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CULTURE OF THE ASPARAGUS.
Importance of the Proper Care of the
Beds During the Hot Sum
Asparagus Is in the proper state for
v cutting when the shoots are two
Inches above tho surface of the ground
and the top buds aro close and com
pact. The shoots should be cut every
morning. All small stems should bo
cut off close to the ground. Garden
rsuso an asparagus kn'lfo, having a
straight, narrow, tapering blade about
alx to eight inches In length and about
an Inch broad at the haft. The knife
should be sharp. Cut tho shoots off
slanting, about three Inches below tho
surface, taking care not to wound or
break off tho young shoots coming
from tho some root. To have tendor,
melting asparagus, cut the shoots
when six inches high, cutting level
with tho ground; the whole will then
be tender. All below tho surface of
the ground is tough and stringy. The
asparagus rows should be kept per
fectly free from grass and weeds. Run
the cultivator between tho rows and
close up tho asparagus shoots by fre
quent cultivation and free use of tho
steel rako. The ground can be kept
mellow and the young weeds destroy
ed without much work. If weeds and
grass become deeply rooted, the work
will bo greatly Increased.
The cutting should cease as soon as
the shoot appoar small and weak.
-Close cutting will exhaust the roots
and succeeding crops will be dimin
ished. In the Smoke-House.
A method of hanging the meat in a
smokehouse without reaching up or
using a ladder is shown in the accom
panying Illustration. The smokehouse
may be of any shape, but it should
be provided with cleats fixed to the
sides, upon which the hanging bars
A pulley is fitted inside to the top
of the building, and a hoisting rope is
passed over it The hanging bar Is
fastened to the rope by two spreading
ties, bo that it will not easily tip when
loaded. The hams and meat are hung
upon the hooks fixed in the bar, and
the whole is hoisted to the cleats,
when the bar Is swung around so that
the ends rest upon the cleats. The
rope Is then released from the bar by
means of a small rod, and another bar
. may bo loaded and raised In tho same
In many sections of the West when
the weeds get too largo for the har
row, farmers use what Is known as a
slicker. The details of construction
are shown in the accompanying illus
Tho slicker is usually about twelve
feet wide, with four runners. The run
ners are made of 2 by 6 or 2 by 8 Inch
scantling. Boards aro nailed on top
of the runners. An Iron flvc-eiguths
of an Inch in diameter Is fastened at
the back of the runners, so that It
drags In the soil one to two inches
below tho surface. A thin bar of steel
ns long as tho width of the implo'
ment, about two inches wide and
sharpened on the front. Is sometimes
used Instead of the iron rod. The bar
is bolted to the bottom of the back
of tho runners.
The weight of tho driver who rides
the Implement causes tho rod or
knife to run just under the surface
of the ground. When the rod clogs it
is dumped by lifting on the handles,
abown In the cut It works very nice
ly when the soli is smooth, finely pul
Tsrlred and reasonably free from
stubble and other trash. When the
slicker Is to be used care should be
exercised in turning the stubble un
Waads In Unclean Seed.
Most of our worst weeds are Intro
duced la unclean aeed grain. It Is
wore eltlcult to produce clean seed
than It la unclean, and for that rea-
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TRAIN 6IRLS FOR MOTHERHOOD
Prof. 8oott Noarlng, of Pennsylvania,
Says Mercenary Marriages
Make Children Bad.
Philadelphia. Advocating the
training of woman In tho duties of
motherhood, Scott Nearing, professor
of economics In the University of
Pennsylvania, said in a lecture in
Swarthmofe College that one-eighth
of all modern children possess crimi
nal tendencies, because their moth
ers are "educated for a mercenary
marriage Instead of motherhood."
Professor Noarlng, who got into the
limelight recently through his out-,
spoken ideas for limited race sulcldo
and oposltlon to women teachers in
the public schools, spoke on "Practi
cal Economical Questions."
'One of the first steps, he said.
"will be to train our coming women
In the duties of motherhood. This
should come before all occupations,
because it is the moat Important oc
cupation of the woman of to-day from
a race standpoint
'Modern girls are usually educated
for a mercenary marriage, but never
for motherhood. In view of this fact
one-eighth of our modern children
have criminal tendencies. We do not',
as Colonel Roosevolt says, need more
children. We need better children.
