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TME Uplift MS MOlKKBt ALGONA IOWA. WM3N12S13AY,SEPTEMBER 8,^997. CHAPTER XXI. — So time went on, and the summer carne upon us in all its beauty. The flre on the hill was kept blazing, but we never saw a ship, although a strict lookout was kept day and night. I •was careful to keep the men well employed, knowing that work was the best kind o>f medicine for them: but they often grew weary and disheartened, more or less according to their temperaments and the nature of their thoughts. It was not long before I ' became as fond of 'Pearl as if she had been my own child, and we had good reason to bless her presence among us. She exercised a wonderful influence among the men, and all sorts of pet names were given to her—Fairy Pearl, Queen Pearl, Doctor Pearl, and the like. But she was powerless to keep death from us, and the first to go was Ralph Fortyman. He sickened and died within twenty-four hours. "We shall all go, one by one," whispered Tom Wren to me. "What will Fairy Pearl do when she is alone?" "We must stand by her, Tom, till the last." "Ay, ay," he answered, "till the last; and when I'm dead I'll watch over her." It was not the first time Tom had spoken strangely, and, Indeed, his manner had formed the subject of a great deal of conversation between me and my mates. To tell the truth, we believed he had lost his wits; but if he was mad it was a harmless madness; and so long as our Pearl had influence over him, there was nothing to be afraid of from him. It was not nlone Pearl to whom he had attached himself, and who was fond of his society. It was known among us that lie was in the habit of spending hours with that man of our party who had refused to associate with us—I refer to Mr. Fairley—and it was from Tom that 'we continued to learn of the man's safety. But this came to an end before the summer departed. I am not likely ever to forget tho day on whitfh Tom, whispering stealthily that he had something to say to me, led the way into the forest. "Ralph Fortyman was the first," he ; i. said, when we were half a mile inland. "I will show you the second." I followed him for another quarter of a mile, and we paused before a rude shelter, built up with branches of trees. "Go in and look at him," said Tom. I went into the shelter, and saw a aian lying with his face to the earth. As I stooped over him, Tom whispered: "Dead, mate. Stone dead, I should say. Number two." It was the man known as Mr. Fairley whose face I now turned to the light. And as I looked upon that face, my eyes became filled with blood, and I 'shuddered with rage. No shadow of pity for the dead entered my breast; had clung, and on which grew flowers which had brought a sad, sweet consolation to me, crumbled away to rottenness at the sight of a dead man's face; henceforth truth and virtue were lying symbols. The waters round about that rock had hitherto been clear and bright, and in their depths I had seen mirrored the stainless soul of a pure woman, bringing to me a vision of heaven in the future. Now the waters were black and turbid, and nothing but defilement and treachery were there. I pressed my hands upon my eyes and forehead to prevent myself from going mad. Before that occurred, I must look once more upon the. face of my enemy. It lay before me, gray and sinful even in death. I had seen the face not more than six times in my life, and each time it had brought a blight upon me; but it had never been more powerful for evil than now, when the treacherous eyes lacked light, and the lying tongue was dumb. As I gazed at it, faith, hope, religion, died utterly away, and left me a reckless, despairing man. What could my wife have seen in this villain to cause her to be false to me? "The basest and meanest qualities in human nature never had a more fitting shell than the carcass of this man; and as I spurned it with my foot, I reflected with bitterness that I had not even the satisfaction of revenge. For I doubted not that if I had met him alive I should have killed him, and I experienced no feeling of gratefulness that I had been spared the crime. /.si disturbed the body, a piece of glittering metal on the ground attracted me. I picked it up; it was-a sovereign; and my attention was drawn to the circumstance that the earth upon which the body lay had been newly turned over. I pushed the inanimate clay aside, and, scratching the earth with my nails, I came upon a treasure in gold. I dug it up, and calculated that the weight altogether, in rough nuggets and sovereigns, could not be less than