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OF SHIPS.
I saw a ship go sailing : down
The harbor yesterday , *
And balf tbo little fishing- town
Stood on the rooks BO buro and brown ,
To watch it sail away.
While tokens fluttered on tbo land ,
And 'kerchiefs from the sea
Were waved by many a friendly hand
To loving faces jon the land ,
But none was waved to mo.
My ships have sought a distant shore
With all their precious freight ,
And nevermore , uh , nevermore ,
Will they bring back what hence they bore
To me who stand und wait.
But some time I shall sot my sail
And pass to that fair clime
Whore all my vessels , strong or frail ,
Are anchored safe from every gale ,
Are anchored for all time.
Yes , some time I shall go to them
Who como no more to me.
The raving ocean I shall stem
And reach the Island like a gem *
That rises from the sea.
-
And then farewell to all the past , -
Farewell to all despair , , *
When I shall greet ray ships atlast.
That riding safely through the blast
Have reached the landof prayer.
Of what is toil and whatsis pain ,
And what is fierce distress ,
When we may hope to mpet again
The lips that on our own have lain ,
And hear them praise and bless ?
Go forth , go forth , O song of mine ,
And speak to hearts thatache ,
And tell them now the sun doth shine ,
The violet bloom and columbine ,
Somewhere for thy sweet sake.
Yes , toll them nothing is so small
That it shall be forgot ,
.ForIf a sparrow does not fall
Unnoted by the Lord of 'all ,
His children sure will not.
Then ; if we know that something near
To Heaven's resplendent gate
Are gathered those we hold most dear
When life und love were centered here ,
It must be sweet to wait.
James Berry Bens.
'BRAVE IN ADVERSITY.
At Mr. Londale's aristocratic mansion
the earliest letters were brought in with
the rolls and coffee , so that Mrs. Lons-
dale was languidly eating orange mar
malade when her husband read out the
contents of the letter with the black
edge which had just come from Moon
mountain.
"Left a widow ! " echoed Mrs. Lons-
dale ! "And with six daughters. What
a very unpleasant circumstance ! "
"She was my favorite cousin , " said
Mrs. Longsdale. "As bright a girl as
lever saw. I suppose , Naomi" with
a little hesitation "we couldn't take
her in here ? "
"Take her in here ? " repeated Mrs.
Lonsdale almost in a scream. "Why ,
where could we put a widow and. six
young women ? We actually haven't
space enough to accommodate our
selves. "
"Well , well , I'm sorry for poor Ma
ry , " said Mr. Lonsdale. "I think she
had the bluest eyes I ever saw. Six
daughters , and we never had one. Per
haps , Naomi , " with the hesitating for
mula "you wouldn't like to adopt
one ? "
"Thankyou , " sarcastically observed
his wife. "When I do receive an adopt
ed child into my house , it will not be
the country article. "
At the solitary little farm on Moon
Mountain , however , the same subject
was being discussed while Mrs. Drix
was sewing on the simple mourning
which the bereaved family could af
ford.
ford.Helen
Helen was washing the dishes , Rosie
was darning the carpet with a piece of
woolen yarn of the same color , and
Lizzie was trimming seven plain straw
hats with bands of crepe , as inexpen
sively as possible. Susy was picking
over a shining tin pan of the dandelion
greens for dinner. Esther , the young
est and rosiest of all , was feeding a lit
tle flock of downy chickens , and Sarah ,
"
the eldest , was a"bsent at a neighbor's ,
helping to make up the spring outfits of
half a dozen boys.
"Sarah was always so handy with
the needle , " said Mrs. Drix with par
donable pride.
"But , mother , " said Rosie , looking
up from her work with a troubled coun
tenance , "what are we to do ? "
"Mother , " said Lizzie , "our Lens
dale cousins are rich. Couldn't we go
to them ? "
"Certainly , not , " said Mr. Drix with
a sparkle of the eyes that had not yet
lost their forget-me-not blue. "I wrote
to them , telling them of our affliction ,
and they sent back a letter full of com
monplaces , without even offering to
help us. "
"But they are rich and we are
poor. "
"Yes , and they live in splendid style ,
Hattie Cooley says , " added Susy.
