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WILLIAN BREWSTER,I EDITORS.
SAM. CE WHITTAKER,
Good News From Home,
Good news front home, good news for me,
Has come, across the deep blue sea,
Front friends that I have left in tears,
From friends that I've not seen for years ;
And since we parted long ago
My life has been a scene of wo—
But now a joyful hour has come,
For I hove heard goad news from home.
Chorus—Good news from home, &c.
No Father's near to guide me now,
No Mother's tear to south my brow,
No Sister's voice falls on mine ear,
No Brother's smile to give me cheer,
But the' f wander far away,
My heart is full of joy to.day,
For friends (across the ocean's foam)
Have sent to me good news from home.
Chorus—Good news from home, &e.
When shall I see that cottage door,
Where I've spent years of joy before,
'Twos then I knew no grief or care,
My heart was ever happy there ;
Tho' I may never see it more,
Whcre'er on earth I chance to roam,
My heart will be with those at home.
Chorus—Good news from home, hr.
The Sex Feminine.
A pleasant, cheerful, lively, generous ;
charitable•minded woman is never old.—
Her heart is as young nt sixty sr seventy
as it was at eighteen or twenty ; and they
who are old at sixty or seventy are not
made old by the ravages of passion and
and teeliegs of an unsocial, an ungenerous
nature, which have clinkered their minds.
wrinkled their spirits, and withered their
souk They are made old by envy, by
jealousy, by hatred, by suspicions, by un
charitable feelings ; by slandering, scan
dalizing, ill.bred habits; which, if they
avoid, they preserve their youth to the very
last, so that the child shall die, as the Scrip.
tures say, a hundred years old. There
are many old women who pride them
selves on being eighteen or twenty. Prid•
is an old passion, and vanity is gray as the I
mountains. They are old women that
have Ins It of either. They see dry, dull,
c Id, indifferent. They want the wellj
spring of youthful affections, which is al
ways active, always engaged in labor of
love which is calculated t t promote and
distribute enjoyment. Old wiman, old
lady, old grim face, or old gripe, or any
other nickname with the epithet old prefix
ed to it, is as commonly applied by chit.
erai to bad tempered mothers, or aunts,
as pretty kind, s veet, dear, and other
youthful epithets, are instinctively appli
ed to the good humored grandam with her
wrinkled face. 'I here is an old age of
the heart, which is possessed by many
who have no suspicion that there is any
thing old about them; and there isa youth
which never grows old, a Lave who is
ever a boy, a Psyche who is ever a girl.
What Some Men and Women Are.
A London Review, in answer to the'
question. 'What .s man says : 'Chemi
cally speaking, a man is forty five pounds
of carbon aid nitrogen, diffused through
five and a half pailfuls of water."
In answer to the question, 'What is wo
man ?' a bachelor wng says : 'Mechani
cally speaking, a woman is one hundred
pounds of flesh and blood, two pounds of
silk, ten pounds of cotton, and one
pound of whalebone, with an indefinite
amount of fuss and featlurs.
Theodore Parker, the somewhat unbe- I
fleeing divine, taking a vegetable view of
man, maintains that his cultivation is as
noble and praiseworthy a science us the
cultivation of a cabbage l
end, taking nn animal view of the mat
ter, we may add that man is undoubtedly
"the paragon of animals ;" for he can do
what no other animal can—that is, snuff
tobacco, chew tobacco, and, after sufficient
practice, swallow tobacco juice. We do
not believe that even a polecat, by any
amount of pfactice, could overcome its nat
ural disgust for tobacco in any shape.---
A LADY IN COMMA'AD.--It will be re
membered that Lieut. MosToomaav, of
the United St ates army, not long since lost
his life in the service, in Oregon. Ills
death left his widow, formerly Miss. NOR
THROP, of Akron, Ohio, and one child, in
comparative penury, as is generally the
case with those who devote their lives to
their country's service. She returned,
and Gen JEssue, with the kindness of
heart and chivalry which characterise
brave soldier, immediately gave to her, it
is stated, the t•ust of Fort Grotiot, now
occupied by t, garrison, a duty which she
can fulfil, and the pay of which is very
la' Rubies and babies are the emblems
of love—especially the babies. '
Fling Away the Razor.