thirty pounds. It was for this my wife had betrayed me; this was the virtue she saw in him. My dear old mother was right. Mabel's heart was as good as gold; no better; and such a poor thing as love faded in its glitter. As I ran my fingers through the pile, I derived a savage pleasure from the reflection that the worthless heap was mine, and indeed a great part of it really did belong to me. Had not the villain stolen It from me on the sold-flelds? I removed It, and buried in in a secret spot; and then, moodily, and with a changed heart. I walked to the camp, where my comrades were. Pearl, seeing me approach, ran. toward ma, with a glad look in her eyes, and raised hur face for the expected kiss. From the impulse of habit, raor» than from any passed before I was sufficiently conscious to take note of actual events I have never been able to discover, notwithstanding the eforts of my friends. And consciousness came so gradually, and the struggle to assert itself was so prolonged, as to add to my confusion tn this matter. Minutes that were like* weeks, weeks that were like minutes, passed by during this crisis in a strangely sweet manner. I was so weak and helpless that I could scarcely move, and so composed and restful that I did not wish, and even feared, to do so, lest a change should take place in my condition. The first thing I remember is that, opening my eyes languidly I saw .the sun shining through a roof of loosely twined branches; the next, that after an interval of a mo ment, or a day, or of many days, 1 saw the stars shining through them No sound disturbed the delicious still ness. Then came another impression often repeated, of my lips being touched by food and liquid, which took unresistingly. Did I then begin to hear whispers, or was it the mur muring of the breeze through the shel- FARM AND GARDEN, MATTERS OF INTEREST TO AGRICULTURISTS. S«.no Cp-to-Dnte Hints About CnUlrn- tlon of the Soil nml field* Thereof— Viticulture and Florl- HortlcttUnre, culture. station of lettuce rot, a disease which affects the head varieties especially, when, grown under glass. The Grand •Wheat t'rop* tn itore'lfth Cdnnttla*. The Chicago Trade Bulletin says} "The latest information from Euro* ter of my leaves and branches? But an actual voice did come to ray ears. "I am so glad, Tom! I am so glad!" And on another occasion: "Hush, Tom! We mustn't wake him." And further on, words to the samo effect, tenderly and lovingly spoken. CHAPTER .XXIII. BELIE VK that weeks must Imvc passed before I associated the speaker with the words; but the time came when I was fully aware that t was not dead, as I had sometimes imagined myself to be. Then I know that I was still on the island which had afforded us a refuge, and that Pearl and Tom were my attendants. Yet this knowledge did not come without confusion. I awoke one day and saw the child and the man Tom, sitting on the ground nursing The KlnB-«evll Weed. H E King-Devil Weed has found its way into the mowing fields of Maine. It is a native of Europe and was first detected in the United States in Northern New York in 1879. Since tho.i it has spread, giving a good deal of trouble. In 1895 a few plants were found In West Gardiner and reported to the Josselyn Botanical Society. Since that time it has spread rapidly and is found in many fields in Farmingdale, Gardiner and West Gardiner. Mr. H. K. Morreli has called attention to this weed through the local press, but, as the weed is spreading apldly and is equally as bad as Its iear relative, the Orange Hawksecd, all the farmers of the state should be on guard against it. Prof. Harvey, he station botanist, visited Gardiner and vicinity June 29 and 30 and found the plant thoroughly established in ninny • mowing 'fields. The plant was. probably introduced with grass seed from New York. During the last year It has found its way into fields that have not been plowed for ten years. The plant grows in patches, matting the ground and killing all other vegetation. Its rank growth and rapid spreading show that it nourishes in Maine climate and soil. The Orange Hawkweed has been in the vicinity of Gardiner for twenty years, but during that time has not spread as much as the King-Devil Weed has in two years. It is very much like the Orange Hawkweed in general appearance and from the description and figure in the station report for 1S92, or bulletin 32, f oo high a temperature, especially at night, Is conducive to the rot. Thorough ventilation and care in watering are the remedies suggested. Other diseases of lettuce are leaf blight, leal perforation