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CHAPTER XV II--Continued. "I have it:" said he at last, with on the misty plain of night, ~th its twinkling pin-points of fire were the watchfires of the The three men stirred a little to in- dicate attention, but did not speak. "Listen." he said, "and do not in- You must deliver me up. I the cause of war--I, the Dlmhess Hear you! I have a husband makes war because I contemn his and board. He has summoned the to help him to woo me. if I am to be given up, it is for to stipulate that the armies be Idrawn, first beyond the Alla. and as far as Courtland. I will go )ith them; they will not find me out leasl, not till they are back in own land." matter?" cried Balta, "They return as soon as they discov- cheat." "Let us sink or swim together." said George. "'We want no talk Surrender !" l~ut grey, dr)" Alt Pikker said noth- weighing all witll a judicial mind. "No, they would not come back." the Sparhawk: "or, at worst, we have time :hat is. you would time to revietual Kernsberg, re the tanks and reservoirs, t() sum- ~0r~ in the hilln'.ea. The) wouhl soon learn thai there had been no Joan Vlthin tile city bm the one they had back with them *o Cour[land. slow to move. VOUl d time to bring np its men to pro- its borders from the Muscovite. dl good chances are possible if only nil1 Olll of tile way. Surrender me. by private treaty, and no[ till you seen them safe across the fords Alla! ' God's truth!" cried the three we will nor do! They would kill hy slow lortllre as soon as they om that they had been tricked." "'Well," said the Sparhawk slowly, "hilt hv that time they would have ~en tricked " Then Alt Pikker spoke in his turn "Men." he said. "this Dane is a man better than any of us. There is in what he says. Ye have in church how priests preach One who died for the pep- Here is one ready to die--if no [ter may be for the people!" for our Duchess Joan!" said Sparhawk, taking his hat from sis at the name of his lady. "Our Lady Joa~! Ay, that is it!" ~ld the old man. "W'e would all glad- 'Y die in battle for our lady. We have ~ae more we have risked our own and her favor in order to con- away from these dangers. Let boy be given up; and that he go alone without fit attendance. go with him ~,s his chamberlain." CHAPTER XVIII. "Phe Greeting of the Princess Mar- garet. ~hey were making ~erms concern- treaty of delivery thus: the last Muscovite has the Alia, when the men of stand ready to follow-- and not sooner, we will deliver our Lady Joan. For this we shall from you. Louts. Prince of fifty hogshead of wine, six wagonloads of good wheat the four great iron cannon now tding before' the Stralsund Gate. all to be completed before we of hand our Lady over." is a thing agreed," answered of Courtlandt who longed to be | ~ and, above all, to get his Mus- I,~ ~- allies out of his country. For |~ Only did they take al lthe best of |,~.~ rYthing in the field, but, like lo- i~.s, they Jspread themselves the over |~ ', carrying plunder and rapine |~ 'ugh'~ the territories of Courtland "~ze ,~L"If, treating it, indeed, as so much quered country, so that men were ! arms of the Princese Margaret were about her neck, deserting his colors in order to to protect their wives and from the Cossacks of the the Strelits of Little Russia. he wanted that proud his wife. Without her as his he dared not go back to his city. He l:ad sworn an oath the people. For the rest, itself could wait. Without it would soon fall in, and, be- he flattered himself that he so sway and influence the Duch- When he once had her safe in bis by the mouths of Alla, that her folly, and at no sit knee by knee with him on his throne of state in the audience hall when the suitors came to plead concerning the law. And even his guest Prince Ivan was complaisant, standing behind I~ouis's chair and smiling to himself. "Brother of min~," he would say, "I came to help you to your wife. It is )'our own affair how you take her and what you do with her when you get her. For me, as soon as you have her safe within the summer palace, and have given me, according to promise, my heart's desire, your sister Mar- gate[, so soon will I depart for Mos- cow. My father, indeed, sends daily po~ts praying my instant despatch, for he only waits my return to launch a host upon his enemy the King of Po- lcgnia." And Prince Louis, reaching over the arm of. his chair, parted his friend's