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NO. 6.
The Garden.
The plate which we here reproduce, is one of those
for the use of which, we are indebted to Messrs.
Harper Bros, of New York.
The garden is, and will continue to be for some
time, one of the attractions of Rugby. Formerly
part of a farm occupied by Mrs. Tomkins and her
son, it was bought by the Board of Aid in the spring
of 1880. Mr. Hill, the Board's gardener, set to
work to see what he could do with this old field, and
with the aid of a small quantity of chemical fer
tilizer, and some wood ashes, succeeded in produc
ing very good crops of sweet potatoes, peas, melons,
tomatoes, lima beans, radishes, lettuce, etc. There
is no doubt that this garden has, especially this year,
cost more in labor, and has had more manure used
on it, than the average settler could afford, and this
is one of the objections that has very naturally been
raised ; at the same time it must be borne in mind
that its success proves beyond question that our soil
may, with proper care, produce most excellent re
sults, and it is a guide to settlers who wish to know
what to cultivate. It is to be hoped that the Board
will not grow vegetables to such an extent as to com
pete with their neighbors ; it would be better to sell
this garden as building lots than do so.
Our engraving shows, on the right, the house
where old lady Tomkins used to live, and where
thirsty pioneers were always sure of a glass of cold
water, cheerfully proffered. In the house shown in
the centre, formerly lived Mr. Tucker, our postmas
ter, his wife, and Mr. F. 0. Smith, of Boston, a
pioneer surveyor. At present Mr. and Mrs. Hill
occupy this house, and the other has degenerated
into a tool-house 1
We see, in the middle, a mounted intruder, evi
dently an Englishman, whose horse has set his mind
on munching op the morning glories that trail over
the house hard by, or upsetting the porch, as one
horse actually did. The man of thews and sinews,
a gardener on the war path, with a mighty stride and
formidable spade, looks as if he was "going for"
the two young ladies, who are filling their baskets
with lima beans ; said beans, by the way, grew in
such profusion last year that a dozen young ladies
would have been welcomed to fill their baskets as
often as they liked.
Since Mr. Taylor made the sketch for Messrs.
Harper Bros, some changes have taken place in the
garden enclosure. A very pretty house, the design
taken from the American Agriculturist, is nearing
completion; and the old tumble-down stable has
given way to the new barn, where horses may usual
ly (we cannot say always) be hired by those who
may wish to see the country. The ground is better
cultivated than formerly, and well manured. Roses,
azaleas, and other shrubs have been planted and a
large number of strawberries set out ; the onions and
other vegetables look well, and altogether the garden
bids fair, if kept as an assistance and not competitor,
to prove a source of gastronomic comfort to our
guests in the hotel and elsewhere, and of useful in
formation for the settlers at large.
Experiments with railway brakes in England,
lately, have resulted in the stoppage of a train
moving at the rate of 41.5 miles an hour at a point
only 485 feet distant from the place where the brake
was applied, but when the speed was increased to
sixty-one miles per hour, the distance run after the
application of the brake was 1,185 feet; and when
the speed of the train was increased, to sixty-seven
miles per hour, the distance traveled was 2.055 feet
This would seem to indicate that fifty per cent, in
crease on the initial velocity of 41.5 miles would
require an increase of one hundred and forty-eight
per cent, in the stopping distance, or three to one ;
an additional increase of ten per cent, demands an
increase of seventy-three per cent, in the stopping
time, or, in other words, in the proportion of seven
to one.
, .j, Public Meeting.
On Saturday, May 7th, the adjourned meeting of
the Public Purposes Association was held in the
School Building. Mr. John Boyle, taking the chair,
said that as this was an adjournment of a meeting
at which he had been in the chair, he believed it was
his duty to resume it. He then referred to a meet
ing, which had taken place during the past week, at
which certain resolutions had been come to, a copy
of which had that day been placed in his hands. In
reference to the suggestions of the Sanitary Commit
tee, read at the last meeting, he ought to mention
that they were erroneously stated in the last Rugbe
ian to have been put as resolutions and carried;
they were only read and discussed. The Chairman
next read the resolutions passed at the meeting of citi
zens: 1. Resolution, That it is not expedient for us at
the present time to tax ourselves for gathering and
removing garbage, slops and manure, nor to pay the
expense of an Inspector.
Moved by Dr. Kemp ; seconded by Mr. Haigh ;
carried unanimously.
2d. That a committee be appointed to explain to
such citizens as do not wish to avail themselves of
the facilities offered by the Board, how to use the
garbage, slop and manure as a fertilizer for their own
benefit, and to solicit the hearty co-operation of all
in whatever suggestions are offered by the com
mittee. Moved by Dr. Kemp ; seconded by Mr. Fisher ;
carried unanimously.
3d. That the water-works should be provided by
the Board of Aid, and as speedily as possible, and a
small rent (not exceeding five dollars per annum, as
incorporated in the original deed) shall be charged.
Moved by Mr. Milmow; seconded by Dr. Kemp;
carried unanimously.
4th. That a committee be appointed to ascertain
the number of children of school-age in Rugby and
its vicinity, and the amount of State aid to which we
are entitled.
Moved by Mr. Haigh ; seconded by Mr. Virgo ;
carried unanimously.

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