and downy mildew. Experience at the station and elsewhere has demonstrated that when lettuce Is watered by sub-irrigation it is much less liable to these diseases than when surface watered. Another class ot diseases, affecting more especially roses, tomatoes, begonias, cucumbers and some other plants is caused by small eel-worms or nematodes, microscopic in size, which work in the roots of the plants, causing minute enlargements or galls. The symptoms of attack are stunted growth, yellowing and dropping of leaves, especially dying of the leaves- at the point of lateral margins, with a scalded aspect. In roses, which are the most liable of all plants to nematotle attack, the disease is often called "the yellows." Thorough steaming of the soil before planting Is the most promising remedy yet discovered at the station. The powdery mildew ot composite ing regarding the crop but it is generally belleVed that in the ag-» gregate the yield of wheat will be considerably smaller than reported IB 1896— In all countries probably 100, 000,000 bushels. The weather has not been very favorable, and considerable damage has been sustained by Wavy rains and floods. In the United Kingdom the season has been backward; with unseasonable weather, and the yield will be slightly under that of last year, even with good weather to > tno close of the harvest. There !* little doubt but the wheat crop of for, despite his hair and the change that years had made, I recognized in the dead man before me, Mr. Druce, the villain who had blasted my happiness.". "Dead, eh?" questioned Tom. "Ay, the black-hearted scoundrel!" I replied. "I know the reason now why he feared to meet me face to face." I had no sooner uttered the words than I staggered as though a bullet had struck my heart. Tom, catching me, pulled me out of the shelter, and gazed anxiously into my face. "What makes your lips so white?" he. inquired, in a frightened whisper. "Did ho die of a fever? You mustn't he tuc next to go—you mustn't be number three. Fairy Pearl loves you better than she loves me, and you and 1 must be the last of all." "I am well enough," I managed to utter, though how I managed to speak the words so as to make myself understood Is a mystery, for I was almost choking. "It was only a spasm. Pearl will miss you, Tom. You have been too long away from her. Go to her; I will follow you soon. Don't tell the others just yet what has occurred." Evidently proud that a confidence was established between us, Tom nodded and walked away, leaving me ' me with the body of my dead enemy. CHAFTKK XXII. 0 you who have thus far read the story of my life divine the reason of my sudden agony? —an agony HO exquisitely keen that 1 doubt if it could be excelled in the unhappy experience of any man, "~ however terrible his lot, Mr. Druce was here before me; he had been a passenger in The Rising Sun; my wife and child were also in that ship. Was not the inference as clear as the noonday sun? A black cloud fell upon my soul. All goodness, all purity, was blotted out of the world for ever and ever! Through all my trouble and misery I.had clung, with strong, yearning hands, to the rock of my wife's faithfulness. Whatever of sweetness came jnto my life (Heaven knows there was little enough!) after the last interview with my mother, came to me through the light of this belief in Mabel's innocence and purity. But for that my soul would have been wrecked many years ago. Better if it had been; better if I had fallen; better If I had died! For npw the rock to which i feeling of affection, I stooped, and was about to embrace her, when tho likeness in her to my false wife so jarred upon me that I pushed her aside roughly, with something lilie a curse upon my lips. Fair face, like Mabel's; fair hair, liko Mabel's; blun eyes, as hers were. Had the girl been black and ugly I might have tolerated her, although I felt I was no longer capable of love; but her beauty made me loathe her. Heaven forgive me for my thoughts at that time! My heart was lilled with hatred toward all mankind. I strode toward my companions. "A man lies dead yonder," I said, In a tone so hard and morose that they stared at me in wonder and dismay. "Tom Wren will show you his body. I suppose you will choose to bury him, though by rights he should be left to rot where he lies. But there's no such thing as justice in this world, nor in the next, if there is one. And look you, I resign my command. You may look upon me as dead, for I shall never como among you again." They threw their arms about me, saying I had been a faithful friend to them, and the one upon .vhorn they most depended; but I beat them off, as much with savage words as with savage blows; and as I fled from them into the forest, Pearl's sobs were the last sounds I heard. All that day and night I wanlered one of his knees, was staring with al his might and main at Pearl, who wap reading in a low, sweet voice from a little torn book: "A ball was given by the king's son and Cinderella's sisters were invited. But Cinderella was forced to stay at home in her chimney corner while they were enjoying themselves at tho ball. 