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(JCnntmiuttcatbits. EEEDLINQ POTATOES. Kditor Vermont Fttrmcr: Perhnps my expcrience with seedling potn tocs this soason will bo of interest to sonio of yotir readors. C. (5. Priudlo of Charlotte, Vt., sont 1110 u snmll paokago of secd whioh he wishod mo to pliint. Tho s.icd balls he said grow on thu Early Hose, and wcre fer tilizcd with pollen froin tho Excelsior. I planted tho sced in a hot bod in April, and transplnntod to tho opon ground tlio last of May, setting tho plants ono foot apart. They woro not sot in thu bet of soil, and did not havo tlio bost of earc, bnt iw 1 oxpectod only tuburs tho sizo of peas and wnlnuts, I wns happily disappoiuted in tho result. Tho largest tubor woighs 12 ounees. Tho four largest avorage lb. Tho largest anioiint from a singlo plant was .'11 Uis. Xino tuhors from this hill woro of suitnble fi.c for tlio tablo, averaging lb. Ono plant gavo tivo tubers wliich nverago 4 lb. Tho ton bost hills gavo 25 pnimds of potatoes. Thcso of courso aro among tho best. Many of tho plants gavo bnt a fow sniall tubors. I havo savod ono hundrod and thirty-fivo varicties which I intonl to plant noxt yoar. Should bo glad to hear tho exporieneo of others. II. V. Ci.ossox. Thotford, Vt., Dcc. 0, 1870. We thank our friond Closson for his intor osting noto. It is only within a yoar or two that it has beon found that it is po.siblo to bring tho potato tubcr to full size from the ball sood tho first soason. Within tho past yoar soveral" suceessfiil oxperimonts of tho kind havo beon rooordod, .showing, as Mr. Closson's oxporiment shows, that it is only nccossary to giyo tho pants,a long soason, by sowing tho seod early, undcr glass, in or dcr to aohievo this rosult. Wo should bo glad to havo a dosoription, from Mr. Prindle, of his inothod of eross-fertilization witli tho potato. Mr. Closson surpries us with tho numbcr of his varietios. Does ho considor each sep arate plant so producod necessarily a distinct variety? Wo should supposo that matiy of them would bo idontical, or at loast, indis tinguishablo. Sucli is our expcrionco in raising seedlings. Ei. Vt. Fakmek, OVKIl THE IUVEIl. Tlie rccent death of theauthor of the followlng pocm lias agaln called the attentlon cf the publle to It, and It l golng tlie roumli of the papcrn. It wa wntten about thlrteen year ago by Mrn. A. C. Wakcflcld, who dled at Wlnchcndon, Mkm., a fcw da) ago, at the age of thtrty-lhree.) A lot of tltoroughbred horsos bolongingto Sir Lydston Newinan woro recontly sold in Eugland. Wilk-ca' Sjnrit quotes IMVs Lfe, and says: "Thoy fotched miscrably low prices. High-brod brood-mares, with foals at thoir foot woro virtually givon away ' Fiftoon guinoas (S90) for Erncstiuo by Touch stont', with a filly foal athorfoot! Thirty' livo guinoas (!?210) only for Chanoory by IJlair Athol out, of Equity by Swootnioat. Ton guinoas (00) for Miss Itothschild, by King loin out of Pnoross liy Sovoreign, granilam Hool, by (ileneoo. Tho fact is thatthorough' brod horso3 aro nowa drug iu thomarkot iu Knglunil. Tho Seorotary of tho Amorican Dairymans1 Associatiou haH boon caloulating and ho con oludos that with tho averago niilk it takcs a littlo over 21J pounds of niilk to ono of Inittcr, and ton potinds of niilk to ono of chooso, and whon ohoeso is 11 buttor should bo 35 conts n pound. It is doubtful whothcr thoro is n bottcr root than tho