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Agricultural And Domestic

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Your timo has come, my tall and straight-liinbed maplca, Whose boles the wratMul winds have blenched not bont ; We've done, at last, with frosts and snows as Btaples, Or haled them f or a wbile to banishment. This is your hour ; ye shall no more be flouted With leafless honora by the vaunting epruce, Whoae verdant arma oíd winter's legiona ronted, While all your blazoned banners drif ted loóse. Already have itH growing shields grown dueky, While emerald tinta are deepening in the forake ; And odors, reeinoua no more, but muaky, Steal f rom the beds where the young violeta wake. I mark your slender twigs againat the aztire Grow bossy with the rounding of their germs, And soon soft leaves will veil each fine embrasure, And crown your ampie brows with diadema. For every blast that through the apruce went crooning, A gentle breeze your tender breasts hall stir; Yo nr grateful shade shall woo the lovf-.r'a nooning, When he will read sweet parables to her - So eweet the mid-day ailence shall be golden Of thrush and oriole, in the morn that sing ; Leas dear their notes than thoae, both new and olden, Which love'a young ecstacies to young hearts bring. And ao, my maplea, tall and verdure-crested, Ye shall fling back the floutings of the spruce, Tili the bright minatrels in your bosoms nefeted With happy even-songs to etrife give truce. I love you all, O trees, that round my garden Stand sentrica 'twixt me and the common air ; Nor leas the apruce than maple count I warde , To ahut without the ill, within the fair. Grand winter trees that draw your fringy curtain To shield my cottage idola from the snow, I aing in atraina nor grudging nor uncertain Your somber vigilance whüe tempesta blow. And if I praiae you, maplee, in my rhyming, And brush the epruce'H liglit reproach away, I bid yoU heod how gif ts depend, on timing. And trees, like all our treasures, have their day. - Harper's for Mayt Arouml the Farm. Between hay and grass is a hard time for oattle. Oorn is cheap and is well invested in good oattle. As thebe is a surplus of horses in this country, a writer recommends that arrangementa be made to furnish the Freneh uieat market with fat horses. Mb. O. Thompson, in the Rural World, states that the hog product of Missouri is $6,000,000 annually, but that the cost of fencing against this same hog is $10,000,000 annually, being a loss on the hog of $4,000,000. Mr. Holbbook, the originator of the Excelsior potato, hes successfuïly useda composition in the cultivation of corn that is made as follows: To one barrel of ground bone take three barrels of ashes and three pints of common salt. Mix well, satúrate with water, and let it stand three weeks, and dry off with one barrel of piaster and one barrel of loam. The different breeds of dogs exemplify the hereditary instincts. We see the rat terrier grubbing in the earth in search of vermin ; the untrained pointer often points when first taken to the field ; the shepherd dog shows a disposition to guard stock ; and the first instincts of hounds are to trail- which yerifies the oíd saying that a good hound is bred so. Washington tells us that when he superintended the care of his sheep the average weight of fleece was over flve pounds, but after he had been absent from home for a few years the average weight was less than three pounds. Kegularity in feeding sheep makes heavier fleeces and better wool than a f east on one day and a f amine on another. A continual improvement should be taking place in the flock. At every shearing time old sheep, and all that produce an inferior quality of wool, or a lighl fleece, should be culled out of the flock and put up to fatten. If land is to be pastored instead of having the erop gatherod by the scythe or mower, it should be fed as it grows. It would not be profltable to mow a field every day; the harrest wouid be too small to pay for the labor, but cattle can gather the feed as it grows without much extra effort, while the grass will be in its very bst condition. For the production of milk nothing has yet been found superior to the short, sweet, recently-grown leaves of grass. Il' pastures