Each hair is furnished with a distinct
gland, elaborately and beautifully complete.
Under the facial are innumerable nerves,
immediately connected with various organs
of the senses, ramifying in every direction
and performing most important functions.
This hair, when in full growth, forms a
natural protector to the nerves, and also
holds, as it were, in suspension, a quantity
of warm air through which the cold air in
breathing passes, and so becoming rarefi
ed or tempered, enters the lungs without
giving to their delicate texture that severe
shock which nrises from the sudden ad
mission of cola, so often the forerunner of
fatal disorders. Any one putting his fin
gers under the hair of his head will there
feel warm air. The hair also wards off
east winds and prolific sources of toothache
and other pains, and so tends to preserve
those useful and ornamental appendages,
It is said that an intimate connection ex
ists between the moustache and the nerves
of the eye and that many diseases of the
eye are traceable to shaving. Who has
not li•It his eyes smart under the applica
tion of a dull razor
May not the shaving, by depriving the
lungs of the male of their natural protec
tion, and by exposing them to the unin
terrupted action of cold air, tend to wea
ken the chest, end that weakness being
transmitted in an increasing proportion
from generation to generation, at length
inducing consumption and consumptive
Persons who wear their hair under their
chins, do not except in rare cases, suffer
from sore throats.
There is in the crypt of Hyde Church
a vast pile of bones, which were gathered
many years after a battle fought upon the
seashore, between the Danes and Saxons,
about one thousand years since; and a
mong them the skulls of aged warriors,
finely developed the teeth in many of which
are so perfect, so beautifully sound, and
so firmly embeded in their socke.s that
you cannot move them. The owners of
these teeth wore beards; and the writer
remembers witnessing, several years ago
some excavations on the site of the priory
at Spalding when many stone coffins were
dug out, whose inmates had, almost with
out exception, sound, entire and elegant
,sets of teeth. Did not beards grow on
Shaving occupies, on an average, fif
teen minutes. A tnan who shaves every
morning for 50 years, thus employs in that
upwards of 380 days, 12 hours each. Is
this a profitabie application of our fleeting
The face exposed to a miscroscope im
mediatelyafter shoving presents a most
unsightly appearance the stumps assum
ing the forms of marrow bone sawn trans
Did not teachers of the faculty approve
of moustaches—and are they not of opin
ion that they play a most important part
in the animal economy ? Is it probable
that by unduly stimulating thelgrowth of
hair by shaving, we draw too largely on,
and so cause an unnatural action of the
nerves, producing an injurious effect, no
matter how slight on the brain ?
Dtd not patriarchs and sages of old wear
beards, and were they not remarkable for
lorgevity, as well as for being exceed
ingly fine-looking fellows.
h not shaving a bore—and does not a
man, while undergoing the operation, look
extremely ridiculous ? And if it is right
to rasp the chin, why not the eyebrows
and the head also
Does it not appear foolish to shave on a
cold morning that which nature has pro
vidt dto protect us against the cold ? Do
we not despite and hold too cheaply a be
hilicent arrangement, and infringe a nutu.
ral law, when we cut oft what Providence
says no plainly shall grow ? for the more
a man shaves the more the hair grows, e
ven to the hour of his death. The head
shall become bald but the face will nev
In conclusion, when man was created he
had given him a beard, and who will dare
to sty that it mos not a good gift ? Turn
to the first chapter of Genesis, and you
will find that God saw everything that ho
had made, and behold it was very good.—
C.NILDHoori.---Oh how beautiful is child
hood, how trusting in love, how pure in
faith ! Why, why must these early dreams
so soon depart? Why must the earth
stain fall upon the spirit, aud rob it of its
bright visions and confiding trust? Why
must the care gloom settle upon the sunny
brow, and branding heart ? Oh 'tis sad
'tis very sad to think how saon life's joy.
one hours are o'er, how soon its cores, and
sorrows, and little iisappointment, falls
coldly on the enthusiastic spirit.
" LIBERTY AND UNION, NOW AND FOREVER, ONE AND INSEPARABLE. "
HUN'T'INGDON, PA., WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 1856.
