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THE BRAND! I ( Katharine feists: curxiuauT bx katuabimb CHAPTF.R XI 25 Continued. Pierre kept beside him and stood by e motor, hat still In his hand, while the doctor talked Irritably: "No. You 'certainly can't see her, for some time. 2 shall not allow anyone to see her except the nurse. It will be a matter of weeks. She'll be lucky If she gets fcack her sanity at all. She was entirely out of her head there at the She's worn out, nerves theater. frayed to a frazzle. Horribly unTo take healthy life and unnatural. country girl, an Ignorant, untrained, healthy animal, bring her to the city, and force her under terrific pressure Into a life so foreign to her well! It was Just a piece of d d brutality." Then his acute eye suddenly fixed itself on the man standing on the curb listening. "You're from the West yourself?" "Yes, sir." "Knew her In the old days eh?" "Yes, sir." Pierre's voice was faint and he put a hand against the motor. "Well, why don't you take her back with you to that life? You're not feeling any too fit yourself, are you? Look here. Get In and I'll drop you where you belong." Pierre obeyed rather blindly and leaned back with closed eyes. The doctor got out a flask and poured him dose of brandy. "What's the trouble? Too much New York?" Pierre shook his head and smiled. I've been bothered and No, sir. didn't get around to eating and sleeping lately." "Then I'll take you to a restaurant and we'll have supper. I need something myself, And, look here, I'll make you a promise. Just as soon as I consider her fit for an Interview with anyone, I'll let you see Miss West. That helps you a whole lot, doesn't ; nrBut there were other powers, besides this friendly one, watching over Joan, and they were bent upon keeping Pierre away. Day after sickening day Pierre came and stood beside the desk, and the girl, each time a little more careless of him, a little more Insolent toward him for the cowboy would not notice her blouse and her transformation and the Invitation of her eyes gave him negligent and discouraging Information. "Miss West was better, but very weak. No. She wouldn't see anyone. Yes, Mr. Morena could see her, but not Mr. Landis, certainly not Mr. Pierre Land la of Wyoming." And the doctor, being questioned by c the Westerner, admitted that Mr. Morena had hinted at reasons why It might be dangerous for the patient to see her old friend from the West. Pierre stood to receive this sentence, and after it his eye fell. The doctor had seen the quick, desperate moisture In them. "I tell you what, Landis," he said, putting a band on Pierre's shoulder. "I'm willing to take a risk. I'm sure of one thing. Miss West hasn't even heard of your Inquiries." "You mean Morena' making It up about her not being willing to see me? "I do mean that And no doubt he's doing It with the best intentions. But rm willing to take a risk. See those stairs? You run up them to the fifth floor. The nurse Is out. Gael Is In attendance; that Is, he's In the sitting-room- . She doesn't know of his presence, hasn't been allowed to see him. Miss West's door the outside one la ajar. Go up. Get past Gael If you can. Behave yourself quietly, and If you see the least sign of weakness on the part of Miss West, or If she shows the slightest disinclination for your company, come down I'm trotting you as quickly as you can and tell me. I'll wait Have I your promise?" 'Te. sir," gasped Pierre. The doctor smiled at the swift, leaping grace of his western friend's ascent He was anxfou concerning the result of his experiment but there was a memory upon him of a haunted look In Join's eyes that seemed the fellow to a look of Pierre's. He rather believed In Intuitions, especially his half-franti- own. CHAPTER XII The End ef the Trail. At the top of the fourth flight of steps Pierre found himself facing a door that stood sjar. Beyond that door was Joan and he knew not what experience of discovery, of explanation, of punishment What he hsd suffered since the night of his cruelty would b nothing to what tie might have to suffer now at the hands of the woman he had loved and hurt That she was Incredibly changed he knew; what bad happened te change her he did not know. That she had suffered greatly was certain. One could not look at the far of Jane West, even under Its disguise ef pain and pencil, without a sharp realisation of profound and (embittering experience. And. Just as mwiu bcbx. certainly, she had gone far ahead of her husband In learning, in a certain sort of mental and social development. Pierre was filled with doubt and with dread, with an almost unbearable And at the same