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COOKING TOMATOES. :,r Out', who travels much, says the A riisrif'ftn. y\ yrieiiltunst, finds that the name "‘stewed tomatoes covers a great variety’oi compounds: tl:0 av erage country hotel serves under this name a horrkl’pasto. thicsciicd v. ill: flour aml'swcet with sugar, and we cannot blame those'who say they do not likeftomatoes, if this is their standard. Tastes differ, bu! to our individual notion sugar ami tomatoes are incomputable. Tomatoes stowed until they are just fairly done and seasoned with salt.pepper ami butter, a plentyjof that,„ibrm a tlish quite un like in flavor to one treated with a long cooking, in which the pieces are stewed to pulp, and the juices evap orated sufficiently to make a thick sauce, and seasoned as before. These two methods make a pleasant variety on the writers table. Many thicken stcwed'tomaloes v ith cracker meal or breadjerumbs, either being pref erable to flour, which forms a repuls ive paste. Besides the above two varieties in stewed tomatoes, the on ly other we make is to season them with onions. Onions, used judicious ly, so blends with and qualifies the flavor of the tomato, that those who approve, of onions at all, will find this to be just one of the places where they are acceptable. The onion should be'chopped fine, a tablespoon ful or so being enough lor an ordina ry dishful |of tomatoes. Especially to accompany roast beef, tomatoes thus cooked are —as Lowell defined poet ry to be—"a touch beyond.” SO V 1.1,0 PKI > TO M ATOKS. Are commended to those who like their tomatoes thickened. The fruit being pealed and sliced, is laid in a pudding dish, with alternate layers of cracker or bread crumbs, distrib uting salt and pepper and bits of butter on each layor, and finish with crumbs. Bake half an hour and serve in the same dish. If the toma toes arc very juicy, bake with the dish open, otherwise cover and when partly done, remove the cover and brown the top. UAKED STUVKKD TOM A TOES. Good sized fruit of regular shape is required. Cut a slice from the blossom end and scoop out the pulp ; take cracker or bread crumbs, salt, peper, a little thyme, butter, mix well together nndjill the cavities in the tomatoes, rounding it up well; set in a dish and bake for about three quarters of an hour. Some replace the top piece or stem end, but we prefer to leave it oil' and allow as jnueh juice as possible to evaporate. Another way. Cut a conical plug from the seed end of the tomato, cut ting half through the fruit, or more ; mix dry crumbs with seasoning and butter, as above: form cones or plugs to replace those cut from the tomatoes, and bake as before. BROILED TOMATOES. Good sized, solid tomatoes are cut in halves, cross-wise, placed on a grid-iron or broiler, and put over a brisk fire, cut surface down. In eight or ten minutes, according to size, turn, put upon caclfhalf salt, pepper and a lump of butter, and cook with the skin side down, rather more slow ly than before, about as long, or un til done. An excellent breakfast dish. The above receipts are all proved and approved. The follow ing, untried “by the writer, are from cxellent sources. TOMATO OMELUTE. For au omelette of six eggs, use four medium sized tomatoes, or few or if large: peel, cut out all hard or partly ripe parts, and chop fine. Hub two tablespoonfiil of flour into one table sjKionful of butter; mix with thr'tomnitexpand add salt wit!) !pep- per, if desired ; stir the beaten egg into this and cook as for other ome lettes. Unless the tomatoes are thor oughly ripe, cook them slightly at £ :*nt. TOMATO HASH .Butter a dish, put in a layer pcel edymd sliced tomatoes, a layer of cold meat in thin slices, and a layer of bread and butter, and so on until the diaii is full; add seasoning to the layers. Pour beaten eggs over the top and bake brown. tomato toast Stew tomatoes until done, season ing with butter and ssit; and milk to make sufficiently thin, or cream, whenlthc butter may be omitted, and use this upon slices c-f well toasted bread, instead of the usual sauce made for dip or cream toast Said to be a fine breakfast dish. H>o- ACRE SILK FARM. The project for establishing the silk-raising industry or, an extensive scale in this State is assuming a prac tical shape. A number of prominent citizens have Identified themselves with the movement, and a company is at once to be put on foot to obtain the capital necessary for the cstab ment of the enterprise, it is propos ed to secure a largo tract of land on the line of the Pennsylvania Ila’droad not’more than twenty miles from this city, and upon this to establish a silk farm, school, and village. The promoters have their eyes up a tract of 100 acres at Downington, part of which is ow ned by the- Hon. John P. Edge, one oi the State Com missioners of Agriculture, but no definite negotiation looking to the securing of these grounds can be en tered into until Mr. Edge’s return from the exposition. "When, however, a desirable plot of ground has been secured, it is intended to erect about forty cottages, each to be surrounded by an acre of mui bdlry trees, upon which the worms will be reared. The