Prof. Julius Caner Hannibal's Lectures
SIXTH SERIES-NO. XXIV.
DEAR CONGREGASIIUNA LIR
You will hnd de words from which I
distract my discord d is ehening, in de piece
ob newspaper dat come round de pound
obsassengers dat Anty Clawson fotched
from market lass Saturday nite. It am do
lass claws ob a poetical infusion by some
body, and sez—
"Den Spring comes tripping o'er the arf
And sweetly docks the plain."
Ob come. my ignumrent frens, dis poet
speaks in metifor ; metifor means dubble
intender, as we say in French, and am a
license 'lowed to poets, case dey aint all
rite in de hed and can't spoke like common
sense people no more den you can play a
tune on a hand organ when you turn do
crank backwards. I don't tink, my stingy
hearers, dat dese lines was ritten dis sea
son, kase Miss Spring aint been tripping
long here yet. l'in afraid she and ole Win
ter hab had some diffaculty and do ole ho.
rey headed, icy-hearted rainscallion had
tripped her up and smashed her nose, jis as
she was ready for a start lass week ; but
she will recubber; do warm sun of April
will open her wild lushus eyes, and she
will smile like a tickled wench by de time
May sets, and den de nrf will team wid
new life like a role oh ripe Dutch obese.
Oh, how dis 010 heart ob mine will lepo
wid joy when I can again loose mysefl for
an hour or two in the cantfines ob Bohoken
and loaf upon de hills, and snuff de hell
expiring air, and sup lager beer. I lub to
git up ob a morning and go out to meet
Miss Spring do poet talks 'bout. If you
watch de course ob events, you will notice
do strange foe dat nature, or Spring, or
whoeber It am, don't work none while you
am a looking of her, darfore I tink she
works du ring de time, for you can see from
day to day what progress she 'sakes. Fast
she goes to work like a good housekeeper
and lays down leer carpet till nll the Jul .
look cubborecrtvid a fresh green bazo; den
she goes on to lay in her patterns like a
fats rate artist, only better; and den you
will see de fields cubbered wid butter cups,
dandylions, clover, timothy and thistles ;
den she works—in her boarders of rich
wild rosys, white red and pink ; den de
hollyhawks rears day heads side by side
wid do sunflower, and de geraniums and
cockscomb strut pp like a new firm 1)e
4 o'clocks came den and ant de only flow
er dat keeps bank hours; den de trees
break out wid a green rash, bud and leave,
and creation goes on ober ,gin. It am
amusing to watch de flowers 'while dry am
growing. Dey all start jis alike from the
ground, and,if you plant a sunflower 'long
side ob a Jonny-Jumper, for de lust few
days you can't tell de tudder from which ;
putty soon de sunflower start up and lebe
Jonny far behind, den Jonny stretch up he
head and strain his legs, and swell up he
body to try to catch up wid de sunflower,
but in three days he sees it's no use ; all
de monure de gardener citn lay around hint
dont make no difference; he can't cope with
he nabor ; he can look up at him and say
"go on ole Mr. Sunflower ! after you hub
done growin what am you good for ? You
aint huff so beautiful as ate; your big yel
ler seedy head wid only a few lobes around
de edges, look like de bawld hed of Horace
Greely, while I bear fifty lively, blue, yel
ler, purple and white flowers dat nm con
sidered a'hcart's ease' to those who will
stoop to learn my worth." Now all dose
facs, my discontented frens, teaches us a
lesson. It shows dot we nm all useful
and putty, if we only tink so, and darfore
when you see a man start in life under a
full headway and you hear on all sides of
his wonderful success, don't envy him,.
don't feel unhappy bekase he outstrips
yap, wait and see what he turns out to be
in de end, see if he torus out to be more
useful or ornimental to society dan dose
in humbler spores, who have not had haft
his opportunity to do good, and from whom
but little am expected.