"Very likely , " said Mrs. Drix. "But
as long as there are seven pairs of hands
in this family , and God spares our
health , I do not propose to turn genteel
beggar ! "
"But mother , " began Rose , who was
the caretaking member of the family.
"I think "
"I've settled it all in my own mind , "
said Mrs. Drix , stitching away until her
needle looked like a gleam of steel
lightning "The house is large , al
though it isn't built after the latest
fashion. The air is wholesome , and
there is the Black Spring , where people
come to get the water for ten miles
around. I mean to keep boarders ! "
' Hurrah Jor the little mother ! " cried
Essie , clapping her plump hands , "and
I may help you make custards and. do
up preserves , mayn't T , mamma ? "
" and Esther shall "
"Susy help me ,
declared Mrs. Drix. "Sarah can always
earn her living at tailoring work.
Helen shall go to the glove factory ; I'm
told they need new hands there. Lizzie
can help Mrs. Dart , the milliner , and
Rosy is to be governess at Mrs. Milling-
ham's. And if , between us , we can't
earn a decent livelihood , it will be very
strange. "
Susy and Essie were delighted. Rosie
naturally regarded her position as a
decided promotion. Helen , however ,
dropped a tear into the pan of hot wa
ter which she has just poured out.
"The glove factory , mother ? " she
repeated. "But it will be such a strange ,
lonesome place. I don't think I shall
like it"f .
"We must all of us try to like our
" brisk little
duty , child , said the
widow. , , .
"Mary is going to open a boarding
house , " said 'Mr. Lonsdale again to
his wife. "She has requested me to m-
scrt an advertisement in the dailies for
her. "
"Very laudible of her , I am sure , "
said Mrs. Lonsdale , with a yawn.
"Suppose you were to go there for a
few weeks before the Saratoga season
opens ? " suggested Mr. Lonsdale.
"You can't very well stay here while
the painting and repairs are going on. "
"I don't know that I can endure that
sort of living , " said Mrs. Lonsdale ,
dubiously.
"Mary Drix used to be the best house
keeper I ever knew , " answered her
husband.
"Do you suppose she will take me
cheap ? "
"I should imagine so. "
So Mrs. Lonsdale wrote a patroniz
ing letter to her husband's cousin , be
speaking the best room.
But when she got to Moon Mountain
there was only one little square room
left. The fame of the Black Spring
had gone forth in all directions , and a
newspaper editor had promulgated an
article praising the delicious pine-scent
ed air and well populated trout brooks
of the mountain , and the consequence
was that the farm house was full ,
"But this room is too small , " said
Mrs. Lonsdale fretfully as she looked
around.
"It's all I have left , " said Mrs. Drix ,
"and I could have let it half a dozen
times over if it hadn't been reserved
for you , Cousin Naomi. "
"You'll take me at a reduction from
the usual prices , I suppose ? " said Mrs.
Lonsdale.
"I shall charge you just what I charge
everybody else , neither more nor less , "
answered Mrs. Drix.
"But I'm a relative , " pleaded Mrs.
Lonsdale.
"What good does that do me ? " said
the widow , fixing her blue eyes full on
Mrs. Lonsdale. "My terms for a room
of this size are thirty shillings a week. "
"But that is too much , " whinedMrs.
Lonsdale.
"How much did you expect to pay ? "
asked Mrs. Drix with a curious sparkle
in her eyes.
' 'In this wilderness here , " said Mrs.
Lonsdale , "twelve shillings would be "
"If those are your ideas we never
shall come to terms , " said Mrs. Drix.
"But if you are really cramped for
money "My dear " Mrs. Drix , " said the rich
man's wife , " 3011 have no idea of the
perpetual demands on us for money. "
"I will take you for twenty-five shill
ings , " Mrs. Drix completed her sen
tence as if the other had not spoken.
And the bargain was completed.
Mrs. Lonsdale had not been in the
house a week before she took her hus
band's cousin severely to task.
"That horrid- old mar in the faded
olive-green suit has the best room in
the house , " she said. "The very best. "
"Yes , " said Mrs. Drix , "he is my
mother's uncle. He was always very
good to my poor husband. "
"But I'm told he only pays half
price ? "
"That is my affair , " said Mrs. Drix.