are understocked, or if they are turned into too late in the spring, the grass gets old and tough, and is, rejected by the cattle unless they are very hungry. Cows are not early risers. Unless disturbed they will lie on a cold morning till the day gets well started ; appreciating the èheap warmth of a comfortable bed as much as the farmer himself. The horse is quite different, and bestirs himself nobody knows . when. It is not oi'ten that we catch him napping, unless he is very tired. He would look out every once in a while in the night, if he could, and see how the weather goes. Last night, for the first time this winter, I gave Eingbone the liberty of his box with an open east window twice na n.r{Tf. n.s n, Imrflñ collar. Risiner at [aybreak - for a wonder - I fund the J lorse with its head out of that window, B cinking at the pleasant view, one might i hink, and calculating the chirms of au y arly spring of grass like an oíd hay y peculator. -Hartford Courant. About the House. i In polishing or washing door knobs j ir other articles projecting from a i d surface, protect the paint by slipping i iver the articles a pieoe of stout c oard or cloth, having a hole in the i er large enough to slip it on. I Cleanin3 Vessels. - All sorts of vesels and utensils may be purified from ong-retained smells of every kind in he easiest and most perfect manner, by ] insing them out well with charcoal 1 Ier, after the grosser impuritdes have ] eeu scoured off with sand and potash. Lemon Pie. - The juice and rind of i ne lemon grated into one cup of water, í ne cupful of loaf sugar, the yelks of wo eggs, three tablespoonfuls flour. Frosting - Beat the whites of two eggs, i idd four tablespoonfuls white sugar, ' ipread on the pie, and bake lighüy in 1 ;he oven. Citkon Cake. - Beat four eggs and ' idd one pound and a quarter of sugar, ' uhree-quarters of a pound of butter, one ind a half pounüs of flour ; dissolve i sne teaspoonful of soda in a pint of cnilk, and add ono teaspoonful of lemon extract and half a nutmeg. Beat together, lastly addiug one-half pound of citrón, cut in thin pieces ; bake in a quick oven, not too hot. Fig Pudding. - Half o pound oí bread crumbs, half a pound flgs, six ounces suet, six ounces brown sugar ; mineo the flgs and suet nicely ; a little salt, two eggs well beaten, nutmeg to taste ; boil in a mold four hours. Serve with wine sauce. Fbenoh JumbIíES. - One pound sugar, one-half pound butter, flvo eggs, flour enough to mix so as to roll out nicely ; flavor with two teaspoonfuls of vanilla ; before rolling the dough sprinkle the board with powdered sugar ; roll very thin and cut with biscuit-cutter. POBK AND BkANH, BOSTON Waï,. - Tbree pinte of beans, soak over night, parboil until quito soft, not to break up; ndd salt and two tablespoonfuls of molasaes, three-quarters of a pound of pork; searify the pork, flll up with boiling water ; bake in an earthen pot in a good oven all day ; keepaddingboilmg water; don't allow them to become dry. A bed ink for marking clothes, whioh is not attacked by soap, alkalies or acida, is prepared as follows: Enough of finelypowdered cinnibar to form a moderate thick liquid is very intimately mixed with egg albumen previously diluted with an equal bulk of water and beaten to a froth, and flltered through fine linen. Marks formed on oloth with this iiquid by means of a quill are fixed af ter they have beoome dry by pressing the clotn on the other side with a hot iron. The ink. will keep in well closed bottles for a long time without separation of the suspended cinnibar. A black indelible ink is made of one and two-thirds parts of nitrate of silver in sixteen parts of distilled water and adding two parts of gum arabic and one-third part of say-green. üiax, ou ö u ■ Timothy, quarts 12 to 21 Mustard, quarts 8 to 20 Red top, quarts 12 to 16 Flat turnip, lbs . 2 to 3 ltcd clover, lbs 10 to 16 White clover, lbs 3 to 4 Kcntucky blue graas, lbs 10 to 15 Orchard grass, lbs 20 to 30 The quantity per acre, when planted in rows, is about this : " Broom corn, bu 1 to 2 Beans.bu IX to 2 Peas,bu 1 to 2 Peanuts, bu 1 to 2 Onions, lbs to 6 Carrots,lbs 2 to 3X Parsnips, Iba i to 6 Beets.lbs i to 6


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