THE THE BRANDING IRON By Katharine Newlin Burt Cepyrisbt by Katharine N. Burt thinking of him, that she was far away, staring beyond her horse's head into the broad, west. "Where were you schooled?" he asked her. He had brought her back and her face stiffened. She gave him a startled, almost angry look, dug her heels iuto her horse and broke Into a gallop ; nor could he win from her another word. A few days before he left, he took Yarnall into his confidence. At first the rancher would do nothing but laugh. "Jane on the boards! That's a notion!" followed by explosion after explosion of mirth. The Jew waited patient, pliant, smiling, ' and then enumerated his reasons. He talked to Yarnall for an hour, at the end ol which time, Yarnall, his eyes still twinkling, sent for Jane. The two men sat in a room, known as the office. Yarnall's big desk crowded a stove. There was no other furniture except shelve and a box seat beneath a window. Jasper sat on the end of the desk, d swinging his slim, leg; Yarnall, stocky, gray, shabby, weather-beateleaned back In his wicker chair. The door which Jasper faced was directly behind Yarnall. When Jane opened it, he turned. The girl looked grim and a little pale. She was evidently frightened. This summons from Yarnall suggested dismissal or reproof. She came around to face him and stood there, looking fierce and graceful, her head lowered, staring gloomily at him from under her brows. To Jasper she gave not so much as a glance. 'Well, Jane, I fancy I shall have to let you go," said Yarnall. He was not above tormenting the wildcat. Female sunset-brightene- CHAPTER II 14 Jane. After that night, there began a sort of persecution, skillfully conducted by Jasper and Betty, against the ferocity of Jane. It was a persecution Impossible to imagine In any other setting, even the social simplicity of Lazy-found itself a trifle amused. For Jasper, the stately Jewish figure, would carry palls of water for Jane from the well to the kitchen, would help her in the vegetable garden, and to straighten out her recalcitrant stove-pipe- ; Betty would put on an apron a mile too to wash dishes large, and shell peas. She would sit on the kitchen table swinging her long, childlike legs and chatter amiably. Jasper talked, too, to the virago, talked delightfully, about horses and dogs he had a charming gift of humorous observation talked about hunting and shooting, about trapping, about travel, and, at last, about plays. Undoubtedly Jane listened. Sometimes she laughed. Once in a while she ejaculated, musically, "Weill" Occasionally she swore. One afternoon he met her riding home from an errand to a neighboring ranch, and, turning his horse, rode with her. In worn corduroy skirt, flannel shirt, and gray sombrero, she looked like a handsome, haggard boy, and, that afternoon, there was a cer tain unusual wistfulness In her eyes, and her mouth had relaxed a little from Its bitterness. Perhaps It was the beauty of a clear, been summer day ; without doubt, also, she was touched by the courteous pleasure of his greeting and by his giving up his ride in order to accompany her. She even unbent from her silence and, for the first time, really talked to him. And she spoke, too, In a new manner, using her beautiful voice with beautin ful carefulness. It was like a who, after a long Illness, takes up his beloved Instrument and tentatively tesis his shaken powers. Jasper had much ado to keep his surr prise to himself, for the rough ranch girl could speak pure enough English If she would. "You and your wife are leaving soon?" she asked him, and, when he nodded, she gave a sigh. "I'll be missing you," she said, throwing away her brusquerle like a rag with which she was done. "You've been company for me. You've made use of lots of patience and courage, but I have really liked It. I've not got the ways of being sociable and I don't know that I want ever to get thera. I am not seeking for friends. There Isn't another person on the ranch that would a dare talk to me as you and Mrs. have talked. They don't know anything about me here and I don't mean that they should know." She paused, then gave way to an Impulse of confidence. "One of the boys asked me to marry him. He came and shouted it through the window and I caught him with a pan of water." She sighed. "I don't know rightly If he meant It for a joke or not, but the laugh wasn't on me." Jasper controlled his laughter, then aw the dry humor of her eyes and lips and let out his mirth. "Why, sir," said Jane, "you'd be surprised at the foolishness of men. Sometimes it seems that. Just for pure contrariness, they want to