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Lyon County Times SUPPLEMENT. SILVER CITY, NEVADA, SUNDAY, AUGUST 8, 1875. You Osn t Most Always Sometimes Tell. BY H. P. flIIILLABER. Was it the voice of a f>ell ora bird Which, careless, I, half-hearing heard? It hobbled forth with a laugh inblent, And a girlish scream of merriment. < And these the words on my ear that fell, •‘You can’t most always sometimes tell.” 1 marveled much such words to hear, Kilt smiled at their conjunction queer. For in them was a pregnant thought, To be in many a judgment wrought, For what is ill or what is well, We can’t most always sometimes tell. The outside glitter of worldly show Obscures the meanings tliut lurk below; We guze and wonder and think we see, Kut our eyes are blurred by the glumoury; We check our verdict, saying, “Well, We can’t most always sometimes tell.” Superlatives in dress and air May take the careless by their glare, And simulated virtues shine As bright as jewels front the mine; We judge the kernel from the shell, But we can't most always sometimes tell. So verdicts e^cry day are given Of many matters under Heaven; With honest heart* and truthful tongue They earnestly are said and sung, Where people pray or preach or sell; We can’t most always sometimes tell. The smiling look may haply hide A covert where the gloom abide; The dulle*t tone in law or love May treacherous and wicked prove; The smooth mien hide a purpose fell— We can’t most always sometimes tell. But if ’tis thus, reflection saith, We lose in men all living faith; The people moving round about. Are seen through clouds of fear and doubt, And they may say of us as well, We can’t most always sometimes tell. ['iicnnscious Fascination. The inti lienee winch mine people possess, almost unconsciously, over others is so marked as to he undoubted. There arc people so constituted that their opposites in_ temperament seem to have a perfect control over them, lcudiugthcm, at times, into hy-paths against their butter judg ment. For my part, I never condemn the boy or girl, man or woman, who is thus led astray. One might ns well blame the bird that flutters into the serpent's mouth to become food for the monster. It is conscious of its danger, and in mortal terror of its adversary, anil seems unable to resist the fascination that is lending it to destruction. The serpent knows its power over the bird; so some men and women know their power over other men and women. Again, this power is used unconsciously, sometimes for good and sometimes for evil. How often do we listen spell hound to a speaker, mid won der afterwards why it was so; recalling nothing hut commonplace remarks, and feeling conscious that we have wearied while hearing better discourses. To il lustrate the power of fascination jmg scascd by some people over others, 1 in tend to give a hit of life history, which may set the reader to thinking, if it does no greater good. Some twelve years ago, in a small city in northern Wisconsin, resided a McCann family, the proud hut poor descendants of a once famous house of Scots. It had a long lineage of ancestors, which its pres ent members delighted in rehearsing to the few jieople they called friends. This family consisted of the parents, one son, and four daughters, ull grown up with one .exception; though the third daughter, Belle, whose history I am going to give, w as scarcely more than a child in years, ■only fifteen of which had been counted in in i in*', nut-* was large mr ner age, nnu well developed, inclining to bo rattier stout ami fleshy. She was n blonde of tlic fairest type, possessed of an easy, lov ing disposition, and had more ’ tlmn average intelligence for a girl of her years. The elder sisters were married and hud homes of tlioir own. Ella, the oldest of the four, resided in the town of 8-, and Lillian, the second, on a farm twelve miles from 8-. After the marriage of her sisters. Hello found her home lonely. Mij. McCann mourned over her lost wealth ami station, anil was so harsh that she became an un t congenial companion for her children. Mr. McCann was kind, hut he was an easy sort of a man, w ho never interfered with his wife ill any of her moods; ami though tile children toned and clung to hint lie had no power to ward otf the mother's harshness from them. Strange as it may seem, Mrs. McCann's ill vriIIfell upon ting gentlest of the (lock, her daughter Belle, who was never bravo enough to contra dict any one, or even to set her will against that of her mother. She wns fair to look upon, had light, curling hair, blue eyes, ami small features. She was given to ro mance, and delighted in novels which had robber heroes. Shu had some talent, of a literary character, which might have won for her, if improved, some notieo in the world. She was not a gloomy person, hut was unhappy at home. Her very meek ness only angered her mother. The mar ried sisters, seeing how matters stood, re solved to take her to 8-, and there educate her. They hud great hopes for her future. Though they had married commonplace men themselves tlioy