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H,f Kf," ?>- BACHELOR'S BUTTONS. Tt«pretpntlou> Flowers That Afford th« Gardener Continual Delight. If bachelor's buttons once enter the family gardens they come to stay—not, however, to the discomfort of the gardener, but, on the contrary, to his continual delight. For this self-ssmo annual appears year after year under the most adverse circumstances, to furnish its graceful, dainty blooms from early summer to the very end of the. season, I only give them the odd corners because of this pertinacity to live and do well where nothing else will, .and so oftcntimo they have but the •vegetable garden for ,a background •with but a common potato or pea vine for a comrade. They are so very old- fashioned that I think our great-grandmothers must have been the first to plant the seed, and fc\v of the flower- loving world of to-day arc as well acquainted with their merits as our ancestors^, yet, as old things are every day growing more fashionable, why should not this charming old flower? "Sometimes the people, npon coming into my country garden from the town below, cry out: "Oh, what are 'a BUTTONS. those?" and when I tell them bachelor's buttons they have not even heard of the name, but are delighted to have a handful to wear, and, by the -way, no flower with a long- slender stem is more graceful than these for a breast knot, or •will last longer out of water—their vitality and pertinacity again. They are of a variety of colors, of which different shades of blue and pink are the most common, with sometimes a clear pure white among them. They grow upon tall slender stems, and are wonderful little blooms of "ragged or pinked-out edges, wjth only themselves for show, since their foliage is so delicate it is not at all observable when they are in bloom. They will sow themselves year after year, coming up in the hardest and most uncompromising places, and require but the hand of the weeder to keep them in order. For a tall, delicate-lipped vase they are peculiarly beautiful as out flowers, and will last upon the stalks until you wonder at them; and all the time their color remains as bright as at first.— Vick's Magazine. AMONG THE POULTRY. [St. Louis Republic. I GEXEBAIXY, all fowls that feather slowly are hardy. WELL-KEPT fowls will commence to lay as soon as well matured. IF the young chickens are kept free from lice they will usually be free from gapes. CUT hay or clover, sprinkle bran or meal over it and then scald with hot water; this makes a good feed for poultry. WHILE the profits on commercial poultry are usually smaller than on fancy, they are generally much more sure. BEEF or pork cracklings, mixed with corn-meal or wheat bran and baked, make an excellent feed for poultry of all kinds. THERE is certainly no economy ia compelling poultry to stand around in the .cold mud all day; better keep them tinder shelter. .GEESE can be picked regularly every • sii weeks after the first of May, and the feathers secured will pay well for the trouble of keeping them. ETJBBISH linder which rats can harbor •should not be allowed near the poultry house or yards. Eats often prove very destructive to young poultry. JTE-raP. use a long, gangling, overgrown rooster for breeding. It is nearly impossible to fill/them up and they never make a good table fowl. THE little chickens that are kept in the brooders should be watered regularly. Give them what they will drink •without getting themselves wet. PEKIN ducks excel nearly or quite all breeds of chickens as egg producers. They will lay an egg every twenty-four hours after they once begin . until hot weather. As A general rule, hens should never be fed so much that they will not scratch. Better scatter some of the grain among the litter and let them scratch forjt. Poultry-Keeping Pays Well. Prom many yearr,' experience, I believe, taking one year with another, poultry keeping under proper conditions, will pay better than any other industry connected with farming, considering the amount of capital invested. If any one tells you he can make a profit of S4 or S3 per year on every hen, or more on every duck, you may make up your mind that he has a secret which the ordinary farmer does not possess. My accounts show that when grain is worth sixty cents per bushel, poultry can be grown for seven or eight cents per pound, and eggs for ten cents per dozen. This will give from-Si.50 to $2 profit on each fowl, if one manages shrewdly and economically. In this calculation I reckon the manure as a compensation for the labor.—America* Cultivator. DAIRY AND ICE-HOUSE. Every Furm Where Cows Aro Kept Should Have One of Them. A convenient combined ice-house and dairy may be constructed as follows: The ice-house is made in the usual way, with an annex under the same roof, but separated by a passage-way for the purpose of avoiding the usual frowy smell of the packing round the ice, which would affect the milk. The plan would be as below: B > A—ICE; B—PASSAGE; c—DAIKT. The ice-house would be filled from the rear, but the ice would be taken out in the passage through which a current of air would pass by the windows, one at each end. This passage might be used for various purposes. The tank would be made in the dairy, and water from a cistern or pump would be used to supply it. It might be too great a cost to use the ice for the water supply, although this has been done by an arrangement of this kind, as follows: The dairy is connected with the ice-house as above, but the dairy is sunk three feet belowthe level of the floor of the icehouse, thus: A—ICE; B—DAIRY; c—TA:S~K. The ice-house has a water-tight, cement floor, paired with best gas tar, and slopes slightly toward the front, and also from the sides to the center, thus forming a channel by which the water from the slowly melting ice runs into the tank in the dairy. Where ice can be procured in abundance and cheaply, this plan might be adopted, and if the flow of ice-water is at any time deficient, ice can be procured and put into the tank from the attic above. The.tank in either case should be provided with drop doors to close it in, to maintain as even and low a temperature as possible.