Dere am anudder consolation to de low
ly, dey don't feel de keen blast of adversi
ty so bitterly, darfore de same wind dat
Wows down de sunflower nebber fuzes de
Jonny Jumper. hence, 010 Massa Bar
num am de sunflower. His golden riches
towered above de heads ob all his nabors,
and he was marked out by his lofty posi
tion. He smiled and nodded to all who
looked up and fluttered him, until an eusor
ly blast floored him and he fell like a dead
cornstalk. Pm like do Jonny Jumper,
berry lowly, berry beautiful and berry sas
sy. Nobody Links enough ob me to seek
Inc out or put wore dan a tin sixpence in
de gasser, and hence when I full I won't
bob far to go to find a landing place.
My frens, don't tuke me for a pattern by
no manner ob means, but you loose nothin
by being lowly; retnembe‘de delicious
strawberry am found almost on the ground
de watermilion and de mushmilion on the
arf ; peaches and oranges grow on low tree,
darfore, nebber trample a lowly born ting
till you tarn its use and character. Go to
work yourseffs ! be up and washed wid de
lark ; be content lvid your lot, and be hon
est in all tinge and you will be jis as good
as any man and a good deal better.
Somebody pass round dat sasser.
The Way Dennis MoKan Proposed to
Satisfy Widow Johnson.
A son of the emerald Isle, whom we
shall call Dennis McKan, had long absen•
ted himself from the confessional, but a
few days since he appeared before the
Priest and confessed to sundry transgres•
sions. But the Priest was not satisfied,
and something like the following dialogue
passed between them;
Priest—" Now Dennis, 1 fear you have
not confessed all, so you had not better
hold anything back but make a clean breast
of it, and tell me all. Come, out with it,
Dennis—" Well then, yer worship, if I
must be after tellin' ye all about it, I stole
the widder Johnson's pig—an' that's a
fact, yer worship."
Priest—wl hats a mighty sin, Dennis,
and you must make satisfaction to the
Dennis---" And plane yer worship, I
don't know him at all—an' that's a fact I
Priest---" Make restitution, satisfy the
Dennis•--"An' faith I don't know hitn
its meself that don't know him a hit, now,
and that's true what I am tellin ye yer wor
Priest—" Make her recompense : pay
for the pig, Dennis; pay Mrs. Johnson
for the pig."
Dennis---“Och by me sowl, and is that
you mane now Sure, I can't do it, for
I've ate him, and I have not a hap'orth
for meself and the childer ; so what will
be the trouble about. it, yer Riverence
if I don't pay her " -•
Priest- "You will be before the judge.
merit Dennis—l shall be there, too, to ac
cuse yon•--tbe widow Johnson will also be
Dennis---"An' what will I do ? will the
pig be there too."
Priest---" Yes, Dennis, the pig will be
Dennis—“Och, murther ! what will I
do thin. yer worship ? Fiax, and I have
it yer Riverence. I'll give her up the pig
thin an there, yer worship, an' so I will
and troth that sam'll be after satisfying her
A CrrEAP floT Cen.—We commend'
the following plan of starting plants for
early use to the attention of all farmers
who are not provided with is hot bed. It
is an excellent plan for starting cucumber
and melon vines, whether late or early
It is from a correspondent of the Rural
"After leveling down the top of the
heap of horse stable manure, where it
was heated and em-crud with rich turf ta
ken from the edge of the barnyard, cut
into squares of five or six inches, and pla
ced grass side down. I planted my seeds
in these pieces of turf so that each piece
would make a hill ; then when it was tima
to transplant, I just removed each piece of
turf to a place prepared for it in the gar
den without disturbing the pants the least.
I never saw plants grow so fast before,
and not one of them was injured by the
bugs, while some planted in the usual way
were destroyed by them. For the conve
nience of transplanting, I should think
that turf would be better than loose earth
to put on any hot-bed,"
A SUM FOR Tescrisas.—'Sally Jones,
have you done that sum I set you P
, No thir. I can't do it.'
'Can't do it ! I am ashamed of you.—
W hy, at your ago I could do any sum set
think, thir, I know a thum you can't
, Well, Sally, let's hear it, and we'll see.'
QE ith thith, thir; if one apple cauthed
the ruin of the whole human rathe, how
many thuch will it take to make a barrel
10" The mingling of the races has tin.
doubtedly materially aided the development
of the American people, We have, in one
common stock combined, the steadiness of
the Englishman, the impulsiveness of the
Irishman, the artistic talent of the French.
man, and the profundity of the German.