time he was filled with a nameless fear of what Joan might herself have become. He stood with his hand on the knob d of that door, bent his head, and drew some deep, uneven breaths. He thought of Hoiliwell as though the man were standing beside him. He stepped In quietly, shut the door, and walked without hesitation down the passageway into the little sunny sitting-rooThere, before the crackling open fire, sat Prosper Gael. Prosper, It seemed, was alone in the small; silent place. He was sitting on the middle of his spine, as usual, with his long, thin legs stretched out before him and a veil of cigarette smoke before his eyes. He turned bis head Idly, expecting, no .doubt to see the nurse. Pierre, white and grim, stood looking down at him. The older man recognized him at once, but he did not change his position by a muscle, merely lounged there, his head against the side of the cushioned chair, the brilliant surprised gaze changing slowly to amused contempt His cigarette hung between the long fingers of one hand, Its blue spiral of smoke rising tranquilly Into a bar of sunshine from the window. "The doctor told me to come up," said Pierre gravely. He was aware of the Insult of this stranger's attitude, but he was too deeply stirred, too deeply suspenseful, to be irritated by It. He seemed to be moving in some "I rare, disconnected atmosphere. have his permission to see to see Miss West, if she Is willing to see me." Prosper flicked off an ash with his little finger. "And you believe that she Is willing to see you, Pierre Landis?" he asked slowly. Pierre gave him a startled look. "You know my name?" "Yes. I believe that four years ago, on an especially cold and snowy night, I Interrupted you In a rather extraordinary occupation and gave myself the pleasure of shooting you." With that he got to his feet and stood before the mantel, negligently enough, but ready to his fingertips. Pierre came nearer by a stride. He had been stripped at once of his air of high detachment He was pale and quivering. He looked at Prosper with eyes of Incredulous dread. "Were you that man?" A tide of shamed scarlet engulfed him and he dropped bis eyes. "I thought that would take the assurance out of you," said Prosper. "As a matter of fact shooting was too good for you. On that night you forfeited every claim to the consideration of man or woman. 1 have the light of any decent citizen to turn you out of here. Do you still maintain your intention of asking for an Interview with Miss Jane West?" with humiliation, Pierre, half-blin-d turned without a word and made his way to the door. He meant to go away and kill himself. The purpose was like iron In his mind. That be should have to stand and, because of his own cowardly fault to endure Insult from this contemptuous stranger, made of life a garment too stained, too shameful to be worn. He was in haste to be rid of It Something, however, barred his exit He stumbled back to avoid It There, holding aside the curtain la the doorway, stood Joan. This time there was no possible doubt of her Identity. She was wrspped In a long blue gown, her hair bad fallen In braided loops on either aide of her fsce and neck. The unchanged eyes of Joan under her broad brows looked up at him. She was thin and wan, unbelievably broken and tired and hurt but she was Joan. Pierre could not but forget death at sight of her. Hi stsggered forward, aad she, putting up her arms, drew hint hungrily and let fall her head upon his shoulder. "My gel I My Josn !" Pierre sobbed. Prospers voice sawed Into their tremulous silence. "So, after all, the branding Iron la the proper Instrument" he said. "A man can always recognize his est ray, and when she Is recognized she will come to heel." Joan pushed Pierre from her violently and turned upon Prosper Gael. Her voire broke over him In a tumult of soft scorn. "You know nothing of loving. Prosper Gael, not the first letter of loving. Nobody has learned that about you as well as I have. Now. listen and I will teach you something. This ts something that I have learned. There are worse wounds thsn I had from Pierre, and It Is by the hands of such men as you are that they sre given. The hurts you get from love, they heal. Pierre' was mad, he was a beast, be branded me as though I had been a beast Tor lour yesrs I couldn't think half-opene- TIMES-NEW- NEPHI, UTAH S, of him but with a sort of horror la my heart If It hadn't been for yon, I might never have thought ot hits no other way forever. But what jrot did te me, Prosper, you with you white-ho- t brain and your gray-col- d heart you with your music and your talk throbbing and whining about my soul, what you did to me