Girls should be taught the most im
portant social facts concerning the
health, the responsibilities of mother
hood and how to meet them. Mother
hood Is regarded by some and should
be regarded by all as the highest
most sacred and most Important of
Touching on fatherhood as being
equally Important, Professor Nearing
said that the proper training of pros
pective papas is being sadly neglected
ilso. He said a man's duty to his
family did not end when he furnishes
the income. Because of his contact
aith the outs do world ho has a
broader view of life, and he should
train his children to get the right
TO DEVELOP MONKEYS' BRAINS.
Prof. Shepherd to Show the Mental
Power of the Animals.
Washington, D. C Prof. W. T.
Shepherd Is conducing a series of ex
periments designed to show what
mental development, if any, monkeys
tre capable of. The experiments are
ie!ng conducted with Indian monkeys.
Prof. Shepherd will train the mon
;eys in various ways, afterward kill
r.R them and comparing their brains
vlth the brains of untrained monkeys
of tho same species.
"While the experiments havo shown
hat the monkey Is superior to a hu
nan being so far as the lower animal
'acuities are concerned," said Prof.
Shepherd, "I hesitate to believe that
he animals ever will be able to ap
proach the high standard of mentality
it man. I believe, like Darwin, that
he human race springs from monkeys
or a more highly developed animal of
The monkeys now aro In tho custo
dy of Dr. S. L. Pranz, Professor of
Experimental Psychology at George
Washington University. Prof. Shep
herd formerly was connected with
George Washington University.
OLDER MEN BEJ5T LOVERS.
Ex-Secretary Gage 8ayo He Never
Felt So Romantic In Youth.
Chicago. Three score years and
ten Is the heyday of romance, said Ly
man J. Gage, ex-Secretary of the
Treasury, while In Chicago on his
honeymoon. Although seventy-three
years old, he said he was happier than
in his first love. Mrs. Gage, formerly
Mrs. Ada Ballou of San Diego, Cal., Is
"I have known her less than a
year," said Mr. Gage, "but I feel as
If I had always been near her. One
has to reach my age to feel that deep
ly, you know. When I was young I
used to think I was In love lots ot
times, but I never felt like this.
"When a man has .reached a ma
ture age he looks deeper Into things.
Ho is able to commune with the real
hearts of others, so to speak, and see
the real elements of character."
BUCK DEER FIGHT TO DEATH.
Found Lying Drowned In a Brook
with Their Horns Locked.
Colllnsvllle, Conn. With horns
locked two large buck deer were found
lying In a brook In a wooden and un
frequented section ot North Canton by
partridge hunters. Tho torn and
trampled turf close by the stream
save evidence of the terrific death
struggle in which tho animals had
been engaged before they fell into the
water and drowned. It was the opin
ion of the game warden that they had
been dead one day.
Deer have been frequent In tho town
during the last six months.
Woman Who Fed Tramp Geta (SO.
Kewanee, 111. Fifty dollars in bills
was In a letter received by Mrs. Frank
II. Davis, living In this city, from a
tramp to Whom she gave supper ten
years ago. The letter is simply sign
ed "The Tramp," but tells that the
writer Is now In comfortable circum
stances at Cripple Creek, Colo., and
that Mrs. Davis will hear from him
Trapped Dog Starves to Death.
York, Pa, A dog belonging to John
r Wallace of Craleyvllle, which was
holleved to have been stolen, was
'ound on the river hills with Its head
lightly wedged In a small bole In a
hollow tre. Tho dog had evidently
followed a squirrel, and In leaping
after It had eaugfat Its head In the
bole. Tho aalmal had ba dead some
Of Interest to Women Readers
HOLDS NEEDLE8 AND COTTON.
Useful Little Article That May Be
One of those useful littlo articles
which aro Indispensable to the good
housewife, and which would be sure
to sell well at baiars, may be seen
In the accompanying Illustration. It
consists of a book, noedlo-caso, with
covers in silk, satin, or brocade, stiff
ened with cardboard and outlined with
silk cord in some contrasting color.
The word "Needles" Is embroidered
on the front accompanied by conven
tionalised sprays of marguerite daises,
but for these any other sort of flow
ers can be substituted. The name or
initials of the owner might bo em
broidered It the case should bo In
tended as a personal gift
The loops of cord Oy which the
case can be suspended on the wall or
across the corner of a looking-glass
serve also to pass through the three
reels of cotton which add greatly to
the utility of the case, since cottons
and needles are seldom required ex
cept In each other's company, and it"
often happens that the needles are no
where to be seen, and vice versa. To
prevent such a vexatious occurrence
the contrivance which Is here illus
trated should prove most useful.
