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In the happy harvest fields, oh, what gladsome
Men and maids and ohlldreu joining in the
For in merry triumph they are homeward
Poppy-wreathed and loaded high, the last
10ver now the sowing and the reaping,
Earth has given her fruits into our keep •
Over now the labor and the doubting.
We are bringing home the harvest, shoo t
Harvest-home! harvest-home !
In a silent upper room a sad household kneel
Weeping, praying, bnt, alas! unoomforted,
Though a sense of rapture through the room
Ae the waiting angels guard well the dying
Waiting till aomo mighty word Is spoken;
Waiting, with some marvelous sweet token.
Till, amid the praying and the weeping,
break* the harvest song of Death's great
The spirit's harvest-home.
Weeping mortals only beard Jnst a gentle sigh
Just a latter, as of wings, stir the still warm
Only heard a whisper, "Pray, few she is dy
Only heard the broken words of that parting
But the angels heard a mighty singing,
Heard it through the endless spaces ring
Heard above earth's* tumult and her weep-
Heaven rejoicing, for one spirit keeping,
Through all her golden streets, a harvest
A PERFECT TREASURE.
THE arOBT OF A PIiCCKT WOMAN.
One day Frank came home with n
ook of triumph.
"I have a perfect treasure for you,"
he said, "in the way of a nurse. Ger
ald Temple is going to take his family
to Europe, and when he heard what you
wanted, offered to let na have their
nnrse, whom they will not want."
I heard a low aigh. Virginia,
Frank's only sister, had been sitting in
a corner of the drawing-room, bbe rose
now and slipped out
"How could yon, Frank?" I said,
following her with sad eyes. "I have
never heard your sister speak of the
Temples since she has lived with as; the
very mention of their names brings back
the memory of Qerald'a brother, and all
that sad tragedy."
" I am sorry," said Frank, " but I
did not know that she was in the room.
Poor Virginia I"
"Yes, poor Virginia 1" I said to myself
Bnt once the blithest, loveliest little
creature I ever knew. It is something
of a story, but 'tis "an o'er true tale,"
and I will tell it in the shortest way I
Virginia and Frank were orphans, and
old Mrs. Chichester, their grandmother,
had adopted Virginia almost from her
infancy. The old lsdy had very ambi
tions hopes of making a splendid match
for her beantifnl grandchild. Bnt Vir
ginia thought otherwise; and when she
was jast seventeen, st the time of my
wedding, she and Langley Temple were
insane enough to fall desperately in love
with ee3h other. Langley was Frank's
most intimate friend, and the pair met
ormtinuslly at our house until Grandma
Chiebester found it out. After a while
Langley was ordered to his ship (be
was in the nary); bnt Frank waged bat
tle with grandma until be obtained a
reluctant consent that the lovers might
Grandm* took pains not to let Frank
know how Virginia was tormented and
tyrannised dver, until the poor child
consented to go ont into society again;
and there she met and made ready eon
quest of the very man whom grandma
had intended for her beauty—Horace
Kent. Virginia refused him; bnt grand
ma said, scornfully, " that made no dif
ference. She would come to her senses
soon." and to my niter amazement the
trousseau went on, and by-and-by we
were bidden to the wedding—a quiet,
elegant affair, where Virginia walked
and talked as if she were frozen. Frank
and I confessed to each other that night
that the basineaa passed our comprehen
sion, for we had no idea then of foul
Kent and Virginia were to sail for
Europe within a fortnight of their mar
riage, and went to Washington and Bal
timore to pass that time. Left alone
one evening in Baltimore, with a severe
headache, Virginia remembered to have
sera some aromatic vinegar in her hus
band's dreeaing-caso. Kent wae peculi
ar in his careful way of locking up his
belongings, and she took her own nnneh
of keys to open the box. when, rather
to her surprise she found the key left
in the box. Some liatlees, vague im
pulse which she oould never afterward
account for, prompted her to Uft the
upper 1 , tray, alth'.n W i, she bad found the
vinegar already. Underneath, to her
surprise, she found papers, and was
about returning the tray to its place
without further examination, when her
•7® wra oeught by the words, "My
own Virginia, in a dear, a too well
When Kent came baok that night be
found his beautiful young wife senseless
upon her bed, with two letters crum
