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In all my wanderings round this world of care, rally, philosophically, and with dispatch.

In all my griefs-and God has given my sharo“ Elsie" can command the money, and I want

I still had hopes my latest hours to crown,

Amidst these humble bowers to lay me down; all the Elsie’s to send a three cent stamp to To husband out life's taper at the close,

And keep the flame from wasting, by repose : Mr. Joseph Gould, New Market, N. H., (who I still had hopes, for pride attends me still,

Amidst the swains to show my book-learned skill, is agent for Aikens' Family Knitting Machine) Around my fire an evening group to draw,

And tell of all I felt, and all I saw; for a Treatise on Knitting, stating the advan

And as a hare, whom horns and hounds pursue,

Pants to the place from whence at first she flow, tages of said machines, and then send about

I still had hopes, my long vexations past, forty dollars and get the machine itself-that

Here to return-and die at home at last.

(GOLDSMITH. hope may be swallowed up in fruition. The time of hand knitting will then be past—mother

Incidents of Travel. will no more get asleep over her knitting needles. While I am writing this, mother is

“How beautiful the country looks this asleep over nothing, and can afford to do it

spring! How can any one live in the city knitting and sewing all done up. Send and

when sights like these are within their reach?" get the machine as soon as you can, so as to

Such were our exclamations when, a short time have it on exhibition at the County and State

since, we stopped from our journeyings to still Fairs. Mr. Gould has the reputation of being

distant friends to spend a few days in the an honorable man-he wants the money and

country. Surely there are no re-unions of you need the machine.

family friends, like those that are sanctified by

the memories and the loves that linger about There are three different kinds of washing machines manufactured in our county, all of

the old farm-house, where the beauty and the which are labor saving machines, especially

excellence of the generation that is passing when the boys do not have so much to do on away, like the beauty and wealth of the unfoldMonday morning but what you can get them

ing year, seems to be gathering, as a heritage, hitched on to it. In any event these machines

unto those who remain. Three days amid the

green fields, the drifting snow of orchard is no small item.

boughs, the bursting buds and vines, singing Then again if people would not be so thought

birds, and we turn away to pay a brief visit to less and shiftless in planning their houses and

dear friends whom we had been accustomed to cisterns—but have their washing water within

see surrounded by the rural luxuriance of the six feet of their boiler, and the pantry to ac

“Woodside” of Wisconsin. - It was the first commodate both cook and dining rooms which excessively warm day of the season, and as would soon save travel enough to nearly amount we rolled along through the dust and 'olatter to a traveling machine.

and glare of the city, we could but repeat, Please “Elsie," when you get your knitting, with emphasis, how can people, who have ever or any other machine, let all the readers of the lived in the country, endure the city? What FARMER know how you like it, that they may la contrast between the street prospect, as we do likewise.

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looked out from the new residence of our MONTICELLO, Green Co., Wis.

Waukesha friends, and the autumn glories of A Kind words are looked upon like jewels

that western home where we had parted with in the breast, never to be forgotten, and perhaps to cheer, by their memory, a long, sad them last September. But the warm words of life; while words of cruelty, or of carelessness, welcome, and the happy faces of the children are like swords in the bosom, wounding and leaving scars which will be borne to the grave.

were there, and we soon found that those who by their victim. Do you think there is any had once been accustomed to the charms of a bruised heart which bears the mark of such a

country home, knew how to bring many of its wound from you? If there is a living one which you have wounded, hasten to heal it; beauties and refreshments into the eiiy. Befor life is short-to-morrow may be too late. sides flowers and plants wherever they might

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conveniently be, in doors, every inch of yard side, and then at the stern, and all hearts room was stocked with something agreeable to

able to breathe free again, for God has saved the ves

sel and her crew. In the voyage of life, in look at, not unmindful that the beautiful is

some straits through which we may pass, has also the useful.

no Stroom Rock lain in our way?-no tempIn the afternoon came a fine old-fashioned

tation to sin seemed ready to whelm us in de

struction ?-Have we not tried to avoid it, and shower, the rain clearing off with a beaming felt that our strength was weakness, and alsunset, and things looking tolerably tidy and most in the depth of despair have we not cried

for a breath from Heaven, and out from the sweet, even in town, and then a drive to the

unseen world has there not come, like the nursery. Oh, that Columbus nursery! What wind, an influence that has saved us? can we say to give our readers an idea of how much may be done in a short time, when taste HEALTH AND DISEASE. and perseverance begin the work of embellish

How to Take Care of the Hair. ment? Only six years since these broad acres, that now look like fairy land, were laid out.