small, sweet-scented hand. thanked him for his most unselfish and gcnerous assistance. Thus the leaguer of Hohenstein at- tained its object. Price Louis had not. it is true, stormed the heights of Kerusberg as he had sworn to do. He had. in fact, left behind him to the traitors who delivered their Duch. ess a large portion of his stores and munitions of war. Nevertheless+ he returned proud in Lear[ to his capital city. For in the midst of his most faithful body of cavalry rode the your_g Duchess Joan. Princess of Courtland. on a white Neapolitan barb. with reins that jingled with sil- ver bells and rosettes of ribbon on the bosses of her harness. No indignity had been offered to bet. Indeed. as great honor was done her as was po~'..sible in the circum- s!arces Prince Louis had approached and led her by the hand to the steed which awaited her ar the fords of the Alia. The soldiers of Courtland ele- vated their spears and the trumpets braye(l a salute. Then. without a word spoken, her husband had bowed and withdrawn as a gentleman should. Prince Ivan then approached, and on one knee begged ~he privilege of kiss- ing her fair hand. The captive Princess spoke not at all. as was indeed natural and fitting. A woman conquered does not easily forgive those who have humbled her pride. She talked little even to Alt Pikker. and then only apart. The nearest guide, who had been chosen because of his knowledge of German. could not hear a murmur. With bowed head and eyes that dwelt steadily on the undulating mane of her white +barb, Joan swayed her graceful body and compressed her lips like one captured but in no wise van- quished. And the soldiers of the army of Courtland (those of them who were married) whispered one to another, noting her demeanor. "Our good Prince is but at the beginning of his troubles: for. by Brunhlld. did you ever see such a wench? They say she can engage any ~wo fencers of her army at one time! "Her eye is like a rapier thrust," whispered another. "Just now I went near her to look. and she arched an eyebrow at me. no more. and lo! I went cold at my marrow as if I felt the bhle steel stand out at my back- bone." "It is the hunger and the anger that have done it." said another: "and, in- deed, small wonder! She looked no~ so pale when I saw her ride along Courtland Street the day to the D~n ---the day she was to be married. Her face was like thnt of any saint In chapel when the sun shines through the stained glass in the western win- dows. Then her eyes did not pierce you through, but instead they shone with their own proper light and were very gracious." "A strange wench, a most strange wench," responded the first, "so soon to change her mind." "Ha!" laughed his companion, "lit- tle doubt of that! Besides. is she not a princess? and wherefore should our Prince's wife not change her mind?" They entered Courtland, and the flags flew gaily as on the day of wed- ding. The drums beat. and the popu- lace drank from spigots that foamed red wine. Then the Prince Louis came, with hat in hand, and begged that the Princess Joan would gra- ciously allow him to ride beside her through the streets. He spoke re- spectfully, and Joan could only bow her head in acquiescence. Thus they came to the courtyard of the palace, the people shouting be- hind them. 'There, on the steps, gowned In ~lttt~ and gold, with bare bead overrun with fillets, stood the Princess Margaret among her women. And at sight ,of her the heart of the false princess gave a mighty bound, as Joen of the Sword Hand drew her hood closer about her'face and tried to remember in ~hat fashion a lady dismounted from her horse. "My lady," said" Prince Louis, stand- Ing hat in hand before her barb, "I commit you to the care of my sister, the Princess Margaret, knowing the ancient friendship that there ie be- tween you. She will speak for me, knowing all my will, and being also herself shortly contracted in marriage to my good friend, Prince Ivan of Muscovy. Open your hearts to each other, I pray. you, and ~be assured that no evil or lndlgnlty shall befall one whom I admire as the fairest of worn- en and honor as my wedded wife[" Joan made him no answer, but leaped from her horse without wait- ing for the hand of Alt Pikker, which many thought strange. In another moment the arms of the Princess Margaret were about her neck, and that impulsive princess was kissing her heartily on cheek and lips, talking all the