in the open spaces to good advantage. In this connection we must enter a protest against the practice of trimming off the lower limbs of apple trees. This allows the wind to sweep through beneath them and the sun to en in Bulletin 7L In 1894 there was no increase, ia 1896 the increase on the plots receiving a complete fertilizer averaged nearly eight bushels over an unfertilized yield of three bushels; while in 1896, the winter kilting being almost complete, the unfertilized yield has averaged but a bushel to the acre, and the increase over this has been less than six bushels. The fertilizers which have produced the largest increase of wheat have been complete fertilizers, containing nitrogen, phosphoric acid and potash, all three. The average increase of .wheat alone has not paid for the fertilizer, at present prices, but the increase In the grass crop following the wheat has in some cases more than made up the loss on wheat. The clover sown in March, 1895, in this rotation made a good catch, and maintained its hold throughout the season, notwithstanding the unfavorable conditions, and in the fall the growth on the unfertilized plots appeared even better than where fertilizers had been applied to the wheat During the winter, however, the clovei ae o He must keep pasted. Othtffctos BdW is be ttf keep 'ttp- wltit ths p«fi§e&sl6ii, 1 should like ie f he tifttf a fnafa cfifi keefc aiool f«r« ill ,- > side kaefrledgi atid eontradelnlfr 4M ; fflake farming ply feds d^aftW^ Grange meetings, and an afrteaiturai , associations ahd institutes catinbt be highly indorsed as mediums vfdr makijig progressive farmers, .The fafmer of the next century will beedMe mote and more a man of thdttght and Intellect, tot only by so becoming taay, . he hope to cope successfully with the* ever recurring problems that arise for practical solution, The piogfessfae farmer must occasionally visit the neat by city where he markets his produce/ There he is to observe and listen to find out how to pack in best Shap"6, and to learn what the market demands, but of course these excursions are mere- incidents,' the chief labor and atten« tion of the farmer is demanded upon the farm itself. The thrifty, progressive farmer will show his character clearly by his stock, farm buildings and fields. The fruits of practicing modern ideas and following the most trustworthy light upon agricultural matters will be. very manifest. All classes of stock ' will not bo of a nondescript standard, but of some recognized breed. They will show the evident results of care and good management. The farm buildings will be solid and substantial, and, what is more, covered with a gbod 1 coat of paint, not alone for appearance's sake, but for the purpose of securing greater durability and lasting qualities. The fields will show the re- HUits of the liberal use of tillage coupled with fertilization without stint. The progressive man's acres never look as though they had just been pulled through the proverbial "seven. P,he was on excellent terms with d all about her at this junc- ,e acquaintances who had t her reserve and want of ani- Fin the few assemblies at which lid appeared as a bride candidly wed that nothing could be more r'ming than her affability and gay ocl humor, and that she was far handier than they had supposed at first *ht. The more captious subjoined, sub- that it was evident she appreci- (convenient word!) Mr, Edward Ithers, and how fortunate she was in burlng the services of an escort so ^exceptionable in every particular, |ce her husband seemed to have re- jnced society just as she fairly en- fed it, . [jBut," subjoined No, 2, audibly de- gred, "people 'had different ways of ing at these things, and, so long as Withers lived happily with his fe, and countenanced her in all that rrtld, 'whose business was It to iiint impropriety or misplaced conn- ice?" That Mr. Withers did countenance i wife in her lively career was not to fflenied. It gratified him to see her, gnificently dressed, go forth to gath- igs at which, as he was sure to hear erward, she was the object of gon- admlratlon for her beauty and vi- Jty, It tickled his vanity to have do the honors of his jnanslon to a jco company of Edward's friends ,ers—people in whose eyes he, the |te millionaire, could never hope to lore than the respectful representa- fpf his money bags. They were glad Congregate In his stately salon to partake of his floe old wines' "^excellent viands, and unite in laud- ahs of the handsome woman who his name. Adulation did not 5fo her, he was pleased to observe, had never been more deferential jer deportment to himself, more ay to consult and obey him than the star of her popularity was st and brightest, Jn this sho tes* , her gopd sense and feeling heart, yhom should, gbe be grateful and |ul if not to 1 her benefactor, tbe Jtect of bep fortune ajjd bapplaess? witb biro and, wuu bis bad developed ber finely. Re |jjyed,tt tQ himself for tbe penetra* t ted. (Jetepte4 tbe ef Hiftabje' 8fl4 She w,as, Btttl JS tb» their pleasant things, nor the soft soil- been hardened into flint and gravel by dearth and heat. And, to that garden of the Lord's planting there came a day —when or of what duration He knows, and