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\\ onders of the Atmosphere.
The atmosphere rises above us with its cathedral dome arching towards heaven, of which it is the most perfect synonym and symbol. It floats around us like Jthat grand object which the apostle John saw in his vision, “ a sea of glass like unto a crystal. 1 ’ So massive is it that when begins to stir it tosses abotit great ships like playthings, and sweeps city and forest like snow-flakes to destruction before it. And yet it is so mobile that we have lived for years in it before we can be persuad ed that it exists at all, and the great bnlk of mankind never realize the truth that they are bathed in an ocean of air. Its weight is so enormous that iron shivers before it like glass, yet a soap ball sails through it with impn-s nity, and the tiniest insect waves it aside with its wings. It ministers lavishly to our senses. We touch it not yet it touches us. Its warm south wind brings back color to the pale face of the invalid; its cool west winds refresh the fevered brow and make the blood mantle to our cheeks; even its north blasts brace into new vigor the hardened children of our rugged climate. The eye is indebted to it for all the magnificence of sunrise, the bright ness of mid-day, the chastened radi ance of the morning, and the clouds that cradle near the setting sun. But ior it the rainbow would want its <l triumphant arch,” and the winds would not send fleecy messengers on errands around the heavens; the cold ether would not shed snow feathers on the earth, nor would drops of dew gather on the flowers. The kindly rain would never fall, nor hail, storm, nor fog diversify the face of the sky. Our naked globe would turn its tanned and unshadowed forehead to the sun, and one dreary, monoto nous blaze of light and heat dazzle and burn up all things. Were there no atmosphere, the evening sun would in a moment set, and without warning, plunge the earth into darkness. But the air keeps in her hand a sheaf of his rays, and lets them slip but slowly through her fingers, so that the shadows of evening are gathered by degrees, and the flowers have time - to bow their heads, and each creature in space to find a place of rest and to nestle to repose. In the morning the garish sun would at one bound burst from the bosom of the night and blaze above- the horizon; but the air watches for bis coming, and sends first but one little ray to announce his approach, and then another, and then a handful, and so gently draws aside the curtain of night and slow ly lets the light fall on the face of the sleeping earth, till her eyelids open, and like man, she goes forth again to labor till evening. —Royal Gazette. Family Newspapers. The value of family newspapers is by no means apreciated ; but the ra pidity with which people are waking up to their necessity and usefulness is one of the significant signs of the times. Few families are now con tent with one newspaper. The thirst for knowledge is not so easily satis fied ; and books, though useful, yea, absolutely necessary in their place, fail to meet the demand of youth or age. Our family newspaper is eager ly sought, and its contents devoured ; then comes the demand for national or foreign news. Next to the politi cal come the literary and scientific journals. All these are demanded to satisfy the cravings of the active mind. Family newspapers are valu able to material prosperity. They spread before the reader a map on which may be traced character, de sign and progress. If a stranger calls at a hotel, he first inquires for the newspaper; if a friend comes from a distance, the next thing after the family greeting he inquires for your newspaper; and you feel dis comforted if you cannot find a iate copy, and confounded if you are com pelled to say you do not take it.— Family newspapers are just as nec essary to fit a family for its true po sition in life as food and raiment. Show us a ragged, bare-footed boy, rather than an ignorant one. His head will cover his feet in after life, if ho is well supplied with newspa pers. Other things being equal it is a rule that never fails. THE FLORIDA AGRICULTURIST. JJOWARTH & RICHARDSON, (Successors to J. K. Warner & Cos.) Druggists | Chemists, Cor. Bay & Hogan Sts., Jacksonville, Fla. Goods to Dealers .and Physicians at low est rates. my3l-ly DAYTONA-HALIFAX RIVER. Some choice city lots, and farm lots, in sizes to suit purchasers, at Daytona, on the Halifax River. Hich Lands for Vegetables, Sugar Cane , &c, Steamers running weekly to Jackson ville to connect with the northern lines. Some i uiproved places also for sale. Apply CHAS. E. JACKSON, Daytona, Fia. WESLEYAN FEMALE INSTITUTE, STAUNTON, VIRGINIA. I his time honored Institution opens September 19th. 1878. Among the first schools for voting indies in the United States. European and American Teachers. Surroundings beautiful. Climate unsin- V 1 j z ‘ J ljv seventeen Stat es.