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By A Neighbor
There is a man named Tumbledown,
Whose farm is somewhere 'round;
There's a house, a barn and stable
With the weather-boards off the gable.
And the barn is on the lean,
While in the roof great gaps are seen.
His fence be ne'er takes time to make,
Nor even sets a post or stake.
His neighbors, they look dark and
At the ways of Peter Tumbledown.
His stable windows have no lights,
He keeps his horses "poor as kites."
His cows stand shivering in the cold,
His sheep also without a fold,
And to the creek for water go
Through the winter's sleet and snow.
His chiokens have their roosts in trees,
Where every night they almost freeze;
And as for eggs they're seldom found
Save lying frozen on the ground.
His mower stands out all the year,
Until it's rotten and "out of gear."
His plows, his hay-rake and his har-
Serve as a roosting place for sparrows.
His forks and shovels—which are few,
Are red with rust, and broken, too.
Farm wagon broken, the axels worn,
The carriage top is badly torn.
His harness is minus buckles, rings,
And in their stead be uses strings.
And whene'er he drives in town
The boy's halloo "Here's Tumble
His corn he very seldom plows;
He has no pasture for his cows.
His patient wife, also his daughter-
Must daily drive the cows to water,
While Peter sits and takes his ease,
With his elbows on his knees. '*?T.
He never splits the kindling wood
For the cook-stove, as he should.
Hay to his horses he rarely feeds,
Since bis farm abounds in weeds.
One day he said to his wife, "Mary,
I've thought of something that beats
You know we have a goodly yield
Of big milkweeds in every field,
We'll send their milk into the town,
And cut out milking," said Tumble
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How to Keep the Boys on the
The following article was taken
from the Jefferson County Union
(Wisconsin) edited by Hoard ft Sons
of Hoard's Dairyman, and as it
touches upon one of the most im
portant questions uppermost in the
mind of the thinking farmer and his
wife we feel that it should have a
place in our Home Department:
Boys are full of hope and ambition,
if the old farm does not give them
any scope for the exercise of that
spirit, if the father cares for nothing
beyoDd laying up another sordid
dollar, the boys are going to get out
into the world even if they do make
blunders and mistakes. One great
trouble often in that the farm home
has nothing in it that is in sympathy
with the outside world. The boy
goes to the county fair and sees the
machinery and the fine cattle, sheep
and swine and comes home ashamed
of what is on the farm. Like enough
he asks "Father, why don't we hnve
some of these better things?"
Now if the father is in debt and
cannot get these things yet awhile,
that is a reasonable answer to the boy
and he will work to help clear the
debt. But suppose he knows that
father can afford these improvements,
if he will. What then?
The other day at the county fair,
we fell in with that sterling old farmer
and Holstein breeder, William Wright,
of Waupnun. He was telling a group
of men bow he came to get such a fine
herd of cattle, for, be it remembered,
he has won three twenty-four dollar
prizes offered by Hoard's Dairyman
in the Wisconsin Cow Competition.
There is quality in that herd, for
he made 16 oowa earn over $2,000 last
year at the creamery. Mr. Wright
said he first commenced grading up
his herd by the purchase of the finest
registered bull he could find. Then
he went into the breeding of register
ed cattle to keep his boys on the farm,
and it did it He says bis boys have
very largely made the herd what it is.
Set such an object as that before a
boy and he must be a chump and a
misfit if he will not respond heartily.
I,There ought to be more men like
Mr. Wright to save our bright
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farm boys for the future betterment
of our farms and good of the com
munity and state.
A Game for Young People.
Prepare a paper on which are writ
ten the following questions for each
"1. What is the best age for a girl
or boy? (Espionage).
2. To what age will people arrive
if they live long enough? (Dotage).
3. To what age do women look
forward to with anxiety? ( Marriage).
4. What age has the soldiers ofteD
to find? (Courage).
5. What age is required on the
high seas? (Tonnage).
6. What age are we forbidden to
7. What age is not less or more?
8. What age are people stuck on?
9. What age is both profane and de
10. At what age are vessels to ride
Hattie's helpful Hints.
Rub the spoons with salt after dip
ping them first iv water to remove
To drive slender, steel nails into
hard wood without bending rub them
with common yellow bar saop.
Tar stains may be removed by lard.
Rub the spots with it, leave for a day
or two then wash in the usual way in
To clean guilt mouldings first wipe
off all loose dirt, then go over them
with the beaten white of an egg to
which one teaspoonful of baking soda
has been added. Apply with a brush
or a soft cloth.
This is the solution used by Chinese
launderies for removing stains and
whitening clothes. Boil together five
minutes one gallon of water, four
pnnds washing soda, one pound soda.
Have water hot before mixing. Pour
it over two pounds unslaked lime let
it bubble and foam until it settles.
Pour it off and bottle for use. For
each three gallons of suds use one
tablespoon and one half cup in the
boiler. It doe 9 not rot the clothes
but to be white they must be thor
oughly rinsed. Colored clothes should
not lie long in the water wash quickly
The Ranch Cook Book.
Take one gallon each of green
matoes and cabbage, one quart onions,
two green peppers; (all chopped) mix
this with four tablespoons ground
mustard, two tablespoons powdered
ginger, one tablespoon cloves, the
same of powdered mace and cinna
mon, three pounds sugar, three ounces
turmeric powder, one ounoe celery
seed. Cover with good vinegar,
boll slowly until done. Put in glass
jars and seal.
Wash and stem the fruit. Put five
pounds in a kettle and lieat very
sowly. When soft rub through a sieve,
return to kettle and add three pounds
of granulated sugar, two cups of vine
gar, one teaspoon each of ground
black pepper, cinnamon and, allspice.
Boil one houi and seal while hot.
CHILDKEN'S APPLE BREAD.
One quart of corn meal one pint
ripe chopped apples, three tablespoons
shortening, pinch of salt, one and
one half oups water sweeten if desired
and bake as ordinary corn bread.
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