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SOMEBODY’S MOTHER. From Harper’s Weekly. The. woman was old and ragged and gray, And bent with the chill of the winter’s day; The street was wet with'a recent snow,'' And the woman’s feet were aged and slow. She stood at the crossing and waited long, Alone, uucrared for, amid the throng Of human beings who passed her by Nor heeded the glance of her anxious eve. Down the street with laughter and shout. Glad in the freedom of school let out. Came the boys like a floek of sheep. Hailing the snow piled white and deep. Past the womah so old and gray, Hastened the children on their way, Nor ottered a helping hand to her, So meek, so timid, afraid to stir Lest the carriage-wheels or the horse’s feet Should crowd her down in the slippery street. At last came one of the merry troop— The gayest laddie of the group; He paused beside her, and whispered low, “I’ll help you across if yon wish to go.” • Her aged hand on his strong, young arm She placed, and so, without hurt or harm. He guided the trembling feet along. From! that his own were linn and strong. Then back again to his friends he went. His young heart happy and well content. “She’s somebody’s mother, boys, von know, For all she’s old. and poor and slow; “And I hope some fellow will lend a hand To help my mother, you understand, “If ever she’s poor, and old and gray. When her own dear boy is far away.” And “somebody’smother” bowed low her head In her home that night, and the prayer she said Was: “ God be kiud to that noble boy, Who is somebody’s son and pride and joy!” The Granite Ring. Charlie Stone was leaning over the counter of the Thorndyke House, gaz ing out of doors at the sunlight, and wishing he liad four million dollars and a year’s vacation. A tall ca daverous looking man with red whis kers and a carpet-bag in hand, thinner than an argument in favor of rum-drinking, ambled in at the door, meandered up to the counter, and slapped the carpet-bag down with emphasis. “ The register, please, ” he said haughtily, as one who was accustomed tohej^^vays. stuv..gcr a pen, and waited for him to inscribe with a flourish the name of “ Alonzo de Mon tague, New York. ” “ Please handle my baggage care fully, ” he remarked, as he handed up the shadowy article; •“ It contains much of value. How’s business ? ” “ Fair—only fair,” replied the clerk. “ As I supposed ” said the cadaver ous man, frowning. “How’s granite?” “ Hard—very much depressed; but with prospects good,” replied the clerk. “ M, ” muttered the thin man, re flectively ; “ this then is my time. I have visited your city, young man, for the express purpose of investing largely in this business, knowing from the general depression that 1 could do so to advantage. I tell you this in secret, ” and here his voice sank to a hoarse whisper, “ I have in that satchel, documents that will compel the granite ring to admit me to tlieir midst, and absolutely to get down on their knees to me—yes, sir, ” fiercely, “ on their knees, ” and he slapped the counter spiteluiiy. , The clerk didn’t look as if he was much impressed by this information, and the thin man continued: “ There has been at work in your midst, an influence that has tended to great depression, hut by the great hoop-shakes I’ll show them that they have not only capital to oppose them, but an iron will and an inflexible na ture that hut laughs at obstacles.— Where is the banquet hall ? V he ex claimed abruptly. “This way,” replied the clerk, pointing. “ I will proceed to appeaes my na tural wants, and then—” and the ca daverous man nodded his head gloom ingly, and started for the dining room. “ Beg pardon, sir, ” said the clerk, politely. “Sir?” exclaimed the lank man stopping. “ W e always require pay in advance from strangers, ” continued the clerk. “Pay in advance?” almost screamed the thin man, “ why I'll buy your lit tle insignificant hotel! ” “ It isn't for sale, ” replied the clerk, firmly, “ fifty cents please. ” v “Give me that satchel, ” said the tall man, in a voice of condensed rage. “ Let me get out of this miserable one-horse tavern. I’ve traveled from Maine to California, and this is the first time an up start of a hotel clerk ever said pay in advance. Let me out—the air stifles me. ” He grabbed his satchel strode rap idly and fiercely out of the office.