potato for foeding for niilk. A fariner in Ohio has found that 30 qnarts of earrots gavo him 32 pounds of milk nnd 30 quarts of potatoes gavo him 40 pounds of niilk. Tlio othor food glven tho cow was dry hay. Over the rlvcr they liecknn to tne, Lnved onea who've crowd to the further alde t The glcam of thelr f nowy robes I aee, Ilut thelr voIcm are lost In the daahlng tlile. There'a one with rlngrlcts of mnny gold, Aml eyea the retlectlnn of heaven'i own blue f lle croiveil in the twlhght, gray anl coM, Aul the pale mlit hlil hlin from morbil vlcw. We not thc anels who mct him there, The gate of thc clty we couM nnt Ovtr thc rlvcr orer thc rlvcr My hrother tiinW waltlng to wclcomc mc. Over Ihe rlvcr the boiitmnn talc Carrlcil nnntlicr, tho hnuschohl jwt llcr hrown curU wavctl In the gcntle galc D.lrllng Mtnnle ! I pee her yet. She crfwl 011 hcr Itonoin hcr illmplcil linutl, And foarlonly cntcrtil the iihantom bark, Wc fclt It glMe frnm the flher a.tuilit Aml all our unhlne grew trangely ilark. M'e kuow t hc iii afe on the furlhcr f We, Whcre all thc ninwinol aml angcld le f Ovtr the rlver thcmyrtlc rlvcr My chlMhoM' iilol Js waltlng for me. . Kor none rcturn from those qulct orca Who croM Hlth the boiitnian coM aml palc We hcar the illp of the goMcn oarn, Aml catch a glcam of the uowy nalt ( Aml lo ! they h.ive paiucd from ourycanitng hearts, Who croei thc ftream aml are gone for aye. We may not Ftimler the vcll apiirt, That hlilca from our vlslon the gate of day We only Vii'iw that thclr liark no more May Ball with u o'cr llfe'd ftormy fca Yet ffomcwhere, I know, on the unxn (hore, They watch, and leckou, and walt for mc. And I slt and thlnk whcii the i.unwOa gold It flushlug rlver and hlll nnd horc, i t idiall one day sUml liy the water cold, Aml lt for the souml of thc Itaatman'a oar ) l rhall watch fora gleam of the flapplng ull, I shall hear the boat as H galns the strnml, I nhall iaM fom ilght with the boatinHii palc, Tu the bettcr rhore of the iplrlt land l ihall know the locl who havc gone Iwfore, Aml Joyfully tweet wlll the mectlng Iw, Whcn over the rlvcr the pcaceful rlvcr Thc angcl of dcath hall carry mc. , TSAPPIlia 1H7SKRATS. . Thoro aro ninnorous ways roconmiended by our ngrieultural oxchangos for trappin; muskrats bnt it is seldoVi that nny ono of thoni possosses any morits. Wo havo donc soincthing at this oursolves, but suceeodi'd only wlion tlio comnion steol-trap was used lhit it was novor baitod. If thoro is a spring orrunit will bo noticed that tho muskrat will always, if shallow onough, uso that to roaoh its feeding-ground to tho last inch. If tho tiiip is laid on thobottom in this, with no bait, fastoning tho trap with a pioco of wiro to a stako pushod in tho ground tho arrango niont is a ocrtain thing. Wo capturod ono soason oight in our gardon in this way. ' Aftor tho ovonth, thoro was only a portion of a foroleg iu tho trap, but tho noxt morning wo found n follow with only thrco logs. Tho following scason wo got two moro, and aftor that thoy did not niako thoir appearanco for several years, and whon thoy did tho samo plnn was ronowod. Wlnsnoviir tho trap was sot it was always plaood under water. Ocr mnntoiun Tclrgraph. Much oxcltenirnt oxiste in miniug oirolcs in consoquonco of tho discovcry, on tho north slioro of Lako Suporior, of a wholo island of silvor, from wliich millionsof sllver nro boing tnkon out. Tho island, which is