As to men, we say, when the hair begins to

fall out, the best plan is to have it cut short, We don't know how to talk about the trees and give it a good brushing with a moderately stiff plants very practically. How could any one,

brush, while the hair is dry; then wash it

well with warm soap suds; then rub into the not accustomed to being always there, be ex

scalp, about the roots of the hair, & little bay pected to remember the names and peculiarities rum, brandy, or camphor water. Do these of one of a thousand of those endless rows

things twice a month; the brushing of the

scalp may be profitably done twice a week. and endless varieties of trees, shrubs, vines Damp the hair with water every time the toilet and flowers? We only feel, now, when far is made. Nothing ever made is better for the

hair than pure soft water, if the scalp is kept away, that the very remembrance of it is like

clean in the way we have named. The use of an odor about our path, and the splendid bo-oils, or pomatums, or grease of any kind, is quet, still fresh upon our table, a proof that ruinous to the hair of man or woman. We con

sider it a filthy practice, almost universalthough the maze of bursting bloom and loveliness it be, for it gathers dust, dirt, and soils whatthrough which we passed, as through a dream, ever it touches. Nothing but pure soft water

should ever be allowed on the heads of childhas really a local habitation and a name.

ren. It is a different practice that robs our Mrs. Hoyt.

women of their most beautiful ornament long HARRISVILLE, Va., May 17th, 1862.

before their prime; the hair of our daughters

should be kept within two inches until their The Rock of Danger.

twelfth year. - Hall's Journal of Health. In à sermon lately delivered by the Rev.

Open the Windows. Joseph K. White, occurred the following passage:

What a frivolous conception some persons In the straits of Sunda, between Java and have in regard to the night air. We well reSumatra, is a small rock called the Stroom member the sage warnings so often doled out. Rock, the top of which is just washed and half to “beware of the night air, the damp night covered by the waves, while all around the air.” water is so deep that no anchor can touch the One might suppose from the foolish whims bottom. A ship was once passing through afloat on this subject, that the air at night is these straits, carried on by the tide, with charged with death-that by some strange scarce wind enough to fill her sails. The cur-chemical process, it undergoes a transformarent bore her rapidly along towards this rock. tion of its properties which makes it destrucThe danger was seen and every effort made tive to human life. Nothing can be more erroto guard against it. The yards were braced, neous than this, and we entreat you, if you but the wind no longer filled the sails, and on value your health and buoyancy of feeling, the ship sped to what seemed her destruction. not to let any one persuade you by a false phiThe loud commands of the officers, and wil- losophy that there is anything really injurious ling response of the sailors were hushed, and in the air, and as much of it as you can insilently eaeh watched the rapidly approaching hale by night or day. No one should think danger. But when hope had almost turned to of sleeping without having a door or window despair, a breath of wind fills the sails, the open in the room. There should be a conship obeys her helm, the dark rock with the stant circulation of fresh air through your foaming sea around it is seen over the ship's apartments.

How many times have you gone late in the A BRILLIANT Stucco WHITEWASH.-Take night, into a close room where several persons six quarts of salt, five gallons of water; boil are sleeping, and felt the lungs almost suffo- and skim; then add one pound of coperas and cated with the foul air which has been breath-three-fourths pound of saleratus gradually, ed over and over again, until it has actually and four quarts sifted wood ashes; color to become so impure that a candle burns with taste or fancy; apply while hot. difficulty. This is the same kind of air which 20. Clean, fresh-burnt lime, same as above; is sometimes found in the bottom of wells, and one-fourth pound burnt alum, powdered; one which is so destructive to human life. Don't pound sugar; three pints rice flour, make incommit suicide by shutting out the night air; to a jelly; one pound clean glue, first dissolvbut throw open your windows and let it in. ed; five gallons water.

There are some people who close up every This wash is applied, where particular neatdoor and window, and put themselves to some ness is required, with a painter's brush. It trouble to exclude the air from their rooms as must be put on while warm, if upon the outmuch as possible. In the morning they look side of the building-if within doors, cold. pale, stupid, nervous, dragging their heavy It will retain its brilliancy for many years. forms about the room for some time, before the There is nothing of the kind that will compa dull sluggish blood begins to pass freely thro' with it. About one pint of this mixture will the veins. You will hear such persons com- cover a square yard upon the outside of a plain of headache, and a score of ailments. | house, if properly applied. Scalpel.

CHOWDER.-Cut some slices of pork very

thin, and fry it out dry in the dinner-pot; DOMESTIC ECONOMY. then put in a layer of fish cut in slices, on the

pork and fat, then a layer of onions, then poHow to keep the Black Currant. tatoes, all cut in thin slices; then fish, onions

and potatoes again, till your materials are all ED. FARMER:-Having noticed your invita- in, putting some salt and pepper on each layer tion to housekeepers to write for the FARMER, I of onions; split some crackers and dip them

in water, and put them around the sides and I therefore send you a new method for keeping over the top ; put in water enough to come up the Black Currant. Having kept the Wild in sight; boil about half an hour, till the po

tatoes are done; add half a pint of milk, or a Plum successfully in cold water for winter

tea-cup of sweet cream, five minutes before use, I thought I would try the Black Currant, you take it up. having more than I could preserve, I put them

Bird's Nest Sago PUDDING.-Soak half a in a barrel and put cold water enough to cover pint of sago in three pints of water, stirring it them, and they kept beautifully. I used the

occasionally, until it is uniformly swelled.