silk-colony will be conducted on the co-operative principle, and teachers of silk-culture will l>c employed to instruct the cot tagers in the various stages of the in dustry from the rearing of the worms to the reeling process. The projee-. tors ot the movement believe that it will prove profitable, and that similar farms will ultimately he established throughout the State, affording a source of profitable employment to no small proportion of our unem ployed population. ‘•There arc no substantial reasons why silk-cultnrc should not become one of the leading industries of the State,” says Doctor Samuel Cham berlain, whose experiments in this matter date back to the experiments make in this State at the time of the silk raising mania in 1835. “The de mand for foreign raw silk," he cor, tinned, “has doubled itself every five years since 1851, until it has reoched a yearly average of over one million pounds, costing at foreign porta something in th< neighborhood of $5,555,9515. This proves that a home demand for at least that quantity of raw silk is secure. Why cannot we supply this demand ourselves ? The mulberry tree has abounded in Penn, since 1840, and the fact i* indisputa ble that in that year silk was made- in this State far superior to that that was imported. Silk culture too ia the only remaining home work which docs not find an overwhelming com petitor in the steam engine. Fifty years ago knitting spinning and sew ing and weaving were ail done by the females of the- family; now they are all dope by steam. But steam can neither rear silk worms nor spin silk from thoir cocoons, and this is, of necessity, the work ol iudi- THE FLORIDA AGRICULTURIST. viduals and mostly of females. Let capital supply trees and country homes, and not only can we eventu ally put a stop to the importation of foreign silk, but the farms will spring to villages and the villages to towns, until the problem of what is to be done with the surplus population ol our over crowded cities is effectually solved." —Philadelphia Record. A MYSTERIOUS HERR. At the request of one ol the profes sors in the medical college of the University of Pennsylvania, Mr. Langston, our Minister to Ilayti, has, by direction of the Secretary of State, made some investigations into the nature of a narcotic herb, growing on the island, called “the Wanga plant.” This plant appears to be used in the incantations of a society called “Voudoux,” and is not known outside of the circle of its high functionaries. Marvelous stories are told of the wonderful effects produced by this narcotic. Whenever miracles are to bo wrought, the sick healed, the dead brought to life, or any other display of superhuman power is to be made, the herb is used. It is often told with the most profound sincerity, by those not belonging to the order of tho “Vaudoux,” that the “ Papalois ” or “priest,” moved by what is called the “ Lois ” can, and does, resurrect dead; ti c Wanga plant always play ing its part ir. the performance. The “Lois” is. a spiritual influence inherited in certain families resembling the powers attributed to “mediums” in spiritualism. The followers of this faith in Ilayti are numerous and of all grades of social life The Emperor Sotilouquc was a member, but Geffrard sought to prever/ its increase. The V oudoux ” are cannibals and kill small children as a sacrifice to their strarge God. In connection with these rites and practices, the sacred ho; b is used conspicuously. The plant is used by Haytiens not members of the Voudoux as a narcotic medicine and for base and lascivious purposes. A negro used it to put his rich master to sleep, while he robbed him The juice will produce tempor ary blindmgs, and thus unfit for mili tary r.ir.lMs the victim. After its away the sight is per fectly reared, and no bad effect on the optic nerve remains. The herb is used to procure sound and pleasant sleep by persons suffer ing from disease of body and mind. It Las boon successful whore cloro form has failed. Five leaves placed under the pillow arc generally suffici ent to Icing relief. Its properties, however, are yet to bo determined and defined, The botany of the island presents a large field of study. Of two. thousand varieties of plants only six hundred have been examined and classified. Tho conclusion of the whole matter, says Mr. Langston, is, whatever the plant “Wanga” may be, whether its properties already con cern medical science or not, there is in this country, as connected with this subject, treasures which await scientific exploration. Watermelon Seed. The rattlesnake melon has been the moat popular with growers for ship ment to northern markets. It being known by above title; also as tho Augusta melon; also, Georgia melon. Georgia melons command a higher price in market than those from any other State. We notice in South Georgia crops of melons from seeds saved on the farm from the crop for three years in succesion that ■were not first class. It was said every precau tion was used, and seed only saved from the centre of good melons ? yet they have sported, and now several colors and varieties can be seen in the same j 3tch. Others assert that tho