while. "Quick! Let us get In from a!l these staring, stupid men. You are to lodge in my palace so long as it lists you. My brother hath promised it. Where are your women? Let them come and untire you speedily!" "I have no women," said Joan, in a low voice, blushing meanwhile; "they would not accompany a poor be- trayed prisoner from Kernsberg to a prison cell!" "Prison cell, indeed! You will find that I have a ve+y comfortable dun- geon ready for you! Come--my maid- ens will assist you! Hasten--pray do make haste!" crieJ the impetuous lit- tle lady, her arm close about the tall Joan. "I thank you," said the false bride, with some reluctance, "but I am well accustomed to wai~ on myself." "Indeed, I do not wonder," cried the ready Princess; "maids are vexations S "Got wot," she murmured; "strange things to hear, indeed!" creatures, well called 'tirewomen.' But come--see the beautiful rooms I have chosen for you! They were once my brother Conrad's. and quite near mine." And she took her friend by the hand and with a light-hearted, skip- ping motion convoyed her to her sum-, mer palace, kissed her again at the door. and shut her in with another Im- perious adjuration to be speedy. "I will give ~:'ou a quarter of an hour." she cried, as she fingered a moment; "then I wilt come to hear all your story, every word. and you must take a long time in the telling. There will be so many strange things to tell. and I can hardly wait a moment longer to hear them." Then the false Princess. her heart beating wildly and the thrill of Mar- garet's last caressing touch yet on her lips, staggered rather than walked to a chair, for brain and eye were ree~- ing. "God wet." she murmured: "strange things to hear, indeed! Sweet lady, you little know how strange! Thts is ten thousand times a straiter place to be in than when I played the Count yon Loen. Ah, women, women, what you bring a poor. innocent man to!" And so, without unhooking her cloak or throwing back the hood, this sadly bewildered bride sat down and tried to select any hopeful line of action out of the whirling chaos of her thoughts. And even as she sar there a knock came sharply at the door, (To be continued.) LANGUAGE UP TO DATE. Man Deplores the Growing Use of Senseless Slang These Days. "I'm not opposed to the idioms of speech, providing they are expres. sive." said the senior member of a stock-broking firm, of Philadelphia to the Record "but I certainly do de- plore the growing use of senseless slang. I may be old-fashioned in my fears, bt~t I predict that the time will come when pure English will be as unintelligible to the so-called 'up-to- date' people as a foreign language. I'll give you an example. Last week the son of an old friend of mine came to see me regarding some investments. I had met him only once. but this the way he greeted me: 'Hello, governor; I'Ve been tipped that you're the main squeeze in this layout, and I want you to brush me up on the game. I'm shouting that I'~ be willing to cough a few cases if you put me wise to a dead-sure thing, i've been bucking the ponies, and the con artists cer- tainly trimmed me to a finish. No mire for mine. I want to stack up against a kid-glove layout where there's a chance to cop out some si- moleons:' I didn't know what he meant, and. excusing myself, called out my stenographer. This is the way she translated it: 'Good, morning; I understand you are the head of this concern, and i seek advice. I Wish to say that [ will gladly pay a com- mission of a few dollars for advice re- garding a safe" investment. I have been ris:dng my money on horse races and the bookmakers cheated me so outrageously that you may be certain I will never again gamble in that way. What I seek is a respectable channel of speculation where there is an op- portunity to make money.'" Indication of Employment. Nell--I imagine he's an electrical expert. Belle--Why? Nell--She uses such shocking lan- guage. Wise From Experience. Meeks--The man who tries to change a woman's views is a fool. Weeks'How do you know? Meeks--My wife told me so.