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Agricultural And Domestic

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My little Noli ! God blesstlie child! fes, John, you have a homo ; .I'vo been a dreadiu' all aloug To seo this hour come. For Nell'8 our baby, John ; stie'a all That's left to rife and me- Onr bonnie lase ! without her here What would tho old home be ï Don't nuod, John ; I'm womanish Aboit my Jittle Ncll. Yob, yea, I know, I know jou wiU, You '11 always 80 her well. She's tender, John- a enowy lamb I've carricd on my breast, That'B kept my o d heax't wurm bo lonr, Been fondled and caressod; And sheltered from tlie stornis 80 well, 8he11 ueed a love-kept fold. I koow it, John, you are good and trne, And we are geitintf old. Shell need a strong arm by andby ; Perhapfi 'fis just as well That Bho should go away from U8, Ae wo from litllo Noli. Let's ace ! The house is roomy, John, And ouly wiie and me ; ïhere'8 plenty room and weloome, too, For you and Nell, yon see. The nights are gettln' long to ua, Our years are gettin' few ; We'd like Lo have our Nellic nemr TJntil she's left to yo-n. Tho farm has got too large for me - ■ The hands wantü loadtli' well. So you can take tbo for'arcl plow And I'll stay back with Nell. God blesa yon, theü ! come right along. My little Nell is your ; You'd better go and teil hef, John ; ril eee about the chores. A round the Farm. Illinois reoeived premium for butter at the fall Exposition at Pbüadelphia. I have had some experience in that business, and I carne to the conclusión that I would would not, under any cireumstances, thresh another bpidle of grain bound with wire. The wire winds around almost every pnlley there is in a machine, and Ihad tostop very of ten, as the boxes would get hot. - haatory and Farm. Ai Enghsh vicar testines that he ha seen a pair of swallows, when the time for migration came and they found thei young brood too weak to fly, piaster the nest np with mttd with the six young swallowe in it. Beturning ia tñe spring, they arouaed the young swallowa, whicb were found to be none tñe worse for their long hibernation. There is a suggestion also that the swallows were acoustomed generations ago to hibernate regularly, and, though they have since disoovered the preferabiiity of migration o a warmeï climate, tñey are yot able o return to the old habit in case of need. Gbo. W. CtrüTis says, "That -whatever poetry niay have saidof the farmer, listory tells of him a hard, sad tale. When we first see him in Engiand he is a shepherd, wearing a brass collar; he is a part of the estáte, like the flook he ends, and the earth h8 tills. Gurfch is he bom thrall of Cedrie. The farmer was a slave. Or, descending Knglish listory, take another fact. The nationai noome of Engiand is supposed to hre nereased tenfold in a oentury and a half, or f rom the time of WilliamlU. to 1851; and during aÜ tbat time the smallest jroportional share always feil to the ag■icultnral laborer." A spbinkling of sawdust was put in he bottoni of the barrel, then a cake of ce, fltted in the sawdust, then apples et on the end as thiok as could be acked, then sawdust sprinkled on these pples again, and so filled, and packed away in the ice-house, covered well with awdust. and they were fresh and good when taken out. I have found good apples in the leaves undor the trees in he spring, where the snow laid on. Apples can be frozen up in the fall in ight barrels and kept so till spring, hen rolled into a cool, dark cellar to thaw gradually and be all right. I put way a barrel that way once, in a closet n au npper story, and they froze up. t stayed there until warm weather, when I rolled it to the cellar and tuawed ; out and it was as good as ever. - Ohio farmer. " It is always best for a farmer," says recent writer, " to produce woolof ono ort or the other. Wool that is neither one thing nor the other, neither long nor hort, will not usually command a satipactory price so readily as if it were ither the wool clrp"ped from merino heep or from the baoks of some ong-woled breed. An intelligent ealer in wool assures us that good deaine wool should be at least three inches a length, and be a round, strong staple. ?he practice of buying wool at an averge per pound, without regard to its uality or condition, ía paying a premuní for and encouraging the growth of oor and dirty wool, for grease and filth cost but a trine per pound conipared with choice, clean wool. Wool-growers who raise wool above the average as to uality and condition can do better than 3 sell it at an average price by sending ; to a reliable commission merchant, where it will be sorted and sold aceordng to its merits. This is a safe aud satsfactory way to sell good wool. It Í8 ot to be expec'ed that woolbuyers will dvise farmers to thus dispose of their vool, for it deprives them of all the commission for buyiug, beside some 12 enis per pound in addition for all the elaine wool they sort out." About the House. Sponge Cake. - Four eggs beaten seprately, to the yelks add one cup of ugar, beaten well, and then the whites, astly add one cup of flour, put lightly n with &poon, not beaten, bake modertely quick. Mateimony. - Pare and cut into sraall rieces two dozen fine peaohes; cover hem with sugar and let them stand liree or four nours. Then beat them uto one quart sweetened cream, or cusard, and freeze. Canned peaches may e used. WlNB SArOB FOR PüDÖING. TwO CUpuls of brown sugar; one cupful of butr; one cupful of sherry wine; two eggs. Jeat all together very fight before yon add the wine. Let it ateam, not boil put it into a tin bucket, and put that into a kettle of boiling water"), stirring all the time until it scalds and thickens. Into your sauce bowl put a teaspoonful of vanilla, and pour the sauce in. To Boast a Turkey. - It should be killed at least twodaysin advanoe. Make a forcemeat of giated bread crumbs, pepper, salt, sweet marjorem, minced suet, and the beaten y elk of an egg. Chop the liver, gizzard and heart for the gravy. Stuff the craw and the body, and sew up the openings. Dredge with flour, and put the bird into the bake-pan, with the botton well covered with butter. It is usual to detect gas escapes by applying a lighted taper or candle to the suspected place of kakage. This is dangerous, and many explosión s have thus been occasioned. A safer mode is as folio ws : Mix dark soap and water in the proportion of two pounds of the former to five or seven pints of the latter. The sticky paste or liquid so obtained is ready to be applied by the brush to the gas pipe, wheD, if an escape is taking place, bubbles will readily be seen on the liquid ; thus the positions of the gas escapes are indicated without any danger. Christmas Plüm Pudding. - One cup of suet, chopped fine; one cup of Orleans molasses, one cup of stoned and chopped raisins; one cup of curran ts, teaspoonful of cinnamon; teaspoonful of vinegar; a little pinch of salt; one cup ofmilk; three and" one-half cupfuls of Üour, or enough to make a batter thiok as cake; one teaspoonful of soda, dissolved and poured through a strainer. Steam it for five or six hours. Put it into a buttered cake pan (one having a hole through the center), cover it with a big tin lid, and place it in your steamer. A little brandy poured over it, and set on flre just as it goes to the table, gives it the fine appearance of the tnie. oíd feudal style.


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