Press enter after choosing selection

Agricultural And Domestic

Agricultural And Domestic image
Parent Issue
Public Domain
OCR Text

A wonderf ui thing íb a seed I The ouc thing deatUless forever- Forcver old and forever new, Utterlj faithful, utterly true- Fiekk' and faithleBK iifvcr. Plant lilios and lilles will blooni ; Plant rosos and ronPB ifill grow ; Plant, hatc and bate to life will Npriug ; Plant lovo and love to you will bring The fruit of the seed you ow. Here is a seasonable hint : Always use China eggs for nest-eggs, and never put eggs uudcr a hen until she has set one night on a China egg, and is found upon her nest the second night ; then at eVening put the eggs under her - eleven to a large hen, and Bine to a sitraH one. The Easfem dairymen have been singularly unfortunate this ecatson. The elementa have seemed to combine agains them, and the prices obtained by thera have ruled, on au average, 2 cents lower than last year. On the other hand, the eost of production and the management of a dniry have been as great as last year. The l'actory reporte show a correspondiag: decfease per cow. 'ÜtiË -ool-gro-wers of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, "West Virginia and Pennsylvania, at a meeting ai Cifcleyille, decided to erect a capacious stoiehoase ai Steubenville, Ohio, for the purposse storing their product and assorting it bef ore placing it upon the market. Thi Í8 a Patrons' movement, ad the stock ■ftïll be disposed of direct'ly to manufactitfeie. A wbitek iü the Country Oentleinan advocates 17e brali for calves. He says: "I have never known a cttlf to die ■with black-leg that was fed rye bran and saltr together with hay, during tlie first winter. Kye or rye bran is loosening, anii that with a few small potatoes will do1 wondei'8 foryour calves." Wood Ahhes ah Á Febtilizeb. - T& compreheBd the part that ashes play as fertilizers it is necessary to understand of what they afe cotüpoued. The coiaposition of the different ■vröode ii? as f ollows : Oak. FAm. Heéék, PiiicPotash 8.43 21.92 18.K9 .... Soda 5.65 13,72 2.88 9Ai Lime 75.43 47.80 63.33 të.Ur Magnesia 4.49 7.71 11.29 13.41-J Oxide of Iron .57 .38 .79 32IF Phosphoric acid 3.46 3.62 3.07 4.4! fMpfmric acid 1.16 1.28 1.35 3.0;: CílUífift? ,. 01 .... .14 .Tí Silica ,,.,.-.-.,,,. ,.78 3.07 1.32 8.3 It will be stíeH by a glunce at the abovc that wood ashes oonteili all the inorganic constituents of plant food, and it is no wonder that they are appreciated wlien their merits are known. Beside furnishing direct food for plants, ashes operate indirectly by aiding in the decomposition of the vegetable and inorganic matter found in the soil, and setting their latent powers free. Bprinltle the orchard, therefore, liberally with ashes, if you wish for goed irrtit and plenty of it. Hop Statistics. - The increased coiisumption of muit liijuors of late years has so stimulated the deinand for hopa thiit the cultivation has become highly reniunerative. Tlie acreage of the world is now estimatcd at 250,000 acres. Of this amount the United States produces 25,000 acres, or 10 per cent, of tlie worHs crops. Germany cultivates about 40 per cent. , England 30 per cent. , Austria 7 per cent., Belgium 6 per cent., France 4 per cent., tlie balance being produced in small qnantities in varions countries on the globe. Germán hops are superior to any otlier grown, and Bavarian liops beir tlie higliest reputatiou of any in Germany. A good continental erop is estimated at 85,000,000 pounds, and the annual consufflption at 60,000,000 pounds. The crop of 1876 is rated at 35,000,000 ; henee the foreign demand for American hops to assist in making up the deficieney. According to the last census report, the hop production of 1870 was nearly 17,500,000 pounds. The principal tíop-produciug otates oí the West are Wisconsin, Michigan, California, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois and Ohio. It is not probable that the production is greater now than then, since the ravages of the hop aphis some years since acted sevefely on tliis industry. Under the stimulus oí high prices, however, considerable activity is again manifested in this direction, and wlien the soil is suitble, and capital enough can be comnanded to properly care for the product, ; will be rermmerative. Nevertheless t is an uncertain crop at best, and reuiriug exact knowledge in cultivation nd unreinitting care. About the House. A New Yobk lectvirer on health ridicules the Grahamite system. He recommends less starch and more mastication, less tea and more mili. He said bran bread had killed nearly all of bis f amily, and rendered twenty-five years of hi own life miserable before he discarded it. Qüick "Wedding Cake. - Two and onehalf cupfuls flour, one and one-half cupfuls sugar, onecupful butter, three-quarters cupful milk, two eggs, two tablespoonfuls rum, one-half nutmeg, one-half pound raisins, one-quarter pound currantS, oi.e-quarter teaspoonftil soda. A small quantity of carbolic acid is recommended to be used in whitewash and in paste for laying paper-hangings. It will repel cockroaches and other insects, and also neutralize the disagreeable odor consequent upon the decomposition of the paste. Old newspapers will put the finishing touch to newly-cleansedsilverknives and forks, and tinware, betterthan anything. Kub them well, and make perfectly dry. They are also excellent to polish stoves that have not been blïiekened for some length of time. A smail piece of paper orlinen, nioistened with spirits of turpentine and put into a bureau or wardrobe for a sinele day, two or three times, is said to be a siimcient preservativo against moths. Pabents should be very caref'ul and not let the rays of the sun shine directly upon the faces of sleeping cliildren. Strong light is very injuriousto the eyes, especially if they are inclined to weakness. Two teaspoonfuls of ñnely-powdered chareonl, drank ixi half a tumbler of water, will ofteu give relief to the sick lieadache when causcd, as in most cases it is, by a snperabundance of acid in the stomach. Waterproof Boots. - The best material we have ever tried to niake boots or liarness pliable and waterproof is linseed oil, applied hot ; and, if the leather be entirely i'ree from water, the oil may be boiling hot without the least injury to the leather. One oilmg of ft pair of boots with linseed oil will do more service than threo or four witli tallow or neat's-foot oil. To Take Off Staboh ok Kust from FiiAT-Irons. - Tie a piece of yellow beeswax in a rag, and.when tlie iron is nearlv hot enough to use, rub it quickly with the wax, and then with a coarse clotli. If irons become rough, rub them with fine salt and they will be smooth. To BEMOVE ÖMOKE AND DüST FKOM Wall Paper.- Tic a largo pièce of clean white oloth over a broom and brush the wall down well. Then fake a stalo loaf of bread, out it open, aud rnb the wft side all over the paper. It will cjpan it "ásiiiee as now." It will altó remove spots of lime or whitewash. Á Nice Eelish fob Breakfast.- -Take half a pound of fresh cheeHe, out in tliin slices and put in a frying-p ; tnm over tlia two cups of sweet milk. Add a pinoh of dry nniBtard, alo of salt aml ptpper, and 'one spoonful of butter. Siar this mixture constautly. Koll six Boston crackers very fine,' nd stir in very gradnally, then turn at onca into a hot diah and serve immediately. Promotion in the Euglish civil service is so blockecl by the number of nged memberi in it thal Í1 ied o w


Old News
Michigan Argus