has made Pierre's iron a very gentle thing. I have not acted In the play you wrote, the play you made out of me ana my without understanding unhapplness Juat what It was that you did to me. Perhaps if It hadn't been for the play, I might even have believed that you were capable of something better than that passion you had once for me but not now. Never now can I believe It What you make other people suffer is material for your own success, and you delight In It You make notes upon It Pierre was mad through loving me, too lgnorantly, too Jealously, but what you did to me was through loving me too little. That was a brand upon my brain and soul. Sometimes since then that scar on my shoulder has seemed to me almost like the memory of a caress. I went away from Pierre, leaving him for dead, ready for death myself. When you left me, you left me alive and ready for what sort of living? It has been Pierre's love and his following after me that have kept me from low and beastly things. I've run from him, but I've run clean and free." She began to tremble. "Will you say anything more to me and to my man?" Prosper' face wore its old look of the winged demon. He was cold in his angry pain. "Just one thing to your man, If you will allow me, but perhaps you'll tell him that yourself. That his method Is the right one, X admit But in one respect not even a brand will altogether preserve property rights. Morena could aay something on that score. Ho could L . . ." "Hush I" said Joan ; "I will tell hlra myself. Pierre, I left you for dead and I. went away with this man, and after a while, because I thought yon were dead, and because I was alone and sorrowful and weak, and because, perhaps, of what my mother was, I I " She fell away from Pierre, crouched against the sile of the door, and wrapped the curtain round her face. "He told me yow were dead The words came muffled. Pierre had let her go and turned to Prosper. His own face waa a mask of rage. Prosper knew that It was the Westerner's intention to kill. For a minute, no longer, he was a lightning channel of death. But Pierre, the Pierre shaped during the last four difficult years, turned upon his own writhing, savage soul and forced It to submit It was as though he fought with his hands. Sweat broke out on him. At last be stood and looked at Prosper with sane, stern eyes. "If that's true what you hinted. If that's true what she wa tryln' to tell, if It's even partly true," he said painfully, "then It was me that brought it upon her, not you an' not herself, per-hap- but s. me." He turned back to Joan, drew the curtain from her face, drew down her hands, lifted her and carried her to the couch beside the dre. There she shrank tway from Mm, tried to push him back. "It's true, Pierre; not that about Morena, but the rest la true. It's true. Only he told me you were dead. But you weren't no, don't take my bands. I never did have dealings with Hoiliwell. Indeed, I loved only you. ' But you must have known me better than I knew myself. For I am bad. I am bad. I left you for dead and I went away." He had mastered her bands, both of them in one of his, and he drew them close to his heart "Don't Joant Hush, Joanl You mustn't It was my doings, gel, all of It Hush!" He bent and crushed his Hps against hers, silencing her. Then she gave way and clung to him, sobbing. After a while Pierre looked up at Prosper Gael. All the patience and the hunger and the beauty ef his love possessed his face. There was simply no room in his heart for any lesser thing. "Stranger," he said In the grave and gentle western speech, "Pll have to ask you to leave me with my wife." Prosper made a curious, silent gesture of and went out, feeling his way before him. It was half an hour later when the doctor came softly te the door and held back the curtain In his hand. He did not ssy anything and, after a silent minute, he let fall the curtain and moved softly away. He was reassured as to the success of his experiment He bad seen Joan's face. TUB END self-despa- ir Will Not Laugh In Captivity. Some of ns who have been fortunate enough to get a glimpse of a properly stocked zoological garden have seen the laughing Jackass, and with one accord we have all wondered why be la so called. In captivity be does not laugh, nor even smile, and there ts little or no resemblance, that w can trace, to our friend tlte Jackass. The fact Is that he is found in Australia and he laughs at his best only when at liberty In his habitat nd then he laughs vociferously In the morning and evening. Ills laugh Is a loud, raucous noise, much like a mocking, laugh, but hideous in the extreme. J family of these bird happening