proph esied a golden future for her. The propo sition pleased the mother and the change was made. While at school in 8-, Ilelle made remarkable progress in her studies, prov ing herself to bo a steady and an apt pupil. Hut shu continued her novel read ing and dreamed of a daring hero who would snatch iicr from her friends and make her queen of a pirate's castle. “There lie goes!” sho exclaimed ono slimmer evening, glancing up from a novel she was reading. "Who?” I asked. (They were neigh bors of mine aud I had "run in” for a short call). “My hero,” she answered with a laugh. I looked out. In a sulky, driving leis urely aloug, was a man answering to her and w hiskers, and eyes black and flash ing. His gaze was resting on the girl al the window, in a way that said, I shall know her better some day. “Who is he?" I asked. “I do not know,” she replied; but sht did not take her eyes from his face all the while. “Come away, IJelle,” said Ella. “He will think you have fallen in love with him.” “I have,” responded Belle with the ut most simplicity. “He is my hero, and h< is my destiny.” “Hear the child talk!'' excluiuied the elder sister. “He is, and I know it!" persisted Belle, now turning her face toward us, for tilt stranger had passed out of sight. “Don't talk to me about destinies. II you dare say ‘beau’ for live years to some, I'll disown you. We want tomakc some thing of you besides ahusband-hunter. A girl of your Hgc should think of nothing except your books and work.” There was a spice of bitterhess in Ella's tone ns she said the last. Belle made no response. She heaved a little sigh and went on with her reading. Ella and I had conversed some live min utes on some unimportant topic when Bello interrupted us— “There lie goes again!” We both looked out now, and both saw tin- man in the sulky, driving in the direc tion from which he had come a few min utes before. His black eyes were fixed on Belle's face, and her gaze rcstod on him. “Como away! You are making your self ridiculous,” cried Ella angrily. But Belle moved not until the sulky and its occupant were out of sight; then she heaved another sigh, and, rising, left the room. ‘■Strange conduct,” commented the sis ter. “Wlmt is strange conduct?" asked a blue-eyed, brown haired girl, who at that moment danced into the room. “Why, a chap in a sulky, staring in at the window." VII, lldl T M IIIIUIII9, IUU U1DWI, A guess. Can't expect anything better of him. lie is a drinking, gambling rout, to make the host of him. But sumo girls think him splendid. He 'minds me of a snake, and charms like one. He has his eyes on some of you, likely; and if he has, you will think him splendid too." She struck iuto a gay tune, never no ticing the uneasy expression on Ella's face. For my part, I was mystified. Mary Dale was the daughter of a neigh bor, and an intimate friend of mine. 6he was also one of Belle's friends. “I am going homo; can't you l>car me company, Mary I" I asked. I wanted to tell her about Belle's strange conduct. She nodded her pretty head in reply to my question, and followed mo iuto the street. Then I told her how Bello had acted. “She will rue tho dny that she over saw hint.” was tho response. “I knew one poor girl that lie drove to ruin, despair amfloeath. A hero, indeed 1” A week later Bello informed me that she had met her hero at the house of a friend, tho previous evening, and had an introduction to hint. He wasa“duck"of a man, and she was already in love with him. Ella found this out, and forbade her sister to speak to Harvey Williams. But it did no good. Soon afterward Belle canto to Mary Dale and me, and, with tenrs in her eves, informed us that she should die if deprived of Ilarveyb soci ety. He loved her and she loved him, and she could not give him up. We were sorry for her and were soon won over to her cause. The meetings were continued. When two make up their mind that they irill meet, they aro very npt to do so. In this Instance Mary Dale and I helped the lovers, just out of pity for Belle. The two elder sisters grew furious whenever they chanced to hear of these meetings, and l«.-i (uuu iiciii: jwr ucr lu^rHtiiuiie. I m*v had oven now selected a liuslmnd for her —a John Wilson, who wna well-to-do in the world, and whose heart was already entangled in the meshes of her golden liair. Together theao sisters had decided to marry her to this John Wilson as soon its she had completed her education. But it was not to be, for one evening when both sisters were out of S-, Mary and I helped tho infatuated girl to elope, a thing that both of us have regretted ever since. It was not renlly an elopement either, for she was married secretly, and after the ceremony was ended, she went back to her sister's house, and romained there for several days so quietly that Ella never imagined that what she was trying so hard to prevent had really taken place. The following Sunday, Williams walked uninvited iuto Ella's parlor. John Wil son was there, and so was Mary ami I. We had expected a denouement on that day, and were watching for it. But John Wilson was ns