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xuaixaa OFAN OCTOGENARIAN.
[ Written for thtrDotrolt Free Press by a man 83 years old. ] Llko to an oak upon the mountain top Whoso crown is eoro with ago , I stand Among : the younger folks or later years , A "tblnklnjr rain , " and as , time unfolds My lengthened life to view Jn retrospect , My spirit wakens irio to solemn memories. I do remember much of childhood's joys. And how the hours and weeks and months Did glide away "with down upon their feet ; " "When hope and expectation grew apace , And all the future glowed -with mellow light. Ambition fired my young heart , lending Imagination wings , and , joining hands , Wafted my vision toward untried fields , And painted , wlib golden tints , the hill-tops Of ideal bliss. Illusions thus beginning Follow through all the stages of our lives. Forever on the wing , the years glide fast , Weaving , with watchful eye , the web Of life ; itself a mystery stupendous , Mocking man's impotence of its solution. Jndulprcnt Heaven 1 beneath thy starry vault , For all these eighty years these eyes have viewed , " With wond'ring gaze , the drapery of the skies , And scan'd thino azure .dome with childish maze. Now in this "sore and yellow leaf , " the wonder Grows. The stars that twinkled at my advent Twinkle still , and all the beauteous host. Sun and' moon and stars and the ethereal Blue of visiblo'glory. greetmy dim vision As In my childhood's morn. The change is not In them but me. As contemplation wraps Mo in sweet embrace , a solemn imupulso Bids me ask the years , if In the long record There shall bo found some act performed Of good , to tell the world , when I am gone That I lived not In vain. Tell me , Oh burled years , if posterity Shall find in the long record a token liaised in virtue's realm to save From swift oblivion the name I bear ? ' The answer comes , and only this "Stillest streams oft water fairest meadows , And lot the bird that fiuttcreth least Is longest on the wing. " Propitious Heaven 1 And is this all the fruit of eighty years ? Ambition's but a vain conceit that Cheats mo with delusive hopes of good That never shall bo mine , well , well I This dream Is almost finished. A few to-morrows yet may come and go , And leave my yesterdays but vacant space , . Till out this nightmare of eighty years I wako to fairer realms , to find. At length , the motive of my being. BRACELET NIGHT. "Oh I'm in such a delcmma. That dreadful cook has gone. Took tlie twelve o'clock boat and left me here without a word of warning ; and here's the house full , and Paul Graynor , who - is so fastidious , has come. And I do assure you , Eve , Lucette hasn't the least idea about cooking ; and I'm not sure whether you put eggs and butter , or cream of tartar and vitriol in pie crust ! " And pretty little Mrs. Wallace the bride of six months , and the hostess of five'belles and six desirable gentlemen plus Paul Gaynor , newly arrived looked , as well she might , the picture of despair. Eva Ashton laughed merrily "That's what it is to be married ! Do you know I never could imagine why all the dramas and romances end in marriage and a glare of rose lights ? But then you know , saucy cooks and tough apple crust would sound dreadful ly after billets , and I'm thine forever. " "Oh , you quiz ! you haven't a bit more feeling than Fred. To think of his bring ing home Paul vGayhor , and I without a cook ! " "There there , Ethel , don't look so desperate. Remember , I am a New England , girl ; and if I can't Redowa , I can make biscuits , " rejoined Eve , pin ning up her flowing sleeves revealing a pair of snowy rounded arms. "Biscuits ! you ? " "Yes ; and tarts and blanc mange , and pies ; and roast meat and and ! " answered Eve everything majesti cally ; "Oh , you delicious creature ! But then , it would never do at all what would people say ; ? " "Not half so many disagreeable things as they would over a poor sup per , or none at all ! " "But that lovely dress and your hair Is so becoming ! I want you to fascinate Paul ! " "Half a dozen are about that business already. You should take a peep into the parlor. Belle Tartleton is really supurb-looking. and she is netting that purse that she s been finishing for the last year , and looks like the last fashion -plate. Maude is.in an attitude , reading. Effie is on the rug , tossing her curls about , and playing with your grayhpund ; while Lute guess what Lute is doino- ? " "Crochetting ? " "Nothing of the sort. She is making a calico frock for a poor child. " Mrs. Wallace