—Country Gentleman. THE LAYING HEN. She Is Usually ii Bird That Is Very Ac/ tire and Busy. Hens differ individually, and they differ as breeds. - Knowledge of their individual characteristics can only be gamed by constant association with them and careful observation of their traits. The laying hen is one that is active and busy. A good scratching hen—one that is never idle—is, as a rule, a good layer, for the reason that her active habits keep her in the proper condition for laying. Hence we may advise, says an exchange, that in selecting, the busy, active hen be re- tamed. A bright red comb, bright wattles, and a happy disposition are indications, while bright eyes and clean feathers also point to success. All hens have bright red combs when beginning to lay, but it is before the hens begin that more information is desired. The best method is to breed for good layers. Select the best layers every year and mate them with a male from a good laying strain or breed, and the shortest road will at once be taken. When one finds a lot of drones in a flock, get rid of them and breed -from those that are productive. The rule that "like begets like" holds good with poultry as with any thing else, and should lead to the production of better stock; but it is important that the male be given some consideration, when selecting breeding stock; his influence on the future progeny is greater than any female in the flock, he is sire of all instead of only a few.-—Orange Judd .Farmer. FACTS FOR FARMERS. THE red spider is best kept in check by free syringing or washing with a wet sponge. SEE that the outside as well as the inside of your butter packages Is clean. Have them neat also. WHILE hogs do not require a high temperature, they should have comfortably warm quarters in winter, especially the young sows. IN the experiments new in progress at the Ohio Experiment Station, potash seems to have no effect on wheat, whether used alone or in any combination. DON'T forget the growing calves while crowding the cows for milk; see that they have dry quarters, at least reasonably warm, and a daily ration of oats or wheat bran. OATS that are to be cut for feeding to cows may be sown thick and should be cut as green as possible and have them cure without molding, is the doctrine and "practice" of a successful feeder vfe know. THE cost of a quart of milk at the New Hampshire Station, says the Dairy World, averaged for the herd 2.74 cents. The best cow on good feed made milk for 1.59; milk from the poorest cow on the same food cost 4.20. On a rich ration the best cow reduced the cost to 1.32. The same cow fed on a poor ration raised the cost w 5.35 cents ft quart. Good and judicious feeding pays. AfT IMMOfctAU ARTIST, He Had Few Imitators and Jfo Equal In His Time. The recent death of Jean Louis Ernest Meissonier has revived interest in the man who was the founder of a new school of painting in which he has had few imitators and no equal. He was the first painter to use the microscope and he has left behind him a number MEISSOXIEB. O f minute pictures which are remarkable for their fineness of touch. He was born in •Lyons about 1812 and was brought to Paris when very young. Ilis art studies were conducted under JI. Leon Gogmet and he began to achieve fame while a very young man. His "Little Messenger, ""which was exhibited in the salon of 1S3G attracted general attention and astonished the critics by its delicacy of touch and precision of detail. Next year he had four pictures, each on a different subject and all remarkable for the same qualities. Paris at once acknowledged him as a master. From .year to year the salon bore evidence of his genius and his fame went over the whole civilized world. His most famous paintings are the "Napoleon Cycle," four small pictures illustrative of the life of the great Bonaparte. His masterpiece is "1S14," one of this group. It illustrates the campaigii in France of that year. Meissonier received numerous medals and decorations. He was made a commander of the Legion of Honor in 1S67 and was also a member of the Academy of Fine Arts. An exhibition of his works was held in 1SS4 in Paris and enormous crowds thronged the gallery. His principal works have been engraved and have been extensively circulated. The "Black-Bird Days." January 80, 31' and February 1 are famous in the neighborhood of Brescia, Constantinople, Florence, Italy, and along the Danube and the Rhine, as the "Black-bird days." A curious medieval legend says that originally all species of the grackels (black-birds) were of a 'creamy white color; that it became black because during one year ia the Middle Ages the three days above mentioned were so cold that all birds in Central and Southern Europe took refuge in the chimneys. 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Chattanooga and Nashville, in connection with prominent banking firms in New England, have formed-a company to be known as the Corporation of Day- ton,.forthe sale of town lots, the establishmen 1 of industrial enterprises, etc. It is an assured fact that within six months Dayton will have another railroad from the houth-east, which will make it an important junction and transfer point for nearly one-fifth of the freight and passenger traffic between the Great North-west and the Southeast. In addi* tion to this it is located on the C^ and C., one of the largest ancVrno_st important of the Southern Trunk Lines, It is in the midst of the fertile and beautiful Tennessee Valley; has already an established reputation as a prosperous and s. e manufacturing town and some additional strength as a neulth resort. 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