— Soon after he was seen begging a dinner from a house in Middle Street. And the granite ring is getting ready to tremble. Not a Marrying Girl. They were seated together, side by side, on the sofa, in the most ap proved lover fashion—his arm encircl ing her taperwaist, &c. “Lizzie,” he said, “you must have read my heart ere this; you must know how deariy I love you.” “Yes, Fred, yon have certainly been very attentive,” said Lizzie. “But, Lizzie darling, do you love me ? Will you he my wife ?” “Your wife, Fred! Of all things, no! No, indeed, nor any one else's.” “Lizzie, what do you mean ?” “Just what I say, Fred. Iv'e two married sisters.” “Certainly, and Mrs. Hopkins and Mrs. Skinner have very good hus bands, I believe.” “So people say; but I wouldn’t like to stand in either Mary’s or Nell’s shoes ; that’s all.” “Lizzie, you astonish me.” “Look here Fred, I have had over twenty-five sleigh rides this winter, thanks to you and my other gentle men friends.” Fred winced a little here, whether at the remembrance of that unpaid livery bill or the idea of Lizzie sleigh ing with her other gentlemen friends, I cannot positively answer. “How many do you think my sis ters have had ? Mot the sign of one, either of them. Such pretty girls as May and Nell were, too, and so inuoh attention as they used to have ?”■ “Now, Lizzie ” “I am foml of going to the theatre occassionally as well as a lecture or concert sometimes, and I shouldn’t like it if I proposed attending any eutertainment to be invariably told that times were hard and my hus bandcouldn't afford it, and then to “Lizzie, Lizzie ” “And then if once in a dog’s age he did condescend to go with me any where in the evening, I shouldn’t like to he left to pick my way along the slippery places, at the risk of break ing my neck he walking along uncon sciously by my side. I’m of a de pendent clinging nature, and I need the protection of a strong a’m.” “Lizzie, this is all nonsence.” “I’m the youngest in - our family, and perhaps I’ve been spoiled. At all events, I know it would break my heart to have my husband vent all the ill temper which he conceals from the world on my defenceless head.” “But Lizzie, I promise you that I *7 “Oh, yes Fred; I know what you are going to say—that you will be differ ent ; but Mary and Nell have told me time and again that no better hus bands than theirs ever lived. No, Fred; as a lover you are just perfect, nd I shall hate awfully to give you up. Still, if you are bent on marry ing, there are plenty of girls who have not married sisters, or who are not wise enough to profit by their example, if they have. And don't fret about me, I’ve no doubt I can find someone to fill your place.”— But before Lizzie had concluded, Fred made for the door, muttering something “unmentionable ,to ears polite.” “There!” exclaimed Lizzie, as the door closed with a bang, “I knew he was no better than the rest. That's the way John and Aleck swear and slam doors, when things don’t go just right. He’d made a bear of a hus band ; but I’m sorry lie came to the point so soon, for he was just a splen did beau.” If G. W. was the “ Father of his Country, ” and if G. W. “ never told a lie, ’’ then Darwin's devel—opment theory must be correct. C. U. Cumber. \ young lady rebukingly asks us ; “ Which is the worse, to lace tight or to get tight ? ” We give it up—we never laced. — Elmira Gar.. THE FLORIDA AGRICULTURIST. ■ Silk Culture in the South. } The Nashville American recently l had a call from Mr. S. Lowery, a col > ored man, formerly a resident of ’ Nashville, but now living near Hunts ville, Ala. The interview had refer . ence to silk culture in the South, and of Mr. Lowery’s success and proposed 1 future operations in this branch of industry, the American says: Mr. Lowery for the past four years, with his family, has been engaged in silk culture, and will this spring have two acres laid out in the production of the white mulberry, the food for his silk worms. About three years ago Lowery received his first lot of eggs from an Englishman living in Nashville. He and his family devoted their attention to the study of silk culture, and in a year or two, with practical experience, began to suc ceed iiythe undertaking. The enter prise succeeded so well that Lowery, with the countenance of leading citi zens of North Alabama, has deter mined to establish an academy for both sexes, their moral and intellect ual advancement to be attended to, while the culture of silk will be a leading feature of the institution.— Lowery estimates the profit per acre at $l5O to $200; with a continued increase as they become more expe rienced. At present he has a room set aside for the worms, which he keeps in small paper boxes. These hatch out regularly on the loth of April, and after feeding forty days, •proceed to go into chrysalis, and after three day’s spinning the cocoon is ready. • Lowery has with him several samples, consisting of the silk in the different stages. The cocoon is of the shape and about the size of a pecan nut, yellow in color. After soaking in hot water, the raw silk readily winds off in a single strand. He had some of the silk that had been carded and spun by an ordinary spinning wheel; In a week or so be leaves for the Nofth when he will visit W ash ington, Philadelphia, New York and Boston, with the object of securing an endowment fund for his academy. , Bone Spavin. Can bdne spavin be cured ? If so, what is