marry her that least wants them about. The day I cume tramping into this valley, I topped for food at the ranch of an old bachelor down yonder at the ford. And be Invited me to be his wife while I was drinking a glass of water from hia well. He told me how much money be had and suld he'd start my stove for me winter mornings. There' a good husband! And he was sure kind to me even when I told him 'no.' Twas that same evening that the boy from rode In and claimed me for a Laiy-cook. Mr. Yaruall Is a trusting man. He took me and didn't ask any questions. I told him I was 'Jane.' and that I wasn't planning to let hlra know more. He hasn't asked me an other question since. He's a gentleman, I figure it, and he's kind of quiet himself about what he was before he came to this country. He's a man of fifty and he has lots buck of him only he's taken a fresh start." She sighed, "Folks like you and Betty seem It's living In awfully cities. I suppose, where every one knows every one else so well." This astonishing picture of the can did simplicity of New York's social life absorbed Jasper's attention for tome time. "Wouldn't you like to live In a city, JaneT" She laughed her short, boyish "IIool" "It Isn't what I would like, Mr. Morena," she said. "Why, I'd like to see the world. I would like to be that fellow who was condemned to wander all over the earth and never to die. He was a Jew, too, wasn't big-ga- d well-boote- n, master-musicia- Si! ber Jasper flushed. People were not In the habit of making direct reference to Ms nationality, and, being an Israelite who had early cut himself off with dislike from his own people and cultivated the society of Gentiles, "a man without a country," he was cutely sensitive. "The Wandering Jew? Yea. Where Jld you ever hear of him 7" "I read bis story," she answered ab ently; , "an awful long one, but In teresting-- about lots of people, by Eu sene Sue." Jasper's lips fell apart and be tared. She had spoken unwittingly tad h aal4 see that ahe was sot S, NEPHI, UTAH I do kno that every woman must love beauty and ease and knowledge and experience. For what else," he smiled, "did Eve eat the apple? All these you can have If you will let ui take you East. Of course, if I find you cannot take this part, I will hold myself accountable for yon. I will not let you be a loser In any way by the experiment. With your beauty" Yar-na- ll fell back In his chair and gaped from the excited speaker to the silent listener "and your extraordinary voice, and your magnetism, you roust be especially fitted for a career of some kind. I promise to find you your career." Every drop of blood had fallen from Jane's face and the rough hands on her knee were locked together. "What part," she asked In a quick, low voice, "Is this that you think I could learn to do?" Jasper changed his position. He came nearer and spoke more rapidly. "It is the story of a girl, a savage girl, whom a man takes up and trains. He trains her as a professional might train a lioness. It Is a Dasslon with him to break spirits and shape them to his will. He trains her with coaxing and lashing not actual lashing, though I believe In one place he does come near to beating her and he gets her broken so that she lies at his feet and eats out of his hand. All this, you understand, while he's an exile from his own world. Then, in the second act that is the second part of the play he takes his tamed lioness back to civilization. They go to London and there the woman does his training Infinite credit. She Is extraordinarily beautiful ; she Is civilized, successful, courted. Her eccentricities only add to her charm. So It goes on very prettily for a while. Then he makes a mistake. He blunders very badly. He gives his lioness cause for Jealousy and to coir to the point-- she flies at his throat. You see, he hadn't really tamed her. She was un der the skin, a lioness, a beast, at heart." Jasper had been absorbed In the plot and had not noticed Jane, but Yarnall for several minutes had been leaning forward, his hands tightened on the arms of his chair. The instant Jasper stopped he held up his hand. "Quiet, Jane," he said softly as a man might speak to a plunging horse. Steady !" Jane got to her feet. She was very white. She put up her hand and pressed the back of It against her forehead and from under this hand she looked at the two men with eyes of such astonished pain and beauty as they could never forget. 