'Oh!' said the poor girl, 'how 1 wish, I w-i-s-h ' 'What do you wish, my dear?' said her godmother, who at that moment came in. 'You wish to go to the prince's ball, now, don't you?' Cinderella at once confessed the truth. 'Well, well,' said her godmother, 'and so you shall, my darling, if you continue to be a good little girl.' So Cinderella's godmother, who was a fairy, at once, by a stroke of her wand, transformed a pumpkin, six mice, a rat, and six lizards, into the most splendid carriage, with horses and servants, that ever was seen. Cinderella was fairly lost in wondeu, when her godmother again waved her wand, and she became dressed in the most beautiful clothes, ornamented with most rare and costly jewels. Oh! how lovely Cinderella thought she looked, when she saw in the mirror the wonderful change the fairy had made in her! Her godmother also gave her two little glass slippers, and told her not to stay at the ball later than twelve o'clock, for, should she do so, her carriage, horses, and servants would again become a pumkin, six mice, a rat, and six lizards, and she, too, would be changed into her former self. Cinderella promised to be punctual, and started off in her carriage to the ball." (TO 1115 CON'TINTF.!).) there will be little trouble in recognizing this weed. The King-Devil Weed is from eighteen inches to three feet high. The hairy leaves are mostly clustered at the root, although a few leaves are borne on the lower part of the stalk. The summit of the stalk bears a cluster of yellow flowers, with occasionally a second cluster lower down on the stem. The yellow is that of buttercups, making it hard to detect in a field where buttercups are numerous and in bloom. Its yellow dowers and larger size readily enable one to distinguish it from the Orange Hawkweed which it otherwise resembles. Like the Orange Hawkweed, its roots live from year to, year. It spreads by runners both above and under the ground, thus' extending the patches. It flowers early and abundantly. The seeds are provided with hair-like appendages by which the wind scatters them. If cut when in bloom or before, the plant sends up secondary flower shoots that mature before fall. It is a very difficult weed to control and should not be allowed to seed or spread. The patches should plants has been successfully combated upon cinerarias, when taken Ih time, by spraying with weak solution of potassium sulphid or copper sulphate. Probably the downy mildew of the cucumber would yield to the same treatment. The sudden wilting of out-door cucumbers is due to a bacterial disease, which may be carried from plant to plant by the cucumber beetle. No et- fectual prevention IB known, but the burning of diseased plants and the destruction of the beetles are indicated. A spot upon tho leaf and fruit of cucumbers is found in the east and Is likely to cause trouble to pickle growers In Ohio. Spraying with Bordeaux mixture is indicated for this disease, as well as for a new leaf-blight of the musk-melon, causing many rather- large, dried spots In tho leaves, followed by dying and curling under from the tips and margins. Tomato leaf-mold is the most common fungus disease of tomatoes grown under glass. This caused serious loss in the station green- will be considerably less than in 189t> —possibly 40,000,000 bustteW. Beefling , was delayed in the fall and the 6p«rtg, and the area was materially reducecu The condition of the plant la not very good and will require good weather to approximate an average yield. There Is little doubt but France will be a fairly liberal Importer ot wheat during the season of 1897-98. In Russia the prospects have boon favorable lor an average yield, but recent dam ^*° reports indicate a lighter crop than in 189C. Winter wheat will probably be somewhat under the average, wano spring wheat is in fairly good cond -- "-•- will In tion and may yield well. probably be a fairly good crop Germany the crops generally are in houses in 1891, where it was introduced in an old plant