went off in a peal of silvery laughter. "What are you laughing at , " pur sued Eve , reprovingly. ( Lucette more sugar ! ) "I assure you , it is the pretti est" tableau. If Mr. Gaynor can" resist that , he musthave a heart of adamant. " "But seriously , Eve , do you know I wanted you to' make a conquest of Paul ? " Eve was grave in a moment. "My dear Ethel , never say that to me again. I have no words with which to express my contempt for women who angle for men's hearts" and fortunes , and study smiles and pretty speeches , as an acton does his part. "No , Ethel- If Fate is ever so unkind as to marry me off the capricious goddess shall at least give me a man who has surprised my respect and affection not one whom I have hunted down. " "Good gracious , " exclaimed Mrs. Wallace , surprised out of all elegance of expression , by seeing the handsome mischievous face of Paul Gaynor , peer ing through the vine-shaded window. "WHat.is . it ? " asked Eve , looking up , but seeing nothing. "Nothing , nothing ; only you are so fearfully strong-minded. Is that almost done ? You are getting flushed. I am afraid you will be a fright. " "No comments , Mrs. Wallace. . In so important a matter as the composition of a tart , it is necessary that my sereni ty should not be disturbed. Go up and entertain your beloved Paul. " Mrs. Wallace cast another glance at the window. Paul was gone. Was he with that odious Belle Tarleton ? how much had he heard ? What did he think of Eve ? Meanwhile the tart and biscuits were finished. "Would you like anything more ? " asked Eve. Of course not. There was fruit and cream and all sorts-of things , and , fair ly boiling over with impatience , Mrs. Wallace hurried Eve off to the drawing room , where her first glance showed her Paul , on a footstool , before Belle Tarler ton , holding the reel from which she was winding silk. "Such occupations are theonlyones , " he observed , with unusual distinctness , as they entered the room , "fitted for a lady. All course employments are ir reconcilable with my idea of an elegant and refined womani- ; " "Aslc him if he likes biscuits and tarts ? " whispered Eve maliciously ; as taking up a book , she went to the farth est window ; where enshrined behind white muslin curtains , she looked out on a glowing western sky , and water rosy in the day's dying gleam. After awhile the murmurs in" the drawing room died away in silence. Belle Tartleton had moved and seconded that they should walk , and there Was a 'bringing out of broad brim hats and 'then Eve had the drawing room to her- self. Presently some one parted the cur tains. "Lovely , .isn't it ? " asked Eve , with out looking up , supposing that it was Mrs. Wallace. "Very , " returned a deep voice .that made her start. And she encountered a glance from Paul Gaynor expressive of admiration , doubtless , of the land scape. He stepped in , and without further ceremony seated ) himself beside ? her , while Eve drew aside her full skirt as if it had been her calmly as great-grand mother , and sat quietly looking out. She was in no hurry to talk. If Mr. Gaynor had any ideas he couldn't help airing them presently ; and if not why ; it would simply be a waste of time to tallc for him. She never had on hand a store of ready-made smiles and glances , manufactured for appropriate occasions ; and Mr. Gaynor , who seldom had a chance to see a han'dsome face in a state of anything like repose , improved the opportunity and studied the broad , calm brow the eyes , full of grace , tender , bright , and the mobile , sensitive mouth , as though he was asking a mental daguerreotype - , guerreotype of her. Then , laying aside that Paul Gaynor had smiled , compli- me.nted and held silk reels for ladies that day , the real man came out , and basked in the light of Eve Aston's upright , earnest nature , and talked as not one man in five hundred can , and not one in a thousand ever does talk tea a woman. It is a fact the bell rang for supper , and neither of them heard it , so that Mrs. Wallace ( who , having tiptoed into the drawing-room a short time before , had tiptoed out again enchanted ; and had been malicious enough to keep Belle Tarleton in a state of semi-distrac tion at the foot of the stairs till the bell rang , under pretence of discussing her new point collar ) was obliged to come and call them. All Ethel's merry glances and wicked innuendoes glanced off from Paul's im penetrable coolness , like straws from polished steel ; but the lofty Eve for once blushed crimson , and insisted on sitting by