'Yes," she said presently ; "that's something I could do." At once Jasper hastened to retrieve his error. "Oh, I'm so sorry. Tve been clumsy. Do forgive me. Do let me explain. I didn't mean that you were Fit Methods to Follow-iProduction of Cream n Leeds Back Home, Looking for a Job Since at the present time, our farmers who are milking a few good dairy cows, are generally better fixed, financially, than those following almost any other line, It seems that we should pay particular attention to the handling of the product, that It may be put on the market In the best condition possible and thereby bring the biggest returns. Methods which will aid In producing a good product: Keep the barn and cows clean. Remove manure from stable twice dally. Wipe udder and flanks with a damp cloth, before milking. Milk with dry hands, into a small top milk pall. Separate while warm, to insure less waste in the sklmmllk. Wash separator thoroughly aftei each separation. Use a brush rather than a rag. First use warm water and washing powder, then scald all parts thoroughly. Do not separate Into vessel containing the cooled cream. Cool freshly separated cream before adding it to previous skimming. Stir cream thoroughly every time a fresh supply is added, using a stirrer manufactured for the purpose. A cooling tank should be on every farm. Run the water pumped for live stock through the cream tank and then Into the stock tank. Keep cooled cream In a sanitary place which Is cool, sanitary, free from odors and well aired. Cream should be delivered to market at least three times a week In summer and twice in winter. Cream should not be allowed to freeze. L. K. Crowe, assistant profes sor, animal husbandry, Colorado Ag ricultural college. William B. Leeds, Jr., has come back to tlie land of his birth and says he Is looking for a Job. With him was his bride. Princess Xenla. The son of the late Princess Aniistasla of Greece said that he had returned to America to make his home, but that he had not decided where he was going to live. Mr. Leeds looked much better In health than he did on his previous visit, when he brought back the body of his mother. The young man has decided to give up Europe as a place of abode and to live In America. Although he has a fortune to spend, his friends say he has found life in the Old World Irksome and dull. Despite the royal adulations of his late mother and the fact that bis wife Is a princess, the young American believes true happiness ciin only be found In the land of one's birth. He prefers democracy to the effete royal institutions of Europe. Gossip has It that he probably will purchase a mansion in Washington with part of the legacy left him by his mother nnd will divide his time between the capital and New York. Later in the season he and Princess Xenla will be the guests of former Ambassador George Harvey on an excursion to Honolulu and other points. Young Leeds Is seeking profitable Investments in America for the money his mother left him, which sum, In addition to the Interest on the $.'!0,000,000 trust fund created by his father, comprises a legacy of $1,000,000 which he will receive at the age of thirty-fivMr. Leed's stepfather. Prince Christopher of Greece, will live In Italy. A The Girl Looked Little Grim and Pale. Brass Letters on Cans Will Prevent Much Loss When the owner's Initials or number Is painted on his cream cans, they have to be remarked frequently, as the marks become dfm, due to washing and shipping. In order to avoid this I solder brass letters to the sloping part of the enn. Just below the neck, writes W. R. Taylor of Missouri In the Rural New Yorker. Copper or brass letters can usually be purchased at the variety stores, but if ferocity always excites the teasing boy in a man. "You're getting too ambitious for us. You see, once these rich New Yorkers take you up, you're no more use to a plain ranchman like me." "What are you drivin' at?" asked Jane. "Do let me explain It to her, Yarnall !" Jasper snapped his elastic fingers, color had risen to his face, and he looked annoyed. "Miss Jane, won't you sit down?" Jane turned her deep, Indignant eyes upon him. "Are you and your wife the rich New Yorkers he says are takln' me up?" "No, no. He's joking. This is a serious business. It's of vital Importance to me and It ought to be of vital Importance to you. F'lease do sit down!" Jane took a long step hack and sat down on the settle under the long, horizontal window. She folded her hands on her knee and looked up at Morena. She had transferred her attention completely to him. Yarnall watched them. He was an English man of much experience and this pic ture of the skillful, cultivated, hand some Jew angling deftly for the gaunt. young savage diverted him hugely. He screwed up his eyes to get a picture of It "I am a producer and