perchance He alone—when the south wind blew softly, and all the spices thereof flowed out—spikenard and saffron, calamus and cinnamon, with all trees of frakincense, myrrh and aloes. It may have been but for one glad hour—one moment of bewildering bliss, that the heart thus visited was transformed into a fountain of gardens, a well of living waters a?id copied music legibly and rapidly, and lately had hit upon this happy device of making him some poor return for the manifold services he had rendered her. "All that I can do leaves me deplorably in his debt," she reasoned. "I never knew what was the fullness f-.iid disinterestedness of a brother's love until I met him. But all brothers are not so considerate or devoted as is he. I should understand that." (TO BB OOXTINCTBIl. \ SHIRE STALLION, HITCHIN CONQUEROR, A NOTED streams from Lebanon. The next have witnessed the rush of the deluge or the bursting of the pitchy cloud; and behold! in place of Eden, a lair of wild beasts, a house full of doleful creatures, meet for the dwelling of owls and the dance of satyrs. Other visions than these images of woe and terror abode with Constance; formless fancies, fair as vague; specious reveries in which she lived through coming years as she was doing now, surrounded by the same outward comforts; her steps guarded by the same friend, whose mere presence meant contentment; with whom the interchange of thought and feeling left nothing to bo desired from human sympathy. It was a severe shock that showed her the precipice upon the flowery verge of which she lay dreaming. The brothers were, pne morning, discussing at breakfast the merits of a pair of horses that had been offered for sale to the elder. For a wonder Edward displayed more caution in accepting the jockey's declaration of their fitness for family use than did his staid relatives. Mr. Withers was very obstinate in his adherence to what ever principle or prejudice he believed that he had seen cause to adopt, and his eye had been captivated by the showy team; bis credulous hearing gained by the adroit tongue of the dealer. AH that Edward's dissuasions could effect was acquiescence in his proposal that they should try the horses before the sleigh that afternoon, before deciding upon the purchase. Havriet clapped her hands vivaciously, "Ana then you'll'drive by and give us a turn behind the beauties. I am s\ij-e they must be heavenly from what Cousin Einatban say?- I am wild to see them!" "There is a look in the eye pf that bespeaka tfte spjvlt of aaW H4wayd, apart t<? He WIIK Indeed Absont-Mhulecl. Judge Hawley of the United (Hates* circuit court related recently from the bench a good story at the expense of a distinguished lawyer and United States senator, whose name was not mentioned. This prominent member of the bar was very absent-minded at times. One morning he was on his way to court in a great hurry, and happening to overtake a friend, remarked: "I dressed in such haste this morning that I forgot my watch." A little further on he said: "1 wonder if I have time to go back and get it," and as he spoke he pulled out his watch from his pocket. "No, I have not time," he concluded, after consulting the dial, and he walked on. Nearing the court house he hired a messenger to go for the watch, paying him a dollar for'the service. The messenger returned with the information that the timepiece could not be found, whereupon the lawyer exclaimed, looking up from his books and papers: "That is very strange!" Then be took a swift glance at bis watch and said: "It makes uo difference, anyhow. I can do without it. The judge is late and there is plenty of time." And he paid the messon-- gey another dollar. I'olliieruen CIulis, Policemen in Paris now carry clubs, beautifully decorated. They are pure white, w|th yellow handles. Around the middle ie painted a double blue ribbon, with' the city arms at the point where the ends of the ribbon cross. The white colpv will be more easily, noticed than any pther by coachmen, the sticks being held like conductor's batons by tl\e policeinen }n the* middle of the street, tp, direct travel tq the right OF left or to stop it when needful, shine in and dry up the soil over their roots. In the average orchard in Rhode Island these limbs should be spared if for no other reason than to retard the evaporation of moisture from the soil beneath the trees. : Apple Trees Use Sunlight.—In order to produce ten barrels of fruit as the product of one or two seasons growth, an apple tree must do a large amount of work in collecting the crude materials required and in manufacturing them into svich refined products as Gravenstelns, Greenings or Baldwins. Sunlight, by its action upon the foliage, furnishes largely the power that runs the machinery of an apple tree. The amount of this power that a tree can use in a measure determines how much fruit the tree can bear. For this reason the surface area of the top of an apple tree should be as large and as well exposed to the light as circumstances will allow. The natural habit of the apple tree is to form a rounded top with its branches bending low to catch as much sunlight as is possible. It Is a too common practice to cut oft these lower limbs, which may in the case of a well-grown tree represent from 400 to 800 square feet of the normal bearing surface of the top, and in this way to permanently injure the 'trees. It is as important for an apple tree that is to do its best work to have its top adjusted to use ths light as it is for a sailing vessel to be trimmed to catch the wind, Save the lower limbs that increase the surface area of the top, for these when the roots are well cared for enlarge the bearing capacity of the tree, but thin out and when necessary shorten In the limbs that the light may shine brighter on those which are left. ; Sunlight and Fruit Buds.