Mrs. Wallace ; and wouldn't even look up when Paul recommended the biscuits to everybody , saying that if the } ' knew what he did about them , they would eat double the usual quan tity.And And Belle Tarleton bad Paul all to herself that evening ; for immediately after supper Eve disappeared , and Avas nowhere to be found , though Mrs. Wal lace looked for her everywhere. This desperate state of affairs , how- iver , lasted little more than three days. After that Eve recovered her equanim ity , and took long walks , and rode , and boated , and danced with Paul , without any1 recurrence of the same alarming symptoms ; though she had taken up a liabit of blushing like a rose if Wallace perpetrated even the most innocent and indirect little jest on the subject. By degrees , five or six. young desira ble young jgentlemen dropped off , leav ing * only Fred Batrham , who , having been refused by all the young ladies successively , passed the last evening of his sojourn at Rose Glen , in the com pany of his trunk and valise , , and de parted early in the morning , in a very melancholy frame -of mind indeed. That evening Eve also was missing to the chagrin of Paul , with whom she had promised to take , a moon-light ride , and who fully intended during said ride , to secure the monopoly of all other rides she should chance to take in the course of her mortal life. She was late in the drawing room the next morning , also , ( an unusual thing with her ) ; and there were dark violet circles around , her eyes , and an uneasy flush in her pale face. Paul looked at her in astonishment ; and she grew still more uneasy beneath his searching glance. At that moment , Nell , the pretty quadron chambermaid , came up somewhat hesitatingly , holding in her hand a handsome and somewhat remarkable lava braclet. " "Is this your bracelet , Miss Ashton ? " she asked. "Yes , returned Eve , , promptly , "I missed it last evening. " Where did you find it ? " "Nell hesitated. "Where did you find it ? " repeated Eve. " 1 I can't quite remember , Miss Ashton. " "Can't remember ? " exclaimed Mrs. Wallace. "Why Nell , what do you mean ? Speak out at once. " * "Well then ; if I must , " said Nell , desperately , "I found it this morning , right by the corner of the fireplace in Mr. Bayham's room. There ! " A dead silence succeeded her words. Belle Tarleton and her cousin Lute look ed at each other with a sneering smile. Mrs. Wallace turned crimson. Paul rose hastily and went out , while Eve stood motionless and speechless. Mr. Wallace was the first to recover his senses. "My dear Eve don't look so , " he said , kindly. "There is some mistake. When did you first miss the bracelet ? " "This morning. I wore it last even ing , and I thought I laid jt on my table. " Belle cast .another lightning glance of triumph at Lute , but quick as it was , Mr. Wallace saw it and at once half divined the mystery. "My Dear Eve , give yourself no fur ther trouble , " he said. "Give me the privilege of examining your'room , and go out and take a walk. Mrs. Wallace and I will soon solve this mystery. " Glad to. escape from * the pitiless eyes that were on her , Eve took her hat and went down to the water. There was a low , rustic seat under the shade of a spreading tree , and there she sat down only to start up again the next moment , for Paul Gaynor parted the shrubbery and came , and stood before her. "Eve , " he said abruptly , "what is this ? Can you explain ? " "What- * she asked,4 calmly , as he stopped , apparently at n loss. "I ac knowledge that 1 lost my bracelet , and I don't doubt Nell's word , .though I can't tell any more than you how , it came there. But , granting all this , is your respect for me based on so slight a foundation that a breath can overthrow it ? I think you , at least , might have known me better. " If Paul hadn't been in love , and as a consequence ridiculously and insanely jealous , he would have seen and felt that truth itself looked out of that clear eye , and the pride of uprightness flushed that fair cheek ; but , being in love , and of course , absurd , lie persisted : "But your absence last night , Eve. Only explain that ; tell me where you were and what you were doing. " "Never never ! " murmured Eve growing crimson. "NeverThink again , Eve. You may never tell the world , but I I have a right to know. " "STou are the last person in the world whom I would tell ! " answered blunt , impolitic Eve. Paul sprang to his feet ; for he had seated himself beside her. ' 'Farewell , and forever , Miss Ashton. ' ' "Farewell , but not forever ! " retorted Eve , undaunted and indignant at his want of faith. 