--Stray Stories. tlIIRIICULTURE THE BARK LOUSE. Pest Which Attacks Apple and Other Trees-+Methcds of Treat- men~. The most common scale-insect of the apple, without doubt, is the oys- ter-shell bark-louse. Although every. where present, and sometimes quite conspicuous, it most often attacks trees that for some reason are un- healthy, and therefore poorly fitted to support the extra drain put on them by the scale. A strong, healthy tree ordinarily can bear the presence of a few of these insects, without much: apparent injury, and they may be present for many years in small num- bers without their presence being de- tected. The scales of these insects are elon- gated, shaped something like oyster- TROUBLESOME BARK SCALES. shells, with the cast skins at the smaller ends. They are brown in color. Underneath a scale will be found a cluster of yellowish-whitish eggs, plainly to be seen through an ordinary magnifying glass. The scales are about one-eighth inch in lengttt, or slrmller, and they usually cluster to- gether as shown in Fig. 1. Found most frequently on the lilac; fond also of the silver maple. About the middle of May (later or earlier, according to latitude) the eggs under the scales hatch lffto tiny lice which appear as mere specks to the unaided eye. These lice, for a few days. move around on the bark, sucking the sap, and growing more robust each day. Finally, they get that "home feeling," decide to settle down. and begin to build a scaly roof of their ow~., overhead. The remedies for this pest a.?e: First. give the tree a tonic and a good rub-down. Fertilizers. pruning and cultivation will help the tree to better general health; and a brisk scrubbing of trunk and main limbs with a very stiff brush or scraper, will get rid of many of the scales. An old br.oom with the brush cut short makes an excellent scrubbing implement. Keep it wet with whale-oil soap solution. Then sometimes in May, watch for the hatched.out lice. When they ap- pear, get out the spray pump and thoroughly spray the entire tree with whale'-oil soap solution, made as fol- lows: Dissolve one pound of whale- oil soap in a gallon of hot water, and dilute with about six gallons of cold water. Another scale insect, that may be classed with the oyster-shell bark- louse so far as its economic impor- tance is concerned, is the scurfy bark- louse of the pear and apple. This scale (Fig. 2) is white in color, and. like the oyster-shell pest. is most apt to work on poorly fertilized and poorly cultivated trees. The scurfy scale is readily recog- nized on account of its whitisl~, cotton- like appearance, and lts oblong shape. The eggs beneath the scales are in clusters, purplish in color, and they hatch out at about the same time as the oyster-shell eggs. The remedy is as follows: Slime as for oyster-she/1 bark.louse. In the opinion of the Farm Journal there Is no better remedy f,~r all scale insects than the lime and sulphur spray. Those who used it on their trees last month are all right. "But now that tree growth is beginning, it Is safer and easier to .++fl~t oyster-shell and scurfy scales wlth whale-oil solution. HINTS FOR' ORC~,ARDISTS. Keeping the or~:,~ard clean helps ~greatly to ellmina:,$ troubles~from in- sects and blights, which are helped by rubbish, about an orchard. Spraying has now been practiced for about 25 years and has become recog- nized as one of the most powerful weapons in combating both insects and blight germs. J. H. Hale says that it is only a question of time when the "blessed" San Jose scale louse will kill off all the high old trees, and the man who wants to be an apple grower a few yBar~ hence must plant and cultivate low-headed trees. Dig out the borers in the peach, ap- ple, etc. A sharp knife, a piece of wire. a humble attitude, and two keen eyes, are the best combination for this pest. According to a statistical report, the cotton-boll weevil has destroyed ap- proximately 2,000,000 bales of cotton In Texas during the last six years. The value of this cotton is placed at $100,000,000. Do Not Spray Blossoms. Trees should not be sprayed when In bloom. The spray will kill many of the blosson/s and also the bees that may be visiting them." The ~eee fallen is time enough to spray, bu,* It #',h~uld be done then immediately. SPRING CANKER WORM. Their ]Ravages on the Leaves of Tree~ Cause Severe Losses--How to Fight the Pest. Through the ravages of the spring canker worm we sustain severe losse~s each year. These insects not only at- tack fruit trees, but a number of other ~atuable trees as well. In our orch.