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V-M.4 50 YEARS
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seiil free. MM iinar; for ainiif palema.
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WHATEVER IS-IS BEST.
I kuow ax my life gmw older.
And mine eye have clearer Alglit,
Tliat under each rank wrong. Koinewherc
There lie the roa of Right ;
That earn sorrow hiui iu purpose.
By IhewM-rowing oft ungueased.
Hut as sure an the sum brings moraine,
WhaU-vc-r in la beeL
I know that each nluful artton.
As sure as the nt(ht hrings shade.
Is somewhere, sometime punished,
Tho' the hour he long delayed.
I kuow that (he soul U aided'
Homeiimes by the heart's unrest.
And to grow means otten to suffer
But whatevtr ia Is best.
I know there are no errors
In the great eternal plan.
And all things work together
Kot the final good of man.
And I know when my soul speeds onward
In Its grand eternal quint,
I huli say, a I look baek earthward,
Whatever is Is beU
-Ella Wheeler Wilrox.
You may talk about banjo-playing if
you will, but unless you heaid old Ben
in his palmy days you have no idea
what genius cafi'do with five strings
etretched over the sheepskin.
You have been told, perhaps, that
the banjo is not an expressive instru
ment. Well, in the hands of the ordi
nary player it is not. But you should
hare heard old BeD, as, bending low
over the neck, with closed eyes, he
made the shell respond like a living
soul to Lis every mood. It sang, it
laughed, it sighed; and, just as the
tears began welling up into I be listen
ers' eyts, it would break into a merry
reel that would set feet a twinkling be
fore one knew it.
Ben and his music were the delight
of the whole plantation, white and
black, master and man, aud in the
evening when he sat before Lis cabin
door, pkkingout tune after tune, hymn,
ballad or breakdown, he was always
sure of an audience. Sometimes it was
a group of white children from the big
house, with a row of pickanini.iea press
ing close to tbem; sometimes it uasold
Mas' aud Mis' themselves who strolled
up to the old man, drawn by his strains.
Often there was company, nd then
Ben would be a.-ked to leave Lis door
and play on the veranda of the big
bouHe. Later on he would come back
to Martha laden with Lis rewards, and
swelled with the praises of bis powers.
And Martha would say to him, "You,
Ben, don' you git conceity now; you
des keep yo' haid level. I des' nio'n
'low you been up dah playiu' some o'
dem oiigodly chunes, lak "Hoe Co'n
an' Dig rTates."
Ben would laugh and say, "Well,
den, I tek de wtckeduess often de ban
jo. Swing in, ol' 'ooman!" Aud be
would drop into the accompauiment of
one of the hymns that were the joy of
Martha's religious s-juI, and she would
sing with him, until with a flourish and
a thump, he brought the music to an
Next to his barjo, Ben loved Martha,
and next to Ben, Martha loved the
banjo. In a time and a region where
frequent changes of partners were com
mon, these two servants were noted for
their single-hearted devotion to each
other. He bad never had any other
wife, and she had called no other man
husband. Their children had grown
up and gone to other plantations, or to'
cabins of their own. So, alone, drawn
closer by the habit of comradeship,
they bad grown old together Ben,
Martha, an the banjo.
One day Martha was taken sick, and
Ben came home to find her moaning
with pain, but dragging about, trying
to get supper. With loud pretended
upbraidings he bundled her into bed,
got his own supper, and then ran to his
master with the news.
"Marfy, she down sick, Mas' Tawm,"
he said, "an' I's mighty uneasy in my
nun' 'bout huh. Seem lak she don'
look right to me outen her eyes."
"I'll send the doctor right down,
Ben," said his mast?r. "I don't reck
on it's anything serious. I wish you
would come up to the house to-night
with your barjo. Mr. Lewis is going
to be here with Lis daughter, and I
want them to hear you play."
It was thoughtlessness on the mas
ter's part; that was all. He did not
be'.uve that Martha could be very ill;
but he would have reconsidered his
command if he could have seen on
Ben's face the look of pain which the
"You'll send the doctah right away,
"Oh, yes; I'll send him down. Don't
forget to come up."
"I won't fu'git," said Ben, as be
turned away. But he did not pick up
his banjo to go to the big house until
the plantation doctor had come aud
given Martha something to ease her.
Then he said, "I'se got to go up to
the big house, Marfy; I be back putty
"Don you hu'y throo on my 'count
You go 'long and give Mas' Tawm good
measure; you hyeah?"