the treatment for the differ- iidiiiipiN' \ )Wi T*! * coma , commonly called big-head in the western States, a disease I would like to know something about ? An swei. First. Bone spavin can be cured in all stages. Primary can be cured by a simple blister compound of lard, one ounce; bin-iodide of mer cury, two drachms. Secondary by a mild scarification of the enlarged osseous deposit, and then applying the former blister on the scarified part. Purulent, by severely firing the deposit, and sprinkling the sur face with bi-chloride of mercury fine ly powdered, which forms an intense inflammation, and the said inflamma tion absorbs two-thirds of'the deposit and destroys the entire lameness. Dig head (Ostco Sarcoma). This disease, commonly' called big-head, is an enlargement of the bony struc ture of the face, commencing from the hollow beneath the eyes, and running nearly to the junction of the nostrils. The opinion is that it is caused by the mastification of too much corn when young, which pro duces ulceration of the roots of the teeth, when they are not fully filled or set. The convincing evidence of this fact is that big-head is seldom exhibited in any other part of the country except in the States, more especially in the western States, as more corn is fed there. The symp toms are the enlargement of those bones of the face that are of a soft, spongy character, and if allowed to proceed, breaks out in small holes, and runs a thick secretion. Treat ment ; Apply’ in the first stage an ointment composed of strong mercu rial ointment, 2 ounces ; ioaine oint ment, 2 ounces; mix. Apply twice a day, and give broken doses of cal omel and tartar emetic, or iodine of potash, in moderate doses, but never the two together. This is thought to he a radical cure, as there are cases under observation daily that have been cured by the same pro cess. Secondary. By syringing the holes with a solution as follows : bro mine. 1 ounce; water, LJ pints, and give alterative treatment as above. VEGETABLE TRANSPORTATION. At the meeting of the Fruit grow ers Association, recently held in Gainesville, the question of transpor tation was thoroughly discussed, and the conclusion arrived at that if bet ter ventilated cars could not be had for the transportation of early veget ables and fruity, very great loss would be experienced by the growers of this State. A committee was appointed to visit and confer with the various railroad . and transportation compan ies, and, it possible, secure better ven tilation in the shipment of all fruits and vegetables. This committee, yesterday, visited Fernandina to con ler with Captain Maxwell, of the transit road, and were pleased to nnd the Captain fully alive to the in terests which the committee repre sented, having already under con sti action two Montgomery refriger ator cars, which will be on the road m a few days. These are intended as an experiment;, and if practicable, more will be furnished as early as possible. Cars will also, by request ot the committee, be furnished at once, giving ventilation, which will be appreciated by vegetable growers who have lately suffered by heat ven erated in closed box cars. Captain Maxwell favors and encourages a fruit tram and hopes to get the co-opper ation ot other roads. This is a move in the right direction, and if success fully carried out will result iu much good to producers. —Sun and Press. Woods of Florida A correspondent of the Union calls attention to our valuable native woods, remarking that the manufac ture of several of these into furniture, etc., should no longer be neglected. Tie instances the pitch pine, which often produces a beautiful “curled” wood ; the “Chinaberry tree," used for hedsteads, because vermin will not come near it; the red bay, or Florida mahogany, which can hardly be distinguished, in its best finished state, from the mahogany of com merce; the poplar, magnolia, live oak, wild cherry, hickory, beech, cypress, sweet gum, black walnut, .red cedar, and many others ara ftuwl in the greatest abundance. Also the Torreya, a native of Florida, and said to be found only in the Apalachicola bottoms, a wood that is practicably indestructible, so far as natural decay is concerned. Forests of the United States, To show the necessity for protect ing American forests and the need of a forestry commission, it is stated that, within ten years, no less than 12,000,000 acres of timber lands have been cut or burned over in the United States. Much of this timber is used for fuel, twenty-five cities having consumed five to ten thousand acres each. Fences use up much timber, and railway sleepers require the pro duct of one hundred and fifty thou sand acres per annum. The amount of timber suitable for lumber yet standing is no longer large, and it bids fair to become so scarce as to be greatly enhanced in price. It is es timated that $150,00l),000'aro