melons thus grown will deteriorate in oualitv, becoming insipid in taste and of a harder and thicker rind. Others claim that the pure rattlesnake melon will not, if kept separate from other varieties, and that no pure melon will ever have a hard rind. Some exper ienced growers say they never save their seed from their own crop, but send, each season, to Augusta for seed, &dvanoing the theory that al though the growers at Augusta may save from continuous crops the trans fer to this climate causes a retention of their good qualities. We are familiar with a melon made by a well known grower from three varieties, which we now keep sound and good thirty days from the vines, and then pronounced by connoisseurs to be the best they ever tasted. It is claimed by the author of this melon that itwill not sport or return to either branch of its parentage. Wc would like u this question of melon seed discussed for the benefit oj many w ho have made a partial failure in their crops this season, which they attribute to imperfect seed, and desire to avoid a repetition of such experi ence. and commence anew next sea son with reliable seed. Who will be prepared to supply them ?— Di^patrK Okra—Gumbo. Okra is a vegetable that is slow in findin its way to the garden and table in the Northern States, while in South - cm families it is in very general use. The plant is much like a large Holly hock, with yellow flowers, which are succeeded by angled pods, six inches or more long, and over an inch thick. These pods, when so tender that they will break, are very mucilaginous, and give oil’, when cooked, a large amount of gummy matter. If they begin to mature, they become woody, filled with hard round seeds, and quite unlike anything edible. Though in the catalogues, the plants arc called 41 Okra or Gumbo,” the name Gumbo properly belongs to the dish prepared from the pods, rather than to the plant itself, as the Southern cooks make Gumbo without the use of Okra, but substitute the pith and young leaves of sassafras, one of the native violets, and perhaps other plants. The best gumbo is made with chicken, though other meats are sometimes used, and is merely a stew made thick by the use of an abundance of Okra pods. Gumbo soup is any soup to which sufficient Okra is added to give it the desired thickness. The young and tender pods boiled and dressed with melted butter, are liked by many, but are rather to gummy for those who have not become accustomed to them. A dish made of the Okra pods and to matoes stewed together, is also pre pared. One correspondent inquires if we know of any method of preserv ing Okra by canning. We have not kuown of any attempts at canning the pods, but they arc often dried; the pods of the proper age for cook ing, are sliced, strung upon a cord, and dried in the same manner as fruit. They are also packed in salt, just as cucumbers are, and when wanted for use, are freshened in cold water. —Amcrioan AgrictiUurist. F4 CIRCUIT COURT of the Sev enth Judicial Circuit of Honda, Volusia Couuty. In Chancery. Nathaniel Hasty aud Elizabeth P. Hasty his wife vs. W. Howell Eobineou. It, appearing from affidavit made before me that the di-fendant above named resides beyond the limits of this Elate, to-wit. iu the btate of Illinois, so that ordinary pro cess cannot be served n pou him. On motion of C. B. Burk nor solicitor for complain ant : It is ordered that the defendant, do appear, plead, answer, or demur to the bill of complaint filled in this cause, on or before tho first Monday in December next, other wise the same will be taken pro confesso. ITovided that a eopy of this order be pub lished weekly for four consecutive months, in au official newspaper published in this Circuit. Witness my hand and seal, this 24th day of July, A. D. 1878. JOHN W. DICKINb. 12 24 Clerk Volusia Circuit Court-. C. P>. BUCKNOB, Comp’lts Sobcitor. ■VIOTICE—In the County Court and I’ of Probate. Volusia County, Florida. Notice is hereby given that after six months x>nblioation of this notice, I shall apply to the County Judge of Volusia County, for a discharge from my adminis tration as administrator nt the estate of the lat-e James M. Elwood, deceased. Notice is also hereby given that all ac counts against said estate, not exhibited to me within two years after the date of my letters of administration of said estate, to wit., the 3rd day of July a. i>. 1877 will be forever barred. Of which all creditors and persona entitled to distribution will take notice. A. R. ELL WOOD, 10 £5 administrator Lesral Notices. If ASTER’S SALE of Real Estate, ill By virtue of a Decree of, made, and en tered in the Circuit Court, I will sell at. public outcry in front of tlie Court Iloueo cloor at Enterprise, Volusia Conutv State of Florida, on the first Monday, the fifth day of August, a. J>. 