nbout ono hundred by forty foot, and usunlly subniorged, was owned by tho Montreal Mining Co., who sold it to an Amorican company, who havo sinco, by nioans of cribs and pumps, succoded in workinga vcln olglit feot wido, ninch of wliich yiolds, on an aver ngo, povonty por oont of puro silvor. Buffalo brags of a shcop shcd a thousand foot long. AConnocticutngriciilturisthasjiistfinlshcd iv 2000 hog pon, all graincd nnd papcrcd. Tho grnpo crop of California has a wino capacity of 7,500,000 gallons. Tho dairy product for 1809 was valucd at 100,000,000 and tho wheat crop at $375,-000,000, Canadlan niillcrs areiniportingwhcatvory oxtonsivoly this soason from Chicago and Milwaukeo. A fariner of Springllold, Ohio, reoently pickod four hundred bushcls of cranbcrrios from thrco acrcs, and sold tho lot for J51520. Virginia's pcanut crop is -100,000 bushcls this yoar; Temiessoe's 300,000. Georgia and tho Carolinns will add 200,000. Ilojoico, youth! Ilrino is rccoininendcd as a rcnicdy for lieo on hogs. Two or thrco salt water baths will destroy thcni. It is equally elUcient as a rcm- i.-dy for lico on cattlo. Tho old fashionedspinning whecls aro still lnuch uscd in thc up-rivorconntics of r.'iinc, and a lnrgo wholcsalo business is dono in thcso articles in Bangor. In Switzcrland a milktuaid who is a gooil singer gcts moro salary than othors becauso uiider tho iulluenco of niusic cows " givo down" bottcr and givo moro niilk. Ono tablcspoonful of stilphur in dry bran, givon oncoj or in bad cascs twlco a day, to cows giving bloody milk is rcconnndcd by a correspondcnt of tho Jlural Kcw Vorkcr. It is stated that of all tho holiday beof oxhibited last yoar at Chicago, thoro wns uot a Biniflo nninial witli loss tlian thro quarters Shorthorn blood in its vcins. A savan in Fi-anco has beon trying liow long lio can kccp eggs, and ho concludcs that rathcr thiok linsccd oil snionred over tho sholl as a varnish is bctter than linio or salt or hot water. A Morgan Co., Ind., fariner last spring wcighcd ti yoko of cattlo, nnd then turuod thoni out to grass. A fow days ngo ho wcigh cd them again, and found them to havo gaiu cd 1,800 pounds. Four vcry largo squashos, wcighing in tho nggregnto 500 pounds.wcro recontly tnken into Hay City, Mich. Tlio largcst wcighcd 1094 pounds, nnd is sovon foot in circumferonco Thoy woro nll rnisod on ono vino. Thoro is a gonoral complnint in Xcw Eng- land that applcs aro not kccping wcll, and thoso grown in New York and furtlic west nro hnving tho advantago over thoso of this region, wliere tho drouth wns so s vcro. Tho'oxports of hops froin this country dur ing the last yoar woro 10,357,031 pounds, tho valuo of which wns S2,517,781. As two pounds of hops nro uscd to a barrol of bccr, tho quaiitity oxportcd was suflieicnt for over 8,000,000 ban-cls. Potatoes that werc plauted on or ncnr tho top of tho ground in tho scctions whcrc tho drought has beon exeessivo woro hnrdly worth tho digging, whilo thosq in niyoming flolds which woro putat thobottom of a dcep furrow, and novor hilled at all, havo yioldcd wcll. .Tohn T. Aloxandor of Ulinois, who lias two fnrms, ono of 97,000 nnd nnothcr of 27,- 000 ncres, has eoncludc(l to soll tlio lattcr as soon its it cnnbo subdivided into snmll farms of four hundred ncres each. lio thinks ono maii cannot profitnbly manago moro than 07,000 acrcs. Tho arrivals of'wool at Dctroit from nll quarters for tho prcsont