pled between bra ooid fingers. One, the
last letter that Langley had actually
written her, and the other, the base for
eery, in which he asked to be released
from his engagement Kent was not et
all bad. He loved her madly, and yon
may be sure that his sore punishment
began when, after the physicians had
brought her out of that death like
swoon, the first words that came to Vir
ginia's lips, iu that strange, passtonles
tone—which is far worse than anger—
were, " Remember! I trill never forgive
They came beak to New lork for a
single day ; bnt Virginia sew no one
but her gnoudmother. The old lady,
upon her death-bed, raved of that inter
▼lew, and vainly implored Virginia's
fo vaness for urging Kent on to bis
treachery. The newly-wedded pair
nailed in the ill-fated ehip which took
ilre off the ooaat of Nova 800 tie, and
whose name atill carries terror to many
a heart. Virginia waa one of that hand
ful of annrivora ; her unhappy lmaband
fought for her place in the boat, and,
remainiog behind himself, perished with
the ship. The agony of terror, the long
night which she spent at the mercy of
tlio wuves, prove l too much strain a)>on
poor Virginia's already over burdened
frame, and Frauk and I were summoned
by telegraph to her at Halifax, where
she lay for days, iiuoonncious, with a
brain fever. And then, to add to her
misery, when recovering, she wan thrown
into a nearly fatal relapse by soeing,
accidentally, that the Tecnmsoh hud
gone down, in the attack on Mobile
harbor, with every son lon lioerd. The
Tecnmsch waa Lsuglcy's ship.
Virginia came to livo with us abotit
two years before the commencement of
my story. Bhe seemed to feel a sort
of sorrowful remorse about her hus
band, which was not grief, and yet it
cast a shadow over her life. "Ho was
treacherous and false," she said to me
one dav, ' and he broke my heart—bnt
what right have I to judge him ? Harris,
I told him I would never forgive, and
he died, thinking himself unforgiven."
Of Langley, as I told you, she never
Well, tbe " perfect treasure " mode her
appearance, bhe was a rather young wo
man, with a pleasant, low voice, and
very good manners for one of her sta
tion. I was charmed. Certainly, thia
girl seemed determined to please me;
she did her work in a faultlessly nest
way; she arnnsed and played with the
twins; and liaby had more quiet nights
than 1 have known her to have for
weeks. So, after a month's trial, I be
gan to sing Alice' praises, and allowed
her fnll control of her own department,
with a good many privileges. Virginia
alone did not seem to like her. Vir
ginia had a curious way of looking st
new faces—a searching, penetrating
glance, that I always thought hail a sort
of mesmerism in it, all the stranger be
cause her eyes were so gentle and so.t
Alice never met the look fairly, as I re
It was in the spring of '66. The clos
ing ooenee of the war were crowding
thick and fast upon each other. Vir
ginia kept Iter room a good deal. The
warm April weather seemed to enervate
her, and she ahrank nway from the joy
and enthusiasm we all exhibited. Poor
child I It was liard for her to beer of
the soldiers and sailor* who would lie
coming borne now, and feel that, for her
sore heart, peace would bring no balm.
One night Frank had taken a box at
the Italian opera in New York. We
lived in Brooklyn, and, ae Kellogg was
to sing, I begged Virginia to go with us.
But sho steadily declined. Hho would
stay at home and keep house, she said.
Now, two of my servants were going to a
fireman's ball the same night, leaving
only Alice and tbe cook st home; so I
must say I felt rather more easy about
the children when I found that Virginia
would not go. Going from New York to
Brooklyn by night, however, is a long
journey, and it woe close npon one
o'clock when we drove np to our door.
In the meantime, Virginia, after our
departure, had sat for sometime writing
letters in her own room. Tbe twins
were having a noisy romp in tbe nurse
ry; and when she looked in to say good
night, Fred fastened himself upon her
neck, and begged to come and stay with
auntie; she yielded, and then Fred be
gan building card-houses on tbe sofa
until he got tired, when be curled him
self in s corner, and in two seconds was
fast asleep. Being very mueh interested
in her book, Virginia let the little fellow
sleep on, thinking that by-and-by she
would take him np to her own room sod
put him to bed there, as she frequently
did. At last she fell asleep herself.