"Quit yo' bossin'," said Ben, a little
more cheerfully; "I got you whah you
can't move, an' ef you give me any o
yo' back talk I 'low I frail you man
st'om." Martha chuckled a "go 'long," and
Ben wet lingeringly out of the door,
the banjo iu its ragged cover under his
The plantation's boasted musician
played badly that night. Colonel Tom
Curtis wondered what was the matter
with him, and Mr. Lewis told bia
daughter as he drove away that it seem
ed as if the Colonel's famous banjoist
had been overrated. But who could
play reels and jigs with the proper
awing when before his eyea was the
picture of a smoky cabin -room, and
on the bed in it a sick wife, the wife of
Tbe black man hurried back to bis
cabin, where Martha was during. She
woke at his step.
"Didn't I tell you not to hu'y back
hyeah ?" she asked.
"I ain't nevah bu'ien. I reckon I
gin 'em all de music dey wanted," Ben
answered a little sheepishly. He knew
that he had not exactly covered him
self with glory. How'a you feelin?"
"Bout the same. I got kin' of
niis'y in my side."
"I reckon you couldn't jine in de
hymn to tek de wickedness outen dis
banjo?" He looked anxiously at her,
"I don't know 'bout J'iuin' iu, but
you go 'long an' play auyhow. Ef I
feel lak journeyin' wid you, I fin' you
some w liar on de road."
The banjo began to sing, and when
the hymn was half through, Martha's
voice, not so strong and full as uttual.
but trcmbliug with a new pathos, join
ed in aud went on to the end. Then
Ben put up his banjo and went to bit
The next day Martha was no better,
and the same the next Her mistress
came down to see her, and delegated
one of the other servants to be with her
through the day, and to get Ben's meals.
The old man himself was her close at
tendant in tbe evenings, and be waited
ou her with tbe tenderness of a woman.
Ife varied Lis duties as nurse by play
ing to ber, sometimes some lively, cheer
ful bit, but more often the bymns she
loved, but was too weak to follow.
It gave him an aching pleasure at his
heart to see bow she hung on his mu
sic It seem d to have become her very
life. He would play for no one else
now, and the little space before his door
held his audience of white acd black
children no more. They still came,
but the cabin door was inhospitably
shut, and they went away whispering
among themselves, "Aunt Martha's
Little Liz, who was a very wise pick
aninny, once added, "Yea, Aunt Mar
ty's sick, an' my mammy says she ain'
gwine to git up no mo'." Another
child had echoed "Never!" in the bush
ed, awe-struck tones which the child
ren use in the presence of the great
Liz's mother was right, Ben's Mar
tha was never to get up agaiu. One
night during a pause in his playing she
whimpered "Play Ha'k F'om deTorub."
He turned into tbe hymn, aud her voice,
quivering and weak, joined in. Ben
started, for she bad not tried to sing for
so long. He wondered if it wasn't a
token. In the midst of the hymn sbe
stopped, but he played on to the end of
the verse. Then he got up and looked
Her eyes were closed, and there was
a smile on her face a smile that Ben
knew was not of earth. He called her,
but she did not answer. He put bis
hand upon her head, but she lay very
still, and then he knelt and buried bis
head in the bedclothes, giving himself
up to all the tragic violence of an old
"Marfy! Marfy! Marfy!" he called,
"What you want to leave me fu'? Mar
fy, wait; I ain't gwine be long."
His cries aroused the quarters, and
the neighbors came flocking in. Ben
was hustled out of the way, the news
carried to the big house, and prepara
tions made for tbe burying.
Ben took his banjo. He looked at it
fondly, patted it, and placing it in its
covering, put it on tbe highest shelf in
"Brothah Ben alius was a mew' p'op
ah an' 'sponsible so't o' man," said
Liz's mother as sbe saw him do it
"Now dat's what I call showin' 'spec'
to Sis' Marfy, puttiu' his banjo up in de
very place whah it'll get all dus'.
Brothah Ben sho is difl'ent Tom any
husband I evah had." She had just
provided Liz with a third stepfather.
On many evenings after Martha bad
been laid away, tbe children, seeing
Ben come and sit beside bis cabin door,
would gather around, waiting and hop
ing that the banjo would be brought
out, but they were always doomed to
disappointment. On the high shelf
the old banjo still reposed, gathering
Finally one of the youngsters, bolder
than the rest, spoke: "Ain't you gwine
play no mo', Uncle Ben ?" and received
a sad shake of the head in reply, and
a laconic "Nope."
This remark Liz dutifully reported
to ber mother. "No, o' co'se not," said
that wise woman, with emphasis; "o'
co'se Brothah Ben ain gwiue play no
mo; not right now, leas' ways; an' don'
you go dah pesterin' him nuther, Liz.
You be perlite an' 'spectable to him, an'
make yo' 'bejunce when you pass."