— rH F est terms in i iie un lON : Is ard. Washing, Lights, English, Latin, I* rencli.foreach half of IheSeholastic roar, - slls. Music &c. v- rv low. For Gatalogucs, address Rev. WM. A. HARRIS, 10 l- 5 President, Staunton, Va ORANGE groves FOR SALE. The well established fact that Orange Culture in Florida is onoof the most relia ble and best paying interests in this highly favnred region, piosonting as ir and es, the strongest, inducements to capital se -ki'.- profitable investment.relievesihesubscrib er of the necessity of entering in t o detailed statements as til nigh it were a mere ex er iment of questionable results. From lon experience and close observation I ait thoroughly satisfied that t'ie 1-a luge >•- sideration essential 10 success in his rap idly growing busiuoss is the sp cial ada - ration of soil and location, guided b> prac tical knowledge. Ia n now able, with hi curtailing my extensiveoperaii.nn bey and what is desirable, to otter tor sale, either half or an entire interest in two of tu - mos' promising groves in the State, which I wiJ’ now proceed to describe, viz : Xdlewild Grove, containing 228 acres of choics liammocn. land, fronting Jof a mile on the .eauffni Lake Pansoft kee. Upon thi tract then are about 4,000 budded tree.-, in nosition, 1.- 000 of which number bloomed the prese season and will bear this rear from 15,000 to 20,000 oranges Bv next year at least 500 additional trees will bear, and t lie in creased yield will probably exceed 100.000 oranges. Within three yea's he .-nt-i e 4,000 trees will commence bearing and bv that da<e will unquestionable proilne ove; I.ooo,ooooranges. This grove also embraces 25,000 soar seedlings, now fire rears ol 1 and already budded, w hich is more than suffi cient to set the balance of th - land. Ten acres of this plaee is sot in the prolific ever oearing Lemon, ripening conn uouslv the year round, and two acres ate olan ed in Bananas that areinafionrishingcondition; and I propose to lie-tow neon this grov 5,000 more banana plants from my Home Srove. I offer a half interest in tlie above escribed property for SIO,OOO cash. Shell Mound Grove, containing 180 acres richest hammock land fronting \\ miles on the beautiful Withla eoochee river. Upon this plaee are 1 OOP oraupe trees that have net coiLmen’eed bearing and will yield the present seaeo at, least 25,000 oranges, and certainly over 100,000 next year. Also 15,000 six year old sour seedlings already budded, and one acre set in Bananas. 1 pronose to bestow on this place 2,500 more banana plants. I otter the whole of this last mentioned place for $12,000 cash. The locality of both these groves fully insures against liability to injury from thi severest changes of temperature, and I re gard this section of country as the very best in the State for the successful cultiva tion of semi-tropical and tropical fruits north of the Caloosahalcheo river First 011 account of the inexhaustible fertility of the soil.it being a deep, vegetable mould underlaid with shell marl abounding in phosphates. Second, immunity from frost on account of the largo bodies of water on the north and west for many miles. The murderous freeze of 1835 did not kill down the wild trees in this locality, as the large stocks plainly indicate, and the freeze of 1876 did not injure the most tender leaf of tbo Lime. On account of this oranges can he permitted to remain 011 the trees until March or April, thereby insuring a higher price than if compelled to seek a market earlier, while the strength of the soil in sures a full annual crop of fruit Third safe and sure transportation via the With lacoochee to Cedar Key, a distance of 80 w.lmi * iU u-’ ere the Railroad from Waldo to fampa will pass through or near those lands. Ah a home, t his region is desirable, ou account of healthfulness and of the great, abundance of game and fish, it b, also one of the best stock ranges in the State. The land is high and rolling and t he soil is well adapted to truck farming. . Title perfect, Address, for additional information, A. L. EICIIELBEROER. 