Bhe never knew how long she slept,
but she bad a painful nightmare aentis
tion, M if somebody was trying to
(•mother her; and after struggling with
the feeling for sometime, abe slowly and
with great effort opened her eyea. Why!
what had happened to the room? Tbegaa
mnat hare gone out—it waa totally dark,
save a flickering gleam from the dying
(Ire on the hearth; and what a sickening,
deadly smell there was. With a light
ning rapidity, which is more like instinct
than tbonght, it suddenly flashed npon
her what the strange scent was—chloro
form 1 Then, as she caught her fright
ened breath, and sank back into her
chair, a low son ml of eoieen from the
dining room reached her ear. The door
between the two rooms was ajar, and
she saw a thread of light from it; the
voice she first heard was a man's,
" Ton didn't give the yonng 'oman too
mnch, did yerf" it asked, rather anx
" I wish I had," returned Alice' low
and stealthy voice. " I hate her 1 She
" Ha! ha !" gurgled the man. "She
must ha' been purty uncivil to yer : yer
usually gets on the right side of 'em ;
is that pitcher silver or plate ?"
" Plate. The silver is up stairs."
Virginia shook as she beard the ven
om of that low voioe. "Hbewas Mr.
langl<7' lady -love till her old grandma
" And whst was Mr. Langley to yer,
m 7 girl V said the man.
"Hush I yonH wake the child, and I
<loQ*t want to do htm harm. Mr.
L*ogh>j" The woman's voioe
softened. "He never said a doaen
words to me in his life ; but, look you.
Vincent, I worshiped him."
"That's right Tell me all, as I'm
yer husbsnd that is to be," said the
other, with a coarse Isngh.
" Mrs, Kent has splendid jewols, too.
the lock to look at them. Too
can take ae many of those as you like,
As soon as the sound of their footsteps
died sway, Virginia snatched the deadly
handkerchief off her head, end staggered
to her feet, tbongh dissily. Bhe wsa a
wry spirited girl, and determined that
the pair should not eeoape. Hot what
could she do ? It wae vain to think of
getting the oook to alarm their neigh
bor* at the comer for the next lot wae
vacant, mid she must cross the hall and
go past the stairs to find her. There
would be no use hi throwing np the
window end scresmmg ; the boose was
on Clinton avenue, far oat, Hid the
policeman did not ootna past very often.
Virginia wrung her Hands, when a
sleepy murmur of " AnnUer startled
her. In s second her resolve WM taken,
and she was on her knees by Fred,
kissing him mid saying " Fred, my
darling, auntie in going to do something
funny. You remenibornow papa jumped
you down from the baloony on Ohiint
mus day to run after the monkey ?
I'm going to jump you down now.
Don't apeak a word. Aot like a man.
Fred wan jut four yearn old, but a
great boy of his age, and he always
obeyed Virginia implicity; so he rubbed
his eyes wide open and was carried to
the window. The tmloony, outside, was
not far from the ground. An Virginia
looked out. carefully, she saw. under
the oorner gaslight, a tall figure with a
gleam of brass buttons.
" Fred," she whispered rapidly, run
fast to that policeman, and tell him be
must come right here to auntie, then
go to Mr. Motley's, at the oorner, and
ring the bell with all your might—it is
low, and you can reach it and tell George
and Harry Motley that Aunt Virginia
nays there is a thief in the house. Don't
be afraid, Fred; be a man like papa?"
Over; softly, gently, over the low rail
ing, and then, with a good shake of bis
small person, Fred's little legs trotted
swiftly off toward that polioeman.
Directly, under the balcony, a voice
" What's wanted ma'am ? Can yon
open the front door for me ?"
" I cannot," ahe panted ; " there are
burglars in the house, snd I should be
heard. Couldn't yon get up here some
how? Han the little boy gone to the
There was no answer to her question,
but the poliocman easily followed her
suggestion, and olimbed up over the
"Wait!" whispered Virginia, laying
her cold hand on the policeman's arm, as
he made a motion to go forward. "They
are np-tairn. In my room, looking for
my jewels. If yon will stand just tie
hind that door, 1 will creep up the back
stairs, and reoonuoiter; if the woman
comes down to answer the bell, scire
her. There in only one man ; if I want
help I will call, and then you must rush
up the front stairs."
