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-ORCHARD AND GARDEN . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 October 1845

-ORCHARD AND GARDEN . [ For the Prairie Farmer . FRUIT CULTURE-WESTERN CLIMATE . BY P . K . flUSXlX . MESSRS . EDITORS : As the season for setting out frait frees is again at hand , some remarks in regard to the best soil and location for them may not be out of place . As to soil the best writers state that a rich , strong , and rather moist loam is the best for the apple , and that it succeeds better on a shallow-soil than the pear , whose roots incline to run perpendicularly . A moderately dry subsoil is therefore greatly to be preferred for the pear , while apple trees wilt do well on a clay subsoil if care be taken to get them well started ; but in such cases I should consider a sloping piece of land almost indispensable . Plum trees do best on a strong deep loam , rather clayey than sandy . Cherries and peaches are by far the most hardy and productive on a dry , sandy , or gravelly soil . So much for books—which of course are adapted to the soil and climate of the East . But th...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
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FRUIT CULTIVATION . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 October 1845

FRUIT CULTIVATION . [ For the Prairie Farmer . nv D . -O . itNOEiinii . r .. MESSRS . EDITORS : In the 8 th number of ( ho present volume of the Prairie Farmer I find an article upon the cultivation of the apple , addressed to me , requesting . . my opinions upon certain subjects ( herein commented upon—the first and principal of which is the cultivation of natural fruit . Natural fruit as a body is I believe without doubt , • more durable than cultivated , ( or grafted , as it is generally termed . ) And I believe , too , that excessive bearing and barbarous pruning are the principal causes , as friend Harkiicss intimates . I have often heard my father observe , in passing a fine young orchard lately pruned with the axe—yes , with the axe , barbarous as it may seem—Ah , he would say , that man had belter been a-bed and asleep . But I must take issue with friend Hijrkness where he says It seems to be a law of vegetation that all trees which attain a great size must when young be thr...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
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GRAPES , PEACHES , APPLES , AND SUNDRIES . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 October 1845

GRAPES , PEACHES , APPLES , AND SUNDRIES . [ For Qie Prairie Farmer . BY E . UARKNESS . MESSRS . EDITORS : I availed myself of an opportunity , by , a team going to Chicago , to send you a small box of fruit . At the time I was unable , from defective eye-sight , to write you even a line—now , my eyes being belter , permit me to say a word . The package sent you was done up in a hurry and in the night . The grapes are an imperfect specimen , being the last to bo found upon the vines , the perfect bunches having been previously picked . If they reach you in good order , however , you will certainl y he p leased with them . When taken ripe from the vine , they are a better table fruit to my taste than any thing else raised in this latitirde . Wo have had good peaches every day for a month , but . give me the grape in preference to the most delicious peach . There is no serious difficulty in raising grapes in this country . We have had no frost for eleven years lo injure the fruit of g...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
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DEEP PLOWING . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 October 1845

DEEP PLOWING . We have heretofore in several instances called attention to this subject and given some considerations by which it is recomjnended . There is another one which deserves notice , particularly in our endeavors to cultivate crops of grass . It is well known that our prairie soils contain a great amount of vegetable matter . This matter is found mixed with the surface to a considerable depth and when pretty well decayed leaves the surface very light and dry , These are the lands in which no plow will scour and in them it is almost impossible to grow the cultivated grassesA little examination will however prove . what is needed ; which is , a greater proportion of ihe mineral p . ompouents of soil . These in most pases will be found farther down and it is only necessary to bring them to the surface to secure tlje desjred , jesult . No fear need be entertained here of an evil whiph would invariably attend tp , p deep a p lowing at once pf grounds at the East ; viz , the bri...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
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RABBITS . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 October 1845

RABBITS . \ For the Prairie Farmer . BY WIH . liM Ul . ACK . MESSRS . EDITORS : Having noticed several plans set forth in your paper by different author s for preserving fruit . trees from injury by rabbits , and ; not being entirely satisfied with any of them I will give you my p lan ; which is this ; when the fall season is so far . advanced that an attack by those animals may be expected shortly—go lo the cornfield anil select large strait cornstalks imd cut off about two-feet pf the butt end a sufficient number for the trees to be secured , carry them to the orchard : any chunk of a boy can split them open and take out the pith while a careful hand will place each , pair of halves around the body of a Iree and tic two strings round , one near each end . Select the largest for thelargest trees and if two halves are not sufficient add orio of two . more-, go on and do up all your small trees in this way and let IIK .-UI r -i ; - . in ii !; [ - ¦>* . till grass and olli ...