The child's wise mother had just dis
pensed with her last stepfather.
The children were not the ody ones
who attempted to draw old Ben back
to his music Even his master had a
word of protest. "I tell you, Ben, we
miss your Banjo," he said. "I wish
you would come up and play for us
"I'd lak to; Mast ah, I'd lak to; but
evah time I think erbout play in' I kin
des see huh up dar an' hyeah de kin' o'
music she's a-listeuin' to, an' I ain't
got no haht fu' dat ol' banjo no mo'."
Tbe old man looked up at his mas
ter so pitifully, that tbe young man de
sisted. "Oh, never mind," he said, "if you
feel that way about it."
As soon as it became known that the
master wanted to hear the old banjo
again, every negro on the plantation
was urging the old man to play in order
to say that his persuasion bad given
the master pleasure. None, though,
went to tbe old man's cabin with such
confidence of success as did Mary, the
mother of Liz.
"O' co'se, he wa'n't gwine play den,"
sbe said as sbe adjusted a ribbon; "be
wasamo'nin'; but now hit's diftVnt,"
and she smiled back at herself in the
piece of broken mirror.
She sighed very tactfully as she set
tled herself on old Ben'a doorstep.
"I nevah come 'long hyeah," she
said, "widout thinkin' 'bout Sis Marfy.
Me an' hub was gret frien'a, an' a
moughty good frien' she was."
Ben shook his bead affirmatively.
Mary smoothed her ribbons and con
tinued: "I ust to of en come an set in my do'
w'en you'd be a-playin' to hub. I was
des! say in' to myse'f de othah day how
I would lak to hyeah dat ol' banjo
ag'in." She paused. "Tears lak Sis
Marfy 'd be right nigh."
Ben said nothing. She leaned over
until ber warm brown cheek touched
his knee. "Won't you play fu' me,
Brothah Ben?" she asked pleadingly.
WEDNESDAY. SEPTEMBER 20. 1800.
"Des' to bring baek de menibry o' Sis
Tbe old man turned two angry eyea
upon her. "I don' need te play," he
said, "an' I ain't gwineter. SisMarfy's
membry's hyeah," and tapping his
breast be walked into his cabin, leav
ing Mary to take her leave as h?st she
It was several months after this that
a party of young people came from the
North to visit the young master, Hub
ert Curtis. It was on the second even
ing of their stay that young Eldridge
said: "Look here, Mr. Curtis, my fath
er visited your plantation years ago,
and he told me of a wouderful banjoist
you had, and said if I ever came here
to be sure to bear him if be was alive.
"You mean old Ben. Yes, he's still
living, but the death of his wife rattier
sent him daft, and he hasu't played for
"Pshaw, I'm sorry. We laughed at
father's enthusiasm over him, because
we thought that he overrated his pow
ers." "I reckon not He was truly won
derful." "Don't you think you can stir him
"Oh, do, Mr. Curtis," chorused a
number of voices.
"Well, I don't know," said Robert,
"but come with me, and I'll try."
The young people took the.'r way to
the cabin, where old Ben occupied his
accustomed place before the door.
"Uncle Ben," said Robert, "here are
some friends of mine from the North
who are anxious to hear you play, and
I knew you'd break your rule for me."
"Chile, honey " began the old
But Robert interrupted him. "I'm
not going to let you say no," and he
hurried past Uncle Ben into the cabin.
He came out brushing the banjo aud
saying, "Whew, the dust!"
The old man sat dazed as the instru
ment was thrust into his hand. He
looked pitifully into the faces about
him, but they were all expectancy.
Then his fingers wandered to the neck
and he tuned the old banjo. Then he
began to play. He seemed inspired.
His listeners stood transfixed.
From piece to piece he glided, pour
ing out the music in a silver stream.
His old fingers seemed to have forgot
ten their stiffness as they flew over the
familiar strings. For nearly an hcur
be played, and then abruptly stopped.
The applause was generous and real,
but the old man only smiled sadly, and
with a far-away look in his eyes.
As they turned away, somewhat aw
ed by bis manner, they heard him be
gin to play softly an old hymn. It was
Hark! From the Tomb."
He stopped when but half - way
through, and Robert returned to ask
him to finish it, but his head bad fallen
forward close against the banjo's neck,
and there was a smile on his face, as if
he had suddenly had a sweet memory
of Martha. By Paul Laurence Dunbar.
Icing the Beds.