"Are you not afraid?" asked the
policeman, with some surprise ; but
Virgiuia wan gone before he had finish
ed his remark.
When ahe reached the stairs, ahe found
that the man had evidently gone into the
eilver cloaet, which stood on the other
aide of the liack ataira, and that now ahe
waa between the two—for ahe conM
hear Alice walking about in her room.
Quick aa a flaah the little flgnre glided
np the ataira, slipping off her boota on
the loweat atep. There waa no light in
the hall, except thai afforded by the
bnrglar'a lantern, for the gaa waa turned
down low, and the lantern aet inaidc the
cloeet door. The door opened outward,
and the key waa in it; a aprtng, a end
den bang, and then the click of the key
in Virginia'a uervoua fingera, aa ahe
turned it in the lock. A tremendoua
curae came from the captured thief, aa
ahe leaned breathlessly againattbe door.
The name moment the gaslight behind
her waa euddenly turned on, and Alice
"Ton here, madam? Well, you and
I are quite, anyhow. Open that door,
or I'll aend a bullet through your heed.
You didn't think of my having the re
volver, did you ?"
" No," aaid Virginia, looking in the
girl'a furious eye with her peculiarity
calm amilo. " Help ! Police I"
" You may split your pretty throat
calling," aaid Alice, aeixing her savage
ly by the arm. "No one will come; the
cook ia drugged, and you're at our
merer. Oive roe the key I"
" 111 trouble you for that nistol ?"
aaid a stern voice behind Virginia, aa a
quick strong arm jerked the weapon
away from Alice.
Alice, with a shriek, fell on the floor,
for ahe realized all at once. Rut Vir
ginia, gasping, "Ah, my Ood !" gazed
aa if turn oil to atone, for it waa Langley
Temple that ahe aaw.
" Virginia I don't be terrified," he
aaid, "it ia my very self, no ghost.
Take my hand, tove; see, it ia flesh and
blood, like yonr own." He had her in
his arms. The door-bell waa ringing
fnrionsly, bat he would have let the
neighbors pull the wire till it broke,
l>efore be would have left her in that
dumb, shocked state. As he touched
her, ahe trembled violently; then the
light came back to her eyea, and with a
sob of joy. Virginia flnug herself on the
breast of him whom ahe had mourned sa
The Motley* ha#l time to think that
Virginia was murdered before the pair
opened the door. Very mnch surprised
were they to see, instead of the police
man they expected to find, a very
tall, handsome man, a stranger, in navy
uniform. Fred, now that bia part of the
fun was over, began to roar, and Vir
ginia took him up in her arms, while the
four gentlemen (assisted by the real
Himon-pnre policeman, a brawny son of
Erin) opened the closet and secured
the priaoner. Wifbin the next fifteen
minutes the other servants bad returned
(for the burglary took place before
eleven o'clock), and Alice, having recov
ered from her swoon, waa carried to the
I don't know how Lang ley and Vir
ginia were occupied till my return, bnt
when Frank thrust his lstch key into
the door, Virginia flew out of the library
and tried, with a few inooberent sen
tences, to prepare me for seeing some
thing. The oonseqnenoe waa that, when
I pushed the door open in a very bewil
dered frame of mind, and saw Langh-v
smiling at me, I waa terrified almoet out
of my senses, and came near fainting.
To the brat of my recollection, the
household sat in> nearly all night,though
finally, after I bad beard the whole
story, been speechless over Virginia's
bravery, and hugged Fred, now fast
asleep in the arm-chair, Frank dragged
me off to bed.
I don't know that Langiey and Vir-
Zpinia sat there till morning; but certain
, the first person* I saw upon ootning
wn to breakfast were themselves, on
the identical sofa where I had left
lAMley's story la too long a one to
be told here; suffice it to say, being on
deck when the Teonmaeb sunk, he had
beta able to strike oat from the sinking
ship, and, under cover from the smoke
and war of battle, to swim ashore.
There, however, be was taken prisoner,
and kept in eloee confinement for
months, finally making his escape.