—Limbs of apple trees that are exposed to strong light produce more fruit buds than those which are Jn partial shade. In pi-der to prove this we secured permission to go into an orchard where the trees, although rather too near together, were on the whole well grown, and cut two limbs from each of tea Hrees Jn different parts of tbe orchard. The Hmbs selected were about one Jncb In diameter, and In each case one was taken, that was fully exppsed to sun light and tl^9thep where partially was badly heaved out, the destruction being much more complete on the unfertilized plots, and these finally gave an average yield of less than fifteen hundred pounds of hay .per acre, a large portion of which was ragweed, while eight plots receiving a complete fertilizer, used at the rate of about 400 pounds per acre, gave double this yield, of hay free from weeds, and'two plots, dressed with barnyard manure at the average rate of six tons.per acre, gave an average increase of more than a ton per acre, or a totalyield of a ton and three-quarters. In the three-crop rotation of potatoes, wheat and clover, the unfertilized wheat yielded' this year seven bushels and a half per acre, and this was increased to twelve bushels by the use of complete fertilizers. The clover following the unfertilized wheat of last year yielded nearly two tons per acre, while the increase from fertilizers averaged nearly six hundred pounds, and that from barnyard manure was over thirteen hundred pounds, the quantities of fertilizers and manure being the same as in the five crop rotation. In these experiments neither fertilizers nor barnyard manure have more than paKtially prevented the destruction of either wheat, clover or timothy by winter killing. In the case of wheat, eU tona of barnyard manure has produced about the same average effect as four hundred pounds pf fertilizer, but in the case of the clover and timothy following the wheat, the average residual effect of the manure has been considerably greater than that of the fertilizer, years of Pharaoh," but rather they support a vegetation of great luxuriance and abundance. Finally, it may be ,said that the lands of the pi-ogres- slve farmer are constantly undergoing some improvement; something js always being done for the betterment of the farm. There is no stagnation, . ' W. P. Perkins, Watts— "T-hat< J? a pretty gPQd tell, b,u.t it won't work," Times and conditions are necessarily always changing, We cannot do all things as they once were done. We must watch the signs of the age and be governed ' accordingly. We cannot farm as pur grandfathers did, for the latters' practices if now followed would result Jn bankruptcy. The farmer must be progressive, He must c)lm» 9 u t 0* the »'rut," use bla brains to ebow him the right course to follow, and not R e weighed dpwn and burdened by traflh ttong and beary preempts now prevea to be unworthy of cvjedenee, I w^noj mean to be understood. t« iwply any fa»ne^ shpvjijl ejntu^^eyeyy theory anfl follow Jt •" " eau|e Jfc fa new, Kerosene KmulHlon Applications. Prof. Howard Evarts Weed, in a bulletin: of the Mississippi station, says: Although poisons like Paris green are not applicable to insects which take their food by sucking, yet an external irritant, like kerosene, is applicable 'to all, and it matters not how they tajce their food. Kerosene can be used against all insects except those living in confined places where they cannot be reached, such as tomato worms, those living In stored grain, etc, The amount of kerosene which should be used will vary with the kind of insect to be treated, some requiring a much larger proportion than others. Nearly all plants will bear one part of kerosene to ten of water, but when a stronger application Is to be made, it should first be tested on a few plants to see if the feliage Is affected, For the treatment of ordinary insects the following proportions are recommended; PlanMlce, of all kind, 1-20, Caterpillars or other larvae * on leaves, 1-15, Scale Insects on leaves, 1-1Q, Scale Insects on bark, summer treati ment, 240. Scale Insects on bark, winter treat* jnent, 3rlO, Lice on domestic animals, bogs, 3-10. I4ce on bogs and ticks on cattle, 5-10, The mixing of the two liquids place partially w the pump, but mm largely In the nozzle, they divided into very flue particles,- Ql course a mixture, wade In th}§ way jj no t a permanent, one, nqj- J 9 jt necea sary that it Bhou,!^ j, e gp , wj peeded l^ slwply a dilution of the sene 80 <tk&t ' wJU np.jf tilt attaebnjenj;

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