"But is it true ? " insisted Mrs. Lens
dale.
"Yes , it is true. " confessed the widow.
"He is very old , and can't go up and
down stairs , so of course he must have
the first-floor room. " hair."I
"But he hasn't any property. "
"He owns Carragee Farm across the
mountains , " said Mrs. Drix , "but no-
jody will rent of him because the land
s so rocky , and the farm house was
mined down last fall when there were
so many fires in the woods. Beyond
hat he has nothing. "
Mrs. Lonsdale curled her lip.
"Such impudence , " said she. "No
body has any right to live to be 70 years
of age without having laid up some lit
tle provision for the future.1
"I was thinking , " said Mrs. Drix ,
'that perhaps Cousin Mortimer Lens
dale wonld contribute a little something
; o his support , as we are equally re-
ated. "
"You may be very sure that he will
not , " said Mrs. Lonsdale , with empha
sis.
"Very well , " said Mrs. Drix calmly.
'He shall never want while I can help
him. "
The very next .week , however , old
Mr. Darrow was found dead in his arm
chair. And by will he had left every-
hing he possessed to his grand-niece ,
Mary Drix !
"I wish you joy of Carragee Farm ! "
chuckled Mrs. Lonsdale. "Of course
* ou have to pay taxes on it , so it will
absolutely be money out of pocket. "
"It was all he had to give , " said
Mrs. Drix.
Meanwhile the family were prosper-
ng. Sarah was engaged te marry a
hrifty young farmer of the neighbor-
lood. Helen was earning a good liv-
ng-
ngLizzie was contemplating the setting
up" of a small milliner's shop on her own
account and Rosie was in high favor
at Millingham place.
Even Mrs. Lonsdale admitted that
ler grave French cook could not excel
the syllabubs , creams , delicate cakes
and delicious puddings which these
oung damsels compounded , with the
iclp of new-laid eggs and country
cream.
"I am almost sorry our rooms are en
gaged at Saratoga , " said the city lady ,
'I am getting rather to like Moon
Mountain. And your table is decidedly
good , Mary. "
But just as she was packing her big
trunks for the removal to the Mecca of
modern fashion , Mr. Lonsdale came
down.
"Well , " said the lady airly , "what is
the news , Mortimer ? "
"Bad news , " said Mortimer in a
loarse accent. "We are ruined ! The
msiness has gone to wreck the cashier
las fled to Belgium and we haven't a
cent to call our own. "
Whereupon naturally enough , Mrs.
Lonsdale went into hysterics.
When Mrs. Drix came in , Naomi was
wildly loading her husband with re-
iroaches. Mortimer Lonsdale stood
.eaning against the mantel , with some
thing glittering in his hand. Mrs. Drix
went up to him and took it away with
gentle authority.
"Give me that pistol , Mortimer , "
said she. "Get up , Naomi , and leave
off crying and sobbing. If ever you
needed to be a woman , you need it
now ! "
"We are ruined ! we are ruined ! "
shrieked Naomi , tearing her hair.
"I never can redeem myself ! " said
Mortimer huskily. "You had better
have let mo shoot myself , Mary. "
"Pshaw ! " said Mrs. Drix curtly.
"Suicide is the last resort of the cow
ard. Don't you know , Mortimer , that
it is always darkest just before day
light ? "
"I don't know what you mean , " said
he.
"Then listen to me. The old lawyer
has just come over from Carragee Farm.
He says that they have struck a rich
vein of iron on the rocky hills there. A
stock company want to buy it of me for
5,000 , and rve agreed to sell it. Un
cle Darrow was as much your grand
uncle as he was mine. We'll divide the
money , Mortimer/ you and I. "
"But I've no right to it , Mary , " fal
tered he.
"Not by law , perhaps , " said the
widow , "but you have by equity at all
events , half of it shall be yours. What
do I want of five thousand pounds ?
Half will be great riches for me. The
girls are all doing well , and I like to
lead a busy life. Nay , Mortimer , you
must take it.