- ards the apple, peach, plum, cherry and quince suffer the most severe ravages. The leaves when first attacked be- come perforated with small holes, and these increase in size as the leaves develop until finally the pulpy part of the leaves is devoured, leaving the skeleton of the leaf, comprising the midrib, veins and stems, giving t+~ the trees an appearance of having been scorched by fire. By noticing you will find that th~ eggs of this insect are of an oval shape yellowish with a pearly luster, an,t are usually deposited in irregular clus- ters or masses on twigs or at the base of large branches. These eggs hatch between March and the middle of April. The adult (male) is a brown- ish gray moth with a spread of wings of little more than an inch: the front wings are of a pale ash color, much lighter than the former. The female is unlike the male, being wingless. Her body is of a grayish color, and she is more robust than the male. The moths issue early in the spring front the chrysahdes in which state they pass the winter. You can see the male moth flying about the lights in- doors during the warm evenings of early spring, which is a sure iudit:a- tion of the approach of the pests. The female moths being wingless, must climb to the branches and twigs to deposit their eggs. As soon as ~ne larvae hatch from the eggs they be~.,ln to feed ravenously upon the leaves ot the trees. I have watched these pests closely and l find that the larvae, when first hatched, are from one+ eighth to one-fourth of an inch in length, of a dark olive-green color. with black shining heads, changing slightly with the different moults. When they are up[ feeding they can be seen suspended from the leaves by fine silken threads of various lengths. The large larvae, after their ,cried of feeding is over, descend to the ground, either by means of l he silken threads or by looping their bodies and crawling down the trunks of the trees. When they reach the ground they either pass into the ground or into the rubbish, or under the leaves, where they pass into the chrysalis state, to emerge as adult APPLE VeEB~VORM. (a, b, worms; e, eggs; d, cocoon.)-- moths the following spring. These pests have a number of enemies found in certain parasites which teed upon the eggs of the larvae. Birds are helpful agents in destroy- ing eggs and they are always welcome guests in my orchard. In combating the canker worm two methods are employed, both of which when used intelligently afford ample and effec- tual protection. The first measures we must take are to prevent the ascent of the wingless moths. This can be done in two ways. First, to entangle her feet so she is held; sec- ond. to prevent ascent past a certain point on the trunk of the trees, so that she will die from exhaustion. In the first instances a number of substances of a sticky nature are employed, com- prising such mixtures as prlnter's ink pine tar, or a mlxture of resin and castor oil, at the rate of three pounds of resin (white) to two pounds of castor oil, melted together. The above mixture must be applied either direct- ly to the trees In bands or upon bands of stiff paper. These bands should be put on daring the first warm days of spring, and renewed as occasion de- mands. The second method that can be fol- lowed, as suggested by the Farmers' Review, is to use collars of tin, palmr, etc., so fastened around the trunks el the trees as to admit of no passage. ways at the collar. I have had a great devil of experience in fightin~ the canker worm and the mosz effec- tual remedy I can find in ridding my orchard of this pest is In using arsenl. cal polsons by the use of a sprayer. The mixture I use is four ounces o[ paris green, four pounds of blue vitrlol and four pounds of llme to 50 gal- lons of water. I obtain the very best material m preparing this mixture, a,. this is or very great importance, es. pecially in procuring paris green. Is applying the spray to the trees I zoer the mixture thoroughly stirred, and avoid drenching the foliage, giving fine misty spray until the leaves ar+ well covered with the mixture, whic~ !o indicated by slight droppings fron~ the foliage. SEVEN YEARS OF SUFFERING ~uded at Last Through Using ~an's Kidney Pills. Mrs. Selina Jones, of 200 Main St., Ansonia, Conn., says: "If it had not been for Dean's Kin- ney Pills I would not be alive to-day. Seven years ago I was so bad w:th paln in the back and so w~ak that I had to keep to my room, and was in bed sometimes six weeks at a spell. Beginning with Dean's Kidney Pills, the kidney weak- ~.ess was soon corrected, and inside a week all the pain was gone. I was also relieved of all headaches, dizzy spells, soreness and feelings of lan- guor. I strongly recommend Dean's Kidney Pllls." Sold by all dealers. 