A returning summer girl is enthusias
tic in her praises of her hostess, who
has solved the problem of keeping cool
at night and securing refreshing sleep
even during the most distressingly
warm weather. Her method is to ice
the beds, and she claims to have learn
ed the simple process during her girl
hood, spent in Florida, and now carries
it out regularly for the delight of ber
In Florida, where the summer heat
at night is almost as unbearable as it is
during tbe day, she says it is not unu
sual to ice the beds before retiring to
rest This is done in a very simple
manner. A metal vessel, very much
in the form of the ancient warming
pan used by our grandmothers, ia filled
with broken ice, and after standing un
til the ice has completely cooled the
vessel it is placed between the sheets
and moved to and fro over the surface
of the sheets and pillows uutil they are
quite cold. This coolness of the bed
clothes is very soothing to the heated
and wearied body, and invariably in
duces immediate sleep. Those who pos
sess one of these old-fashioned warm
ing pans may now put it to the extra
service of icing the beds in summer as
well as warming them in winter.
Telephone from Kitchen to Barn.
Materials needed, one toy drum cut
in two; copper wire to reach from tbe
house to the barn; three insulators; cost
very small. Cut the drum. Cord each
head by making holes in the hoop for
cord to pass through. Pass wire through
center of bead and fasten with a leather
button, open end to tbe wall. Insula
tors put in post to hold wire up. We
have had our telephone thirteen years,
and the covering on tbe insulators rot
ted off. We rewrapped them with silk;
they are as good as new. A farmer
would have to have one to know its
worth. When company comes and tbe
men are at the barn, we have only to
tap on the teiepboue; no going after
them or calling them. When husband
is in the barn, aud anything happens
that he needs help, be has only to tap,
and help comes. In the thirteen years
I judge it baa saved us a thousand trips
to the barn. I want to add my testi
mony to its worth. Every farmer
should have one. Mrs. E. D. Ash-
worth, in Practical Farmer.
Comes from Dr. D. B. Cargile, of
Washita, I. T. He writes: Four bot
tles of Electric Bitters has cured Mrs.
Brewer of scrofula, which had caused
her great suffering for years. Terrible
sores would break out on her bead aud
face, and the best doctors could give no
help; but her cure is complete and her
health is excellent" This shows what
thousands have proved, that Electric
Bitters is tbe best blood purifier known.
It's tbe supreme remedy for eczema,
tetter, salt rheum, ulcers, boils and
running sores. It stimulates liver, kid
neys and bowels, expels poisons, helps
digestion, builds up tbe strength. Only
50 cents, at J. N. Snyder's Drug Store,
Somerset, Fa., and O. W. Brallier's
Drug Store, Berlin, Pa. Guaranteed.
A Talk About Dewey.
Exacting in the performance of offi
cial dutie, courteous in manner, quiet
iu deartmeut, iruin:icu'ate iu his attire
and fond of society and club life, were
the leading traits with which Admiral
Dewey impress! hU associates during
bis years of shore duty in Washington.
When Admiral Dewey remarked re
cently that there wa no occasion for
lionizing him, aud added: "As a mat
ter of fact, I was nervous from drink
ing jMKr coffee, Just before the battle
of Manilla," bis old naval friends smil
ed admiringly. Their comment wa
that it was exactly like Dewey's mod
esty. They recalled how difficult it
had lieen always to induce him to refer
to his naval exploits iu the Ml', prefer
ring always to change the topic to any
thing of current interest.
In his characteristics the hero of Ma
nila bay differ hut little from his
brother officers. (Seorge Dewey might
indeed, be called a fair type of the
American naval officer, who, as a rule,
is genial, approachable, foud of the
conventional good things of life, and
not at all assertive of his most distin
guishing trait, which is readiness for
duty, whenever and wherever it may
Nowhere ia the naval officer seen to
more pleasing advantage than in Wash
ington. Here, after years of sea duty,
for promotion be is stationed for a pe
riod as head of an important bureau
of the navy department Men with j
rank of rear admiral, commodore, or
captain serve here as bureau chiefs,
and here their characteristics are best
made knowu. It is a fact that the ma
jority of them, almost all of them, are
found to be not only officers of the
hightest order of ability aud efficiency,
but with personal qualities most de
lightful In public officials. It may be
that following the sea develops the
character and broadens a man. Cer
tain it is, as many people must have
observed, that the average captain of
an ocean liner is as fine a gentleman as
can be found in the world. Of much
the same mold are the American naval
officers. They are men of whom the
couutry cannot tie too proud, not only
for the manner In which they uphold
the honor of their country iu every
portion of the world, but for their great
modesty and unassuming manners.