Pare and core ten or twelve apples; fill the last in April, and they were as good as the holes in the center, and put them without pilfirst. I kept them in the cellar. Cover with ing them one over another, in a pudding dish

so that the sago will just cover them. The saa buttered paper, and then a cloth and cover.

go may then be poured on, and the pudding I hope you will please make it known through baked, until the apples are soft—very nice for your valuable journal.

dyspeptics. Truly yours, Mrs. Geo. RICHARDS. To BOIL A Han.-Put a ham in the boiler, ROXBURY, May 12th, 1862.

whilst the water is cold; be careful that it boils slowly. A ham of twenty pounds takes

four hours and a half, larger and smaller in PUDDING SAUCE.-One pint of sugar, one proportion. Keep the water well skimmed. A table-spoonful of vinegar, a piece of butter the

green ham wants no soaking; but an old one size of an egg; boil fifteen minutes; add one must be soaked sixteen hours, in a large tub table-spoonful of rose-water, a little nutmeg ; l of soft water. boil it, with the sugar, in nearly a pint of water, and a large table-spoonful of flour.

FRUIT RICE PUDDING.–Swell the rice with

milk over the fire, then mix fruit of any kind BATTER PUDDING.—A pint of milk, four eggs, with it,-currants, gooseberries, or quartered made thick with flour, a little thicker than apples; put one egg in to bind the rice; boil cream. Boil it one hour; serve it up with it well, and serve it with sugar and butter, sauce made of flour and water, butter, sugar, a beat together, with nutmeg, or mace. little vinegar, or tart, with spice to your taste.

BAKED RICE PUDDING.-Two cups of rice, Bung.–One cup of butter, one of sugar, half two quarts of milk, half a cup of sugar, a large cup of yeast, half a pint of milk; make it tea-spoonful of salt; bake it two hours; serve stiff with flour; add allspice and nutmeg. lit up with butter.

RAIgED CAKE.-Four pounds of flour, half| a pound of butter, half a pound of sugar, one pint of new milk, one pint of yeast; when risen, put in the oven, and bake it till you can put a knitting needle in, and draw it out clean.

TO TAKE INK OUT OF LINEN.-Dip the spotted part in pure melted tallow; then wash out the tallow, and the ink will come out with it. This is said to be unfailing.

Sago Pudding.--A large table-spoonful of sago, boiled in one quart of milk, the peel of a lemon, a little nutmeg, and four eggs. Bake it about an hour and a half.

PLAIN CAKE.-Three pounds of flour, one of sugar, one of butter, half a pint of yeast, three gills of milk, three eggs, spice, rose-water.

SUNDERLAND PUDDING.--Eight spoonfuls of flour, three eggs, one pint of milk; baked in cups about fifteen minutes, sweet sauce.

COOKIES.-Five cups of flour, two of sugar, one of butter, one egg; cut it with a tin into small cakes.

But who can tell, so sly the elf,
In what odd corner, box, or shelf?
Let's scatter crumbs all round about;
This bit of cheese may tempt him out.
Now let us koop, as still, as mice,
That we may catch him, slick and nice.
But first of all, we'll make a rule
To keep in order this play school.
All those who speak, or laugh, or cough,
To frighten mouse, shall be sent off.
of those who stay-all ears and oyes-
Who gets him first shall have the prizo.
Now order! silence! there he comes
A-peeping out after the crumbs.
Surround him, all, north, south, east, west,
Now girls and boys, oach do your best.
With salt in hand so softly troad,
For thus, in truth, I've heard it said,
If but ono grain fall on his tail,
He'll stand as still as any nail!
Now mind the rule, all hands and eyes,
Who grabs him first will own the prize,
A rapid charge, a rush, a rout,
Of scampering feet all round about;
Cornered by some, thon dodging all,
Across the floor, around the wall;
Under the table, over chairs,
Behind the bed, and down the stairs,
Quick, shut the door, the window close,
Swift through the ball away he goes,
To breakfast room, in cupboard wide,
Seeking in vain a place to hide;
Among its piles no sheltering hole,
Now in, now out of sugar bowl.
In vain mama commands "Be still !"
“Soon as ho’s caught, mama, wo will!”
Then fast, as he, away we go
To cut what dash who cares to know.