ignorant as Ella of the marriage. “Introduce met" said Williums in a commanding tone to Belle. She turned white and faltered, but his dark eyes wore on her, and she did not dare to disobey him. “My husband,” she said faintly. The constornation of the party can be hotter imagined than descrilted. John Wilson grew deathly pale, and Ellathrow up her hands with a loud scream. “I congratulate you,” said the young man in tones of bitter irony. “May you bo as happy as you deserve to be.” lie thou bowed himselfoutof the house. Mary and I wore sorry that we had any thing to do in the matter, and, following John Wilson's example, we took an un ceremonious leave. Half an hour later, Belle came to us with the information that her sister had ordered her husband and herself out of the house, and that Williams had gone for a carriage in order to- convey ker to ilia mother's residence. Mary and I saw Belle sometimes after that, but not very often. The family breach wag soon healed, but Belle kept closely at home in attendance on her hus band. Her lifo had become one of tor ment, hopeless and aimless. Her hus band nover addressed a kind word to hor, but was jealous, tyrannical and abusive, treating her like a slave. He not only re quired that she should stay entirely at pel's from his dwelling, tl.ipt removing all means and recreation. He was very ig norant himself, as were all of his family, and he was not willing that his wife should excel him in knowledge. He spent his days in driving fast horses and his nights in gambling. Two children were born to this ill-mated couj^e—a boy and a girl. The girl died in early infancy, ana the wretched mother thanked Ood that it was so. g We advised our friend to break her chains and begin a new life away from her tyrant; but she told us that she could not do so. She did not love him as she once had done, but be possessed a power over her she could not resist. What the power wus she could not tell, but that it molded her every action she could not deny. He bad ruled her thus since the first time that his eyes fell upon her, and she frured that he would always rule her thus. We had much advice to give; but advico is so easy to give and so hnrd to follow. A cool philosophy is of little benefit to a woman's heart. It cheers about the same as the sun does ft frozen plant—withering, instead of refreshing. Here men are grander, 1 letter fitted for life. Its coldness docs not freeze, its sun docs not wither their souls. Belle clung to her husband through several weary years, living a life that was a curse ana longing hourly for death—clung to hips until one morning, when she discovered that he had eloped with a widow, who had resided in the same village. Then, wo man-like, she wept for him and for her lost happinoss. But her child demanded her care, and she was obliged to seek em ployment in order to support herself and him. The work was a panacea for her sorrow, and her health began gradually to improve. As the months came and went without bringing word from her husband, her eyes began to brighten. Fully re moved from his influence, she despised him, and hoped he would never return. “I will never live with him again if I can help myself,” she would say. “I think his influence is gone, but I fear that it is not. I hope he will never return; if be doos, and I show a disposition to follow him, I hope that somebody will shoot me, for I would rather die.” But he did re turn after a two years’ absence, and de manded that she should accompany him South — yes, returned just as she was thinking about asking for a divorce. “I must go with him—I cannot helpit," ■ lie aaiil in m ksnbnii liasstarl aopt Af* (Few ' ---—---- - W ' and she went. If his power over her isnht fascination, or psychological influence, what is itt If it is fascination, then how is she account able for her acts! Again, if one person can exercise such an influence over another, is not the wrong person often condemned for a crime!—Phrenological Journal. The First Umbrella in London. An old English record states that as early as the middle of the eighteenth cen tury some enterprising genius introduced umbrellas at Oxford and Cambridge, let ting them out, iiks sedan-chairs, to the students at so much j>er hour, thus ena bling poor young men to pass from build ing to building to their lectures, without being drenched with the rain. But peo ple no more thought of carrying an um brella about tho streets of a town or city, than of taking a bod to sleep in, or a stove to warm themselves by, as they wentabout their regular business. The first person who ventured on such an innovation was Jonas Hauway—the samo benevolent old gentleman to whose exertions England owes the foundation of its "Marine Society,” and to whoso mcmi^ there is a monument in West minster Abliey. Mr. Hanway had trav eled in China and other parts of the East, whore umbrellas were in general use, and having brought one over as a sort of curi osity, he at length determined to avail himanlf nf Ita •,antan»ies KanaA fa a ml eno day ventured on the streets of Lon don, holding “the queer-looking apara tus’’ over his head during a heavy rain. Perhaps if he had known what a shower of ridicule, and even abuse, he was pro voking, ho would rather have faced the rain. For groups of men hustled him on the sido-walks, and callod him mad; wo men from windows and doors clappod their hands and laughed; and boys in crowds ran after him, hissing, hooting, and even pelting him with stones. But they soon grew tired of such shameful sport, and took it quite as a matter of course, as Mr. Ilanway, day after day, walked the streets, umbrella in hand, whether in rain or sunshine, Occasion ally he invited a friond to share his com fortable shelter, and all agreed in pro nouncing it very pleasant; but so afraid were they of ridicule that it was three years after Mr. Hanway's first experiment before another man in Lqndon found courage to own or carry an umbrella. Jonas Hanway died in 1776, and for the last thirty years of his life lie carried an umbrella, whenever either son or rain rendered one disirable; yet the present century had passed more than its first docade before the use of umbrellas be came general.—8t. NieKoUufor Avgvtt. A cocntkt dog came into town on business with his master this morning aud went down to the steamboat landing to inspect the Sunnyside. There he met two city dogs who were strutting around look ing for something to oat or a fight. They proceeded to mako the acquaintance of the country dog, but not inclined to such sociability, country walked away, but was followed by the city curs, who were not long in kicking up a three-cornered fight. The dispute was near the edge of tho dock and within three feet of a horse’s basis. The horse turned his head to see what the noise was all about, and, taking in the situation at a glance, turned partly around, and giving one of the city (logs a broad side, kicked him clear into the river. The unpleasantness between the other two dogs ceased at once. When the kicked dog came out of the river, he trotted down Second street in a reflective mood, while his city companion stood behind a bale of cotton! undecided what to do. — Troy Prut. Amt effort at display is a conscious con HOUSEHOLD._ Canning Fruit. The following description of methods is taken from a prominent agricultural paper: “As to cans, the simplest are the best. Those of glass, with glass covers, a rubber band and a screw ring, are ns easily sealed as they are unsealed, and can he managed by any intelligent child of twelve or thirteen. The porcelain lined caps are also good. A tin tunnel, just fitting into the neck of these, can be made for twenty cents, and with this the cans may be filled very rapidly, and without spilling. As to fruit, it should be perfectly fresh and sound, and care fully picked over; so that no 111-flavor in jures its quality when it comes on the ta ble. The time of boiling the fruit should vary somewhat with the kind, ranging from five to thirty minutes, as follows: cherries, S; raspberries, 6; blackberries, fi; plums, 10; whortleberries, 6; peaches, ■whole, 15: peaches, halved, 8; pears, whole, 80; pears, halved, 20; pineupple, sliced, 15; ripe currants, 6; grapes, 10; tomatoes, 30; gooselierries, 8; quinces, sliced, 15. The fruit will keep just as well without sugar as with it, and many prefer it without. Sugar always rises in price during the preserving season, and we can wait till winter, and then add sugar as well asputitin now. In canning peaches, if two or three are put in without remov ing the pits a bitter almond flavor will pervade the whole can. A* to the pro cess : Place a very wet cloth in the dish pan; set the jar in this, having previously rinsed it by rolling in hot water; place in it a silver spoon; put in the tunnel and a cupful of syrup first, then fill with fruit to tho top. Remove the spoon, and set the jar where no draft of air can strike it. The fruit should be covered with syrup. In ten minutes the contents of the jar will have cooled and settled some, and they will Iks ready to seal up. Fill them to the top with syrup or hut water; put on rubbor, the glass cover, and the screw ring. When the jars are cold, the covers should bo tightened again, and then set away in a cool, dark place.” Rice and Tomatoes.—Boil one pint ot rice in three pints of water for half an hour. Then mix itwitli ont and a hall' pints of stewed tomatoes, and cook gently another half hour, without stirring. This recipe will answer as well with canned tomatoes as with fresh. When the latter can be had fully ripe, peel and slice and place in alternate layers with rice in a porcelain-lined kettle, in the proportion of four to five parts tomato to one of rice, having tomato for the upper aud lower layers, and adding all tlie juice. Stew very gently on the stove until the rice is tender. Whortleberry - Jki.i.y Pudding.