Newspaper Page Text
Tuesday, Hay 16, 1905.
PROGRESSIVE FARMER AND COTTON PLANT. OUR SOCIAL CHAT "Tii letters Intended for this department .hniiiA be addressed to "Aunt Jennie," care $ The degressive Farmer, Raleigh, fc. O. Aunt Jennie's Letter. V;iture lias hung her vapor out :sr ' :il)vo the tops of the trees. Tl m iv isi not a leaf stirring, and rvrry souiul seems doubly loud. The :,ir is iilletl with dampness and the J,:,.t comfortable place foT mo is my ,-..nn'r. There surrounded as I am i,v our merry band, I forget the v. ;!li i and wander in the garden with .luinie Deans. We are furth , r n.-rth than she is, and vegetation liriv is not so far advanced. It is n,.t all over our State, of course, lor in Kastern North Carolina they Ikiw vogetables much earlier " than v.v -rrow them in Wake County. A ni,-.' garden is an essential if you n.-iii to have fresh, healthful food tlipMigh the summer- months, and .inc.' wo are learning the advantages (It-rivod from having these canned ;it home, it will add much to the al.imdancc of table supplies for win ter. Wo have an enquiry from a reader from Matthews as to why her fruit moulded in the cans this past sea son Now if we could see the lady and know what kind of cans she uod, how she prepared the fruit (wli.'ther she put it-in the cans boil inir hot or allowed it to get a few derives cooler), what kind of rub bers she used (old or new perfectly fitting ones), and how she cleansed her jars or cans, we might be able to toll her just why her fruit mould ed. Ihit she may have had things just riirht in every respect and then have placed the glass jars containing it exposed to too much light. She says that she uses a preserving pow dT. Now to be plain with you, your old Aunty does not approve of any preserving liquid or powder. The ajrent might swear that at least his especial brand was not in the least deleterious to health, and I -would not believe him. Our Department of Agriculture is constantly warning us not to use them if we .value the health of those whom we provide with food. I have never used any thing of the kind; and if 1 had, the reports of food adulteration which has been so widely circulated by our wide-awake press wouldi have con vinced me that I was wrong in hav ing done so. An old lady once said to me- that "everybody has a way and everybody's way does." Well yes. but is my way the right way? This should concern us much. I must again remind you that when writing to mo you must not forget to let me know your real names. They will not be enrolled unless you remember this. I have also found that one or two correspondents have copied articles and sent them to me as original, and these of course have gone to the waste basket. People are very wide awake these days, and the risk of be ing discovered in stealing another's work far outweighs the chance of getting glory from it as -one's own effort even if one is so lacking in honor ami self-respect as to "copy' want none but original letters. AUNT JENNIE. Notes from a South Carolina Garden. I)ear Aunt Jennie: There were ii ii sl,rill-like days soon after the holidays, dear Aunt Jennie, and s we ,.vere beguiled into the garden -and how faithfully we toiled Un CIe Leu, the good old colored "man oi all work" making the row,s and jn-If dropping the seeds. A little inter, when the snow covered the j-roimd and icicles as long as one's m huns from tree and vine, Uncle Ben was a Job's comforter: "You'll never hear tell of dose seeds no more dat you fixed so keerful." I felt pos sibly that his dismal forebodings might be incorrect, and so hoped on. And so they proved; to-day we are eating delicious green peas, beets, lettuce, spinach ' and other salads, I do hope Aunt Jennie that all who read your good paper have at least one row of spinach. It grows rapidly, yields abundantly of large leaves for cropping is said to be a fine tpnic for spring and a specific in Bright's disease. Scald the leaves for ten minutes, then put into plenty of boiling water with small piece of bacon and salt. Boil an hour and serve very hot with butter and pep per over it. , , In early March the lovely days lured us ori, like the song of the Lorelei, to destruction. Beans, squash, cucumber, etc., went into the ground and were soon up beautiful ly, but the Easter moon brought a freeze that left all a blackened, ruined mass on the ground. "I told you that you were 'too previous'," said my neighbor who had been more prudent. "Well, better luck another time. I'm down but not discourag ed." Now we are setting tomato plants again. Maule's Perfection and Dwarf Champion are fine. I found for my self that fertilizer from the horse stable was not good for this vegeta bleit gives black rot. Mr. Merriam of the Southern Ruralist, who is an expert in this culture, says so too. Not rich soil at first but a top dress ing later on is good. We mix cotton seed meal, wood ashes and hen house scrapings, and put a small handfull to each plant. Whether the science of this is correct, I do not know, but results are good. JEANIE DEANS. South Carolina. An Inquiry About Preserving Fruit. Dear Aunt Jennie : I have read so much good news and information in your columns that I want to speak one word of inquiry as to canning fruit, as the good old time will soon be. on hand, and I enjoy putting up fruit so much, though I lost some of my fruit the past season from mould. I have been keeping house fifteen years, and it is my first experience with my fruit moulding. I use a pre serving fruit powder, and find it good. I want you to tell me what I can do to prevent mould. I would be so glad to find a preventive be fore I commence to put my fruit up. MRS. LOTTIE. Mecklenburg Co., N. C. The Power of Habit. Dear Aunt Jennie: As my first visit was a pleasant one, I will call again. I will take for my subject "Power 'of Habit." How easy it is to form a bad habit, and when once formed how hard to break! Very few people contract habits of wrong doing willfully; they are contracted by example of others. They glide in by degrees, and when we become aware of danger, the habits have be come almost a