50 centu a box. Foster-Mllburn Co., Buffalo, N. Y. ,m Diet for Children, Urging the parents to give their chil- dren a potato and oatmeal diet in- stead of tea, the bishop of Galway says that if his advice were carried out there wonld be less lumtcy in the coun- try. AWFUL SUFFERING. From Dreadful Paine from Wound on Foot--System All Run Down-- Miraculous Cure by Cuticura. "W'ords canno~ speak highly enough for the Cuticura Remedies. I am now seventy-two )-ears of age. My system had been all run down. My blood was so bad that blood poisoning had set in. I had several doclor~ attending me, so finally 1 went to the hospital where I was laid up for two mo*tths. My foot and ankle were almost be- yond recognition. Dark blood flowed out of wounds in many places and I was so disheartened that I thought surely my last chance was slowly leaving me. As the foot did not improve, you can readily imagine how I felt. l was simply disgusted and tired of life. I stood this pain. which was dreadful. for six months, nnd during this time I was not able to wear a shoe and not abYe to work. Some one spoke to me about Cuticura. The consequences were I bought a set of the Cutlcura Remedies of one of my friends who was a druggist, and the praise that i gave after the second application t[ beyond description: it seemed a mir- acle for the Cuticura Remedies took effect immediately. I washed the foot with the Cuticura Soap before apply- ing the Ointment and I took the Re- solvent at the same time. After two weeks' treatment. my foot was healed completely. People who had seen my foot during my illness and who have seen it since the cure, can hardly be- lieve their own eyes. Robert Sehoen. hauer, Newburg, N. Y. August 21, 1905." Century Old Sugar Trees. One of the veteran sugar makers o~ New England is Thaxter Scott of Haw- ley, who, although seventy-five years of age, is out in the woods now each day looking after his sap buckets as he has done for sixty-five years each spring, says the Boston Globe. Mr. Scott's camp is made up of some 700 second-growth ,naples, admirably lo- cated as to sun exposure, soil, etc., and these trees yield an average of 125 to 150 gallons of syrup. One of the trees has been tapped hy the three generations of Scotts, who have owned the camp, and has yielded sap for 100 years. But the old maple could not give sap forever. Its days of usefulness ended, its stump alone remains stretching out Its huge recta in the ground. The stump is fifty-two feet in circumference, and 1,400 feet of hmtber have been cut from the tree. Stoves In Japan. Consul Sharp furnishes from Kobe, in response to an inquiry, information as to the methods used in Japan for cooking and heating purposes. He says: "The fuel in use here is charcoal, wood, coal, coke and kerosene oil. The Japanese cooking apparatus is of ~wo. kinds--one, the 'schichirin,' a small portable construction of metal or earthenware, costlng from 25 cents to $1.25, and heated by means of char- coal: the othdr the 'kamado,' a kind of stationary furnace, built of brick and mortar, the price varying from $1.25 to $10, and burning wood as fuel. The houses are usually heated by charcoal braziers costing from 50 cents to $15. FOUND OUT. Trained Nur~ Dis~v~r~! No one is in better po~ition to know the value of fOOd and drink than trained nuts. Speaking of coffee a nurse of WllkN, Barre, Pc., writes: "I used to drink strong coffee myself and suffered great. ly from headaches and lndigestlolt While on a visit to my brother~ I had a good chance to try Posture Foo~ Coffee, for they drank it altogether la place+ of ordinary coffee. In two weak~ after using Posture, I found I wm much benefited and finally my head, aches disappeared and also the inpi, gestlon. "Naturally I have since um~d Postu~ among my patients, and have noticed a marked benefit where coffee has be~ left off and Postum used. "I observe a curious fact about Post. um used among mothers. It greatl~ helps the flow of milk In cases wherl coffee is inclined to dry it up, and where tea causes nervousness. "I find trouble in getting servants t( make Postnm properly. They most al. ways serve it before it has been belle4 long enough, It should be boiled 15 os 20 minutes and served with crean~ when it Is certainly a delicious beset, age." "There's a reason" for Posture.