carried over, from which it spread throughout the houses The disease first appears as rusty brown patches on the under side of tho .eaves; as these patches enlarge the leaf becomes yellow, wilts and finally dies. In cases of severe attack th whole plant may perish, and in any case its growth will be seriously check od. With leaf-mold, as with lettuc rot, thorough ventilation is required and spraying with diluted Bordeaux mixture is indicated. Greenhouse tomatoes are subject to other forms of leaf blight and spot, some of them-affecting fruit as well as foliage. All diseased plants should be at once removed and burnt. The bulletin is a report of progress In the study of plant diseases, many ol them but little kncwn, and in case of serious outbreaks of such diseases gardeners are requested to aid the station In further study by sending samples of diseased plants to the experiment station at Wooster, with full description of soil, treatment, etc. \jrvi. uinuj L.JLIO \ji K/I/O e ^»-~-— - iVil- good condition, and there is little doubt but the yield of both wheat and rye will be an average. In Austria and Hungary, the prospects are not very favorable and the wheat and rye crops will be smaller than last year, in Roumanla the outlook has been quito good, but storms during the latter part of June damaged the wheat and rye crops and reduced tho yield at least one-fourth. In Holland and Belgium the prospects favor an average yield of wheat and most crops. In Portugal the wheat crop will be a very large one and sufficient to give a supply two months longer than usual. Reports from Spain indicate that tho yield of wheat and small grains will be only moderate, considerable damage being sustained by storms. Italy will probably secure a fairly good wheat crop. Reports from India indicate -that tlva wheat yield will be about one-eighth less than last year and that the exportable surplus will be small. Prospects for wheat in Argentine are rather favorable, and unless some damage is sustained by locusts, which have appeared in some provinces, the yield will be fair and exportable surplus slightly increased. Advices from Australia indicate favorable weather for tho wheat crop, and while the yield will,not be sufficient for an exportable surplus the probabilities are that Australia can hardly be classed as an importing country this year." Supplementing the Pasture. The general practice of dairy farmers in both Missouri and Kansas is to pasture their cows during the summer. The soiling system Is practiced to a very limited extent, although there ia a growing tendency in that direction. At present the practice is to grow a; field of fodder corn or sorghum to bo cut green and fed to the cows when pastures begin to get short from drought. The feeding of grain to tho HE GOT HIS DOSE. tho alone brooding 'over my despair, and lashing myself into delirium. A terrible wakefulness was upon ?ie, and I was imbued with a dangerous strength. I spoke aloud, and threatened all nature, raising my pigmy hands savagely against the bright clouds in the day, against the peaceful stars at night. I plucked the flowers ;\nd cruahed them vindictively; I broke great branches from the trees and tore them into shreds, believing they could feel, and exulting in the belief. The sun rose again, and my madness was not spent. I neither ate nor slept The stars came out again, and shed their pitying light upon me. But why prolong the description of those dread hours? It agonizes me now to think of them, and I humbly hope I have atoned for them by prayer. Nature conquered me in time, and I sank exhausted to the ground. I had no wish to live; and it was merely the unconquerable instinct of hunger that caused me, as I lay in a stupor, to pluck some leaves and place them be- tHen iny teeth. That they were bitter to taste made no impression upon me. Chewing them, I fell Into a deep sleep. It was at this period of my life that I lost count of time, as I have else- whore said. How long au in^rval And Almost J.ost UiH Sweetheart . liurguiii. The llama of South America is an expert marksman, though it never uses its craft in the procurement, of its food, says Lippincott's. Only when annoyed and angry does it give an exhibition cf its wonderful skill in hitting the object aimed at. The llama's weapon is its mouth; its bullet is composed of saliva and chewed hay. Several years ago, at the fair grounds in St. Louis, I witnessed an exhibition of this creature's powers of expectoration.ln which the victim was a country beau, who came very near losing his sweetheart thereby. This