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QUESTIO N S . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 October 1845

QUESTIO N S . f Fur H IP . I rairic . Farmer . BV S . B . CARATIIURa . MESSRS . EDITORS : Fearing that 1 cannot send you practical matter I will not , at present attempt it , but , will merely propound a question or two to you and your correspondents . I have somewhere read that the best way to obtain information is to ask questions and receive answers ; in fact , I consider it to bo the best method ; inasmuch as the person who answers , can direct his remarks immediately lo the subject matter . 1 . What is the best lo prevent the ravages of wevil in graiu ? . . 2 . What is the best plan to exterminate sassafras in our old fields ? a . What is the best , method of fattening hog ? for pork ? 4 . Would not young gentlemen . in every village and neighborhood , bo greatly improved by forming debuting societies and pankipaiing in the same ? -I-know that ihe last query will be answered in the affirmative ; but , my object , is to get some one lo discuss ihe importance of polemic societies...

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VETERINARY DEPARTMENT [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 October 1845

VETERINARY DEPARTMENT [ From the Green Bay llepublkun . POLL E V 1 L . « V C . JtAttStt . Try the experiment ,- perhaps it will save ycu $ 5 , and your Horse . The following is made public for the purpose of inviting the attention of such its may be concerned , to what appears to me will prove a safe and sure remedy for ihe POLL KVIL . My horse is now 15 or 16 years old , and when I first got bitivlie had a bunch on his head which might betaken for ci POLL KVIL , but I was credibly informed iiiat it had never troubled hiiri . I have owned him now some six or seven years , and ithever appeared at all sore until quite early last spring , when it became inflamed and I knew not the cause , and it was with difficulty that he could get his head down to dtirik . A gentleman ! professing to be acquainted with the disease , examined it and pronounced it to be a real poll evil . I tried powerful remedies , but could make no permanent impression . The whole of the back part of the head had bec...

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SHKEP—KOT IN TUB FOOT . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 October 1845

SHKEP—KOT IN TUB FOOT . We find the following in the McLean Register . Can tiny of our readers tell us any thing about it . We have been favored with ( because of a disease in sheep , which , is to us quite new , and as singular , as new * and \ vc doubt whether pno farmer in a hundred has ever heard of it , or at least ever seen it , although itis very common , to every flock of sheep , and many die of it every year , ft is nothing more nor less than a worm in the foot of the sheep . We know iiiat it is a . common , idea among farmers , that the holes in the feet should be kept clear , so that the juices of the leg may exude , which is absolutely necessary for the health of the sheep , and we have heard coarse » rass pastures recommended as having a great tendency to accomplish this end ; bul still after all wc see many , sheep ailing and dying with diseases , for which , apparently , there is uifremcdy ; indeed , one old . farmer lold us , who has a a flock of about a hundred shee...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
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ON STEALlKG FRUIT . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 October 1845

ON STEALlKG FRUIT . ,. I For the Prairie Farmer . - MESSRS ; LniTon . s : Of the various productions of the farm and garden , none are more valuable or more conducive to hea . Ith than fruit . Whoever , then introduces any new and superior sort , or improves those already possessed , or discovers a , remedy foi any of the diseases lo which fruitbearing trees and plants are liable , or an antidote against any of the numerous enemies ( hat assail them , becomes a public benefactor . Such are many of your correspondents , who have described most of the enemies with which the • fruit-grower , at the West has to contend , and pointed out the means of staying the ravages of some of them . But I have beenjStiipnsed that the principal enemy of the cultivator of . fruit , whose depredations are more extensive than those ^ of pll the rest combined , is seldom or never mentioned . -That enemy is neither an insect nor a quadruped , but a biped , called man . Yes ! against every effort to introd...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
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SUNDRIES ABOUT CHESS . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 October 1845

SUNDRIES ABOUT CHESS . [ For the Prairie Farmti IIY D . NEWSOM . MKSSRS . EDITORS : As ihe subject of chess in wheat , and chess from wheat , is considerably discussed in the agricultural papers in the United States , I would say a word also on the subject . I have closely observed ibis most singular production for more than twenty-five years past , and I have conversed with many eminent farmers as to their experience in the case ; and I must declare that I remain very much in doubt about the matter . I was once on a jury in Springfield Illinois , and as there was at the lavern a considerable number of wealthy farmers together , I thought ( here was a good opportunity to hear the chess sobject discussed . Some asserted that wheat , under different circumstances , would turn to chess alias cheat , and cited facts to prove it . Others with equal candor affirmed to the contrary , awl cited facts to prove their position . The arguments and facts addnced were about equal on both sides ; ...