He turned away his face.
"Mary , " said he , "you have heaped
coals of fire upon our heads. "
So Mr. and Mrs. Lonsdale settled on
a pretty farm on Moon Mountain , and
strange to relate , their only son , Geof
frey , eventually married pretty Essie
Drix.
"So that you'll have to adopt one of
Mary Drix's girl's , after all , " jocosely
said her husband.
"She's a perfect little darliug ! " said
Mrs. Lonsdale who had softened strange
of late.
And , in spite of the discouraging
prophecies of the world , the Widow
Drix and her family had succeeded in
maintaining their independence.
ll'lten the leaves Begin to Turn.
Like leaves on trees the race of man Is found ,
Now green in youth , now withering on the
ground ;
Another race the following spring supplies ,
They fall successive , and successive rise ,
So generations in their course decay ,
So llourish these when those have passed away.
Homer.
There is a curious blending of joy
and sadness in the golden autumn sea
son ; joy at the balmy days , the most
pleasant of all the year , which come
and go with quiet punctuality , amid a
hazy , shimmering atmosphere that
lends a visionary enchantment to every
thing and seems to make our life a
dream. And how sad and yet beauti
ful when we mount some eminence and
look far over the distant hills over the
gold-tipped tree tops to the blue sky
beyond a scene which inspires us with
solemn awe and reverence , reminds us
that even so ought we look from this
world , no matter how pleasant it may
seem now far beyond the lofty tips of
the trees and the fathomless depths of
the skies , to a golden autumn world ,
where everything is resplendent with
the holy radiance of a divine existence ;
a place where there is but one season , a
bright and endless autumn , aside from
this terrestial sphere.
How one can sit and watch the yel
low leaves as they relax their hold on
the parental branch and fall eddying to
the earth , and conjecture a thousand
imaginations of a worldly nature. The
comparison is good when we bring
them in connection with our existence ,
which buds forth on the tree of life for
a short period , and sprouts out in all
the glory and vigor of full development ;
and then we grow old and withered ,
our comliness is gone , and we begin to
totter upon the old branch of
life by a mere stem or thread ,
and finally the tree gives a
wavering shake and w'e drop from the
branch with the thousands of others
that have gone before , and in the course
of- the season our places are filled with
another generation that bud , bloom and
die and fall like leaves of the trees.
Some of these leaves occupy a promi
nent and auspicious place , others hang
silently and still on some obscure'branch
in unassuming resignation. But the icy
blast of death that sweeps us from its
branches casts us all down in a conglom
erated mass , unrecognizable as to the
position we once held on the old tree.
Even so is the reality of our lives , and ,
when we are precipitated into eternity
from the old weather-beaten tree of life ,
it is to be hoped that in the full enjoy
ment of a real existence in that other
fadeless autumn world , we can look
back to our life spent here on earth and
wonder how we ever could have valued
it as anything more than a leaf.
Hot a Beggar.
Detroit Free Press.
"Gentleman , " he began in a smooth ,
molasses sort of voice , "I am dead-
broke but no beggar. I want to raise
about three dollars , but I shall do it in
a legitimate manner. Now , then , let
me ask you to inspect this. "
He took from his pocket a piece of
iron chain as large as his thumb and
containing six links and passed it
around. After it had carefully been
inspected by each of the party he con
tinued :
"I want to bet my overcoat , which is
certainly worth § 10 , against S3 in cash
that none of you can separate one link
from the others. "
The piece of chain was passed around
again to be more closely scrutinized ,
and finally one of the party , who was a
machinist , returned it with the remark :
' "And I want to put up that sum
against your overcoat that you can't do
it yourself.\
"Done ! " "said the stranger as he
pulled off his coat.
Coat and cash were put up in the
hands of a stakeholder , and the strang
er asked the group to follow him. He
walked across the street and into a
blacksmith shop , and picking up a
hammer and cold-chisel he deliberately
cut out a link. The crowd stood
around like so many pumpkins at a
county fair , but when the stranger held
up the link and claimed the stakes the
machinist recovered his wits sufficiently
to exclaim :
"Sold by a professional deadbeat !