Coming direct to Frank to gain intelli
gence before presenting himself to hfa
family, he stopped to light a cigar
under the gaslight, where Virginia had
mistaken him for a policeman. He had
known her instantly; and probably only
her fright and agitation prevented her
from recognizing his voice, which, as he
mischievously told her, he did uot dis:
guise in the least.
Alice and her aooomplioe were identi
fied by the police as old offenders. The
womau had carried on a systematic
pilfering at the Temple'a, and was an
sooompushed hypocrite. To my intense
gratification, the pair were sentenced to
the fall term in Sing Bing.
Langley and Virginia were married
very qaietly soon sffer. Frank gsve
sway the lovely little bride, whose fsir
girlish bloom had oome back to her, aud
who, nnder the inflnenoe of love, seemed
s different woman from the paie, ssd
creature who had moved so quietly abont
They idolize each other, and I think
have quite forgiven Graudma Chiches
ter and poor Horace Kent. Fred has
always been a gr<-at pet with his annt for
his bravery on the night of the attempt
Between Fred's boasting aud my
sly teasing, poor Frank will never be
1 allowed to forget his instrumentality in
| introdnoing me to such " a perfect
I treasure."—Hot fan Sunday 7\rrw*.
A fiood llorse.
The following extract is from an illus
trated paper on the Ball's Hea-1 cattle
and horse market of New York, in
Snrilmrx : " I can't explain what a real
j good horse is," said one of the best
natnred dealers in the street. " They are
as different as men. In bnying a horse,
you mast look first to bis head and eyes
for signs of intelligence, temper, courage
i and honesty. Unless a horse has brains
you can't teach him anything, any more
than you can s half-witted child. Hee
that tall bay, there, a fine-looking ani
mal, fifteen hands high. Yon can't
teach that horse anything. Why ?
Well, I'll show you a difference in
heatls ; bat have a care of his heels.
Look st the bruta's bead—that round
ing nose, that tapering forehead, that
broad, full place >elow the eyes. You
can't trust him. Kick ? Well, I guess
no 1 Fnt him in a ten-ucre lot, where
he's got plenty of awing, and hell kick
| the horns off the moon."
The world's treatment of man and
beast has the tendency to enlarge and
intensifvlbad qualities, if they predom
inate. This gorsJ-nstored phrenologist
could not refrain from slapping in the
faoe the horse whose character had been
so cruelly delineated, while he had
nothing but the gentlest caresses for a
| tall, docile, sleek-limbed sorrel, that
pricked her ears forward and looked in
telligent enough to understand all that
was txung said.
" That's an awfnl good mare," he add
ed.' "She's as true as the sun. You
can see breadth aud fullness between the
ears aud eyes. Yon couldn't hire that
mare to act mean and hurt anybody,
j The eye should be full, and hazel is*a
good color. I like a small thin ear, and
want a horse to throw hia ears well for
ward. Look oat for the brute that wants
to listen to all the conversation going on
, behind him. The horse that tarns back
I his ears till they almost meet st the
points, take my word for it, is sure to
do something wrong. See that straight,
elegant face. A horse with a dishing
face is cowardly, snd a cowardly brute
is usually vicious. Then I like a square
muzzle with large nostrils, to let iu
plenty of air to the 1 nogs. For the an
dermide of the heed, a good horse should
be well cut under the jowl, with jaw
bones broad, and wide apart nnder the
" 8 much for the heed," be oontin
ned. " The next thing to consider in
die bnild of the animal. Never tiny a
nng-leggad, stilty borne. Let turn have
short, straight back sad a atraighter
rump, and you've got a gentleman's
borne. The withers sbonld be high and
the shoulders well net beck and broad ;
but don't get tbem too deep in the
obest. The fore-leg should be abort.
Oive me a pretty straight with
the hock low down, short pastern joints,
and a round, mulish foot. There are
all kinds of horses; bnt the animal that
has these points is almost sure to be
sightly, graceful, good natured and ser
| viewable. As to ooior, tas'e differs.
Hays, browns and cbeatnnts are the
best Roans are very fashionable at
present. A great many grays and sor
rels are bonght here for shipment to
Mexico and Cobs. They do well in a
; hot climate, and nader a tropical ann,
for the same reason that yon find ligbt
oolored clothing most serviceable in
! summer. That circus-horse behind yon
is what many people call a calico-horse;
, now, I call him a gen nine piebald. It'a
a freak of nature, and may happen any
Hew Is Detect Scarlet Fever.