to lo cate near one's home will pretty nlgt drive the humans te desperation. They are extremely curious and wili spend hours watching bumaas at wore. They are also attracted by the music or a church and will haunt such localities during service, every once In a while lending their aid W1U Uaeif terriaf "la oca. Revise Federal Grades for Hay Classes Have Been Simplified and Number Reduced. (Fnptnd by tha United Statu Dapartraant of Agriculture.) Revised United States grades for timothy bay, clover hay, clover mixed hay and grass mixed hay have been recommended by the United States Department of Agriculture effective February 1, 1924. The grades have been simplified and the number reduced from 40 In the former federal grades to 29. An additional class, clover grass mixed, takes care of a considerable amount of hay to which the old grades did not apply. The grades are based on the feeding value of hay and correlate closely with the time of cutting. As a general rule timothy and clover should be cut not later than full bloom to meet the requirements of U. S. No. 1 grades. The method of stating color in timothy and other grasses baft been changed so, as to be more easily understood by any one familiar with hay. Definitions Changed. Definitions of clover and other grasses have been changed slightly and the quantity of clover and other grasses permitted In the timothy class has been increased to 10 per cent of each. Three classes have been provided for timothy and clover mixtures light medium, and heavy and the clover class has been made to Include all mixtures containing over 80 per cent of clover (Including foreign materials) and not over 10 per cent of other grasses. There are two classes light and heavy for mixtures of timothy and ether grasses In addition to the mixed grass class, which includes all mixtures containing over 60 per cent of other grasses and not over 10 per cent of Corn Borer Control Is Shown on Screen Ravages of European Pest Is Visualized in Picture. (Praparad by tha Unltad' Stataa Dapartmant of Aarlcultura.) The Job of protecting America's greatest crop from the ravages of the European corn borer Is visualized In a new United States Department of Agriculture educational motion picture, "Corn Borer Control In the Corn Belt" The corn borer was first discovered In the United States in Massachusetts In 1917, but was also present In Ontario, Canada, at that time. It spread aouthwestwardly from Ontario, and Is now attacking the eastern limits of the great corn belt In Ohio and Michigan. The picture tells how the federal and state bureaus of entomology are tackling the Job of controlling the "borer" and tells the corn belt farmer what he must do to prevent Its spread to new territory and to keep it under control In Infested areas. Burning of stalks, cobs and nubbins In the field, the plowing under of the stalks left standing over winter, cleaning up the barnyard and pigpen, employing the silo and shredder and other recommended methods of control are shown. Operation of quarantines to prevent corn on the cob being shipped out of the infested areas Is also "Corn Borer Control In the Com Belt" will be circulated through the educational film service of the department and the state institutions. Copies may be borrowed fot 'short periods, or may be purchased at the laboratory charge. Calves Are Produced on Close Margin of Profit MILK SUBSTITUTE IS EASILY MIXED Dairy experts at the United State Department of Agriculture experimental farm, at Beltsvllle, Md have worked out a calf meal milk substitute which Is practical, and easily mixed and which contains a greater feeds than proportion of home-grow-n la used In most calf meals. The department's recommended ration Is as follows : Take 50 parts finely ground corn, 15 parts linseed oil meal, 15 parts finely ground rolled oats, 10 parts dried blood flour, 10 part skimmed milk powder, one-hapart salt Stir up with warm mixture at the rate of one pound of the meal mixture to about six pounds of water. gradually as the whole milk la decreased, until at the time the call Is 50 days old It should be getting only the gruel. At this time ltt to 2 pounds of the meal mixed with water will constitute a day's feed. The total quantity of milk used Is about 300 pounds; If less Is fed the calves are likely to be unthrifty. The time at which calves can be put on milk substitutes alone, say department dairymen, depends upon the same factors as In th use of separated milk, namely, the breed, development, and vigor of the calves, etc. It Is hardly safe, as a rule, even with the most vigorous ones, to attempt to put them on milk substitutes alone within one month after