The money is yours , old fellow , but in
exactly thirty seconds after you receive
it I shall begin to kick , .and you had
better be twenty rods off ! "
"Thanks glad to have met you
good-day ! " replied the stranger , and
he was out of sight in seven seconds.
CnEEPIXO UP 2HE STAIIltt.
In the softly falling twilight
Of a weary , weary day ,
With a quiet step I entered
Whore the children were at play ;
I was brooding o'er some trouble
Which had mot me unawares ,
When a llttlo voice came ringing ,
"Ho is crcepln * up the stairs. "
Ahl it touched the tend'rest heart-strings
With a breath and force divine ,
And such melodies awakened ,
As no wording can deilne.
As 1 turned to see our darling ,
All forgetful of my cares ,
When I saw the llttlo creature
Slowly creeping up the stairs.
Step by stop she bravely clambered
On her little hands and knees ,
Keeping up a constant chattering ,
Like a magpie in the trees ;
Till at last she reached the topmost ,
When o'er nil her world's affairs ,
She delighted stood a victor
After creeping up the stairs.
Fainting heart , behold an image
Of man's brief and struggling life ,
Whoso best prizes must bo captured
With a noble , earnest strife ;
Onward , upward , reaching over ,
Ucnding to the weight of cares ,
Hoping , tearing , still expecting ,
Wo go creeping up the stairs.
On their steps may be no carpet.
By their sides may bo no rail ;
Hands and knees may often pain us ,
And the heart may almost tail ,
Still above there is the glory ,
Which no slnCulnes' ' impairs ,
With Its rest and joy forever ,
After creeping up the stairs.
AGRICULTUEAL :
Save Your Own Seeili.
Iowa Homestead.
"Whereverit is possible farmers should
save their own seeds of vegetables for
planting. It has been demonstiated
that the seeds from plants grown in this
climate are better than those even
grown in the same latitude in the states.
They grow more rapid and mature
earlier. Melons , cucumbers , tomatoes
and squash should be covered so as to
protect them from the frost and allowed
to remain until thoroughly ripe before
they are pulled. To improve the vari
ety something may be gained by select
ing the seeds when taking them out.
Only the largest and most perfect seeds
should be saved. Most of the vega-
bles grown here mature from two to
three weeks earlier than from the seeds
procured from eastern seedmen.
Commence Fattening Early.
Farm Paper.
A fattening animal may be compared
to a steam engine. It is a well-known
fact that a great deal more fuel is re
quired to keep up a certain amount of
steam in cold weather than in warm
weather ; and it is often difficult to
raise the steam to the required point in
the coldest winter weather. Just so it
is with the animal ; more fuel in the
form of food is needed to keep the heat
of the bodily structure up to its natural
temperature , in cold weather than in
warm , and it is just as dillicult to lay
on fat over and above this , as to raise
the steam in a boiler above an average
pressure when the mercury is away be
low zero.
Farmers are getting too much in the
way of doing all their fattening in win
ter. They buy up sheep , and cattle in
the fall and make a business of fatten
ing these and selling them in the spring.
Those who raise the cattle that then
fatten and sell , follow pretty much the
same practice with regard to time of
fattening. Without stopping to reason
the matter , they take it for granted that
there is no other time for doing the
work.
Where cattle and other stock are
bought up to be fattened and sold as a
matter of speculation , it may be advis
able to buy just before winter sets in on
account of the lower prices usually pre
vailing then in consequence of a crowd
ed market , or scarcity of feed. But
that is no reason for trying to crowd on
the llesh when it must be done at a dis
advantage and loss. They may be
brought through the winter in good or
der , and then fattened up in spring and
early summer. The markets are al
ways better at this "time of the year
owing to the before mentioned practice
of turning off fat stock in winter.
But what 1 wish to speak of particu
larly in this article is of early fattening
of such animals as must be disposed of
this fall. Prominent among them are
the hog. Those that are to be turned
off this season can not be fattened tee
early as less feed , less labor , and
cheaper shelter will be required now
than later. In connection with this
subject I would like to say that farmers
having old corn can never feed it to any
better advantage than to their fatten
ing hogs. There is nothing like old
corn to lay on fat.