If one were to visit the bureau of
equipment in the navy department dur
ing the time Commodore Dewey pre
sided over it, be would find nothing in
the geuial face of the slight man in tbe
chiefs office to suggest service of the
most hazardous kind of a quarter of a
century earlier. He would scarcely be
lieve that the seeming man of the
world, dressed with faultless taste, had
served a i lieutenant on the small steam
sloop Mississippi until ber destruction
by the confederate batteries, or that
he was the man selected to force the
passage up the Mississippi ahead of
Farragut, running so close to shore in
the work that the curses of Union aud
Confederate gunners rang in each oth
er's ears. But it was the same man,
and quite as alert as when he won the
highest commendation for bravery
from his admiral iu the west gulf squad
ron. And thirty years later, at Manila
bay, the slight, courteous gentleman
was destined to add a ne and brighter
page to American history than any of
Still less would one recognize a man
of such qualities, seen of an evening in
the cozy smoking room of the Metro
politan club, but a stone's throw from
the navy department, where Dewey
was fond of going to chat with his
friends after the duties of the day, and
where be will be seen again, quite as
modest in his favorite evening dress,
after he returns to the capital, honored
as few men have been in any country
In social affairs Admiral Dewey is the
most delightful and companionable o'
men. His wife, who was a daughter of
Gov. (Jodwin, the war governor of
Vermont, died in 1S75, aud much of
the admiral's home life since then has
been In the clubs. When stationed in
Washington be had rooms at the Ever
ett, a modest apartment house, at lT.'JOi
H street, within ea-y reach of the navy
department, the Metropolitan and the
Army and Navy clubs.
Si great now is the fame of the ad
miral that traveler to the cipital ask
generally to see these former resorts of
their hero. They ak to be shown his
favorite table in the club, the nock
where be smoked aud chatted with
friends after dinner, and are still more
anxious to get a glimpse of his den and
bedroom in the Everett
But his old associates in the club
long to see tbe admiral himself. They
know be will come back to them unaf
fected by the honors showered upon
him, bis genial face brighter at sight
once more of the old familiar places
where he used to love to rest, with
cordiality and contentment iu his eyes,
to be once more in the place he calls
home. St Louis Republic.
Discovered by a Woman.
Another great discovery has been
made, and that too, by a lady in this
country. "Disease fastened its clutches
upon her and for seven years she with
stood its severest tests, but ber vital
rga is were undermined and death
seemed immiuent For three months
she coughed incessantly, and could not
sleep. She finally discovered a way to
recovery, by purchasing of us a bottle
of Dr. King's New Discovery for Con
sumption, and was so much relieved on
taking first dose, that site slept all
night; and, with two bottles, had been
absolutely cured. Her name is Mrs.
Luther Lutz." Thus writes W. C.
Hamnick & Co., of Shelby, N. C.
Trial bottles free at J. N. Snyder's
Drug Store, Somerset, Pa., and O. W.
Brallier's Drug Store, Berlin, Pa.
Regular size 50c. aod $1. Every bottle
Brushes and brooms would last longer
and do better work if they had an oc
casional bath. Four tablespooufula of
household ammonia in two quarts of
lukewarm water are the proportions for
a good bath. Let the bristles or straws
(stand in tbe water half an hour, then
rinse thoroughly, aud do not hang them
by the heat, but put in a cool place to
Uer Mother's Stockings.
A good story is bing whispered
arouud about one of the beautiful
brides of the other week. She was mar
ried in a big church with the usual ac
companiments of flowers and pretty
bridesmaids. Everyone remarked how
perfectly leautiful the bride hxiked as
shewalke l up the aisle on the arm of
her father to meet the bri legroom wait
ing at the altar.
After the wedding breakfast aud just
as the bride was preparing to start for
the dep.it to catch the afternoon train
for her honeymoon, an old school
friend of her mother came to her, kiss
ed her on both cheeks, and said:
"My dear child, you were the most
perfectly lovely bride that I have seen
this winter! As you walked up the
aisle to meet the man who was so soon
to be your husband, everyone could see
from the half frightened yet trustful
look upon your face and the firm yet
tender smile about your mouth that you
were thinking of the serious import
ance of the step that you were taking.
Your very look seemed to say: 'I am
leaving my girlhood behind me and
going forth upon an untried sea, but so
great is my trust in him whom I have
chosen that I step forward without fear
and in perfect confidence.' Tell me, my
dear just what the thoughts were which
brought that lovely expression upon
your face this morning."
"Very well, I will tell you," said the
bride, "exactly what my thoughts were
as I walked up the aisle. My mother,
who, as you know, is a much smaller
woman than I am, for some sentimen
tal reason insisted upon my wearing at
the altar the very si. ken hose in which
she was married to my father L'l years
ago. They were so tight for me that
at each step I kept relating to myself:
'This time they will surely split This
time they will surely split!' And when
I reached the altar without acuident
I was so much relieved that I prol
ably did wear the look of bliss which
everybody mentioned. The Washing
Cows Milked by Machinery.