1878, witfiiu the usua hours of sale, the following heal Estate, lying in Volusia Couuty, Florida, and known and described as follows: Known as the Dunlawton place, being a giant by the Spanish Government to Patrick Dean,, on the 13th day of August, 1804, by Patrick Dean to Bunch, by Bnnch to Caw tun, by Lawton to Anderson, by Anderson to John J. Marshall, including .Sectional Grants forty-three, Township fifteen, south of range thirty-three, east, containing two hundred and ninety and nineteen one-hun dredths acres, more or less, and section thirty-seven. Township sixteen, south, of ran go thirty-three east, containing seven hundred and sixty and sixty-two one hundredthsacres, more or less, bounded on the north by lands of 11. A'. Swift, on the oast by lots four aud five of section thirty three, Townshi p fifteen south, range thirty ■ three east, aud lots two, three and four of scot-ion four.of Twonsbip sixteen, of range thirty-three east, and on tho west by lot number one, section eight, Township six teen south, of tliirtv-three east, lots one,, two, four and live, of section five, Town ship sixteen south, of range thirty-three. east, and the fractional southwest quarter of section thirty-two, Township fifteen,, south, of range thirty-three east, contain ing in the aggregate or.o thousand and seventy-seven acres, more or less, also the land on which the dwelling of said J ,!. Marshall is situated, immediately on the Halifax river, known, and distinguished as lot one of fractional section three, Town ship sixteen south, of range thirty-three east, containing fifty acres, more or lees. • Sold under and by virtue of a. Decree made by the Judge of the Circuit Court on. a bill filed to foreclose and inforce the lien of said John J. Marshall on said land for the purchase money thereof and sold tc satisfy said lieu and said purchase money - Sold at the risk and for tho benefit of Pomeroy, a purchaser at a sale of said land and premises heretofore had. who having failed to comply with tho require ments of said sale, and pay tho pusebaao money. Sold under and by virtue of a subsequent decree made by the Judge of tho Circuit Court, at his risk and lor bis benefit. Terms cash, purchasers paying for titles July. IS7B. HEZEKIAH E. OSTEEN, S-ll Special Master in Chancery. IN THE COUNTY COURT Vo •*- lusia County. In the matter of flic petition of H. It DeYannan. administrator of the estate of the late Abner Shearer, deceased, for thf sale of Ileal Estate. Under and pcxsuant to an order made if? the above matter by Fredrick J. LaPeno tiere, County Judge of Volusia County and dated 15th .Tuno a. i>. 1878. I will tell at public auction on Monday the sth day-of August 1878, at fhe Court House at Enter prise, between the usual hours of sale on that day, tho following described premises to wit: The east half of tho southwest quarter of the southeast quarter of the northeast quarter of section 15, Township, range SO east. Florida, contains five acres with the impro vemets consisting of an or ange grove situated thereon. . <| immtn Terms I, cltfiiTTiuiJliascr pacing fer titles Dated June 28th, 1878. GEO. TT. BARKER. 8-11 Commissioner. TVTOTICE—On Monday, August 19th -L' 1878 I will apply h.v petition to lion. W. A. Cocke, Circuit Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, at his residence near Fort Reid, orange County, Florida, for an order to sell for the benefit of Mar" garet. Watson, Elizabeth Watson and Flor ence Watson, minors, all their right, title and interest of, in and fo certain Real Estate situated in Volusia County, Florida, aud known us parts of n. w. J of a. 6, t 19„. s. r. 31 e.: and parts of s. 1,1.19 s. r. SO e. July 8 1878. Maussa Watson, 7-10 Guardian of Minors above named TN TIIE CIRCUIT COURT—7th Judicial Circuit, Volusia county. William Allan vs. M. M. Hedges and Jose phene M. Hedges. Amount .sworn to. *517.81 Tho defendants and all others are hereby notified of tho commencement of this suit, that an attachment has been issued, usd that they are required to appear, plead cr demur to the declaration filed in said cau.se. by the first Monday in October next, the same being rule? day. or judgment will be taken by default. May 39,187*. JOHN B. STICXNEY. C. B. BUCKNOII, my29m Flff’s Attya. TN THE COUNTY COURT art* of Probate, Volusia county. In the Administration of the Estate-of' Arthur Rossetter, Jr., dececased: Notice im hereby given that I have been, by tho County .Tndgoof Volusia county, appointed administrator of the above estate, and that all persons having claims against the same are requested to file tho same with mo duly authenticated without delay, and all per sons indebted to the 6aid estato are re quested to make settlement forthwith. Bores ford P. 0.. Volusia eo., tWy98.1878 A. T. ROSSETTER, felrJ3-3m Administrator. On Motion, Ordered that election dia trictNo. 16 bn (imposed of the following de scribed territory in Volugia county. All of township 17 south, range 39 east, less that portion lying westef the 3t. Johns river. Also section No’a eix, seven, eigh teen. nineteen and thirty, in township IT south, range SO east, with voting place ttU Boreeford. On Motion, It was ordered that, that portion of section 28, township 16, range 33 east, lying south of Spruce oTeck. aad sections 33, 34, and that portion of sections 35 and 39 lying west of Turnbull creek, in township and range aforesaid, now included m district No. 10, bo set off and included in district No. V. v , JNO. W. IHCKJNB, Clerk of Board Cos, Corem*e!eß‘'-n .