— Look over carefully and wash one quart of whortleberries. Place a layer of them on the bottom of a covered stone jar or earthen pipkin. Scatter in clean dry rice, not enough to cover the whortleber ries, and then another layer of whortle berries, and so on, putting in one part rico to four parts whortleberries, with sugar to sweeten, if desired. Then cover aud set in the steam or in an oven; fill the fruit even full of hot water. Do not move it again until the rice is swelled; cook an Tiour at least after it begins to boil up, or until the rice is tender throughout. Bet away to cool in the jar. Serve cold, with a trimming of sweetened cream. Hygienists will need no dress ing Corn Fritters.—Boil a dozen cars of corn, or more than are needed for dinner, and while warm scrape them with a corn cutter, and put the corn in the I'efrigera tor until morning. To two (toffee cupsful if corn add two or three well- beaten eggs, three tablcspoonfuls of cream or new inilk, and a small teacupful of flour, with a little salt. Drop in spoonfuls into hot fat, aud fry of a light brown. Or else cook them on the griddle iron like any other cakes, and we assure you that pater familiat will see that a larger extent of sweet corn is planted for the next season, bccanse he will relish the dainty dish so highly. With baked new potatoes and corn fritters, ho will frequently think that hog and hominy may lie set aside for another day.—Country Gentleman. A UIIKAP ICE PITCHER.— ITletOI lowing simple method of keeping ice water a long time in a common pitcher is worth knowing. Place between two sheets of paper (newspaper will answer, thick brown is better) a layer of cottou batting about half an inch in thickness; fasten the ends of paper and batting together, forming n circle, then sew or paste a crown over one end, making a box in the shape of a stovepipe minus the rim. Place this over an ordinary pitcher tilled with ice-water, making it deep enough to rest on the table, so as to exclude the air, and you will be astonished at the length of time this ice will keep, and the water remain cold after the ice Is melted. A tea made of peach leaves is a sure cure for kidney difficulty. A plastei made of fresh tar is a sure cure for cancer, which, with all its roots, will come out. A tea made of chestnut leaves, drunk in the place of water, will cure the most ob stinate case of dropsy, in a few days. A tea made of ripe or dried whortleberries, and drunk in the place of water, is a speedy cure lor scrofulous difficulties, however bad.—Memphis Register. Cleansing Hair Brushes.—To cleanse a hair-brush, make a basin of cold suds, add a spoonful of spirits of nmmonia, put in the bristles as many times as necessary. A cloth, too, may be used to help the cleansing. Finally, rinse in clear water. —Maine Farmer. Fricassee op Parsnips.—Boil In milk till they are soft; then cut them length wise into bits two or three inches long, and simmer in a white sauce, made of two teaspoonfuls of broth, a bit of mace, half a cupful of cream, a bit of butter, and aome flour, pepper and salt. Altan Clareb, the wbll-kuuwn tele scope-maker, of Cainbridgeport, Massa chusetts, is at present engaged upon three powerful instruments—onq for the Austrian Government, one for the Pritch ard Institute of Missouri, and one for Dr. V -L The Hired Girl for the Hour. When she came to work for the family on Congress street, the lady of the house sat down and told her that agents book peddlers, hat-rack mm, picture sellers, ash buyers, ragmen, and all that class of people, must be met at the frout door and coldly repulsed, and Sarah said she’d re pulse 'em if she had to break every broom stick in Detroit. And she did. She threw the door open wide, bluffed right up to 'em, and when she got through talking the cheekiest agent was only too glad to leave. It got so ufter a while that peddlers marked that house, and the door-bell never rang except for company. The other day, us the lady of the house was enjoying a nap, and Sarah was wiping off the spoons, the bell rung. She hastened to the door, exacting to see a lady, but her eyes encountered a slim mun, dressed in black, and wearing a white necktie. He was the new minister, and he was going around to get acquaint ed with the members of his flock, but Sarah wasn't expected to know this. . “Ah—uni—is Mrs— ah-?” “Git!” exclaimed Saral^ pointing to the gate. “Beg pardon, but I'd like to see—see _ “Meander!” she shouted, looking around for a weapon; “we don't want any flour sifters here!” “You are mistaken,” he replied, smiling blandly; “I called to—” “Don't want anything to keep moths away—fly!” she exclaimed, getting red in the face. “Is the lady in?” he inquired, trying to look over Sarah's head. “Yes, the lady's in, and I'm in, and you’re out!” she snapped, “and now I don't want to stand here talking to a fly trap agent any longer! Come, lift your I loots!” “I am not an agent,” he said, trying to smile, “I am tha new—" “Yes, I know you; you are the new man with a patent flat-iron, but we don't want any, and you'd better go before I call the dog!” owiii ...... *1... — —.1 say that I called?” "No, I won’t; we’re lrored to death with cards and handbills and circulars. Come, I can’t stay here all day." “Didn't you know that I was a minis ter?” he asked, as he backed off. “No, nor I Wlon't know it now; you look like the man who sold the woman next door a dollar chromo for eighteen shillings!" But there is my card.” • “I don’t care for cards, I tell you1 if you leave that gate open I'll hetve a flower pot at you?” “I will call again," he said as he went through the gate. “It won’t do you any good!”she shout ed ufterhim; “wo don't want any pre pared food for infants—no piano music— no stuffed birds! I know the policeman on this beat, and if you cotne around here again he'll soon find out whether you are a confidence man or a vagrant!” And she took unusual care to lock the door.