yoar, is stated nt 1,772,015 pounds, ngainst 5,500,311 for tho corresponding period of last ycnr, showing nbout thrcc-quartcrs of a milliou of pounds difforonco. Thc Woodstock (Vt.) Standard says; " Wo saw in our strcots, a fow days sinco, a drovoof fluo wool shccp which had beon bought for 81.35 a lioad n eircunistnnco which' illustratcs quito forcibly tho low stato of tho wool nnd shc'c; nmrkct." Tho Cheshiro Co., N. II., Agricultural Society 1ms takon nieasures to procuro a miiubcr of stock auimnls for tho uso of its mombcrs. It was also voted to invito tho Stato Uoard of Agriculturo tohold a mccting n Kccno during tho coming wintcr. Mr. Loomis of Connecticut has recontly old to II. M. Arnies of Springliold, Vt., twcnty Cotswold cwcs, making a llock of lifty or moro breedingcwes, which nromated with Empcror 2d, a ram bought by Mr. Loomis in Eugland at a cost of 130 guiucas. Ilcarth and Jfomc says of Ilrczco's Prolifio potato : " All nccoiints from quarters whero potatoes havo. dono woll nt nll ngrco in nc cording to this variety grcat oxcollence. It is an abiindaut croppor. Tho potatoes aro of largo size, fair shapc, and of most excol lent quality." A farmer a fow dnys sinco purchased in IJnngor,Mo.,somo barrcls in which to prcservo cider. Upon rinsing thoni out ho found in a whiskey baiTcl, scvontcen largo plugs of tobacco all soakcd in whiskey, which had ovidontly boen placod thoro to improvo tho llavor and " body " of tho liqiior ! Tho fears entcrtained sonio tiino sincolliat tho Unitcd Statos would loso hcr cotton su- preiuacy, and that India would bo tho com peting counti-ythrougliwhiph England wouliU. rulo tho cotton production nnd lnnnufactures of tho worhl, aro nt length dispcllcd. Tho cotton of India is of infcrior quality, and no cll'ort will bring it up to tho Ainericnn stnnd ard. Tho Shakers of Tyringhani, IJcrkshiro County, Mass., havo tlccidcd to sell thoir entiro proiicrty thcro and reniovo to Lobnnon Springs, or possibly to othor sottlements of tho sect. Tho estatc is vcry vnluablc, coin prising 1300 acrcs of valuablo farining land in Berkshire County, nicadow, tillago, past uro and woodland, besides thoir substantial dwellings. Tho sugar bect crop at Chattsworth, 111., says tho Prairic Farmer, has beon harvcsteil in good condition nnd is of good quality, yiclding, so fnr ns lnanufacturcd, a llno per eontago of sugar. Our readcrs will renioin ber that thc nbovo namcd placo is tho point whero tixtcnsivo nnd costly cxporinicnts in bect sugar manufacturc havo beon conductcd for sovcral years. Tho rosult has shown abundanco of sugar iu Anierican gi-own bcets; but tho conditious of succcss havo not beon fully mct nt Chattsworth, and so fnr tho oxporiment has bccn a lhiancial failtiro. Thu Maino Uoard of Agnculturo having by tho act of tho Lcgislaturo which niakes it a Stato institution, acquircd tho right to say for what purposo onc-half of tho Stntd ajipro printionsto oach County Society shall boused, has decidcd that onc-fotirth shall bo dovotcd to tho organization and support of Farmcrs1 Clubs, nnd tho othor fourth as h proniium to oiicourngo wheat. No Society can obtnln Stato nid unloss it coinplies with tho terms ofthis decision. Tho rcsult is snid tobo thnt Farniors'.Cliibshavo beon organizcd and aro organizing nll over tho Stato, nnd thnt four timesns lnuch wheat AvnS hnrvested in 1870 as in nny two of tho ton years provious to 1R00.