manager of plays," said Jasper, "which means that I take a play written by a more gifted man and arrange It for the stage. Have you ever seen a play?" "No. sir." "But you have some Idea what they are?" "Yes. I have read them. Shakespeare wrote quite a lot of that kind of talking plece, didn't he?" Jasper was less surprised than Yar nall. "At present 1 have a play on my hands which Is a very brilliant and promising piece of work, but which I have been unable to produce for lack of a heroine. There Isn't an actress on my list that can take the part and do It justice. Now, Miss Jane, t believe that with some train ing yon could take It to perfection. My wife and I would I'ke to take yon to New York, paying all your ex pensea, of course, and put you Into training at once. It would take year's hard work to get you fitted for the part. Then next fall we could bring out the play and I think I ran promise you success and fame and wealth in Do small measure. I don't know yon very well ; I don't know whether or not you are ambitious; bat ot (TO BE CONTINUED.) The Ananias Club. "No, boss." said the clerk, "1 do not think I need a vacation this year, for the work I have been doing hasn't been enough to tire me out." Cincinnati Enquirer. Reassuring. wouldn't marry the bm man on earth." He "Then taks mt and you'll be running M risk." She "1 I .. r' Best Practical Lesson on Road Safety wild" had done his worst to break her?" Jasper nodded with a puzzled, anxious air. For all his skill and sub tlety, he could not lwerpret her tone. "And you think I'm beautiful?" "My dear child, I know you are," said he. "You try to disguise It. And I know that In many other ways you disguise yourself. I think you make a great mistake. Your work Is hard and rough " She smiled. "I'm not complaining of my work," she said. "It's rough and so am I. Oh, yes, I'm real, true rough. I was born to roughness and raised to it. I'm not anything I don't seem, Mr, Morena. I've had rough travel all my days, only only " She sat down again, twisting her hands painfully in her apron and bending her face down from the sight of the two men. The line of her long, bent neck was a beautiful thing to see. She spoke low and rapidly, holding down her emotion, though she could not control all the exquisite modulations of her voice. "There's only one part of my travel that I want to forget and that's the one smooth bit. And It's hateful to me and you've been reminding me of It. I must tell you now that I'd Iron" rather be burnt by a white-hhere h gave him a wide and horrified look like a child who speaks of some dreadful remembered punishment "than do that thing you've asked of me. I hate everything you've been telling me about. I don't want to be beautiful. I don't want any one to be telling me such things. I don't want to be any different from what I am now. This Is my real self. It Is. I hate beauty. I hate It. I'm not good enough to love It Beauty and learning and and music " Her head had been bending lower and lower, her voice rocking under its weight of restrained anguish. On the word "music" she dropped her head to her knees and was silent. "I can't talk no more." she said, after a moment, and she stood up and ran out of the room. "I'll be d d!" swore Yarnall. But Jasper stood, his face pale, smiting one hand Into the other. "I feel that I, at least, deserve t be." he said. X e. She let the hand fall and held It up to stop his speech. "I'm not taking offense, Mr. Morena," she said. "You say you arrange plays and that you have been seeking for some one to who play that girl, that Uoness-glr- l wasn't rightly tamed, though the man Mo-ren- open-hearte- TIMES-NEW- Miss Teresa M. Lenney, a teacher in the public schools of New Hochelle, N. Y.. contributed the best practical lesson on highway safety entered In the 1922 national contest, according to announcement by the highway education board. More than 00,000 elemenHer tary school teachers competed. reward Is $,"00 and a trip to Washington with all expenses paid, ttie gifts of the National Automobile Chamber of Commerce. Second national honors were awarded the lesson plan by Miss Hen- rietta M. Hornherger, a teacher in the schools of Pueblo, Colo., who gets $:i(K) Miss Clyde V. White, P.riggs school, Portsmouth, Va., won third prize, $2iHl. The automobile organization wishes to stimulate interest and concern in the problems of highway safety. It also gives approximately $4,500 to children for essays on the subject. 