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Agricultural And Domestic

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Grapes, Wine, aml Vinegar. Weary and wasted, nigh worn out, Yon Rigli and Hhakh white hairs, and say, " Ah, ymi will flnd the truth ene day Of lifc and nature, do not doubt!" Aro rhyuies to sago, and let us give Tlio hoary heatl its honors due : Graut youth itK privileges too, And nations how to thrink au'l live. AVli'i'ïi hlïs more rhanee to Ree HTlgllt Tbc many eolor'd Lows of time, Freyb human eyes in healthy prime Or cuBtom-rtulied and f ading sii-lit ? Gone from the prirnroee and the rose Tbeir diversely delicious breath, Binco no fine wafting visiteth An oíd, perhaps a snuffy, nose ! Youth has its truth : I'd rather trust, Of two extremeB, the ardent Loy, Excess of life and hope and joy, Than this dejoclion and disguBt. Vinegar of experiencc - " drink VT Why so, and Bet our teeth on edge? fiay, even grant what you allege, We'll not anticípate, I think. Who rnissed, or loses, eirlier trutft, Though old, we ehall not count fiim sage ; Rare the stront mellow'd wine of ago From sunsbine-ripen'd grapes of youth. -Fraser's Magazine. Around the JTarm. The California whéat erop at ninety cents per bushel will be wortli more than all the gold and silver that State will dig from lier mines this year. Cucümbbks will grow to a trellis as readily as grape vines. Let those who have small gardens bear this in mind. A few vines can be grown occupying very Kttle space. - Detroit Tribune. The town authorities of Chico, Cal., have passed an ordinance declaring swarms of the common honey bee a nuisancc wilhfn the corporate limits of the town. They are destructivo to fruit. Dut Venetian red makes a good mark on oily-wooled sheep. On any sheep use Venetian red and oil, or turpentine will do instead of oil, Keep it in the barn all the time, to aid your memory in keeping run of the flock, especially the breeding of your best ewes, or tho breeding of the new ram you are tryiug this year. Bbittle hoofs are sometimes caused by the continua! rasping of the crust by farriers or blacksmiths ; sometimes by the use of tar upon the hoofs, and often they are a constitutional defect of tho horse. To remedy the defect in the first two cases, refrain from the causes, and in any case the hoof is softened and made less brittle by rubbing it daily with pure glycerine and avoiding all contact with water or grease. Tallow from the kidney fat of an ox is too hard f or candles. It should be softened by mixing one pound of lard with every twelve pounds of tallow. Some mix one pound of ñnely powdered alum, and four ounces of beeswax, with twelve pounds of tallow, the whole being stirred. together until cold. This is then melted and poured inio the molds, and the candles are cooled slowly. If cooled too quickly, tlie candles will crack and f all to pieces. A fabmeb states that he planted flve rows of corn with seed taken from the cob three inches below the top of theear, rejecting the imperfect grains at the extreme point ; then ñve rows taken from the middle and base of the ear, rejectiog the imperfect graius at the butt. The result was that the ñve rows pianted from the middle and butt of the ear ripened about two and a half weeks before the other rows, the corn of the former being better cured and filled to the end of the cob. - Farmers' Monthly. Pebiods of Gestation and Incubation. - The periods of gestation and cubation of the most common of our domestic animáis are as foliows : Average. Known limits. Mare 34 days Oow 280 " 260to300 Ewe 150 " 144tol53 Goat 150 " unknown Sow 122 " 101tol23 Dog 63 " 59to 67 Kabbit 30 " unknown Turkey 36 " 26 to 32 Hen 21 " 18 to 24 Swan 35 " ■ 35 to 42 Goose 30 " 28to 34 Duck 28 " 21to 30 PeaHcn 58 " 27 to 29 Pigeou..". 18 " 15to 17 A contributob to the Horticulturist buys bones of a butcher at a dollar the hundred pounds, and considers tliem the cheapest fertilizer he can obtain. He transforma them into meal by the following simple process : "I have a large, tight üogshead standing out of doors, near the kitchen. In the spring I cover the bottom about six inches deep with dry soil. On this I put a layer of bones, about the same depth, and cover them entirely with unleacked ashes.. On these another layer of bones, then ashes, and so on till the hogshead is f uil. I leave it then exposed to sun and rain all summer and -winter till the next spring. Then on removiug the contents of the hogshead, I find nearly all the bones so soft that they will crumble to powder under a very slight pressure, and they give a nice little pile of most valuable manure, ready for immediate use. Any of the bones not sufficiently subdued I return to the hogshead again, for another twelve months' slumber". About the House. Fob Beetlfs or Roaohes. - Mixequal parts of brown sugar and Indian maal with Paris green. Oefensive Bbeath. - A good disinfectant for offensive breath when arising from a foul stomach, is a small half-teaspoonful of soda dissolved in a third of a tumbler of water taken in the morning. Savoey Dish. - Melt a quarter pound good elieese in the oven. Wlien this is done add one beaten egg and a wine glass of milk. Beat all these well gether, then bake in a hot oven till a light brown. Egg Sauoe. - "Work well together four ounces of butter and two spoonfuls of flour ; then mix in two spoonfuls of milk. Put over a slow ñre. When melted, add half a pint of water, and when simmering add two spoonfuls more of milk ; give it one boil, and just before serving add two hard boiled eggs, chopped. To colob materiala green : Make a dye of one pound of fustic and water enough to cover two pounds of yarn or cloth. Let the article remain in the dye for two years. Wring out and add to the dye a sufflcient quantity of extract of indigo to make it of the shade required. Let the cloth remain in this half an hour. A Child's Bed.- A child's bed should slope a littleisom the head to the foot, so that the üead may be a littlo higher than the feet- but never bend the neck to get the head on to a piliow. This inakts the child round-shouldered, cramps the veins and arteries, and interferes witii the free circulation of the blood. Even when a child is several years old the pillow should be thin, and made of hair, not f eathers. To Keep Hams.- There is no better way to keep hams through the summer free from taint or inaects than by hanging themup in the smoke-house, which is to be kept perfectly dark. Where there is no smoke-house or dark room, sew each ham up in a canvas bag and thoroughly whitewash it. We have also kept them perfectlv by rubbing into them wood ashes, packing them in barrels, and covering them vitk ashes. A lady wiiter of professed experience gives the following adviee to mothers whose children have the croup : First get a piece of chamois skin, make a little bib ; cut out the neck and sew on tapes to tie it on ; then melt together some tallow aud pine tar ; rub some of this in the ehamois, and let the child wcar it all the time. My baby had the croup -whenc ver she took cold, and since I put on the chamois I have had no more trouble. Renew with tar oceasionaïly.


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