In short, we are 'ix great people," and
KT. Quaint old Fuller says. “Let him
who expects one class of society to prosper
in the highest degree, while the other is in
distress, try whether one side of his face
can smile while the other is pinched."
FINNEY AND THE BOATMAN.—An anec
dote is told of Finney, the revivalist, and
a canaller, to the effect : He was "holding
forth" in Rochester, and in walking along
the canal one day, came across a boatman
who was swearing furiously. Going up
he confronted him, and abruptly asked—
'Sir, do you know where you are go
The unsuspecting boatman innocently
replied that 'he was going up the canal on
the boat •Jonny Sands."
'No, sir, you are, not,' continued Fin
ney, 'you are going to hell faster than a
canal boat can convey you.'
The boatman looked at him in astonish
ment for a minute, and then returned the
'Sir, do you know where you aro go.
'I expect to go to heaven.'
'No sir, you are going into the canal !'
And suiting the action to the word, took
Finney in his arms and tossed him in the
'murky waters, where he would have been
drowned had not the boatman relented and
fished him out.
A DREADFUL EARTHQUAKE IN JAPAN.--
The schooner "Page" which recently ar
rived at San Francisco front Japan, bro't
truly distressing intelligence. It is repor
ted that the city of Jeddo was destroyed
by an earthquake on the 11th of Novem
ber, and that one hundred thousand hou
ses were demolished, and thirty thousand
human beings were buried beneath the
ruins. According to the best authorities
Jeddo, the capital, had a population of one
million. The entire empire of Japan is
600 miles long and 100 wide, and is corn
posed of islands. The total population is
estimated at 30,000,000. In the chief is
land, Niphon, there is said to be one of the
richest gold mines in the world. There
are also terrific volcanoes; the earthquakes
therefore, are by no means of rare occur
rence. It will be remembered that one
took place a short time since by which a
Rusaian frigate. was Jcutreyed.
LEr CJIIL'REN SING —A II children can
learn to sing if they commence in season.
I do not say that all will have the same
sweet voice of the nightingale—for some
have naturally sweet, mild and soft voices
when they talk, while others speak in loud
strong and masculine tones. The same is
true in regard to singing. In Germany,
every child is taught to use Its voice while
young. In their schools, all join in sing
ing as a regular exercise, as they attend to
the study of geography; and in their sing
ing in churches, it is not confined to a choir,
olto set apart from others, perhaps in the
corner of the house ; but there is a vast
tide of incense going forth to God from
every heart, which can give utterance to
this Inn,gunge from the soul, Children,
sing ! yes, sing with your whole hearts.—
David sang before the Lord, and it is meet
that you should do the same; and thus curb
your angry feelings by singing sweet and
CRlrThe subject of impressions at first
sight was being talked over at the supper
table, when the lady that presided ~ o'er
the cups and tea,' said she always formed
an idea of a person at first sight, and gene
rally found it to be correct.
'Mamma,' said her youngest son in a
shrill voice, that attracted the attention 01
'Well, my dear,' said the fond 'anther,
'what is it
want to know,' said Young America,
'what was your opinion of me when you
first saw mot'
'•Class in midd le.aged geography ;
stand up. What is a pyramid
pile of men in a circus, one a top of
'Where is Egypt ?'
'Where it tillers was.'
'Where's that young vagabone
'Go down foot. Next. What is a bay?'
Abay issirisavastbod yofstill waterbou nd
'Good ! go up head. and stop shocting
wads at your sister's face.'
Hon. Thomas Benton has written a letter,
in which he states his intentton of retiring from
116`Lorenzo pew's prediction as to the flood
on the 27th, has proven a failure. Postponed,
an account of the weather, perhaps.
It is said that the grand jury of Wash ington
city have ignored the bill against Mr. Rust, of
the Rouse, for asssulting Mr. Greely of the
New York Tribune.
At Pittsburg, the ice on the Ohio river broke
up on Saturday, without dantas, , c to the ship.
ping. Navigation is now open, milli ten feet of
water in the channel.
Unknown Tongues—the Bird.