It la important to detect the disease
when it Drat shows itself, for the reason
thst it msy ran rapidly to a fatal inane,
and because early precautions need to
be taken against its spread, inasmuch
as the patient may oommnoicate it from
the very first.
Scarlatina is characterised by very nu
merous red points on the akin about the
sine of a pin-bead—though large in some
places, but seldom as large as a lentil.
These spots are closely aggregated,
leaving the adjacent skin wholly free.
About as much of the surface is free aa
hi covered by the spots Where the
akin is free, it has a natural pale color.
There are generally fewer spots cm the
face than on the rest of the body. It is
the reverse with measles, for which it is
moat apt to be mistaken. Around the
mouth sad on the chin there are no
spots; hence these lave a very peculiar
pale look, (n striking contrast with the
Moreover, the spots ant not aa roach
elevated aa they are in measles: indeed,
they may be entirely flat They are
also less indented.
Their nearly circular shape, their
being crowded together, with free spaces
brtween the aggregates, their tolerably
uniform durtanoe from each other, and
their nearly equal site, help to distin
guish tbem from ether eruptions ; hot
the paleness of the month alone is often
sufficient to decide the matter at once.
Besides these indications, almost
always the back of tbejaonth and of the
tongna are inflamed, sad the glands of
he neek me swollen.
* V .. IS
FAUM, (MUDKK AND HOL'MKHOI.D
Wfcmt Kind* i# fMlitvalu*
BOOM people think that P uything ttut
will grow out-of-doors will grow w the
bouse. This in a mistake; aome plants
can only ho grown with great care, and
noma plant* cannot b© grown at all in
room* I will name here what I oonaider
ihe beat and easiest kinda for botwa cnl
tnre, with the condition* of their growth
Heliotrope* .—A* geranium*.
Geranium*. —All kinda are good.
Easily propagated from cuttinga. Fnll
ami and plenty of heat
Hydranyea, Propagated by seperat
iug the root. Like a ahady place and
plenty of water.
Petunia. —Baaily grown from seeds or
ratting* in any anuny window, rich aoil
and frequent bnt not too profnae water
Primro*' Grown, with aome diffi
culty, from need. Not too hot a place.
Plenty of water on the root*, bnt not on
(Meander.—An oid-faahioned plant,
j but very desirable. There are red and
white varietiea. Plenty of *nuhiDe,
heat and water.
Abutilon red and white—started easi
. ly from cutting*, requires warmth and
i sunshine and that the foliage should be
Valla Lily.— Grown from tuber*.
| Plenty of heat, *un and water, and rich
earth. Plants should be set in the
shade and allowed to rest for aiz weeks
Pink.— Among the most desirable.
The oew varieties of Carnations almost
constant bloomers. Propagated by cut
j tings, layers or seeds—preferably the
| 'irst. Not too much heat. Frequent
V iynorv ttr. From seed. How at any
time, and in six weeks or two months,
under favorable conditions, there will
be flowers. Candytuft may be grown
in the same way. Give plenty of air,
j moist heat, and trrquent showering*.
There is nothing prettier for winter
Ro*c.— Among the most desirable of
all window plants, but will not thrive
ezoept in a moist atmosphere of medium
temperature and plenty of air. Keep
the* foliage clean by daily showering.
Do not let the earth get sodden in the
note by too frequent watering*. Out
liack the bushes after blooming, and let
them have two or three weeks' rest in a
cellar or other shady place. When the
buds are swelling, a little guano added
to the water that is given is a benefit,—
H'm. Af. F. Round.
Vtaaare tar UrrkirSa.
Wootl aehes are doubtless excellent
for orchards, but instead of being put
around the trees, they should be spread
over the land. But where are the ashes
to oome from in this region ? We have
; little.or no wood. and. of course, little
or no ashes. In our limited experience
wo have learned one thing about or
chards as well as frait trees of every kind
that we have cultivated, and we bc
j iicve the principle can be applied pretty
• much to everything that grow* upon
i the earth, which is, " that the applica
tion of manure benefits them all."
