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Iv'e boen sitting by tho west window. And thinking the iivelong day, Of tho mortgage foreclosed to-morrow Wlien ray honie'6 to be taken away. Twill bo juat three yearg to-morrow, How wéll 1 remombsr that day, When my husband went out to borrow And mortgagcd our komeslead away. How liitlfi he then thought the int urn Would ieave up eo írifuds or a honie, Or that we'd be drivm abroad And lcft in tho wide world to rcani. Bilt life is made up of changes, And poon the grcat change will como, M'hen I shall find reet with my Saviour, Nevermore in the wide world to roam. Ah ! then there wilï bo no mortgage, No house to be taken away, But I Hi.iili dweil ia a maneion, A house that's ne'er made up of clay. - Western Rural. Around tlie Jb'arm. Sunflower leaves aro good for forage, green or dry ; the seed for oil, liorses, hogs and chiokens. Bless the seedsmen, but don't buy "novelties" for market ; it takes too long to learn people the new names. - Conn. Courant. Mr. T. O. Henrt, the Kansas wheat king, figures it out and says a man can tako raw prairie land, hire it broken and sown to wheat, and withan average yield realize a profit of 156 per cent. on his investment. Bbïorb the butter is gathered, and while in lumps about tho size of wheat or buckwheat kernels, draw off or strain out the buttermilk, and thoronghly wash the butter with clear, cold water at about 55 degrees, but do not pack the butter together. Then sprinkle on and carefully stir in, stil )avoiding paoking.about one ounce of salt to each pound of butter. Set the butter away in a sweet, cool place, not above 60 degrees, nor below 55 degrees, until the next day, wlien it Is ready to work and pack for market. Two new and distinct broeds of sheep have lately been introduced into England from the west coast of South America. The first are two fine, whitewooled sheep, each having four long massive horns, two of which have a forword curve over the head, while the other two curve downward under the eyes, giving the head a singular appearance. Of the second, which are said to be a species between tho llama and alpaca, there are three, one male and two témales, which are thickly covered with long dark brown, but exceptionally fine hair, or wool, which is highly prized by tho native Indians for the manufacturo of their more delicate fabrico. The malo stands about three feet high at the shoulder. George R. Drew, a Vermont farmer, had the following to say at a farmers' festival: " Farming can be made more pleasant by making a busüiess of it, and not attend'ing to too many other things at the same time. And then by not overworking. Ithink there has been improvement in this respect, but there is need of more still. I have said I would not take the gift of a farm and be obliged to work as I rtid when a boy. I now see the policy of giving children and young folks a great deal of recreation. 1 am sure that more work can be done in a long rnn by working ten hours a day than by being actively engaged for fourtten hours. Also, we should not be too much confineu at home ; we should go away occasionally, and many times we might gain enough to make up for our lost time." At a recent meeting of the alumnus club of the Agricultural college, Prof. Gulley spoke of the management of hired help. He said there are two requisites : first, you need the right kind of men as managers, and secondly you need the right kind of employés. Some mea always have trouble with their help, while others get a long well with everybody. In general, the nearer help approaches to a mere machine, it is practically the most valuable. Educated help woukl be better, provided they would be content to do their work well for the wages paid. Ho gave a detailed description of the management of the help on his farm at Dearborn, and also of the way in which Ferry's seed farm is managed. Prof. Gulley boarded his hands and worked them from daylight to dark, giving them one hour for nooning. He allowed them no responsibility, but gave them directions for doing everything. - Michigan paper. Rams at a certain season of the year develop combative propensities, and their fights frequently termínate f atally. A corref pondent of the Ohio Farmer has hit on a novel method of preventing a display of their rude butting warfare. He says: "It is well known that they always 'back up' to get a start to butt. Stop their backing up and you disconcert them entirely. To do this,. take a light stick (a piece of broom-handle will do), about two or two and a half feet long. Sharpffa one end, and lash tho otter end securely to his tail ; the Bharpened end will then draw harmlessly on the ground behind ijs long as his majesty goes straight ahead about his business ; but on the attempt to " back up " he is astonished to find an effeetual brake in the rear. Don't Jaugh and cali this ' all gammon,' but if you have a butting ram, try it, and the time fc laugh will be when you see him jump out sideways, and whirl round and round, trying to upset the machine, which will keep behind him." A bout the House. A lady correspondent of the Germántown Telegraph says that few people know that pieces of horse-radish, with a small bag of allspice, added to the vinegar of pickles improves their flavor and preveijts mold. Tomato Omelkt.- Tomatoes, ripe, peeled, sliced and thickened with bread er'nmbs, and seasoned with salt, pepper, chopped parsley, sugar and butter. To eveiy pint of this mixturo add ono beaten egg. Sprinkle bread crumba over tha top; bake forty minutes in a vegetable dish. This is a nice dish for dinner. One of the most frequent causes of leaky roofs is the forming of an ice-dam, beginning at the gutter and gradually backing up till the water flows through under slates or shingles. A simple way of preventing tliis is to detach the gutters an hB inch or two from the eaves and hang them on iron stirrups, or otherwise, so that the water can flow freely over tho backs as well as the fronts. It is necessary for us to bathe of ten and thoroughly during warm weather in order tobe clean; but this is not the only good that comes from the bath, even to healthy persons. After sevcn davs labor, either mental or physical, after a person is so tirod and nervous as to be in no conditition even to rest, aud long hours of the night pass slowly away with no tendency to sleep, nothing is better for this condition than a bath in tepid water. There is soniethmg . restful about it, and the weary frame is refreshed, the nerves quioted, aud sleep soon comes sure and sweet. A simple bathing of the spine, with gentle rnbbing, will quiet the over-tired so that the normal resting condition - sleep- soon comes on. FisH-BALiiS. - Two cupfuls of coldboiled cod, fresh or salted ; one cupful of mashed potatoes; half a cup of melted butter, with an egg beaten in. Season to taste. Chop the fish when you have f reed it from bones and skin; work in tho potato and moisten with tho melted butter until it is soft enough to mould, and will keep in shape ; roll the bulla in flour and fry quickly to a golden brown, in lard or clean dripping. Take from the fat so soon as they are dono ; lay on a colander or seivo and shake gently to free from evpry drop of greaso; i tuin out for a few moments on clean , paper to absorb any liugenag rtvops, and ■: : hot dish.


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