11 :jkAs ' The contests, which were renewed with the same Inducements In 1023, were conducted under the auspices of the Highway Education board, with the active of state departments of education and school officials generally. Four other teachers were awarded honorable mention. They are Miss Genevieve L. White, State Graded school, Mazomanle, Wis.; Miss Josie Jaynew, Goodson Rural school, Hughes Springs, Texas; Miss Bertha E. Weinhar, Conway Springs Graded school, Conway Springs, Kansas, and M. K. Tschlrgl,. Sheridan. Wyo. Butler, Bay State Political Strong Man if j "Who is this man Butler who Is to be President Coolidge's pei sonar representative In the 1!T24 campaign?"" Is the cry that went up all over Wilexcept Massachusetts. liam Morgan Butler was bom In New not to be obtained they can be cut Bedford, the son of a minister, took from a piece of sheet brass or copper his degree In law at Boston university with a pair of tinner's shears and a and practiced In his home town. He narrow chisel. Letters or figures made got Into the state legislature In 1S88 of aluminum will not do, as they are at twenty-eigh- t and left the presidency Cans so very difficult to solder. of the senate In lS!t.", going to Bosmarked can always be easily identiton to practice law. fied and thus loss will be prevented. He was a ptotege of the late UnitThe lids should be stenciled or marked ed States Senator Crane and later the to correspond. senator's other self. He has been In politics right along, but has worked behind the scenes. He has been the Dairy Cow Is Necessity, political strong man on whom recent Claims Florida Expert have governors of Massachusetts "As feed prices continue to soar, and leaned In time of stress. He was the price of land increases, so will the very close to Coolldge during his administration. He entered the Repubdairy cow replace to a very large extent the beef steer, the sheep, and the lican National committee last year to pig as a producer of human food," says handle the Coolldge interest. Mr. Butler hns been counsel for some big corJohn M. Scott of the University of porations In Ms day. Now he Is a rich mil! owner. He Is president of three Florida experiment station. "And ui'll companies In New Bedford. There have been Butlers In New Bedford ever about the only rival the dairy cow has since there was any such place witness Butler fiats, Butler street and Butler Is the busy hen." lighthouse. Mr. Butler Is sixty-twHe has been twice marrld and has five children The dairy cow and the hen are the only two farm animals that produce His second wife was Miss Mary M. Webster of New Bedford, a member of a good, nourishing fond duy after day. family that has been In New Bedford almost as long as the Butlers. when properly cared for. They provide foods that are Indispensable In Brass Lettering on Milk Can. the home. "What Is home without milk and eggs?" asks Mr. Scott. These Items enter so largely into the preparation of food for the family, the cow menn-Inlife itself to thousands of children. "We owe the cow and the hen a debt that can be paid only by giving them the very best of care that they may produce the maximum amount nf food," says Mr. Srott. And neither of them are now receiving the attention that will be theirs when their full value Is realized. g Cow Is Highly Nervous and Is Easily Excited nervous The cow Is a highly-strunorganism and easily excited, shocked or affected In one way or another to the resultant leascnln? of her milk flow. Turning her nut on a cold, wawindy or wet day to drink ter causes a serious shrink In milk Weigh the milk night and morning, without fall, every dy of the year and watch the record. That tells the story of such shrinks. Ice-col- d Mercury Boiler Beats Steam Turbine Scientists are excited about power from mercury vapor, making possible a double vapor power plant In which tnrblnea for generating electricity are driven both by mercury vapor and wafer vapor from the same fuel source, resulting In a gnln of about W) per cent In power per pound of fuel. This Is the outstanding achievement of a new boiler erfected by the Oeneral Electric company. The Inst great step In Improving the efficiency of manufacturing power wa the replacement of the reclprorst-In- g engine by the stenm turbine. The Invention of the mercury vapor boiler Is regarded as a greater step In the progress of science. The modern steam turbine Is shout 40 per cent more efficient thno the best reciprocntlng entincs. but, according to William I Emmet, consulting engineer fer the company and Inventor of the new srocesa, the mercury boiler will produce with 3." pounds gauge pressure, when compared with steam tor. bine generating plant which as 200 pounds steam pressure, beit 2 per more output In electricity per povad f fuel.