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Southern Farm Gazette.
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WASHINGTON LETTER. ! — From Our Regular borrctponJcnl — - Solomon's in unction to consid er the ant Is being literally Sol 10wed ;n (iovernment circles just at present. Two departments] are giving the famous Guatema lan insect profound consideration In fact, this bug almost rivals the recent politician conventions as a magnet for popular atten tion Kecommended as an ef fective agent against the hither to invincible cotton boll weevil, nomc eighty colonics were col iccicu oy an cnxoraoiogisx tor Department of Agriculture, and carefully imported into this country. Hut a suit has been tiled by a Texas planter to pre vent the projected experiments, and the right of the Government to take such action is now pend ing the decision of the Depart ment of Justice. It is said that if the suit is sustained, the scene of the tests with this exotic in sect w ill be merely transferred to Louisiana, that State having expressed a willingness to ex tend hospitality to the stranger The Texas plaintiff urges that! the oplentialitics of the bug for mischief are unknown quantity.; and that even it it succeeds in destroying the weevil, men's at*; tempts to upset the bal-.nce of 1 nature are liable to react against themselves. The agents of the department of Agriculture re tort that they have thoroughly studied the ants habits and pre dues ttons. that he possesses the prais worth y characteristics cf being a cannibal — pursuing the wccvi; as h:s special prev. and leaving ail vegetable growths untouched: that he does not bite or s-.mg human be ngs. ean be readily demonstrated, is gentle and amiable in disposition, can be driven by a lady, and in short shornd be welcomed as ad sta ble entomological immigrant Tnc surprising number of storms that have prevailed throughout the Ignited Mates dur.ng the past m* nth are at tributed by the Weather Iiurcau to a:, unus allv low bar ometrical pressure. This, again is due to what is designated as the approach of the "«tin's pot maximum period." Those spots it is explained, are atmospheric disturbances m the sun. and thev differ from sun ar disturbances of the earth tn that the) resem ble molten metal, constantly throwing out rats of intense heat, this \ ary mg in proportion to the number of spots. These rays cause evaporation from the bodies of water in the country, which n turn produces frequent show ers. These sun spots are held re spsiisiblc for the cold weather of last winter, and it is said that a chilly summer and another freez ing winter are to be undergone before the influence of the mys terious spots begin to wane. The exact effect of these spots Upon the atmospheris conditions I of the earth is being; investiga ted by tbe weather officials. While this is practically a new subject of investigation, they hope to perfect an instrument that will accurately record the connection between the growth of the spots and tbe cbmge of tbe weather in thi* plan -t. With such an instrument, it t- expec ted that “long range" forecasts could be made. Under present conditions, the weather prophets cannot predict more than a day or twoin advance. With the dis coveries that would follow tbe completion of the projected in strument. it would be possible to foretell the state of the weather for weeks in advance. In this conocction. it is worth noting that the present “long range" forecast* that appear trom time to time in the press are the work of fakirs. Frequently these pre dictions are attributed to some one c mnectcd with the Weather Bureau, but the chief has recent ly issued a circular warning the public that these would-be tne •coroiog:sts have no connection w ith the government. A curious survival of super* st: tut ton is seen in the many complaints received by the He. partrnent of Agriculture, m re* gard to cabbage snake-, a name applied t<> the tin*, white worms resembling pieces of basting threads, that are found in the heads of cabbage* I here seems *“ be a general opinion, n some section*, that these worms are jut sonous. and that people who ••at the cabbage will die. and it is evenbc.ievcd that thev develop !roiu horsehair, in stagnant wat er. The entomologist o! the De partment declares that the worms arc entirely : nocuous, possessing no dangerous prop erties whatever, and n *t tn ■ ur :ng the cabbage, except m making it undesirable for market It is amusing to find such recurren ces o: the terror of the unknown, *s th s twentieth century. The oflici: 1 crop report. i.st issued, that corn has made a vig orous gr.»w th o\ or the greater part of the belt, but the rains have prevented cultivatuin. and much of the crop is weedv. In the more northerly districts, it is backward, but in the middle Atlantic States its condition is most promising. The heavy precipitation has interfered with cultivation and harvesting in the Lower Missouri. Cen tral Missis sippi, and Ohio Valievs and in | portions of tae Middle Atlantic States and the Lake region, and much grain in shock has been damaged in Oklahoma. Kansas and Missouri. Winter wheat, 1 especially, has sustained great damage, both from rust and from sprouting. Spring wheat. also, has suffered somew hat from rust in the southern portion of the region devoted to that cereal, but as a whole the crop is satis factory. Oats. too. have suffer ed from excessive moisture ia the Lower Missouri, but else where have made good progress. Cotton has grown rapidly throughout the b It—t o rapidly in the central districts, where the crop is in need of cultivation. I he acavv storms have caused 1 some damage, but over the great er part of Texa* and in the eas tern dmtr; ts the crop is good. * The weather has been most fav orable for tobacco, wnich is ia a most thrifty condition. In the < >hio \ alley and Middle Atlantic States the outlook for apples is unpromising, but in New Kng land and the Lake region the prospev t*a"c favorable. A good crop of peaches :s being gather ed m the Last <iulf States. <*n February 15th of this year at Chicago, the highest price for cattle was 55 "5 per loo pounds for 15 of Aberticcn-Angus steers averaging ...v»s pounds. Uq the same market, 15 head of plaid good cattle, just as fat as the others, averaging 1.535 pounds, sold .it *5.»miper hundred pounds. Allowing both bunches to be of the same weight, for the pursose of doing the fair thing between them, the difference in value was i! '.»)5 per head in favor of the high-bred cattle in market • v great many persons in the South have been accustomed to taking calomel for all bilious con ditions. \\ hue it is very gitod m it« place, yet its continuous use leads to salivation. This is very nuu li against it as a houseeold remedy. Now in Dicks' Livef* A* 1*>.is we nave a combination that win take up a l»v er and shake it as a terrier docs a rat. and there is no salivation, loose teeth, bleeding gums and bad breath to I follow their effect-. It is purely a vegetable compound and will do aii that is claimed for it.