The best known of animal tongues, are,
of course, the most perfect among them—
those of birds It would be a long list,
were we to mention but half of the curi
ous literature, that of old and of late has
been written on this subject. Pallas Ath
ens herself gave the knowledge of the
language of birds of Tiresias, to console
him for the loss of his eyes. Helenus of
Troy, Tholes and Nlelampus claimed to
possess it. Solomon, who had wisdom ex
ceeding much, and spoke of beasts, and
of fowls, and of creeping! things, and of
fishes, it is reported to have understood
the meaning of every bird's song. Pliny
even gives, in his Natural Flistory, an
unfailing receipt for the obtaining of such
wonderful knowledge; and King Dag,
who was a !mister of the science, kept
sparrows, which brought him the news of
the world from every country on earth,-•-
Gerbert of Seville, the great christ inn mas
ter of the Black Art, learned to explain
the flight and notes of birds ; and Bene
dict IX., who rose to the Holy See at the
early age of twelve years, knew their
voice, and could tell from it what had hap
pened today, yesterday and the day be.
fore, anywhere through the wide range of
Chistendom. It is not long since a Ger
man scholar studied the language of geese
and issued proposals for the directory of
their idiom. Two adventurous French.
man Dupont de Nemours and Pirerquin
de Gembleux, carried out the unfinished
plan, and actually published works on the
language of animals. It has been a favor-
ite task of many authors to set the songs of
birds to music, and to give their mertnin2-
-a scheme which 'rhos. Gardener, in his
music of Nature, has more fully developed.
THE PRESIDENCY —Horace Greely, in
' a late letter from Washington to the "I'ri
busic says :-•-"Douglass is openly announ
ced us a candidate in the Presidential elec
tion, and he says himself that his name
will be before the Cincinnati Convention.
Fremont is not a Cdtholic as reported, but
to of Huguenot descent. and was long sine
confirmed as a member of the Episcopal
Church. Letters favoring his nomination
are flowing in from all quarters. His
friends urge four points is his favor: he
is a new man, fresh from the people ; his
past life shows him to be possessed of
backbone ; he is opposed to slavery ag•
gression and is in favor of Free Territor
ies; and he favors the Pacific Railroad.--
Bunks declines the nomination. Bewnrd
is earnestly advocated by many persorm
but it is doubtful whether he will accept.
McLean, Chase; Hale and Wilmot all have
warm friends and supporters. But the
motto with every one is, "success to prin
ciples rather than men."
WORK IN THE GARDEN.
In the Middle States, during this month
we think, notwithstanding the severe win
ter we have pasted through, garden °per,
ations may be undertaken us yoon us the
frost is out of the ground and the soil can
be wrought advantageously. The follow.
ing hints are good and seasonable,
CADBACIE—PIants in Glasses —See that
your gardener raises the glass of your hot.
beds containing cabbage plants every fair
day. to harden and inure the plants to the
open air, the better to prepare them for
transplantation as soon as the weather be
comes mild and settled enough, which in
ordinary seasons is from the middle to the
:20th of the month in the middle States.
PLANTING nuT.—lf you have been for.
tunate enough to have raised cabbage
plants in hot-beds, under glass, make your
arrangements to manure, dig and pulverize
your beds preparatory to their reception,'
as soon as the weather becomes sufficient
ly settled and warm. Recollect that the
cabbage is a hearty feeder, and therefore
manure the ground with a liberal hand. If
the manure be barnyard manure, a cover
ing of throe or four inches indepth will be
gratefully appropriated by the plants, while I
in product and size you will be amply re-
munerated for such generous feeding. If
you intend to manure with Peruvian pm.
no—and that is the only kind for garden
culture we would recommend—you should
at least apply a quantity equal to 400 lbs.
But let whatever manure that may be used
the bed should be top-dressed with a mix
ture composed of five parts leach ashes, one
part salt and one part plaster. In digging
in the manure, the person should turn in
full spade deep and thoroughly rake when
' ever ho has spaded up three feet of ground,
to save the necessity of treading on it
The distance of plants apart should be
VOL. XXI. NO. 16.
governed by variety, If the small kind,
they may be from 2 to 2} feet apart in the
rows; if the large kind, not less than 3 ft.
