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The progressive farmer. [volume] (Winston, N.C.) 1886-1904, March 31, 1886, Image 7

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The fire upon the hearth is low,
And there is stillness everywhere ;
Like troubled spirits here and there
The firelight shadows fluttering go.
And as the shadows round me creep, .
A childish .treble breaks the gloom, .
And softly from a further room
Comes : " Now I lay me down to sleep.'
And, somehow, with that little prayer
And that sweet treble in my ears, ;-' '.
My thought goes back to distant years
And lingers with the dear ones there ;
And as I hear the child's amen,
My mother's faith comes back to me;
Crouched at her side I seem to be,
And mother holds my hands again.
Oh, f r an hour in that dear place
Oh, for the peace of that dear time,
Oh, for the childish trust sublime,
Oh, for a glimpse of mother's face !
Yet, as the shadows round me creep,
I do not seem to be alone
Sweet magic of that treble tone
And ''Now I lay me down to sleep!"
Eugene Field.
flashes of gm.
Because the baby is a little el-
yer is no stn tie is a Uhinaman.
As was predicted, the winter
lias been very open and lots of cold
weather got in.
' Whenever mv wife scolds me,"
said a hen-pecked toper, "I go
right straight and liquor.'"
The bangs having gone out of
stvl e among young ladies the rolling
pin and washboard begin to look
more hopeful.
An awfully homely man at a
sociable where kissing games are
played looks as lonesome as a straw
hat in a snow storm.
Certainly there is such a thing
as the poetry of motion. That is
the reason the kangaroo is popular
ly regarded as a spring poem.
"What would a woman do with
out hair pins?" asks a writer. Wo
man would do all right, but what
i would the poor little hair pin do ?
At the fireside :
Wife You have been very en
tertaining this evening.
Husband Ah yes! I forgot for
the time I e'ng that I was married.
Aged Belle I want to go to the
masquerade party in some light
and fashionable costume.
Practical Brother Put a quill pen
behind you ear aiui go as the old
gray goose.
Judge (to small witness) Little
boy, do you know the nature of an
Small witness No sir.
Judge Do you know what you
to tell?
Small witness Oh, yes, sir. That
old baldheaded lawyer told me what
to say.
"-George, who is your family
physician?" u Dr. Smoothman,"
''What, that numbskull ? How does
it happen you employ him ?" " Oh.
it's some of my wife's doings. She
went to see him about a cold in her
head, and he recommended that she
wear another style of bonnet. Since
that she won't have any other doc
tor." How much out of the way was
the little child who defined slander
as "when nobody did nothing, and
somebody went and told on't" or
that other toddler who said " chaos
was a pile of nothing and nowhere
to put it."
A little boy in one of the Ger
man schools, while engaged in defin
ing words, made a mistake that was
not a mistake. He said: "A dem
agogue is a vessel that holds beer,
wine, gin, whiskey, or any other
kind of intoxicating liquor.
"Yes," said Alderman Masterson,
'President Cleveland treated me with
distinguished consideration when I
called at the White House." "In
deed ; how so?" "Why, he told Dan
Lamont not to set the dog on me."
A lady of charitable disposition
asked a tramp if she could not assist
him by mending his clothes. "Yes,
madam," he said, "I have a button,
and if you will sew a shirt 'on it I
will be greatly obliged."
Some one says that the Mor
mons are cowards, and wouldn't
fight. All the, same, they are the
only people in this country who'
have the Spartan courage to marry ;
a dozen of wives in a three years'
The other morning a boy about
fourteen years of age knocked at
the door of a house on Brush street,
and asked the woman if she didn't
want the , snow cleaned off" the walk :
"How much?" she cautiously in-quired.-
:- v
v Thirty- cents."., ... u - -
"I won't pay it. If you want to
do the work for ten cents you can
go ahead."
v ile leaned on the handle of his
snow shovel and looked thoughtful,
and she finally queried;
"Well, what do you say ?"
" It's just as that, woman- around
the corner told me," he replied. " I
shoveled off her snow and she gave
me fifty cents. I told her I was
coming to you, and she said- "
"I don't know her.. What busi
ness is it to her."
"Yes, but "
"What did she say?"
"She said I'd get left. She said
that any woman who wore a plush
?acque and passed it off for a three
hundred dollar sealskin would be
mean enough to go out at nights and
shovel her own snow."
'.'Boy !" whispered the woman as
she turned white clear around her
neck. I -want you to clean off the
snow. When you are through I'll
give you a silver dollar, and I want
you to go around and tell that wo
man that any one who buys and
wears dollar store jewelry and four-teen-shilling
shoes hasn't got sense
enough to fall off a bob-tailed car!' -Detroit
Free Press.
Sim McSnifter was being tried in
San Antonia for trying to bribe a
colored witness, Sam Job using, to
testify falsely.
"You say this defendant offered
you a bribe of $50 to testify in his
behalf?" said Lawyer Gouge to Sam
" Yes, sah.w
"Now repeat precisely what he
said, using his own words."
" He said he would give 850 if I "
"He can't have used those words.
He didn't speak as a third person."
" 2o, sah ; he tuck good keer dat
dar was no third-pusson present.
Dar. was only us two. De 'fendant
am too smart ter hab anybody lis
tenin' when he am talking about
his own raskality."