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"There was a world as big, and round,
As any world that we have found.
And in that world a country, fair
As country could be, anywhere.
And in that country was a town
With streets and houses, up and down.
And in that town there was a house
In which there lived a little mouse.
Ah, here he is! the very one!
Now then, I think we'll have some fun.
Come one and all, come girls and boys,
Be careful there-don't mako a noise,
For mouse, you see, has great wido ears
And every little tip-toe hears.
How bright his eyes! how sleek his skin!
How pink his toes! his tail, how slim!
Ah, he is gone! 't was Dannie, there,
Calling for help to climb the stair.
Well, let him come-the baby boy,
But put away that noisy toy.
Come, all, again; now who can think
Where mousey hid, so quick as wink?
Mice have such curious hiding places,
Such tiny feet and small brown facos.
Listen a moment! don't you hear
Him nibbling somewhere very near?

In vain seeks Kate the noise to quell, The more she scolds, the more wo yoll,

Bang, clang, slam, jam, a mighty racket,
With untucked frock, and rended jacket,
At pantry door at last we stand
A stoutly tried, victorious band.

A pan of milk, fresh-strained, and white,
Unbridged, here yawns upon his sight.
Too late he sees; 't is all in vain
To attempt to escape this treacherous main.
So caught at last, head over hoels,
Our valiant mouse, the battle yields.

(END OF PART FIRST.)

A Talk about Troo Toads.

an insect comes near, but not within reach,

Mister Toad will move slowly and steadily to* Who wants to hear about such ugly things,” |

wards it, fixing his eye upon it, seemingly perhaps you will say. Indeed, I have heard

with mesmeric power, till he gets near enough, children say: "I can't imagine what such ugly when he makes a sudden spring, darting his creatures as toads were made for.” But toads

tongue out quick as a glance, securing his are not ugly, and the tree toad is not ugly look

prey, which he swallows very quickly. Someing; and as the same power which made us, times a tree toad will take a station on the made the toads, we must suppose that they outside of a window, in the evening, and purwere made for some useful purpose. Thave sue its avocation, by catching insects which seen two kinds of tree toads; one kind is about are attracted by the light. The tree toads, an inch long, the other about an inch and a

| like their cousins, which live in the marshes, half. The smaller one is of a greenish yellow are fond of music, though they do not sing the color on its upper side, and of a dirty white same song. Their note is a Tr-r-r-r-r-r, made on its under side.

with a clear, quick vibrating or trembling The larger one is a light grey, with spots of tone. dark grey, above, below, same as the other. They have a singular habit of singing just

The smaller kind are usually found on trees before a shower, more than at any other time. and bushes, the larger kind, on fences and old I have many times heard scores of them at buildings. But I have seen each kind about once, on the trees, bushes and fences, when the house The feet of these toads are very there was a shower coming up. curiously formed. On the under-side of each

They do not sing in the night, and seldom foot are several papillæ, or soft elastic bunches,

when in confinement. I once had one, which and the ends of the toes are in the form of a

would occasionally sound a few notes. It ball, each toe having a papillæ. It is by means

would not touch an insect, unless it was alive, of these papillæ, that they are enabled to

and I never knew one to fail of catching an climb.

insect when it made the attempt. Toads are When the foot is pressed against any thing,

amphibious, that is, they pass a portion of the papillæ flatten out, and then rise up from

their lives in the water, and a portion on the the surface in the centre, forming a vacuum,

| land. They start in life in the shape of a that is, a cavity, or hollow without air, and

tadpole or polliwog, hatched from an egg in thus they are enabled to cling firmly, so as

* some puddle of water. At first it is without even to climb upon glass, like a fly. Put one

legs, but has a tail like a fish, after a while it into a tumbler, or into a glass jar, and you

undergoes a transformation or change: a pair can see the whole process. Its manner of ob

of legs, the hind ones, commence growing, next taining food is quite as singular as that of

the fore legs are developed, the tail gradually climbing. It has no teeth, nor does it use its

shrinks away, finally disappears—and the polfeet to catch or hold anything, neither does it

liwog, which could live only in the water, and catch or take up any thing with its mouth;

move by swimming, has become a land animal and some people used to think that it lived on

and travels by means of legs. Toads are coldair. But that was a great mistake, for it is

blooded animals, which makes them feel cold well known that it lives on insects, and that it l.

to the touch, and their lungs, being much catches them with its tongue, which is so formed

| smaller than warm-blooded animals of the same that it can be elongated or stretched out, and

size, enables them to live with less air, and to is covered with a slimy, glue-like substance

remain a longer time without any. which fastens to it any insect which it touches;

UNCLE WILLIAM. and wo be to any musketo, miller, or fly, that

[Another article on tho “Hare," by "Unclo William," gets within reach of Sir Toad. Sometimes when

will be published next month.)

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