The rows of either large or ■mall cabbage
should stand three feet apart. If the plants
be intended to be used as coleworts, and
not suffered to head, they may stand 18 in
ches apart in the row; or where intended
to be used both as coleworts and head cab
bages, the plants may be 12 inches apart,
using every alternate for coleworts, and
permitting the other to run into head cab
SOWING LETTUCE Sean—Planting Out
—As soon as the weather is settled ■nd the
ground can be got in good order, prepare a
part of your border facing the south as re
commended for cabbage seed. Any plants
which may be of sufficient size may be set
out to head about the 20th of this month.
Lettuce seeds should be sown at intervals
of two weeks apart throughout the season.
By such arrangement a continued supply
of crisp-heads may be secured.
TomAToes—Egg Plants—Red Pep
pers.—Sow seeds of each of these in boxes
and place the boxes in warm southern ex
posed windows to produce plants to be set
out when all danger from frosts are over
for early crops. If placed in pots an oys
-1 ter shell or piece of broken crockery should
be put over the hole in the bottom to insure
drainage. as stagnant mixture is apt to in
jure, if not destroy the health of plants, If
n box be used, bore a hole in the bottom a
' bout one inch in diameter, and cover as
recommended for the pots. The earth
used to fill the pots or boxes, to produce
the plants, should bee rich mould fertilized
with organic manure of some kind, so as
' to secure an early and vigorous growth of
plants. The fertilizatton of the soil may
be encted by dissolving half an ounce of
guano in water to each large sized pot or
or box, If the latter does not contain over
200 square inches. The solution to be
poured over the surface—or the same ef
fect may be produced by tasking a decoc
tion of 7 parts of fresh horse dung and 1
part soot, and watering three or four times
POTATOES.—As soon as the weather in
open and the frost is entirely out of the
ground is the time to prepare the ground
for and to plant potatoes for art early crop.
Select the driest and most exposed bed in
ynur garden—a light and sandy mould if
possible. Manure it broadcast, with half
the manure you intend to apply, dig that
in to the depth of the spade, rake finely ;
then lay ofl rows 4 inches deep, 3 feet a
part, then strew the residue of the manure
along the rows and cover. '1 hen give the
bed a broadcast dressing of a mixture com
posed of 6 parts ashes, 1 part plaster, and
1 part salt; taking care to give the drills a
full dusting. The vines, when they first
come up. should receive another dusting,
as also at each working, and once after be
ing laid by, until the vines go out of bloom.
As to the working of potatoes, it is suffi
cient to say that they must be kept clean
of weeds and grass and the earth open from
the time that the plants are 3 or 5 inches
high till laid by. The dusting of the pre
scribtld mixtures must be done in the mot,
ning, while the vines are wet, so that por
tions of the mixture may adhere to them.
With regard to sets, they should be out
so as to have two eyes each. As each cut
is cut it should have the wound rubbed in
plaster or ashes, and put away in a cool
I dry place, where they could not be subjec
ted to freezing. If cut two or three days
before planting, so much the better.
Preservation of Wheat from Weevil.
Numerous remedies have been proposed
to protect wheat from the ravages of the
weevil, but most of them have been imprac
ticable or too expensive. M. Cailat, in
France, recommends the use of tar as a cer
tain and economical agent for their destruc
tion. He says :
..The efficacy of tar in driving away the
weevil and preserving the grain, is an in-
contestable fact. My father had, a long,
time ago, his granaries, barns, and the
whole house infested with these insects so
much so that they penetrated into all the
chests and among the linen. He did
place an open bask, impregnated with tar
in the barn, and then in the granaries--at
the end of some hours the weevils were
seen climbing along the wall by myriads,
and flying in all directions from the cask.
On moving the tarred vessel from place to
place, the premises wore in fl few days com
pletely cleared of these troublesome and
pernicious guests. The agriculturist who
wants to get rid of weevils, may, as soon as
he perceives their presence, impregnate
the surface of some old planks with tar,
and then place them as required in his gra
naries. Care must be token to renew the
tar from time to time in the course of thu
year to prevent the return of the insects.