birth ; and with calves below normal In vigor some milk for two months or more may be necessary to raise them. The department suggests, as a guide for feeding the above substitute to large, vigorous calves, the following schedule: First 10 days, 10 pounds of whole milk dally; second 10 days, 8 pounds of milk and 0.4 pound of meal (mixed up In 6 times Its weight of warm water) ; third 10 days, 6 pounds milk and 0.8 pound meal; fourth 10 days, 4 pounds milk and 12 pounds meal ; fifth 10 days, 2 pounds milk and 1.6 pounds meal; after 50 days, 2 pounds meal and no milk. Smaller and less vigorous calves should be fed somewhat less, and the milk feeding should be continued a little longer. In any event a total of 300 pounds of milk should be sufficient Grain and roughage should be fed with milk substitutes the same as with separated milk. Whole milk is the best food for a calf; skim milk ranks second. Calves fed the substitute as stated above have been subject to no more digestive troubles than the skim milk fed calves and the gains In weight have not been materially less. lf Beef calves are produced on a close margin of profit The only source of Income from the beef cow Is her calf. dover. Definite Grading Factor. The value of the calf at weaning time Foreign material has been made a must cover the cost of keeping the definite grading factor, the grade be- cow for a year, depreciation, sire, serving lowered as the quantity of for- ice, interest on Investment, rent, and The definilosses, and leave a margin for the owneign material Increases. tion of foreign material also has been er. This Is true whether one Is prorevised so that it will be more easily ducing calves to sell at weaning time, understood. In every case where the or to sell as feeders. If grade of the hay Is lowered on account one cannot produce calves 8s cheaply of foreign material, federal hay In- as he can buy them at weaning time. spectors will be Instructed to Include It will pay him to buy rather than In their certificates a statement to that breed. By cutting out the breeding effect. herd altogether, this would put all i "The reason for placing hay In samavailable capital and available land ple grade will always appear on the Into handling steers. Usually It is betcertificate together with the grade to ter to raise calves where conditions which the hay would otherwise be enare favorable for taking care of them titled. If It can be determined. When when dropped. hay Is classed as clover grass mixed, certificates will show the approximate Lambs Fed Soy Bean Hay percentages of timothy, clover and other grasses present. Make Economical Gains Copies of the grades and further InLambs fed soy bean hay made formation about them and the federal slightly faster and more economical hay Inspection service may be obtained gains than those fed clover hay, and of agricultural self-fefrom the bureau lambs consumed more grain Dairy Calf Is Subject economics. United States Department but made more than hand-feof Agriculture, Washington, D. C as lambs. Such are profit to Digestive Disorders the principal result long as the supply lasts. obtained by Purdue university In thi It Is best to let the calves stay with lamb feeding experiments recently their mothers for two or three days completed, when 200 head averaging after birth. Then they should be Rye and Oats Mixed Are 88.5 were sold at $13.75. taught to drink from a bucket Care Satisfactory for Swine F. pounds G. King of the Purdue station, should be taken to see that the pall In sections where corn does not who conducted the test states thai Is clean for, as every farmer knows, grow so readily, rye may be an ecosoy beans and soy bean meal wen calves are subject to digestive disornomical feed for hogs. It Is less palcomparable In feeding value to cot- ders. atable than some of the other grains, tonseed meal. Lambs fed soy bean The calf should get from 6 to 12 Is reason and for this frequently hay returned a profit of 12 cents a pounds of whole milk dally for the mixed with ground corn or ground head whereas the clover fed lambs first three weeks and then may be barley, and fed along with tankage lost 42 cents each. The lambs were gradually switched over to skim milk and the required minerals. Rye and western and were fed in eight differMost feeders find and a little oats ground and mixed half and half ent lots for 80 days. They gained a It best to grain. give the calves their grain should make a satisfactory feed for little under a third of a pound a day. Immediately afcer they have finished hogs, but It will be necessary to sift drinking their milk. A good concenout the oat hulls. Be particularly