young man was one of those self-sufficient individuals who imagine that knowledge sits enthroned in the temples of their own personal intellects; "that what they do not know is not worth knowing." He was annoying the llama (the animal stood in the center of Its pen, probably fifteen feet or more from its tormentor) by throwing clods of dirt at it and by beating on the rails of the pen with his cane. I saw toy the creature's actions that it was angry; the rapid movements of its jaws indicated that it was preparing to attack Its persecutor. I warned the young man, telling him what to expect; his sweetheart begged him to desist and to come away. But he treated iny warning with derision and told the girl that "he knew his business." Suddenly there came a whistling noise, followed by a sharp spat; the young wiseacre lay supine upon his back with his eyes and forehead plastered with a disgusting mixture of sativa, hay and mucus. , "I hate a fool!" said the girl, as she SULTAN, WINNER OF MANY PRIZES IN ENGLAND. shouldered her parasol away. I saw them again and walked the monkey- hpuse some time afterward, but the man was a changed, being; he *had learned his lesson in decorum; he had been taught modesty by the good Biftvfemauship of a llama, ' b« mowed before haying and before the flower is open eo as to prevent needing, and again later to prevent second seeding. The plants should be raked up as soon as cut and burned when dry. The surest way to destroy the plants is to plow the patches and cultivate frequently and cleanly during one or two years, either with or without a hoed crop. In the case of small patches, similar to some of those observed in Farmingdale, it would be sufficient to dig out the plants and thus save further trouble. Whatever Is done to destroy the weed should be done at once. Chas. D, Woods. Director. University of Maine, July 2, 1897. Diseases ot Hot House Vegetables. Bulletin 73 of *.Ue Ohio Agriculture Experiment Station is devoted to studies of soroi? of the more common plan diseases of the forcing house and gar den, especially those encountered in the culture of vegetables under glass an industry \vhieh is assuming YeI considerable importance in Qhio an other northern states. The bulletin i Illustrated with, several 'slates. Opm t,fe San Jose Scale.—When a twig of your ruit tree appears as if covered witb ashes, look sharp for San Jose scale; also, if when the bark of infested twigs s scraped with a knife, an oily yellow- sh liquid appears on the surface. In >ear trees particular attention should )e given to the extremities of the twigs especially if the leaves turn brown. In nfested fruit of the pear an encircling jand of reddish discoloration is seen vround each insect. A little lady-bird aeetle about the size of a pin's head is sften seen running about on infested trees, and wherever it appears on trunk or branches a careful search should be made for the scales on which it feeds. The 'remedy for this pest is, in mild cases, a thorough scraping and washing' with whale pU soap; if very abundant cut out every tree so affected aad burn.—The Farm Journal. Profit In Hogs— Farmers generally have settled <Jown to the belief that the best profit in hog raising is found in feeding to only one yw pf age, or a little less, getting a weight la that time ot 880 to 850 pounds- All weight above thatte made ftt a coAa^antly' ^creasing cost a RQUWl, so much grater at times aB to mvrtt ft actual teas.-^, cows while on pasture, though as yet but little practiced, is growing in fa' vor. Wheat bran can usually be bought for ?10 and ship stuff (middlings) at about $12 a ton, Oil cake (linseed) meal costs from $20 to ?26 a ton. The use of a little of these foods at night and morning Is found by the dairymen to help out the pastures, keep up the milk flow, and maintain the cows in good condition. With many H takes about four acres of land to winter and summer each cow. Others are, feeding so that they can make one-half that area of land do the work, whiJe a few have learned that by means of the soiling system for summer and the silo tor winter . feeding, properly supplemented with grain, they can make one acre furnish as much cow food as was formerly buck. done by four.—Levi Chub- The Onion Crop—In some sections ol the east onion growing is very profit' able. It Is a crop that requires intelligent management, both in the cultivation and marketing. The best fertilizer Is ashes, a,nd attacked lime i» pften used at the yate, of 200 bijshe^ to the acre,--R;s. j

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