—Detroit Free Prett. A Brave Uiri..—The Marion (Ind.) correspondent of the Indianapolis Jour nal relates the following incident in con nection with a case of jail-breaking a few days ago: “The prisoners escaped from jail in the absence of the sheriff and his deputies; the sheriff's wife and her sis ters, the two Misses Anderson, being the only persons about the building at the time. It seems that the prisoner, Henry Fry, called for a light, as is usually done by some oue of the prisoners before retir ing. The young ladies knowing that the sheriff had locked the prisoners within the corridor of the cell department at nightfall, and anticipating no danger, opened the two outer doors leading into tire aisle outside of the corridor, when Washburn sprang out lollowea by uonk ling and Favors. The younger Miss Ad derson resolutely seized Washburn, and although he dragged her out of the room adjoining the jail department and down the high stone steps and into the yard, knocking over everything in the way, yet she clung to him until he tinally threw her upon the ground just as he was in the act of climbing over the high board fence on the west side of the jail. But the brave girl seized him again, and jerking him backward into the yard held on to hint till Mr. Humphreys came up. He says that he found him sulleuly pulliug her hair and slapping her iu the face. Sheriff Baldwin rewarded the plucky young lady with a present of one hun dred siollars.” Mark Twain, in a letter to the inven tor of a mosquito net, talks in this way: “There is nothtng that a just and right feeling man rejoices in more thap to see a mosquito imposed on and put down and brow-beaten anu aggravated, and this in genious contrivance will do it. And it is a rare thing to worry a fly with, too. A fly will stand off and curse this invention till language utterly fails him. 1 have scon them do it hundreds of times. I like to dine in the air on the back porch in summer, and so I would not lie with out this portable net for anything. When you get it hoisted the flies have to wait for the second table. We shall see the summer day come when we shall sit un der our nets in church and slumber peace fully, while the discomfitted flies club together and take it out of the minister. There are heaps of ways of getting price less enjoyment out of these charming things, if I hud time to point them out aud dilate on them a little. An obliging gentleman, who thinks that personal favors do not cost much, while they make friends, was applied to i>y a colored man for a certificate of char acter by which he might get a situation. The testimonial proved to be more com plimentary than Scipio himself had ex pected, and that worthy, o i recovering from his astonishment, exclaimed: “Say, Mr.-, won’t you gib me something to do yourself on uat recommendation I" w » Get your babies all counted for the man FARM AND GARDEN. Children'* Gardens. I wish every mother in the country knew the great satisfaction to be derived from the little plots of land the children cultivate as their own. No matter how small, it has a peculiar charm, and its mixed and incongruous pliAtings often yield astonishing results. $o radishes so crisp as those your little son will lay be side your plate, the reward for his toil and care. No flowers so beautiful as those your loving daughter in some bright spring morning, nurtured and tended by her own hands. The earliest hepatica of the woods grows serenely in the shadow of “May's tree,” and wild violets flourish in Annie's gentle care. In our home each child has a plot of ground and an apple-tree, the fruit of which, always fair and beautiful, is shared generously, and the surplus sold for pocket money. Sometimes an early melon finds its way to our table from the garden of one of our industiious boys, and is praised and appreciated as a re ward for his labor. Little two-year-old has a garden, too, and while w* try to teach him not to pull up the happy fam ily of flowers and vegetables that thrive there, we delight in his glad murmur as he roams like a true bohemian in the summer sunshine saying, “My gardee, my gardee,” and taking a whole potato from the cellar where his restless feet often wander he plants it just deep 1 enough for the hens to pick out, and nothing daunted sows a handful of peas over it. But as lie gro&s older he will learn that this is not the road to success, and try to copy the care and vigilance displayed by his elders. Even “Baby Hope” has a little circle filled with sweet 1 and wild flowers, brought from the woods this spring, “to be ready when she : can gather them,” the children say—and ; our eager young botanists are ever ready ' to search for a new flower to transplant into “Hope's garden.” By such innocent ! pleasures home is made happy and beau- 1 tilled.