Anent Choosing a Wife.
Now comes the great question that
is agitating social Washington. Eru
dite authors and ambitious newspa
per-men are contributing a symposi
um on "how to choose a wife." The
old and yet ever new story of love
and mating Is always a popular theme
The conclusion was reached in one
corner of the press gallery, during a
special discussion of this question.
that "not one man out of 3,000 who
marries actually chooses his wife." He
thinks, it is true, that he is courting
a girl, while, as a matter of fact, it Is
girl who Is courting him. When he
thinks he is claiming her for his own,
as a matter of fact she Is making him
a captive for life. Of course, It was
admitted, there was a sort of charm
In such capacity, even for the most
freedom-loving man; still no amount
of discussion appeared to bring any
real solution of the way a man
chooses his wife, or the way a wife
chooses a husband. In fact, this com
plicated question promises to take
rank with the old query, "How old is
Ann?"; the true authorship of "Ain't
It awful, Mabel?" or the unanswera
ble problem, "Who struck Billy Pater
son?" It has been suggested that If the
government would take a hand In the
solution, as it does In Japan, it might
be possible to marry the right wom
en to the right men train up a lady,
fit her in every way for wifehood, then
shoot her home with a dispatch au
thorizing her to marry some distin
guished man, much In the same way
that these affairs were managed or
mismanaged in the days of the grand
old Spartans. Joe Mitchell Chappie,
In the National Magazine for July.
The housekeeper who has to man
gin carefully should set herself to
learn this much of wisdom; to entrust
to others the duties that they can per
form, In order that she may exercise
her greater skill upon others that
they cannot accomplish.
Every one knows mothers and very
good mothers too who seem to feel a
kind of pride In bearing their own
burdens and denying to others tho dis
cipline of taking a share of them.
Such are the women who boast
that they never ask their husbands to
fetch a book or carry a portmanteau;
never trouble their children with lit
tle home duties, but bring them up
to be free of any burden or knowl
edge ot housework.
There is no credit due to a woman
for this kind of Independence. Sho
Is denying her family the opportunity
for taking lessons in service and in
Let not the mother Bay to herself,
"I can do this better than they can,"
referring to her daughters; or "Let
the girls have all their time to them
selves; their day for work will come."
For If the daughters never learn,
when "their day" comes, there will be
ever so many mistakes made In house
wifery, and how will their husbands
When a lampwlck Is too large for
the burner, it catches, will not turn
up readily and Is a trial to one's pati
ence. Instead of buying a new wick
or cutting It down the side to make
mora trouble by raveling, try this
way. Draw two or three threads from
tho middle ot tho wiek and it will aet
Uko a ofcam. .
THE CORPSE'S EXCURSION.
Death Is a Solemn Affair But to la
Cal White stuck his head in through
the Uokot window of Baiters Depot
railroad station and said:
"Boss, gimmo two round-trip uoxots
to Society Hill one for myself and
one fur a corpse."
"I never heard of nobody buying ex
cursion tickets for corpsos," said the
agent "What's the moaning?"
"Well, boss," Cal replied, "my broth
er Wobster died yesterday, and I want
to take the corpso up to Society Hill
and let the family view the remains,
and then I'll bring him back to Salt
ors Depot here and bury him. That'll
be a big sight cheaper than for the
whole family to traipse all the way
from Society Hill and all the way
A Real Bargain.
"Have you Hike's Baking Pow
der?" inquired tho female bargain-
"No, madam," answered the wily
grocery clerk; "but we have Bike's,
which is just as good, but costs thir
teen cents more, and contains a cou
pon, which, when presented with 9,999
similar coupons, entitles tho holder to
one guoss at the number of minutes
from now until the end of tho world,
the ono coming, nearest to a correct
solution being rewarded with a certi
ficate good tor one year's subscription
to 'The Cookladles' and Laundry
maids' Gazette,' when accompanied
by 39 cents in cash."
She bought Bike's and went away
"Yes," she admitted, with a sad lit
tlo sigh, "there was a time when I
thought him the grandest man in the
world when I thought that i.othlng
could ever make me cease to love
"Well." her friend replied, "I sup
pose we are all doomed to these dis
enchanting experiences. We have
only to become acquainted with a man
to discover that he is not the god we
have supposed him to be."
"But it wasn't becoming acquainted
with him that destroyed my Ideal. I
am sure that I could still think him
splendid if I had never seen him in
Got Them Mixed.
There is an amusing story in which
John Hay, Bret Harte and Mrs.