A German manufacturer has invent
ed a new milking machine, which is
findiug a ready sale in Europe, especial
ly in Denmark, Switzerland and
Russia, says the Chicago Record.
An iron pipe about 1 inch in diame
ter is conducted through the stable, and
is fixed at the ceiling so that it remains
about 3 feet above the back of the ani
mals. Flexible shafts, provided with
small cocks, run from this pipe to a
cylindrical milk collector which,
again, is held by a beit laid around the
back of the cows. At one side there is
attached a small flexible hose divided
into four small arms, all provided with
small cocks, and which are connected
with the udder.
Tbe first mentioned iron pipe, run
ning all through the stable, Is connect
ed with a large cylinder fixed at the
ceiling, from which a perpendicular
tube runs down into a vessel filled with
water. By means of a small hand
pump the air is compressed iu the cyl
inder and thus through the whole pipes.
The water when rising regulates the
pressure in the pipes.
1 1 needs only a few movements of the
pump's piston to compress the air
throughout the whole system.
The only thing to be done then is to
open the small cocks of the pipes con
nected with the udder, and the milk
flows into the above described milk
By this apparatus a large number of
cows can be milked in a few minutes.
The whole process, from tbe beginning
to the end, does not require more than
To Retain One's Beauty.
Don't roll your eyes up into your
head as if they were marbles ; a fine
pair of eyes will be utterly ruined by
A girl with a pretty mouth will purse
it into the prettiest bouton, and eon
tiuue the habit until many lines form
about the lips, and the once lovely
mouth has to be put into the hands of
the beauty doctor.
Nearly every woman bites or sucks
Others contract the brows and pro
duce two furrows between the eyes.
Others wrinkle the forehead with
Others perpetually wear a tip-tilttd
It must be remembered that a truly
eTpressive face does not consist of a set
of features hung on strings or wires.
Do cultivate placid features.
Bismarck's Iron Nerve
Was the result of bis splendid health.
Indomitable will and tremendous en
ergy are not found where Stomach,
Liver, Kidneys and Bowels are out of
order. If you want these qualities
aud the success they bring, use Dr.
King's New Life Pills. They develop
every power of brain and body. Only
25c at J. N. Suyder's Drug Store, Som
erset, Pa., and at G. W. Brallier's
Drug Store, Berlin, Pa.
No Thrashing Machine for Willie.
"I think it would be a good plan to
send Willie up into the country for a
month," suggested Willie's father.
"He's never been on a ranch, and it
would be rather a novel experience for
him." '"No, you don't," interrupted
Willie. "I've read all about the coun
try, and I'm not going anywhere where
they have thrashing machines. It's
bad enough when it's done by hand."
Are grand, but Skin Eruptions rob
life of joy. Bucklen's Arnica Salve
cures them, also Old, Running and
Fever Sores, Ulcers, Boils, Felons,
Warts, Cuts, Bruises, Burns, Scalds,
Chapped Hands, Chilblains. Best Pile
cure on earth. Drives out Pains and
Aches. Onlv 2j cents a box. Cure
guaranteed. Sold at J. N. Snyder's
Drug Store. Somerset, Pa., aud at
G. W. Brallier's Drug Store, Berlin,
1 9 I
WHOLE NO. 2512.
FARM NEWS AND VIEWS.
Corn and Clover Hay Compared.
The drains are deticiebt in lime and
mineral matter, while clover is rich in
those materials. Corn contains 10 per
cent, of water and clover ! per cent
Of the dry iimlter corn has but 1J per
cent of ash I lime, magnesia, potash,
soda, etc.,) while clover has over fi per
cent (.'.over hay contains over 12 per
cent. i-( protein and corn 10j. Corn is
rich iu starch and fat, however, con
taining twice as much as clover. Clover
hay has more crude fibre than the
grain, hence is less valuable in that di
rection. While farmers have always
made clovt-r hay a specialty in feediug
adults, yet it is more valuable for young
slock than may l-e supposed. If cut up
very line and then scalded it makes
one of the best rations in winter for
poultry and will prinote laying. For
ducks aud geene it cannot be excelled.
If cut very fine and mixed with cooked
turnips or carrots clover hay will be
relished by young pigs and it will pro
mote rapid growth. In some sections
clover hay is ground into what is term
ed "clover meal," and it ia then sold
in bags. Cornmeal is too fattening for
certain animals, but in winter it may
be used more freely, and is an excel
lent ration when used in connection
The question of spreading manure in
the fall has been discussed for many
years, and opinions are divided as to
whether spreading should be done in
the fall or the manure retained in heaps
uutil the spring planting begins. Many
farmers believe in using manure in
hills, but the method of using depeuds
upon the quantity of manure on hand.