Oround occupied by fruit trees should
. be manured as liberally as arC other
1 portions of the land nsed for the raising
of wheat or corn. It is the neglect to
do so, in connection with the general
negligence with which the orchard* are
: treated in many sections, that makes
: them unprofitable and to be worn out
' permanently. And as to the kind of
manure with which orchards ought to
te treated : While any kind, almost
without exception, will prove an advan
tage, there is none in the world to be
compared with barn-yard manure. A
liberal application oi this only every
third year, while careful pruning, scrap
ing and washing the trunks of the trees,
, will make a prodigious change in an
orchard. This top dressing can be ap
> plied at any time when the ground is
| not fmsen, and, if not bestowed in too
heavy lumps so as to injure the (or
chard) grass, will yield a couple of torn
of good bay. We have known three full
crops of hay to be cut from one orchard.
In some localities the hardiest vines
never need covering. But there are
•cessions!!▼ severe winters when even
the most hardy are benefited by pro
tection. Intense cold often blunts vital
j ity when it does not destroy. At such
| limes a vine which has been covered
will open its leaves in spring before one
which baa lieeo fully exposed baa fairly
' swelled its buds. Many are deterred
from covering their vines because they
: take a laborious way for doing it They
! need not usually place earth upon them.
It la often quite sufficient to prostrate
them, holding them in place by sticks
j of *tvc-wood, or with bricks, or with
; flat atones. An additional thin or par
i tial covering with ccirn-stalk* will be
| useful in protecting from sharp win da
I and in holding the snow. Earth, If
heavy or compact, tend* to rot the buds
j if they have not ripened well, or if left
on a few days too long in spring. Win
tar covering has another advantage. It
render* late antnmn pruning safe— an
operation too often postponed till too
late when left till spring. Country
Dr. Frankenberger writes as follows
in an Illinois paper : I desire to call
attention to a disease commonly calks!
twig blight. When thia disease over
takes a fruit tree, the leaves first begin
to blight, afterward the twigs and limbs
liegin to wither, and finally the whole
tree slowly dies Whatever may be the
true oanse of this disease, it ia some
times ascribed to a borer. My experi
ence, however, refers more to the
remedy than the oanse. I know by ex
perience that there ie a simple remedy
that wilt not fail to restore every wee
afflicted with this disease, if applied
in time. It oonaiats simply in boring
with a small auger or hit into the tree,
filling the cavity with sulphur, and
plugging it in. The sap will carry the
sulphur to every part of the ties, and,
when, the borer smells brimstone, be
will "git up ami git." The emme of
thadisease being removed, the tree will
soon.begin to put forth fresh and lender
leaves, the withered foliage wUL slowly
drop oS, and ths tree In Aims will be re
,a . a |j _ -S a .. -*a
iwrw Us it* natural frotta/
Item* ef Interest.
A mis-fit—A young girl in bystet'es.
The route to the coal bin ia a bod road
i" travel. .
A generous spread -Raising h borrow- r"'
ed umbrella. *
Prize-fighter* show each other mark,
Hpioed kangaroo tongue is the latest
• in canned goods.
Home canary birds never sing—stuffed
ones, for instance.
The blacksmith secure* prosperity by
being always on the strike.
Drive yonr cattle on the ice if you JI
! want cowslips in the winter.
Private Dslzell ia said to write rcgu
j larly for forty-two waste basket*.
A mode) Texan gave his son-in-law a
wedding present of 80,000 head of cattle,
j When is a ship like a scarf-pin?
1 When it's on the breast of a heavy
" You'll find no change in me,'
sneered the wash vest to the in-vesti
The bloodhound ia now employed by
Hpanish fishermen to catch sharks on
| the Cuban coast.
Many a boy who handles a billiard cue
; with consummate skill, can't get the
| bang of a snow shovel.
An independent familv newspaper has
been started at DeadwcAxL It is called
i the Up Gulch Snorter. .
The light of lightning, and its reflec-
j tions, will penetrate through a distance
! of from 150 to 200 miles.
Speaking of grain-corners, why
shouldn't there, naturally enough, be
corner* in every "square 1 ' deal."
Last year bankrupt liabilities in Eng
land were £85,886,850 ($129,434,250) I
assets, £5.089,151 (r29.9i5.770).