Humphrey Ward figure. Mrs. Ward
had never met Bret Harte before, but
had read "Little Breeches," and sup
posed Bret Harte was Its author. Hay,
while ambassador to England, Intro
duced Harte to Mrs. Ward. "I am so
glad to meet you, Mr. Harte," said
she. "For a long time I have known
and admired your 'Little Breeches.' "
Harte looked at Hay; Hay looked at
Harte. Then the latter said: "1 beg
your pardon, Mrs. Ward, but you
have put the 'Little Breeches' on tho
THE MISTRESS' OBJECTION.
"Mary, after the week is out I
sha'n't need your services," the
boarding house keeper told her cook;
"your cooking doesn't suit me."
"But the boarders seem to like It
"Yes. That's why I must get an
other cook." The Bohemian.
"Tommy, I will havo to whip you
for fighting when I said you mustn't
What were you and Jimmy White
"Why, mom, ho said you were ten
years older than his mother, and I
told him he was a liar!"
"Well, Tommy, I don't approve of
your fighting, but under the clrcum
stances Hero's a quarter for you
and I'll ask your papa to take you to
the moving-picture show to-night"
First Bicycle Crank No, I never
carry an extra ounce of weight on
my machlno not even a tool bag.
Second Ditto But supposo you
break down on the road, and have no
First B. C Oh, that's easily ar
ranged. I carry them In my pocket
Once Was Enough.
Magistrate (discharging prisoner)-
Now, then, I would advise you to keep
away from bad company.
Prisoner (feelingly) Thank you,
sir. You won't see me here again.
Back to First Principles.
"Hips, curves, embonpoint! Every
thing has had to go."
"Yea; woman is pretty near down
to the original rib!"
Tho Old, Old Story.
"Dont ohldo mo for carrying a rev
volver. This littlo gun saved my Ufe
"How oxelUaf, Tell e about It'
"I was otajrvqMt a&a I pawa4 If
ROUNDABOUT MAIL DELIVERY.
To Be Sent Ten Feet a Letter Must
Travel 294 Miles,
Ono of tho most remarkable mall
routes In tho world is that which a
lottor Journeys in getting from Boebe
Plain, Vt, to Beebe Plain, Quebec,
Canada. While tho two offices are
within ten feet of each other aro lo
cated in tho samo room, in fact a
letter moiled from one office to the
other must make a trip of 294 miles
slxty-sevon miles in Canada and tho
rest In the United States.
The plain old fashioned storo build
ing, which Is situated on the Inter
national boundary line, contains both
the United States and Canadian of
fices. There are separate entrances
to each, but both are in the same
room, havo the some lobby, and thero
aro no partitions to mark tho divi
sion botwoen the domain of Uncle
Sam and the possession of King Ed
ward. "If you moll a letter from tho Ver
mont side addressed to the Quobeo
side," says the postmaster, "it goes
from here to the junction, then to
Newport, thon to White Rlvor Junc
tion and back to Lennoxvllle."
Brer Williams Says.
I don't want tor onderstan heaven
twel I gits dar, an' even den I ain't
gwlne tor make too close Inquire
ments, koze dey might ox me whar I
come frum, an' how come. Atlanta
"De man dat loves to make a dis
turbance," said Uncle Eben, "Is a
good deal like de honk horn on an au
tomobile. He kin make folks get out
In' de way, but leave him to hlsse'f
an' he won't git nowheres."
7 wn WW. THE
and when near SOMMER'S JEWELRY
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Apples in Season
A SQUARE DEAL FOR THE FARMER.
Old Phone 588 B
This company is preparing to do extensive construction
work in the
Honesdile Exchange District
which will greatly improve the service and enlarge the
PatroRizi the Independtnt Telephone Company
which reduced telephone rates, anddo not contract for any
other service without conferring with our
Contract DcpirtmiNt Tel. Ni. 300.
CONSOUMTED TELEPHONE CO. if PENNSYLVANIA. '
Attention is called totne STRENGTH
The FINANCIER of New York
City has published a ROLL Of
HONOR of the 11,470 State Banks
and Trust Companies of United
States. In this list the WAYNE
COUNTY SAVINGS BANK
Stands 38th in the United States
Stands 10th ,n Pennsylvania.
Stands FIRST in Wayne County.
Capital, Surplus, $455,000.00
Total ASSETS, $2,733,000.00
Honesdale. Pa., lilay 29 1908.,.
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New Phone 1123
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