'Not forever ; for you will one day find wjiat injustice you have done me and come to beg my par don. " And catching up her garden hat , , she walked back tp the house so fast that , though she had chosen the longest path , she was there as soon as he. 'Mrs. Wallace met them with a face beaming with smiles. * "We've found it all out. Come tip to Eve's room. John , go and call Miss Tartleton. . Come Eve. " Bewildered , Eve followed her eager hostess to her own room1 , where she found Mr. Wallace 'triumphant , and Effie looking very odd and uncomfort able indeed- Presently in swept Belle. "You all know , " commenced Mr. Wallace , "that after Nell's curious story , which threw us all into so much confusion , I sent Miss Ashton out to walk" , and you see that she has just re turned ; and you , Maud , Lute and Efiie are witnesses that Mrs. Wallace and myself have been guilty of no double dealing , and that the explanation of the mystery lies here ( tapping Eve's jewel casket ) , untouched , as when we discov ered it. Here it is ( lifting out a heavy gold band bearing the name of Belle Tarleton ) . I would advise ] you not to wear it the next time you arrange your neighbor's jewelry , as the clasp "is inse cure , and you may find , as jn this in stance , that instead of ruining your friend's character and happiness , youll only get bracelet for bracelet ! " "Hush ! you are too severe , " whis pered Mrs. Wallace. "Not a bit ; she deserves the utmost censure. " "Can you forgive me ? " asked Paul of Eve , an hour after , in the dear old bow- window. I think she did ; for she married him. But it was not till a year afterward that , by dint of coaxing and teasing , he elic ited the fact of her whereabouts on what he called the "bracelet night.1 Then it came out , something in this fashion : "You won't ? " " " laugh at me "Not" "Positively ? " "On my honor. " . K "Well , then bitt you'resure ybti won't " laugh ? It was so silly. "X was very "much in love with you ( Paul that was very silly ) , and very much afraid that you 'fancied Belle Tarleton ( sillier still ) ; and I sat down by the water and was thinking about it , when I saw a bunch of white lilies. And I picked'up a little stone and thought , if 1 can hit that topmost lily , he loves me ; if not , no. And I threw it with such force that I lost my balance and went after it , and was nearly suffocated in the mud and my slippers were full of it and I could scarcely drag them home and my clothes were dripping and I had lost my ride with you all for nothing ( be cause I fell before I could see whether the stone hit the lily or not ) ; and next morning , you looked at me so , I thought you knew all about it , and I had such a headache you wretch ! you'ye broken " your promise ! " for Paul was" laughing till the tears ran down his cheeks. And all that Eve has to say to get him in good humor when he has the sulks ( even model husbands do sometimes have the sulks , girls ) , is "Bracelet for bracelet. " The Great Bell of Moscow. The CzorKolokolor "Kingof Bells , " at Moscow , is much the largest bell in the world. It weighs no less than 193 tons , and is twenty-one feet in height and in diameter. In the .tower of John the Great , at Moscow , is the most stupend ous bell now in regular use , but this weighs only sixty-four tons. The next largest is in Pekin , fifty-one tons ; then comes Nienna , eighteen tons ; Montreal ( Roman Catholic Cathedral ) , thirteen and a half tons ; " Great Peter"in , York Minster , ten and three-quarters tons ; "GreatTom"at Lincoln , five and a half tons. The Czar Kolokol was sus pended in a tower of vast strength in 1734 , but three years1 afterword it fell down during a fire , and a piece six feet high and three feefc wide -was broken from it. It remained sunk in the earth until 1837 , when the Emperor Nicholas had it raised and placed upon a pedestal of granite. This giant communicator of sound has since been consecrated as a chapel , and religious services are held in it. Baptist Teacher. The Coming Days. In the coming dayspf woman suffrage. " Our candidate has risen from the hum blest -walks. When but a little girl , picking huckleberries , barefooted , too poor to own a sunbonnet , she read Homer's 'Odyssey' .in the original tongue. What do we see here now ? " A voice : " The same homely , freckled , saucy thing she always was ; so there. " Meeting breaks up amid great confusion and tearing of hair. New Haven Regis ter HARPER'S YOUNG PEOPLE , published in New York , is one of the best publi cations in this country for children , and is , we are glad to know , enjoying a cir culation as wide as the country itself. Copiously illustrated and replete with choice stories and other matter appro priate for the young , it is fast finding its way into every well regulated house hold where children abound to mentally feast upon its many good things. j PIiEASAlfX PEOPLE. As wo pass along In the way of duty , Through the rosy lanes , By the homes of beauty. Or in city streets , Grand with spire and steeple , What a boon it is Mooting pleasant people. Looking into eyes Full of fellow feeling , All the kindly thoughts Of the heart revealing , How the longing soul Cheers up and rejoices , Like a Sewer refreshed , Hearing pleasant voices. Meeting ready hands When the burden wearies , Answers kind and true To our earnest queries. Friends perhaps in need When ourowrj have left us , When the reaper death Has of kin bereft us. Finding open doors , With some friend to greet us , When within our own There are none to meet us. Then a hearthstone bright , With the flro ne'er dying Of home's altar , love , Ever time defying. Oh , the kindly word. Little does it costone. And the simple smile Heaven to the lost one. Let us.sciitter these Without stint or measure , As they others bless Will they bring us treasure. AGBIGULTUEAL. Why is Fancy Poultry so Costly ? Indiana Famcr. The above question is often asked by those intending to purchase high class poultry , and the fact that the prices are high , compared with that of the com mon market , is probably the principal reason why the farmer hesitates to in vest. But if he would look into the matter a little I think he "would find that , after all , the farmer makes but lit tle profit , and the prices are not unrea sonable. In the first place the breeder must get his stock , and this will cost him consid erable , if he is a true breeder and "gets the best. " He must then prepare for keeping them , and unless he builds good warm houses and has all the .facilities for raising young chicks. lie might just as well "sell out" immediately , for he will never be successful. Now , for the next three or four years he must study his fowls carefully and constantly , for as much depends on his knowledge of mating , feeding and all the many good and bad points of his fowls , as upon the quality of his original stock. Then about the third or fourth year , after he has spent a large amount of time and money , after he has been subject to the adversities Avhich so often attend the raising poultry , after he lias faithfully fought disease , "vermin and bad luck generally , if in the meantime lie has not becume disgusted and quit , he will probably have dozen chicks for sale. Now , is it surprising or preposterous for him to ask go a pair 'for them ? Ai best fancy poultry cannot be raiset nearly as cheaply as the common mon grels. Wheat as Food for Stock. London Farm and Home. A more pressing point for fanners to consider- just now is the utility o mak ing use of a great deal of their new wheat crop at home for stock-feeding purposes , instead of pressing it on the market un der the. disadvantageous circumstances just mentioned. Wheat meal may be made an admirable substitute for oil cake in fattening cattle and 'sheep ; hence those farmers who have been ac customed to make heavy outlays in the purchase of oil cake for winter feeding of stock , will act ? imprudently if they do not abandon the system this year , and fall back on their heavy stock of home- produced wheat as a substitute. Wheat meal is reckoned even better than barley meal for pig feeding , and it would be economy to keep back nothing but tail barley for pig consumption this sea son , marketing the whole of the head corn , and making use of wheat largely for the production of pork. Prices of store pigs have been low for some con siderable time , and remain so at present. Farmers of an enterprising turn will take advantage of this circumstance by buying large store pigs and converting them into pork , chiefly by the consump tion of wheat meal. Apples for XliUi Coirs. It has doubtless been the prevalent opinion that apples are not good to feed to milk cows. On this subject a writer in the National Live Stock Journal says that they are just as good for cows as for pigs ; but cows cannot , like pigs , be permitted to help themselves without stint. They must be dealt out to them , according to the judgment of the breed er. "A half bushel per cow daily , in two feeds , could be