—Rural New Yorker. i The Way to Put up Wool for Market. J A great many fanners actually lose from one to ten cents per pound on their wool simply because the fleeces are not put up in a neat and marketable manner. Dealers cannot be deceived. A purchaser who buys large quantities of wool, both in Michigan and Ohio, every year, says that he can afford to give two or three cents per pound more for the wools he buys in Ohio than those he' purchases in Michigan, solely because of the difference in the tying up in the two States, as he can get more in the Eastern market for wools that are put up in Ohio than he can get for the Michigan wool, when, in fact, the Michigan wools are sometimes the best in quality. The proper way, he says, to do up wool is to lay the fleece on the table, turn in the head and tail, and turn in the flanks and roll it up, commencing at the tail end, tying it with two strings to keep the roll in place, and then with one string across the ends. This is suf ficient. A fleece thus tied is light, easily handled and examined, and can be felt all through. It docs not require a thorough examination to determine whether there is anything in it that is not wool. The wool-buyers prefer to have the fleece loose, light to handle and elastic. In Ohio, the wools of which State are always quoted from two to three cents higher than Michigan wools of the same quality, the fleeces are rolled up, not packed, and tied across twice one way and once the other, according to the cus tom in Michigan. Hence the fleeces are loose, light and elastic. When a buyer of wool apprehends that there are tag locks and sweepings in the fleeces you can rest nssured that he will not offer a full price for the wool.—New Fork Herald. Straightening a Horse's Ankle.— Last spring I bought a horse for six dol lars, for the purpose of plowing a few days during the time that my mare was not (it to work. This horse was crooked in one of his fore feet; so much so that his foot would tip clear over. He went down hill on three legs. I worked him six or eight days. I jid not expect any more value from him; but ou the 18th of May I cut the large cord about half way down to the knee, so that it let his foot down flat on the grouud. In six weeks it healed up and I put out over three acres of wheat, aud he liel|>ed to do it, besides considerable other work. He is now ten years old. I consider him better than a ringboned or spavined horse. Three years ago he was worth $300. I got from a young physician the idea of remedying the defective foot. I write this for the benefit of any one who may' hare such a horse. It is said that a fence may be made fire-proof by applying the following mixture: One part tine sand and one part wood ashes, well sifted, and three parts lime ground up with oil, and mix well together. Apply this to the fence with a brush—the first coat thin, the sec oud thick. This adheres to the boards or plauks, so strongly as to resist either an iron tool or fire, and is besides im penetrable by water. Remedy for Cabbage Worms.—A cor respondent states that buckwheat flour sifted through a sieve in the evening, when the dew is on, will effectually eradi cate cabbage worms. Two applications (and often one) will do the work. He has succeeded in raising splendid cab bage, while his neighliors who did not use the remedy, invariably failed. It is far preferable to hellebore or any other article for the purpose, and has the ad vantage of being harmless. Paper is now used very successfully for making buggy-boxes, baskets, belt ing for machinery, boats, clothing, house hold utensils, etc. For buggy-boxes its utility is highly appreciated, as there is no danger of its shrinking or cracking, whilst it is almost impossible for a horse to kick it and make an impreasiou on its surface. Tbkbb are volcanic islands in the Pa W io l» tnuLUn w Insulated Beds. An • insulated lied is one set os tome non-conductor of electricity, so that the electricity cannot flow to and from It freely. Their usefulness is as ye! a mat ter of experiment. Their value might be tested by invalids, at litvle expense, for an insulated lied can lie made by plac inB the four feet oo four glass tumblers. Dr. Wagenholt, of Columbus, Ohio re cently reud an article on the subject be fore a medicul society, detailing mao* cases oi acute rheumatism which had lieen benefited by sleeping on an insu lated bed—among others his own. We quote: "Ou December 23th, 1871, I was at tacked with rheumatism or the ankle end knee joints in one limb, tlieu the other I treated myself actively by alkalies, opi ates. etc , in the ordinary manner recog nized by tile profession as of moat value iu this disease. I was unable to leave my lied for three mouths; could not walk