Living from the Garden.
Chicago Herald.
Gardeners , and above all , farmers ,
have no business to live meanly or to
think of themselves as obliged to drudge
ceaslessly without the indulgences of
other classes. One has no business to
see town folk having early vegetables
and berries a month before his tardy
supply comes on , to be out of them in
dog-days before the merchants and
cheap boarding-house keepers in the
city have begun to see the end of fresh
things ; he has no need to live on dough
nuts and boiled dinners the year round ,
while others try the changes of spring
lamb , fresh fish , boiled chicken , salads ,
ducks and green peas , eapons and veal
until turkey time comes again. He
ought not to see town homes fragrant
with flowers while his wife has only a
bunch of syringas or cinnamon roses ,
with a tuft of asparagus , to sweeten the
parlor when 'she thinks to pick them.
What better right have rich men to sit
over desserts and choice pears , plums ,
grapes and apricots , while he must
content himself with a Baldwin
apple in mid-winter ? Why should
he not have a becoming home
with its lawn in front and large
borders of the richest flowers ; his
house , one-story and small , perhaps ,
yet hung with woodbine , wild grapes
and roses against the background of
orchard and shade trees , spreading
their flanking boughs with good effect ,
as if it were a cottage ornee , with its
acres of shrubberies ? Why should he
not have in his garden choice fruits of
the season strawberries , currants and
gooseberries jostling each other in earli
est perfection , red and black cherries ,
golden and purple plums , plenty of
black caps to make up for the lost
strawberries , and grapes as soon as
raspberries are over , big blanched
salads , peas in succession , as well as his
town neighbor , who sells him groceries
and cotton ? Why should he not have
as line pears , peaches , winter apples
and grapes at Christmas as well as the
president of the horticultural society ,
and why should not his girls have big
French roses ami tuberoses as welj as
the solitary dahlia and China aster
which decorate the yard , and the com
mon geranium in-door ? Why doesn't
he have an herb bed to make his plain
dinner savory , and lavender to sweeten
his sheets at night ? A poor English
cottager will have all these by thrift
and contrivance. Why not an Ameri
can farmer ?
Standard Points of Beef Steers.
Prairie Farmer.
In many instances the feeder's whole
profit depends upon his judgment in the
selection of steers that have an aptitude
to fatten. There are standard points
which are unerring indications both of
the quantity and the quality of the
flesh which an animal will lay on , and
should be diligently studied by every
feeder who aims at success in his busi
ness. Different values are attached to
these points , according as the symme
try or constitution of the animal , or the
prices of the butcher's cuts are affected.
We append hereto the main points as
given by The London ( Ont. ) Farmers'
Advocate :
Muzzle Large , wide nostrils required
for easy and vigorous breathing , indi
cating a strong constitution. Promi
nent lips indicate good grazing quali
ties.
ties.Eye Full , bright , placid , indicating
a gentle disposition , and therefore good
fattening qualities. A vicious animal
is seldom a good feeder.
Ear Medium size , fine , and covered
inside with soft , silky hair.
Horn. Fine , smooth ; oval shape pre
ferred. Large , course horns usually in
dicate a coarse frame and course bones.
Head. Small or medium. A wide
forehead is indicative of intelligence ;
hence , animal easily tamed or taught ,
indicating good thriving qualities. The
poll should be prominent and the jaw
wide and smooth.
Neck. Medium length , gradually
widening towards th'e shoulders
longer for a grazer than a stall feeder ;
slightly arched ; shoulder vein full.
Chest. Broad and full , indicating a
good constitution.
Brisket. Well forward and wide , but
not too deep should be a little lower
than the under line of the body. Chest
and brisket should be destitute of loose
flesh ( dewlap ) . From a butcher's
standpoint this is an important , though
not a very valuable part , a small , skin
ny brisket having scarcely any value.
Shoulders. Wide across , without a
depression between. A depression in
dicates looseness of frame , and hence a
lack of strength to earn * weight of boch * .
Should not be set too perpendicularly.
Ribs. Should be well sprung , form
ing a wide back and a capacious barrel.
Should be well ribbed home.
