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A üoBfiEsi'ONfwwr sys no bird, nit or mouse will eat any vegetable substance that is well coated with red leael. He says he just damps the seeds, and then stirs a little of the lead among theni until they get quite red. Then we deterinined to try what virtue íhere was in oats. We intended to get one dozen, but bef ore we had the ürst three for two months there was not a rat to be seen or heard on the place. Now'j if yonr íriend atill has rats, let liitn j try three cato, and if that don't do let híni try six, etc- Our Home Journal. Mr. John 0. Wise, one of the grasshopper commissioners of Minnesota, is confident that the blackbirds and prairie chickens do eat grasshopper eggs with great avidity. He claims that in some counties in tbat Stato they have destroyed the whole erop, and that they sciatch for them as hens do for inseots and the like. The recent storm on the Pacific coast is said to have been very disastrous in California and Nevada. In the former State a great extent of young grain has been destroyed by floods, and in the ! ter the heavy snow-fall caused the death of thousands of cattle, the generally open winter leadiug the stockmen to negiect j to provide shelter for them. Heke's a cow in a narrow stall- legs doubled under quite comfortably you might think. But look this way. Here's nnother cow with a seven-foot stall to stretch in. She lays mth her lünd legs sprawled out like a dog, and comfort expresfied in every line of her face and form. A rabbit ' at ease will not lie in readiness to spring, and a cow likes to spread and stretch over her bed as well as we do. - Connectiout Courant. A süocessfül breeder of poultry says that he feeds Indian meal to his young chieks four times a day, and has not had a case of gapes for the last six years. He thinks that impure water is the principal cause of that disease. Corn meal dampened with water, or corn, cracked j as for hominy, and fed dry, is excellent food for chiekens. Su] phur will destroy i hen lice proper, but not what are called "jiggers." The latter look very like small spiders. Quinces can be raised as easily as apples or pears in the way we shall describe. There is no secret about it. Get the "Orange" variety ; see that they are entirely free of the borer before planting. Set six er eight feet apart in rich soil. Bandage the stem with two or three wrappings of old muslin, or any kind of cloth, as far down in the ground as possible, as the roots start from near the surface. Let the bandages run six or eight inches above the ground, then paok the soil compaetly a couple of inches around the bondage, and renew this eyery spring. Fine, large, golden quinces, rivaling the largest oranges, will bless you annually. " A milch cow," writes an American dairyman, " should be quiet and contented. She will have to be petted and made much of. This influences her domesticity, and that, in the milch cow, seerns to be allied to the maternal feeling which prompte to lacteal secretion. But whether this is so or not, certein it Í9 that where a single cow is petted and taken care of there is a great increase in the milk over her former yield when kept in the herd. I have known quite a numbor of such cases. I never knew ! one that did not show this iinprovement. ! Treat each oí the members of the herd Í like the one teken i'rom it and kept as a ! singlo cow, and the whole herd would be improved. It would be improved to such an extent as coukl not well be done ! by mere selection. My expeiience has ! revealed tome the lact that our native ! cows, which form the staple of our dairies, are capable of great improvo! ment, probably becimse they came of i good blood originally when brought óver, but have been abused or permüted to run down. It needs only good treatment to bring thern up to a good point. "


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