trate allowance will contain muscle careful that any rye fed to brood or Feeding Silage to Ewes nutrients and will and no In as sows contains to The pregnant ergot emphasize, Important points contain some fat to replace a part of such case abortion Is very likely to In silage feeding with the ewe flock, that abstracted from the milk. result. Possibly It would be better are to provide a legume hay in adHere are three rations recomto withhold the rye from pregnant dition thereto, to furnish an abundance : mended sows for this reason. of common salt at free will, to supply 1. Corn, 3 parts; bran, 8 parts; as much grain as Is consistent with 3 parts; oil meal, 1 part the ends desired, and to Incorporate oats, Best Use of Fertilizer 2. Corn, 5 parts; oats or bran, 8 In the ration under heavy production oil meal, 1 part Fertilizer pushes the crop on to ma- conditions some highly concentrated parts; 8. Oats, 3 parts; bran, 1 part; oil turity often a full two weeks ahead of acceptable protein supplement. This meal, 1 part the later wheat and the average date may be linseed meal, cotThe calf should be of maturity Is at least ten days In supplement or or tonseed else set rather than overfed. kept hungry, meal, others, Overfeeding advance of the wheat on land of sim- to It that green grass Is one of tha causes digestive troubles. ilar quality without fertilizer. The the feeds. among components Judicious use of fertilizer Is quite another matter from the Injudicious use Ringworm on Calves Is of it to the exclusion of crop rotation to the land addition and humus by Farm Facts Very Common in Spring legumes and grasses. Fertiliser, If Ringworm or bran Itch Is very comlong continued In connection with mon among calve In the winter and A desk Is a labor-save- r grain growing, will exhaust entirely spring months. It la a skin disease the humus content of the land and In the farm home. and easily distinguished by the bare e leave It In a deplorable state. and crusted spot it causes. These are Nothing will add more to the ap- whit or yellowish in color, first appearance of farm buildings than a pearing on the head and neck and mo"Luck" In Raising Pigs If ne ving back over the foreqnarters. There sre several Important factors coat of paint. e e e ' treatment ts used It causes an IrritaIn economical pork production that arc When soils and crops and live stock tion or Itching and spreads by contact strictly under the control of the pro- are well cared for, they generally rare with other calves. ducer, although this Is by no means well for the owner. It In caused by a fungus or vegetable conToo realized. many generally parasite which Is nnder these crusts or matter of "lock" sider that It Is In planning winter and spring work scabs. Jn order to get the seat of the the cent of 90 85 or whether per pigs reserve a few days for rounding up trouble the scabs must be washed off farrowed are raised. "Luck" la a con- the scattered about the with hot water and soap and the spot machinery venient term to use for covering up painted over with tincture of Iodine. carelessness In management, but the farm. e e Repeat this treatment every two or man who blsmes luck for not raising While the value of farm products three days a long as necessary. more than Go per cent of the pigs farIs largely Influenced by quality, this rowed till old enough to wean Is hot a 'factor which been IndividualIs Difficulty With Hubam likely ever to make much profit out of ly snd collectively neglected by many It the hog business. may be said that the culture of farmers. hubam as a farm crop encounter more obstacles than does any other Cause of Leg Weakness A chesp form of swine Insurance Is In the Middle West Too highly concentrated food and the provision of dry sleeping quarters legume grown there Is such a diftoo much of it Is said to be the ranae for the brood sows. These quarters That explains why but free ference of opinion among farmers and of leg weakness In young ducks. Aside should be others. mash from Injurious drafts. from corn, ducks should hsve of such Ingredients ss wheat brsn and Source of Plant Food flour tnlddllncs, with about 15 pounds Try It and see how young pigs to a feeding of clover or alfalfa to the hundred of cornnal, and plenty Add phosphate, one of the most of cut green food, a green rye, clover, leaves In winter. It Is because the valuable sources of plant food for rorn fodder, etc., mixed In. It ahould leaves furnish vltamlnes which the farmers, la now clos to the r also contain hogs obtala from green orlcs. part beef scrap summer-feaad grsse or clover. part coarse sand. ld . d d bone-buildin- g d re-po- pre-wa- one-tent- h '