Crops. Here great fullness and girth
are required , indicating lung-room , and
a good constitution. The flesh here is
also valuable.
Legs. Short , clean , flat : should
stand well under the animal , and be
graceful in their movement ; leg bones
line and smooth. Hind legs should be
straight as practicable , and not in hock
ed. The elbows should have free play.
Back. Straight ; broad from the
withers to tail attachment.
Loin. Broad and slightly arched.
Rump. Full , wide between pin bones ,
and tail attachment should be even ,
strong , and on level with line of back.
Hips. Full and deep ; flesh on thigh
should extend well down towards hock.
Twist. Full and deep.
Flank. Should be lee well down on
a level with the lower line of the ani
mal.
Wintering Pigs.
American Agriculturist.
Pigs born later than the first of Octo
ber , will need good care and skillful
management to keep them in a thrifty ,
growing condition through the winter.
This is particularly the case if you keep
them in large numbers , and it is a good
plan to sell all you can before winter
sets in. People who keep only two or
three pigs to eat up the slops from the
house can handle their late pigs to bet
ter advantage than the large farmer or
breeder. Such young pigs need milk ,
greasy water , or broth and bread , or
cooked potatoes , with corn meal pud
ding ; these are more likely to be libe
rally furnished from the kitchen when
you have only two pet pigs than when
you have two score or two hundred.
Whatever method of feeding is adopted ,
let it be liberal. Let them have all the
good feed they will eat no more , no
less. Let them have good , dry , com
fortable quarters to sleep in , and dis
turb them as little as possible. Pigs
are in part hibernating animals. The
more they sleep the better for them and
their owner. We simply want to keep
them in healthy , growing condition ,
and the fatter "they are when winter
sets in the easier it will be to carry
them through the winter. Pigs well
wintered , are in good condition to
thrive well on grass and clover next
summer. We are not advocating hav
ing pigs come in the autumn , but if you
have them and cannot sell them , or do
not wish to , then take the best care of
them , and feed liberally. The most
profitable pork we have ever made , was
from young pigs which had been well
cared for through the previous winter ,
and the next summer fattened on clover
pasture.
FARM XUTES.
The drought in Australia has killed
off 14,000,000 head of sheep.
It is said that 10,000 bucks will be
imported into Colorado next summer
to increase the sheep herds.
Canada exported 94,286 sheep to
Great Britain in 1893 , against 89,083
sent from the United States.
William Cannon , of Lebanon county ,
Tenn. , garnered 7oO bushels of wheat
from sixteen acres , an average of 45j
bushels per acre.
A correspondent at the Convales
cents' Retreat , Glen Mills , writes under
date of October 28 that they have a pear
tree in bloom in the open air.
Cotton-seed meal should not be fed
to young calves , but for adult stock 100
pounds of cotton seed to 800 pounds of ,
food , is a r
corn meal , or other ground
fair proportion. 4
Mr. A. S. Fuller states that an acre
of unripe corn will make 20 per cent. |
more beef than that which is fully ripe. 4 ,
It is also better for feeding to young - - ?
and growing pigs. *
To feed potatoes , beets , carrots or $
parsnips to horses , cut them into slices v
not more than an inch thick , and spnn-
kle them liberally with bran , to which y
a little salt has been added. * >
This is a good time of the year for _ * *
top-dressing orchards , the manure serv- r
in * as an excellent mulch , as well as
decomposing and enriching the soil ,
thereby assisting the crop next season.
There is no way in which pork can
be quickly and cheaply produced as /
diet which the
,
upon a partially green
animals gain through the wholesome
exercise of picking from the pastures
themselves.
The editor of the Iowa Homestead
has been filling his residence lot with
soil obtained by digging a cellar. Pear
trees seemed to be benefitted by the
operation ; apple trees were not injured ;
but pine and cherry trees died , the cov
ering being six inches to a foot in depth. i
Secure a supply of stable bedding be
fore the wet and cold weather sets in.
Swamp grass , leaves , sawdust , etc. , are j
good. Do not use sawdust if other ma- y '
terial can be obtained easily , as it is no
advantage to the manure pile until it is
decomposed , and years are required to
accomplish that.