" Never bfdieve a lazy man," says the
observant Small, of the Atlanta Von*ti
j tution, "for he lie# half the time."
A sign of the tiroes. In Atlanta, Oa.,
a clothier advertises to supply patches
j of all kinds for children's lothing.
A clock is be'ng exhibited st Paris
which fires a shot every hour. Home
body ssys that it* great 'practical utility
ia " to kill time."
A young lady who has s young roan
" keeping company" with Let, who ia
employed in a telegraph office, culls him
the " electric spark."
Words fail to express the feelings of
s man who is hastening np stair* and
when he gets to the top thmka there is
still another step.
Extract from a romance: "With one
hand he held her beantifnl golden head
above the chilling waves, and with the r
other called londly lor assistance." 1 1
The boy who will ride aronnd all day
on a velocipede consider* himself ter
ribly imposed upon if be has to whor l
hi* baby sister two or three blocks.
"Ob buabaod:" Mid Mr*. Ophelia McMoon,
A aba goiad SI bar wilful sod passionate MM. '
'' Where that boy got hie temper I oarer could
| I'm certain be oarer ocmJd take it from ma.''
"No doubt, ay dear wife, roar aeeertloo la
I never have miaaal say tamper from you."
The entire amount of gold in the world
at present is estimated at $7,000,000,000
in value in United States coinage. This
. immense sum ia hardly comprehensible
to the mind, bnt if it were pnt in a solid
mass it would measure only seventeen r
feet high, twenty-eight feet wide and
flfty-aii feet long.
G. F. Train predicts a great financial
and municipal crash in Earope Fx.
j Train has been making ucb prediction'
every day for ten years. He has nothing
. else to do. If we bad aa much leisure as
Train we could predict more frightful
and disagreeable events than be docs.—
Qneen Victoria was the first person in
England to wear a dress of Honiton
lace. It ia said that commiserating the
condition of the lace workers of Devon
; shire, and wishing to bring their marn
: factnres into notice, she ordered her
i wedding dress, which cost $5,009, to be
| made of this material.
TH* OLD KXOLUH CHRISTMAS.
A man might then behold
At Cbriataa*, in each boll
1 Good firm to curb U cold.
And moat for great and small ;
1 Tbs neighbor* werv friendly bidden.
And all had Una
Tbe poor from hie gates were not cni den,
Wheo this old esp wo* new.
" Do you own any gaa stock ?" (Atom
, "Aid to Molecule, while they were dis
missing Edison'a electric light, " Any
j gaa talkf replied Molecule, "Do I
own any t Well, I don't know that 1
own it, but r*— He looked nervously
at-hi* wife, who was regarding him very
intently, and asked Atom if he had ever
been in Omaha.
The gravest events dawn with no
more noise than the morning star --
!in rising. All greet developments oom
: plete themselves in the world, and
I modestly wait in silence, praising them
: selves never, and announcing them
selves not at all. We moat be sensitive
and sensible if we would see the be
ginnings and endings of great thing*.
That ia our part.
" That young lady used her beat to
catch your husband before you married
him," remarked one lady to another, aa
a mass of eurl# and bnuds. flouoeee and
overakirt passed the window at which
they were sitting. " I wish to gracious
she d got him ! waa the quick reply,
and then a dead silence fell upne the
two, and wonder* in crochet work were
accomplished in the next half hour.
A man went in the office of a board of.
health not long since, and mid: " Loolr
or here, I've been payiu' to keep this
office long enough for nothing. Now,
tf you're got any health here I want
some," The elerks tried to explain, but
be would not bear a wor I. He went in
side the rail, " pedestrians ted " to the
manager's room, and luxuriated in the
manager's easy chair, mying a* be swung
airily around: "I same here tat health,
and health HI have." When the chief
arrived ami found the man immovable,
he called the brawny porter, and aa tha
health-seeker picked himself up off thhp *
pavement, twenty seconds afterward, he
soliloquised moodily: "Maybe that's
healthy; it's well shaken before taken,
and they give it ia large doeea too. It
aint bealhty for Mot be*. that rU swear
to." It waa observed that he did not
depart with as much rigorous energy as
he came in with. I