13 2* Ocala, Marion Cos.. Fla. Notice to Shippers! During the withdrawal of Steamer Goo M. Bird for repairs, her place will be sup plied by the Steamer Carrie, Captain JOE SMITH. Making two trips a week between Jackson ville and Enterprise, leaving Jacksonville Mondays and Thursdays At 12 O’clock M. Returning, leave Sanford, Mellonvillo and Enterprise Wednesdays & Saturdays At 4 o’clock A. HI. On the Wednesday morning trip from Lake Monroe, the Carrie will arrive at Jacksonville Thursday morning in time to transfer freight and passengers to train leaving at 8 o’clock for Femandina. which will make close connection with the Steamships from Femandina To New T ork. Through Bills Lading and through tick ’ ets issued at the usual rates. Freight from New York delivered as early as formerly. By this arrangement, passengers will make one day quicker time to New Fork than heretofore. P. McQUAID, A’gout. Jacksonville. John A. Mcßae.Gen’lTra’lg Agt. 6-52-5 Change of Schedule! THROUGH BOAT FOR Jacksonville, Palatka, And Intermediate Landings. The New and Elegant Steamer GEO. M. BIRD, W. A. SHAW, Master. Will leaveEnterprise.MellonvilleandSan ford every Wednesday and Saturday at 6 a. m., and Lake Beresford at 8 a. m. Making close connection with Charleston and Savannah Steamship Line and with Wairen Rav’sline of schooners from New York. Also connecting with all railroad trains for the North and West. Re’ timing will leave Jacksonville every Monday and Thursday, after the arrival of trains. Frets it for way landings must be prepaid Tick (a can bo had of Coleord & Felt. Lake Bereaf id. ie2B-lv TUT I People’s Grocery! No. IO Bay St., .1 W KsojmiJE, Fla. Wo are selling C Sugar at 9c per lb. A Sugar at 10c *• Granulated Sugar, 11c. Choice Rio Coffee, parched every day at our stere by oar Improved Roaster, at 25c per ib. TEAS—Any kind yon want from 50c to the very choicest at Oue Dollar per lb. BALTIMORE PEARL HOMINY. V $4,65 per barrell of 200 pounds, or 21c I'er pound at retail. We Make a Specialty of Flour. Harkishoimer’s Ko 1. ft pi' 10,00 1 No. 3,5( 9, f0 ‘ No. 3.4 c ‘ 7,75 “ 3-lb. can Tomatoes, (standard) 15c pr cn Sugar Corn, 20e per can. Green Apples, S-lb cans, 20,- per can. Aud all oiber canned goal- equally cheap. Send to us for our w eklv rice current It will pay von to buy direct frm ns. We have made aiTange.menrsw.tli tb differ eot boats to carry f rei xhrsat "educed rates Addres- DARKISHEIMER &. CO. ianlO Box fi67. Jacksonville, Fia W. M. HARSHA, m. and. w. b. moon. Harsha & Moon, DEALERS IN Drugs, Medicines, Chemicals, Fine Toilet Soaps, Fancy Hair and T.>oi h Brushes, Perfumery, Toilet Articles, PAINTS, OILS, &c. Also, a choice lot of CIGARS AND TOBACCO. IS - Physicians’ prescriptions carefully compounded. DkLand. Florida. 1-59 STOP ID LOOK. Sweet Seedling Orange Trees, four to six years old, Sicily Lemon, Lamb variety, Citrons, Guavas, Scupperuoug Grape viue for sale at prices to out the times. „ JAMES H. LAMB. 10 49 I)eLand, Fla GARDEN SEEDSj_ FIELD SEEDS! for EalevV^ow. 8 °° W PEAS ’ emb * !in S the varieties, in store rwd theraMleof'Jnno w'th'fmSleS Jd/ifi w"* ire, b!! tMoivc4 from srirtSS!; tO A! WO M ' k "^ o h’ i oulecJs, r c!i'd g Seed'g Pla!!t!f jL“* l ‘ ° f fre,b 3-.S* ‘ <w “ t - HART, BENHAM & CO. , Seedsmen, Jacksonville, Fla. S. B. HUBBARD & CO., JACKSONVILLE, Fla , Importers anti Wholesale and Retail Dealers hi Hardware, Stoves, Crocket GLASS AND TIN WARE. Doors, Sash, Blinds, Nails, Iron and Steel, „ * Tahk and Cutlery, Edged Tools , dsc. V V^o t f^"pa4t3\an I dxol o r? e pSttr^d n Gla S a h w'i delier8 ' ? Tld oils of ail kind* and eart inateria,s ' Agricultural Implements, Mill and Steamboat Supplies npotateK. theHazzard ** -—.V. Cuts and prices of Stoves furnished ’4-52-gt OYSTER SHELL LIME IS THE BEST AND CHEAPEST FEETILIZEB, IN FLORIDA FOR Orange Trees and Cro#s, nd Superior to Stone Lime for Building. On receipt of SB, for each ton wanted, we will deliver same freight nroraid to r.r.^ CARTER & STOWE, ® P. O. Box 178, Jacksonville, Fla ARLINGTON NURSERIES! 0 Tropical and Semi-tropical Fruit Trees, Roses, Deciduous and Evergreen Shrubs and Flowering Plants. New and choice varieties of budded Orange Trees made a speciality o i3F° Send for Descriptive Catalogue. ALBERT I. BID WELL, 1-52 Jacksonville, Florida. * ASHMEAD BROS. 33 West Bay Street, - - - - Jacksonville, Fla WHOLESALE AND EETAIL Min, units, ins, And I> alers in Eanoy -Articles. All the Latest Daily and Weekly Papers, Mont hly Magazine*), Periodicals. Music. Ac. - I Florida Guide Books, Maps and Yiews, SCHOOL BOOKS. sar* 135