In France foot-root in sheep is pre
vented bj' placing shallow trays in front
of the doors of their quarters in order
that the sheep may be compelled to
wade through a mixture of lime and
water. It is not used as a cure , how
ever , as diseased sheep must be caught
and the hoof pared and anointed with a ]
solution of blue vitrol.
Should there be too many apples , the
best method of disposing of them is to ;
procure a couple of apple-parers and
cut them into pieces , when they may be I
evaporated and stored for winter use.
Every year large numbers of apples are
allowed to rot on the ground when they
might be saved and made valuable by
evaporating them.
A good ewe well kept pays for its
keep in wool , the manure pays for the
labor and the lamb is the profit. A
three-months old lamb is often worth
more than its dam , and a flock of a \
dozen sheep will easily pay a farmer j
§ 100 a year , if only for the consumption
of meat , and small flocks may be man-
aged by a boy. New York Tribune.man
irrxoit a '
In Germany a man dare not cut down j ,
the trees on his own land without con
sent of the proper authorities , so zeal
ous is the government in preserving the
forests.
The banking firm of Rothschild in
London employ women exclusively as
coupon counters , and experience shows
that they are far more reliable and in
telligent than male employes.
The Madison avenue Congregational t
church , New York , over which Dr. \
Newham has presided for several years ,
is bankrupt , and all its property has
been seized upon by creditors. *
Mr. Horace Goodwin , of Boston , sent
Sir Moses Moutefiore , the Jewish Cen
tenarian , as a birthday gift Friday , a
medallion of Washington , framed in
wood from the old house at Mt. Vernon.
Col. William Goddard , of Providence.
II. I. , lias given § 2,000 to the fund for
the erection of a gymnasium at Brown
university. Eighty thousand dollars is
wanted.
Miss Kate Beach , Allen Arthur's al
leged financee , is slight and small , with
very large dark eyes and a very pretty
mouth with curved lips. The affair has
been one of some two years' duration.
The Cracker Neck cavalry , armed
with the shot guns they used during the
rebellion , paraded at the Graves meet
ing in Missouri the other night. They
had the appearance of having been in
the brush a long time.
A photographer in Greenwich , Conn. ,
who put up the following notice on his
door , had a brisk revival of business :
"In consequence of this being the an
niversary of the death of my mother-in-
law , pictures to-day will be taken at
. "
half-price.
In receiving the famous decoration
"For Merit , " Prince Bismarck has not
yet gained the highest honor the kaiser
can bestow. There is another German
order of merit , founded in 1866 , of *
which the badge is a star , bearino- the *
portrait of Frederick , the Great. Those
only who are privileged to wear
it are Kaiser Wilhelm , "Unser Fritz , "
Prince Frederick Charles and "Moltke ,
the Silent. "
Lord Exeter , who owns extensive
lakes and fish hatching ponds at Burgh-
ley , is about to import a number of fish
from Canada , in the hope that the best
sorts may be acclimated in England.
The grave of Dr. Josiah Gilbert Hol
land , at Springfield , Mass. , has been
kept covered with fresh flowers all sum
mer and this fall bv his admirers
throughout the state. The first flowers
laid there were arbutus , ani then wild
flowers and violets : and now the mound
is covered with gentians and helio
tropes , and the late bloom of the honey
suckle , with sprays of golden rod and
glowing clusters of asters.
Instead of having 311 grandchildren ,
as a current
newspaper
paraoragh
re
ports , it is said that Sir Moses Monte-
fiore's fifty years of married life were
destitute of progeny.
mi . fy.
Cleanest Sneak In Town.
Malarial gases sneaked up through the
poorly constructed drains and ° made
biby very sick with the malarial fever
Baby would have died but for the timely
use of Brown's Iron Bitters. There is
nothing meaner in its way of comin *
nor worse in its efiects. than this malal
ria from the
underground re ° ions
"
Mrs. McDonald , of New Haven. Conn
says , "For six years I suffered from the
effects of malaria , but Brown's Iron
Bitters cured me . " "
entirely. Trv it V"
when malaria steals in and undermines
your constitution. It will give relief

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