part of ourselves, and require patient and persistent ef fort to effect a change. Habit con stantly strengthens all our active exertions. Whatever we do often, we become more and more apt to do. Smoking begins with only one smoke per day; it ends with twenty or thirty per week. Profanity be gins in anger; it ends by mingling itself with ordinary conversation. Drunkenness begins with the first drink; it ends by sinking its victim in the lowest depths of degradation. Bad habits are the thistles of the heart, and every indulgence of them is a seed from .which will come forth a new crop of rank weeds. Nearly all the disagreeable habits which people take up, come at first from mere accident or want of thought. They might easily be dropped at first, but they are persisted in until they become second nature. In youth habits are being formed, in old age those habits govern without control. Man, it has been quaintly said, is a bundle of habits; there fore how important that we form good habits. Evil habits must be conquered, or they will conquer us, and utterly destroy our peace, q mind. What power there is, in habit! Are not all men for the most part controlled by their habits ? True a man can will to cross the current of his habits, but it is rarely done. And when one" does summon cour age to make the attempt, it is then very like crossing a swollen stream with a frail canoe there is a mighty drift and the landing is not straight across from the starting point, but far below it. Habit is man's truest friend, or his worst, most persistent enemy ; it .may raise him to fame, honor, riches and hap piness, or sink him in the lowest depths of shame and misery. When we see a few bunches of grass in our fields, or a few weeds in our gar dens, we destroy them at once. We do not wait until they have scatered their seeds and gained a foothold. Now we should do precisely this when we see that a bad habit is gaining influence over us drop it at once, the sooner the better. They are easily eradicated at first, but let them remain and they lay the way for others. We may form habits of honesty or dishonesty, rudeness or politeness, kindness or cruelty, in dustry or idleness, economy or ex travagance, in fact, there is not a virtue or vice to which we may not be chained by this despot j, King Habit. PTJELLA SMITH. Union Co., N. C. GET ONE New 50-Gent Subscriber FOR A Correspondent Describes Her County. Dear Aunt Jennie: I have been a silent reader of the Chat for quite a while, and timidly venture to ask admittance to your corner. I have often thought how nice it would be for each Chatterer to write something about the county in which he or she lives. I do not mean to say that one should give a full descrip tion of it, but tell when it was formed, how it is bounded, its capi tal, etc. I will write something about my county Orange. This was formed in 1751 from Granville, Johnston and Bladen Counties, and called in com pliment to the House of Orange. In the persons of William and Mary this House in 1692, filled the English throne. Orange is located in the center of the State, and bounded on the north by Person and Caswell, on the east by Granville and Wake, south by Chatham, and west by Alamance. Its capital is Hillsboro, forty miles northwest of Raleigh. The Univer sity of North Carolina is situated in this county at Chapel Hill. PATSY. Orange Co., N. C. The earlier you accept our 50-cent offer the more you get for your money. Order to-day. Barred Plpoutn Rocks. Winter Laying Strain eggs, J1.00 per 81ttlng of 15. Express Prepaid. THOMAS P. WHAR TON, R. O. S, Washington, N. C. ' 9 I O.80 For I 4& 200 Egg INCUBATOR Perfect in construction and action. Hatches every fertile egg. Write for catalog to-day. GEO. H. STAHL, Qulncy, 111 THE PROGRESSIVE FflRAER AND 60TT0N PLANT and we will give you a premium every lady reader of our paper will delight to have The Horn Magazine OF MINNEAPOLIS, MINN., a Full Year Free! The Home Magazine is a large 24 page illustrated monthly, the regu lar subscription price being 25 cents a year. It is filled with Strong Editorials on Women's Af fairs; Interesting Romance; Travel and Descriptive Articles; Fancy Work and Fashion Articles, and Department of Housekeeping and . Floriculture. We have resolved . to get 1000 new subscribers before June, and in order to do this we Make this THE BIGGEST OFFER EVER MADE THE WOMEN READERS OF THE PROGRESSIVE FARMER. Every woman can get at least one . new 50-cent subscriber, and we wIU give one year's subscription to the Home Magazine for every such subscription sent us. Of course, no other premium or subscription rprlit. will Vfi frlvpn. This nfffcr Is good only for a limited period. Order to-day. Address, THE PROGRESSIVE FARMER COTTOH PLAHT, AND Raleigh, N. C. ILLUSTRATED CATALOGUE OP OUR Pfixe Mating; iw ' " Utility" Breeds AND PRICE-LIST OF EGCS Now Ready If you can get as good elsewhere, just look up our winnings at , St. Louis and Raleigh. : . Also headquarters for deep milking, high type Jerseys; Golden Lad a and j get of Trevarth. Choice large Eng- lish Berkshires. niltmoro Farms. Biltmoee, N.O Furniture Direct from Us and Save Money! We are trying to build up a general mail order trade, which will save farmers the middleman's profits on all lines of Furniture and House Fur nishings. If you are thinking of mak ing any purchases of this kind, all we ask is that you send a postal for our New Illustrated Catalogue ! It will prove to you why it is to your advantage to deal with us. Do not fail to mention The Progressive Far mer when writing. Royall & Borden Co., Cor. Wilmington & Hargott 8ts., RALEIGH, N. C. WE WILL Rjrr YOU TO SOLICIT SUBSCRIPTIONS. The Progressive Farmer will pay a libera commission to reliable men who wish to so licit subscriptions among their neighbors and friends. For particulars, address The Progressive Farmer, Raleigh, N. C. 'The Laying Queen' Single Comb Brown Leg horn; large Egg Strain. Also Barred and White Plym outh Rocks, and Buff Or pingtons, Proline egg pro ducers Eggs 51 00 per 15. VALLEY VIEW POULTY FARM, D. A. McLaughlin, Prop., Vass, N. C. Ill