until April, 1872, and did not full* re cover until the warm weather in Jane. On the 16th day of December I was again assailed by my tormentor, treated myself as before, -and 1 thought myself happy’ that I was able to be out of my room in eight weeks, privileged to hobble around the streets of the city with the aid of a cane. Warm weather restored me to health, and during the summer and wiu ter I attended to my professional duties. On February 16th, 1874, while I wee con gratulating myself that I should escape my annual attack, I was suddenly seized iu the nignt time with severe pains in both ankles. In the moruing 1 failed, after an ardent effort, to leave my bed. Fever was intense, as also the swelling of ankle and kuee joints. A sense of cold ness of the lower extremitiea existed, which was even more distressing than the pain caused by the swelling of the joints. 'Fills condition continued until the morn ing of the 18th. From the 16th to the 18th I was unable to sleep. On the morn ing of the 18th I intulattd my bed by causing the legs of the bedstead to be placed iu four glass tumblers. I fell into a profound sleep, wakening on the morning of the 19th bathed in a profuse perspiration, without the aid of diapho retics or anodynes. “I speedily improved, and in a few days was out of my room. On Monday, February 28d, 1 left home for Cincinnati, wheie 1 remained a week, during all of which time I felt neither pains nor sore ness in my joints. I returned to my home in six days, and found next morn ing the disease returned. I at once in sulated my bed, and in six days was able to go. to my office and engage in my professional duties.” This single case, remarks the Herald of Health, is of little consequence, but the doctor gives a large uumber of others cor roborating it. How much is due to insu lation, and how much to the expectation of a cure, we cannot tell. As the remedy is perfectly hygienic and easily tried, we hope that further experiments will be made. Will the Icelander* Leave Iceland? Commenting upon an article from the Springfield Republican, in which that pa per speculate* upon the probability that the recent frightful eruption* in Iceland will drive the people away from that island, the Cincinnati Uommereial say*: The Icelanders are not likely to leave their beloved island while there is good pasturage on auy part of it. The notion that they are about emigrating to Alaska in large numbers is not warranted by any thing coming from the Icelanders them selves. As tor earthquakes and outburst ing volcanoes, they are the normal pheno oniena of the land of * .ost and fire. There are very few inhabitants in the eastern por tion ot Iceland, and if the volcanic action is confined to that quarter, the showers of ashes will be harmless in the tremendous desert. The volcanic region is the south ern central part of the island, where the climate is mildest and the pasturage rich est, and the rivers are filled with fine fish. If the earthquakes are serious and the fall of ashes great in that part of the country, the loss of life will be very great. When the island is severely shakeu the fish desert the rivers, and there is a dust from the volcanoes that, falling on the grass, poisons the cattle and sheep. In tliis w ay the food supply it destroyed, and tlie death of the cattle is followed by pestilenco among the people. During the historic period of Iceland, extending over one thousand years, there have been thirty eruptions of Hecla, the last occur rence iu 1045, since which date no alarm ing volcanic disturbances occurred until this spriug. Iu 1845 the glare of lleckla and her thunders were terrible at Keiki avik, one hundred and forty miles dis tant. The Icelanders are not energetic— they have not the spirit of adventure— they are fond of reading thiir old ro mances through the long winter nights, and with milk and fish and corn brandy they cau get along so as to satisfy them selves. juey were never thinking lees ot com ing away from their old home than at present. A few years ago some small parties of Icelanders came to this coun try and settled in Wisconsin. It happens in part from this circumstance, that Ice landers know something of Chicago and a great deal about Milwaukee. The ten dency of the letters written to Iceland by those who have settled in this country is to discourage further emigration. It is gravely stated in Iceland that they com plain of the climate. They have terrible storiea of the wintry storms in our North west and of the prostration of business caused by the panic. It issbout aa prob able that the inhabitants of Paris will emigrate to Ohio as that the Icelanders will insist upon going to Alaska. Tub French Canadians are a prolific race. Among the families employed in the mills at Lewiston, Me., is one which consists of father and mother and twenty four children, all the children large enough being at work. The woman is the fourth wife. A brother of the hus band, living at Montreal, has twenty-five children. Ten, twelve and fifteen chil dren are common in French-Canadiau a r-w.ru—