" I know that well enough ; but
he spoke to you in the first person,
didn't he?"
" I was de fust pusson myself."
" You don't understand me. When
he was talking to you did he use the
words, I will pay you S50 r
"No, boss"; he didn't say nuftin'
about you payin' me $50. Yore
name wasn't mentioned, cept dat
he told me dat ef I got inter a
scrape dat you was de best lawyer
in San Antone to fool de jedge and
"Yrou can step down." Siftmgs.
The Committee on Agriculture, to
whom had been, submitted the in
quiry, "What article of food will
sustain life the longest?" reported
that the matter had been thor
oughly investigated, and that the
conclusion had been reached that
nothing could beat turnips. They
were palatable to extreme youth
and old age. A careful post mortem
showed that they contained sugar,
water, starch, lemonade, taffy, 'pos
sum, rost duck, and cod4iver oil.
Eaten raw, they supplied a long
felt want, cooked in water they
hushed the cries of children and
stopped the jaws of old women.
Thev need no oysters or cranber
ry sauce to flavor 'em to a certain
pitch, and the saving in pepper
alone will almost support a family
through a 4 hard winter. It had
been satisfactorily shown that the
turnip had more staying powers
than croose meat, more poetry than
soup bones, and more domestic
happiness than a leg of mutton.
The report was accepted and
adopted, and Bro. Gardner paid the
committee a high compliment on
its thorough research.
On motion of Whalebone Hooker,
the Secretary was instructed to
forward a copy of the report to
the Commissioner ot Agriculture.
Detroit Free Press.
The rearin er and ; feeding of live
stock is the salvation of impov
erished farms. Southern Cul. and
Dixie Farmer.
If any of our readers desire to in
dulge in growing their own peanuts,
they can do so by giving to any dry
soil a thorough pulverization and
fertilization with decomposed stable
manure. Let the ' surface be even,5
and plant about the time of planting
beans, getting fresh and unbaked
nuts, which should be! removed from
the shell. Plant in hills from two-'
and-one-half to three feet apart, two
kernels in each hill, so as . to insure
at least one . plant to every hill.
The surplus can be transplanted.
When they come up keep clean by
hoeing. This is as fully necessa
ry as with other crops. When they
begin to run and blossom the vines
shou'd be covered with earth, blos
soms and all, to a depth of about an
inch, leaving the ends of the vines
just out of the ground. With good
cultivation the vines will grow rap
idly, and the earthing operation con
tinued. They will continue to grow
until frost comes, and then, as soon
as the leaves are touched, they
should be lifted from the ground,
leaving the nuts clinging to the
vines, in which condition they must
be thoroughly dried, seeing to it
that they do not mould or are de
stroyed by rats or mice. With good
culture and luck a quart may be
gathered from a single plant ; so if
the farmers' boys wish to grow their
own, either for use or a few hills as
a curiosity, there is no great difficul
ty attending the operation.
The winds were whispering low,
and the sentinel stars had set their
watches, if they had any set, up in
the skies, as Mrs-Tomly leaned from
her chamber window, and asked, in
a low, trembling voice :
"Is that you, Henry?"
Now it is a jieculiarity of Mr.
Tomly that when under the influ
ence he has great difficulty in find
ing his home. He has been once
arrested as a burglar, and several
times kicked out, so when he heard
the female voice say, "Is that you,
Henry ?" he said.
"'Fore I ansher that question I'd
like ter know if that's you, Sharah,"
holding on to the front gate and
leering up at Sarah's chamber win
dow. " Why certainly, Henry, it is me."
"Is this the corner of Austin ave
nue and B street ?"
" Why of course it is, Henry."
"Then," said Henry, indignantly,
as he swayed around against the
fence, "of coursh it's me. What yer
ask fool questions for? Don't you
know your own husband ?"
It is estimated that 51,000 work
ers are on strikes in various parts
of the country.
Southern Head
quarters for
High-Class, Prize
Send for Grind Illus"
trated Circular and Price
List for 18:6.
tf. Lin coin ton, IT. C.
Ladies' Gentlemens' and Childrens' BURIAL
ROBES, always on hand. All orders for
Coffins or Hearse attended to promptly.
2a.lxx Street, - Sscleaao., ZbT. C.
4-3m. Respectfully, A. C. VOGLER.
. S. -WYATT & 6.0
Commission Merchants
DURHAM, iNj gJ ,
jgggConsignments of all kinds.
Country Produce solicited.
JDTJ FLttJlsAl, KT.-'O.,
more money, and is regarded by everybody as headquarters
JT Has Unlimited Demand
If you ship, mark your name on
tions by mail.
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Works at Vaughtown.
We now have on hand, a very large stock
WOKKMJSW, of the
and cannot fail to give Perfect Satisfaction.
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We are manufacturers agents for the COLUMBUS STEEL THIMBLE SKEINS,
and buying them in very large quantities, will put them on all Wagons, when
wanted, after this date without any extra charge. We have sold them to a great
many of our best men, and all are more than pleased. Don't let a few dollars in
duce you to buy a cheap Wagon, always get the best. We have
tiip Stock of W
in the Warehouse in rear
He will sell them
5-6 m.
Sell at Bottom Prices arid Appreciate your Trade.
for all Grades of Tobacco!
each package, and give full instruc- !
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