used with advan tage. The writer once fed thirty-six cows running to pasture , each per da } * , a peck of common apples , for forty-five days , and the daily milk and cheese rec ord of. the season showed a production of 430 pounds of cured cheese due to feeding the apples , equal to 17 ounces of cheese from each bushel of apples , which was worth , as dairy cheese is now , 10 cents a pound. The whey from the increase of milk to make that amount of cheese , reckoned at 75 cents per 1,000 pounds , was worth $2.90 , making the total product from 405 bushels of apples fed , § 45.90 , equal to 11 J cents per bush el. It costs less trouble to feed the ap ples to the cows than to deliver them at a cider-mill , though one was quite con venient. We have no statistics of re sults from apples fed to cows when making butter , but consider them quite as valuable for butter as for cheese pro duction. " Preparing for Winter. Farmer's Review. On almost every farm there are spec ial things needing to be done as a pre paration for winter. It may be the sta bles need overhauling , new planking for the stock to stand on , the stalls repaired , broken windows made whole , loose bat tens nailed tight , or the doors made to fit more closely. Implements are stand ing out of doors which ought to have been housed before , and should be now without delay. If fuel is out of doors it should be housed where it will keep dry. The chicken house needs a thorough clearing out and whitewashing , remove till old litter from the laying boxes , and jive them and the perches a dressing with kerosene. If infected with vermin , shut up' tight and fumigate thoroughly with burning sulphur , repealing the operation in tori days afterward , the chickens being of course kept out dur ing such fumigations and until it has been thoroughly aired. The barn yard needs a thorough cleaning out , and its contents , whether of manure piles or of scrapings , spread over the meadows , where it will give better returns than if used almost anywhere else. The cellar , if not already renovated , should have a thorough clearing , and a coat of lime wash and proper arrange ments made for the necessary degree of ventilation during the winter. The more it can have without allowing the temperature to fall below freezing the better for everything stored in it , and for the health of the family above it. The cellar is too often a breeding place of sickness in the family without the cause being suspected. It should have a pipe connection reaching from near the bottom up through the floor and in to the flue of the kitchen stove , with proper arrangements for admitting air from the outside. This will keep up a constant circulation , carrying oil' all foul odors or unwholesomegases gener ated. But of all the other things need ing to be done , none is of more pressing importance than providing shelter from the storms for such stock as it is not in tended to stable. The fall thus far has been unusually warm. But the cold , bad storms will certainly come and find the stock illy prepared to meet them , because of the previous warm weather. It is riot a difficult or expensive matter to construct sheds which will protect the animals from such storms and add greatly to their comfort. They should be open to the south and enclosed on the three other sides Where timber is valuable the three sides can be built up of logs notched together at the corners witli a frame work of poles overhead , and a covering of straw or slough ha } ' . Where timber is not available the sides can be built of lumber and roofed with straw or hay. Let a cold storm strike stock without protection and the effect is at once visible. In giving milk there is at once a large shrinkage in the amount. If fattening animals they come to a dead halt , and it is days before they get on the up grade again , during which time the food they consume is little better than wasted , since they show no gain in weight. If young animals , their growtli is for the time checked and at a loss to the owner. There is no more pitiable sight under heaven than to see live ani mals out in a cojd storm trying to shel ter themselves under the lee of a rural fence with backs arched and tails turned to the wind. They cannot be so ex posed without pecuniary loss to the owner. It is the poorest kind of economy to try to save the expense of furnishing shelter to live animals when the profit to the owner depends upon their making the largest possible gains from the food consumed. Sacred Cattle in Texas. New Mexican Stock Grower. John. O'Neil , a cattle raiser of life long experience in Victoria county , Texas , called on the Stock Grower "this week and a conversation with him proved most interesting. Mr. O'Neil is one of the very few breeders in this country of Brahma , or sacred cattle , of the East Indies. It would at first seem farcial to speak of raising "menagarie stock , " but Mr. O'Neil will soon be able to prove to stock men of the west that this strain will show as many good qualities as the much-talked-of Herefords andDurhams. The first sacred cattle brought to America consisted of two lots , one of which went to Georgia and the other to Louisiana. In 1879 Mr. O'Neil noticed cows near his own home which were a cross between the natives and the Brali- mos , and were the property of a neigh bor. The winter and spring of 1879 were exceptionally hard on cattle , and the "die off" was something tremen dous. Our observing friend saw in the spring that the Brahma cows were in ex cellent condition , and after experiments he concluded that the breed would be a good one to cross witli the native stock. Mr. O'Neil secured a bull and two cows ( thoroughbreds ) from the Louisiana herd and afterwards increased the num ber from Georgia. The result of the cross was satisfactory. They are of good size , fine beef qualities and possess the best rustling qualities of any breed. Mr. O'Neil obtains the best results from a cross between the sacred cattle with pure Durhams , and the male stock from this cross he runs with his natives. There is a heavy demand in Texas for the Brahmas , as they are called , but it is utterly impossible to supply it. Mr. O'Neil intends to stock a ranch in this territory , when our New Mexico cattle owners will have an opportunity of see ing the sacred cattle. The thorough breds are described as being of a rich cream color , and the bulls have a very prominent hump on the shoulder. FAR3T XOTES. New York and Pennsylvania grow two-thirds of all the buckwheat produced in this country. In feeding corn to pigs that are being fatted better results will be obtained if the corn is fed in connection with bran , shipstuff and vegetables. Mr. John Gibson , of Trempeleau count } " , Wis. , has made over 2,000 gallons lens of choice sirup from sorghum this season , averaging about 160 gallons per acre. * The ground is not a safe place for the fowls at night , as croup is engendered by the cold earth. Always provide roosts , and have them so situated as to be'out of draughts or currants of air. Milk is excellent for fowls , and it will pay to buy and use it" for them , as it ma terially increases the number of eggs. It may be fed either sweet or sour. It is given either in dishes or mixed with the soft food. Layering grapevines may be attempt ed at any "time after the wood has be come firm , and before the buds in the spring. The difference between layers and cuttings in that the layers are'not detached from the parent vine , which is thus enabled to nourish the new plant. Corn that is to be cribbed should be ' c thoroughly dry or free from swell. The ft crib floor should be several inches above 1 < the ground so that the corn may not be a axposed to dampness or moisture. The p zrib should also be thoroughly cleaned h out and well aired before storing : the corn. corn.A Wiiiconsin farmer stoutly maintains of the beetles the that he prevents ravages tles in his potatoes by .planting one or two flaxseed in each hill. Be says the bu"-s will shun the flax every time , and that ho has grown potatoes m this way for ten years and secured good crops when others failed. Although some of the breeders of heavy draft horses maintain that all the French breeds are classed as Normans , the French only recognize the Perche- ' , and admit rons as the true thoroughbreds mit no others to be classed in the stud books. The term Norman is an Amer ican one , and unknown in France. From GO to 63 degrees is considered the proper temperature for churning , though the temperatures vary in differ ent dairies , for much depends upon the conditions. Sweet cream should be churned at a lower temperature , and for a longer time , than sour cream. The amounts of butter obtained vary under apparentlv the same conditions , and al though r fair yield may bo obtained one day it ma } ' bo much less the next. PERSONAL AXD OTHERWISE. The Duke of Cambridge won the hearts of the men of Kingston by.beg- ging to be relieved of police protection while eating his dinner at St. George's Yacht club prior to his embarkation. When the emperor of Brazil was em barking for