invest ed in the lumber business of the United States, giving employment to two hundred thousand men. Ti kite's eggs are held in great esteem wherever they are found, as well by Europeans as others. They have a very soft shell, and are about the size of a pigeon’s egg. The moth er turtles lay thrice a year, at intervals of two or three weeks, depositing in one night as many as a hundred at a laying. An experienced eye and hand are required to detect the eggs, as they are always ingeniously cover ed up with sand ; but, when they are hunted very few escape. The Orono co Indians obtain from these eggs a kind of clear, sweet oil, which they use instead of butter. In the mouth of February, when the high waters of the Orouoco have receded, millions of turtles come on shore to deposit their eggs. The certainty and abund ance of the harvest is such that it is estimated by the acre. The yearly gathering about the mouth of the river alone is about five thousand jars ot oil, and it takes live thousand eggs to make a jar. How to Catch Coons- One day last week, as Mr. Alfred Walbridge was coming to Huron, Wis., and when in the ravine near the village, he heard a noise up in the top of a large whitewood tree. He surmised that the noise was made by coons, and that the tree was a bed tree for them. He applied for per mission to cut the tree, which could not be done without muoh damage to other timber standing in the vicinity. It was suggested that Fred Rice could climb the tree and get them out; Fred was sent for, and came, pro vided with a pair of creepers such as used by telegraph men, and a short club tied arround his wrist. The opening into the nest was on the side of the tree about sixty feet from the ground. When Fred was asked how he was going to get the coons out, he smiled blandly but made no reply. With great apparent ease he ascend ed the tree to the hole, then took from his pocket a bunch of fire-crack ers, and setting them on fire, (h opped them into the hollow of the tree. In a short time they began to explode, out came the coons, one at a time, coughing and sneezing, while Fred deliberately knocked them oft', and they were quickly dispatched by the men and boys on the ground. Thir teen coons, little and big, were thus captured in a few minutes. An eminent French scientist late ly presented a note to the French Academy on the antiseptic properties of bichromate of potash. Experi- . ments had shown him that the addi tion oi one-hundreth part of the bi chromate in ordinary water prevents the putrifaction of all sorts of organic matter, such as meat, urine, etc. A thousandth part of bichromate pre vents beer from turning sour. After three months' immersion in a solution, meat was hardened and dry. Tiecipes. Tomato Catsup.—The St. James Hotel is celebrated for its delicious catsup, which is made by Mr. Camp bell after the following receipe : “Half a bushel ripe tomatoes, not eyiart viogr, owi salt, pound black pepper, twelve pods red pepper, pound allspice, one ounce cloves, three boxes good mus tard, a little garlic, six onions, two pounds brown sugar, one handful peach leaves. Boil until of the right consistency, being carefnl not to let it burn ; then strain through a wire seive when cool enough. You may have to rub it through. The ingredients are all put in together and thoroughly cooked. When done it will he pretty thick.” Pokk Cake. —One-half pound salt pork, chopped fine, one pint boiling water, poured on the pork; stir until cold; one cup molasses, two cups sugar and flour, one teaspoonfnl socia, one teaspoonful each kind spice, one pound raisins. Eggs Baked in a Plate. —Take small tin plates—and have enough to supply each member of the family— butter them slightly, so that the eggs will not stick to them, and break two eggs into each plate—which should have been well heated previously—let them bake in the oven just long enough to set the whites. Oatm ka l Bread. —One quart fresh oatmeal, two quarts of water; let stand half a day or over night. When ready to bake, add one quart of fine,' or Graham flour, half a cup of sugar, one teaspoonfnl fine salt, two tea spoonfuls of baking powder; mix with a spoon. No kneading is required.— If too stiff, add water. Plain Cookies.—Beat one egg with one cup of sugar to a cream, work two ounces of butter soft, and beat it with the egg and sugar, grate one fourth o'f a nutmeg, add one gill ot milk, and prepared flour enough to make a sufficiently stiff paste to roll about a pound. Roll an eighth ot an inch thick, cut out with a biscuit cut ter, or an inverted cup, and lay on a floured baking pan, and bake about twenty minutes, in a moderate oven. Polish for Old Furniture —Take of 9S per cent, alcohol one-half pint ; pulverized resin and gum shellac, of each one-fourth ounce; let this cut in the alcohol; then add linseed oil | one-half pint, and shake well.— Trot- I WOOD.