If the land is level and there Is no
liability of the rain washing the ma
nure from the soil the work of spread
ing may be done in the fall where
plowing has been done. The question
of when to spread is one that each
farmer must determine fr himself, as
everthir.g depends upon the conditions
ou the farm.
Experiments show tiiat a cow, when
in full tl w of milk, drinks from 1VK)
toJKX) jxiunds of water per month, the
average quantity, determined by test
ing a herd, being 1X) per cow. This
fact shows the importance of an un
limited supply of pure water at all sea
sons of the year. In every loo quarts
of milk the farmer sells about S quarts
of water, and when the cows cannot
procure water at ail times they will
fall otr iu yields.
Old strawberry beds may be burned
over a soon as the leaves die otr, and
by so doing many of the seeds of weeds
will be consumed. Tbe bed should
then le mulched by covering with
manure or straw, but the mulch need
not be applied until cold weather
comes. If the old lied ia full of weeds
it will not yield satisfactorily nestyear,
and to burn it over will be an improve
ment in many respects.
Colls that are foaled in the fall wi'.l
entail less cost than those that come in
tbe spring, as the mares will not be
takeu to the fields for work at this sea
son. Wheu spring comes the colts
will be weaned and can then be put
upon pasture, leaving the mares ready
for service iu the fields. As soon as
the colts will eat give tbem ground
oats iu addition to the supply of milk
from the dams.
An excellent lice killer may be made
with the well known kerosene emulsion
by adding to the kerotene oue gill of
erude carbolic acid for every two gal
lons of kerosene. Dilute the emul
sion with ten times its volume of wab r.
It may be used as a wash for animals
or may be sprayed ou them. It is also
excellent when sprayed in the poultry
The richest milk is that which cornea
from the udder last, aud to leave a gill
may be to leave one-half of the butter
fat All cows should be "stripped"
when milked, not to secure the whole
of the milk, but to prolong the ruilk-
iug period, as cows that are not milked
in a careful manner will dry off sooner.
The amount of fat in the milk of cows
largely depends upon how completely
the milking is done, yet that import
ant matter is not considered by some
dairymen, as they employ milkers
without regard to their qualifications.
Low prices for products do not com-1
pel farmers to sell at market rates.
Ewh farmer has a reputation, or should
make oue for himself. A reputation
fer supplying the market with a choice
article creates coutiJence iu the con
sumers and they will pay more than
the ruling market prices because they
know they will not be imposed upon.
If two farmers should send butter of
the same quality to market, the one
with a reputation would receive a
higher price than the other, although
his product might not be better. Each
farmer th uld work on bis own lines
and endeavor to get his produce into
market of better quality than tbe
IV not utilize straw by drying it to
be used over again, but pass all bedding
material through the feed cutter, so as
to render it more serviceable iu the
manure heap. The cost of cutting the
material is an item, but absorption of
the liquids in the heap will be more
complete and the gain in tbe value of
the manure will be large. As the ma
nure will then always be fine and easi
ly handled it can be forked over with
but little labor so as to more thorough
ly decompose all portions. Coarse
litter will absorb liquids, but there will
be a loss until such materials become
fine in tbe heap. The fine litter will
also make excellent bedding and will
more readily assist in keeping the stalls
Cut away the tops of the asparagus
and when dry burn the bed over, so as
to destroy insects. Then cover heavily
with fresh stable manure that is free
from litter and allow it lo remain until
The test food for ducks and geese
after grass disappears is a meas of cook
ed turnips, thickened with bran, twice
a day. If the cooking is objectionable
the turnips may be sliced with a root
cutter and the bran sprinkled over
tbem. Ducks and geese prefer bulky
food and require but little grain when
Grower of peaches are using cow
peas in the orchards. The vine ahade
the laud and may be turned under
when the poLs are nearly ripe or may
remain as a mulch in winter. It is
more profitable to use the vines for food
for cattle, but at the same time, if a
mulch is required, it U well to grow
the mulch, especially when a legumin
ous plant auswers so well. One ad
vantage in growing the cow pea U
that it la almost a sure crop, and lime
or wood ashes may be Uo-d as a fertili
zer with it. The peach orchard will
in no manner be injured by growing
the cow pea aa long as the laud is given
the beuellt of the crop from manure or
by plowing under.