a pleasure trip on a small steamer , a few days ago , he fell into the sea. He was rescued by the inspector and the chief engineer of the steamer. Detaille , the French battle painter , has been studying Russian military types , and has received every courtesy and advantage that the Russian authori ties could otter , even in giving a royal palace for a lodging place. In Boston they tell a really shocking story to the effect that Miss Georgia Cayvan , while playing there , happening * one day to be in a florist's shop , pointed out a certain form and requested that it be used the next time any of her admir ers left an order for a floral tribute. It is to be hoped that no one will believe the tale. Col. Cauer , the sculpture of Garfield memorial bust in St. Louis , is 56 years old , and has made statues of nearly all the sovereigns of Europe as well as of other famous persons , tiiose of Kaiser Wilhelm , Francis Joseph , Metternich and Bismarck being perhaps the best known. He has a son aged 22 , who has executed a good statue of Count Moltko. Miss Fisher and Miss Hosmer , the lat ter bearing the decorations presented her by Queen Victoria for services in the Zulu war , have arrived at Philadel phia to take charge of the training schol for nurses at Blocklcy almshouse. Dr. Schlieman modestly calls his resi dence at Athens a "cottage , " but it is by far the most beautiful villa in that city a magnificent mansion , almost a palace , of the finest Pcnthelic marble and enriched within and without by the doctor's splendid "finds. " . A reunion of a more than usually in teresting character was that of the five daughters of Samuel Pine , of Buffalo , N. Y. , but who now lives in Milwaukee at the advanced age of 91 years. The youngest of them is 50 years and this is the first time in forty years that all have met together. A quiet , reserved gentleman of 73 years is Admiral Porter. His eves are still bright , his voice is soft and entirely destitute of the husky , foggy characteV popularly supposed to attach to jollvold i sea dogs. His face is bronzed , and his hands large and knotty , but soft in f texture. To relieve the monotony of the not over hazardous duties of a pres ent naval commander the admiral has written a startling novel , which is now- publishing in-parts. He has already achieved a reputation as a brave naval officer , a historian , an inventor , an au thority on projectiles , armament and explosives , the designer of an ingenious and formidable submarine torpedo boat , besides being somewhat of a poli tician. Providing for Daughters. New York Tribune. The way of happii es and comfort for single"middlejgea women would be made much easier if a different method was pursued by parents toward their daughters while they are still young. Nothing , of course , can recom pense a woman for the loss in her life of the love of husband and chil dren ; but there is no reason , why , add ed to this bitterness , she should always have the humiliation of dependence. Half the terrors of a single life to a woman lie in the fact that she will never have a' home of her own , but must remain a dependent on fathers and brothers , the one too many in the household ; the beneficiary on sufferance in the family , though she actually work twice as much as the actual members. A father naturally sets his boy on his own feet at coming of age ; but as nat urally he keeps his daughters depend ent upon himself. It is a pleasure , perhaps , to him to give her her gowns and pin-money at thirty as when she was three. He does not reflect that she has the longing , equally natural to every man and woman , to take her own place in the world ; to be a rooted plant , not a parasite. The difficulty is easily solved. If the father is wealthy , let liim settle absolutely upon his daugh ter when she is of a marrying age the amount he would have given her as dower , instead of doling out the inter est as constant gifts ; if he is a poor man , let him give her some trade or oc cupation by which she can earn her uwn money. This course would obvi- iite the mercenary necessity of mar riage which rises night and day before the penniless , dependent woman. "For heaven's sake , what are you do- tig , Mr. Schneidervrow ? " exclaimed the jader of the orchestra to the second iolin : "you're not keeping time at all ; ount the beats , man , count the beats. " Ir. SchueSdervrow dropped his bow , joked over the audience of deadheads nd exclaimed in despair , "It vas im- ossible ! " He had misapprehended the iaders meaning. Boston Transcript. > ;