Ensilage should hot cost the farmer
over a dollar a too, and 50 pounds a
day is a large ratiou for a cow. This ia
50 rations per ton, at 2 cents per ratiou
and hence will provide for one cow for
40 days. There is no food that can be
produced at a lower cost Theeusliage
is not of itself a complete food, as tbe
best results are derived when grain and
bay are also allowed; but it cheapens
the cost of the whole and provides
succulent food iu winter, when there
is a change from grass to the regula
tion dry ratiou of winter.
The Kansas City Journal facetiously
auuounces that a lawsuit is threatened
iu Brown county (Kan.) because the
ears of coru iu one farmer's field have
grown so Urge that they Lave pushed
the line fence over forty feet on to bis
The old Presbyterian cemetery on
Chatham street. North Plainfleld, N.
J., is liable to be sold for taxes, because
it has done so little business Lately that
it cannot pay its fixed charges. The
order for the sale has beeu declared
legal, and the purchaser will have the
right to remove the bodies or to leave
them, as he may choose.
Atchison, Kan., is to have a great
Corn Carnival this month, and among
the prizes to be competed for is the
offer of a local lawyer to give bis ser
vices free in the conducting for a di
vorce suit for the winner.
The Manila Times of July 13 says
that a restaurant iu that city which
should be run on the American system,
and where oue could "get a decent
meal without fear of being sickeued by
a mixture of flies, cockroaches, oil and
other abomiuatious, and for a reasona
ble price, ought to be a little gold mine
to an enterprising mau." The writer
complaius especially that the Spanish
proprietors of the eating houses cannot
be made to understand or satisfy the
American's desire for a "square meal''
lasfore beginning his daily work.
An obituary in a Georgia pajier ends
iu th is wise: "His last words were:
Tell my wife to meet me in heaven !
but, unfortunately, she bad just taken
the train for Savannah."
Homely English Proverbs.
Here are a few old English proverbs,
imported direct from the old couutry:
Suspicion baa a key that fits every
Don't pull the house down because
the chimney smokes.
If you give me a kuife, give me a
(Jive me to drink, but drench me not
A hole iu the purse, and the cupboard
The fuller the band the harder to
Stroke the dog, but beware of his
Heap on the coals and put out the
The fool kept the shell and threw
away the kernel.
One cock is sure to crow if he hears
In comes the fiddler and out goes the
The shorter the wit the longer the
Saw off" any branch that you are sit
My partner ate the meat and left me
If you break your bowl you lose your
Don't wait until It is dark before ycu
light the lamp.
Every bell must ring its own tune.
If you shoot one bird you scare the
Beware of piide, says the peacock.
You must shut your eyes if the dust
blows in your face.
Epilepsy was incurable before the
discovery of Wheeler's Nerve Vitalizer.
There is plenty of evidence that it
will cure even the worst cases. If it
will cure that dreaJ disease, it surely
will the lesser nerve troubles. For sale
at Garman's Drug Store, Berlin, Pa.,
and Mountain A Son's Drug Store,
Wine stains in linen may be effectu
ally removed by holding the stained
article in milk that is boiling over the
fire, h ruit stains are best treated with
yellow soap well rubbed into each side
of the stain, after which tie a piece of
pearlash iu the article in water. When
finally removed and exposed to light
and air in drying, the marks will grad
ually disappear. Mildew spots on linen
should be rubbed with soap and fine
"To err is human," but to continue
the mistake of neglecting your blood is
folly. Keep the blood pure with
Packing to avoid creases is an art.
but one that can be acquired. Folding
garments to fit the trunk in which they
are to t stored, and laying a sheet of
thin paper between the folds, will do
much. Packiug so tightly that the
clothes can not shift about even under
the baggageman's handling, will do
more. The indiscriminate foMs that
come of a vigorous shaking-up will do
more harm than any amount of pres
sure put upon those laid with care.
Two million Americans Bufft-r the
torturing pangs of dyspepsia. No need
to. Burdock Blood Bitters cure. At
Did you ever suffer torment from a
shoe tight in one spot? Here is a rem
edy for it: Apply sweet oil to the stock-
iogs where tbe rub comes. It is tetter
than applying It to the boot, because it
softens the inside of tbe boot, where it
is needed, instead of the ouUide.
Impossible to foresee an accident
Not impossible to be prepared for it.
Dr. Thomas' Ecleetric Oil. Monarch
If a small hook is screwed on the un
der side of the dining-table at each cor
ner, and loops sewed on the corners of
tbe felt uudercloth, it will be found a
convenient means of adjusting its
length when the table needs to be
A soft corn can be cured by placing a
tuft of cotton wool, saturated with olive
oil, between the toes and renewing it
every day. Tbe corn will Very soon