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FILTERING CISTERNS . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 October 1845

FILTERING CISTERNS . \ For the Prairie Farmer . Br D . IIATHHOP . I have recently built a filtering cistern for my own use , a description of which I send , you for publication , if you think it of sufficient importance . The form is square , the size is 5 by 8 feet , and 8 feet deep in clear . It is covered with flag stones and earth to the depth of 2 feet . The outer wjills are of stone , 16 inches thick , laid in lime mortar ; a center wall of stone , one foot thick , laid in lime : mortar , divides the cistern into two equal apartments , of 3 i by 5 feet each , upon which the flag stones rest , and through Which , at the bottom , are scupper holes of every alternate 4 inches to admit the water to pass frorh one apartment to the other . A , scuttle of two feet square is left through the flag stone and earth covering of each apartment , and walled up to fbe . surface , and . closed by doors of wood . Parallel to , and one foot from , each side of the center , wall , is a wall of b...

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ELLSWORTH'S--REPOR'J [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 October 1845

ELLSWORTHS--REPORJ Com for Fodder . There is no doubt of the economy of sowing corn for fall feed when the grass becomes short , where dairies are kept ; and there would be none of growing it for winter feed if there were any feasible way of curing it . From five to ten tons of it can be grown on an acre easily enough—it can be sown at anytime to bring the cutting of it within the convenience of the farmer—and the fodder is of the most nutritious and . agreeable kind ; but such is the difficulty of expelling ihe moisture from the j stalks so that they will keep well where largo quaniities ! are disposed of , that tho growing of it has not come very generally into use . The Potato Rot . It would be highly amusing , were tlKrc riot so much at slake , to look at the potato philosophers and hear tlieir remarks , while trying lo peer into this millstone ; Each one thinks ho can see in a little ways ; but the sig hts they sec are so different from each other , that it is probable that wha...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
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MR . OWINGS , TOM JONES , AND THEIR FRENCH THORN . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 October 1845

MR . OWINGS , TOM JONES , AND THEIR FRENCH THORN . nr GI : O . ciiuRciiii . n , [ See Prairie Farmer for 1844 , pages 108 , 187 , and 2 G 6 . ] MESSRS . EDITORS : The facts staled by Mr . Owings io prove that the liist fences used by the French settlers of the West were made by hedges , appear to me to constitute the very weakest kind of circumstantial evidence . If such had boon the case , would not tradition have disclosed the fact ? Would there not be some other remains of the hedges , than some irregular groves or clumps of those bushes , or here and there a spreading honey locust ? Tom Jones is doubtless ri ght in rejecting tho hypothesis . But even if the French settlers did not make hedge fences , this does not prove that it cannot be done . Caleb Kirk and others in the Middle and Eastern States , have been successful in cultivating hedges ; and I know no reason why similar means will not produce similar results in Illinois . In relation lo my little attempt at hedging , whic...

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UNKNOWN [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 October 1845

EDUCATIONAL DEPARTMENT . NOTICE . A convenlion of teachers arid friends of education will be held at Belvidere , Boone co . on Thursday the 16 th of October at 9 A . M ., to consider the interests of education , and the adoption of plans for extending its benefits and elevating its standard in this portion of the West . Teachers especially , and all persons interested in this great object arc earnestly invited to be present and take part in our deliberations . : The best plans for constructing academics and school houses arc requested . Interesting addresses may be expected , and ample accommodations will be provided . MAN ? TEACIIKRS .

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WESTERN EDUCATION , NO . I . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 October 1845

WESTERN EDUCATION , NO . I . [ For the Prairie Farmer . Great Practical Difficulties t to be Obviated . or a . F . MAGOUN , MESSRS . EDITORS : Ipropose to discuss in two or three papers , a few great practical difficulties in the way of education aniong us . Being engaged in the actual business of education , I am not going to theorize , but urge a few important things in a plain practical way upon the notice of plain practical people . What I have to say wiUhave referencenot only to common schools , but also to private schools , academies , & c . 1 . Want of good find suitable Books . It would take a long time to state all the imperfections of the school books in use : Their name is legion . Some are imperfect in some respects from the very nature of the topics of which they treat , as for example , grammars and geographies . Our language being a living , changing tongue , made up originally from many sources , arid constantly receiving additions and modifications—books...

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EXAMINATION OF TEACHERS . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 October 1845

EXAMINATION OF TEACHERS . Without good teaching , it is of course impossible to have good schools . And when we speak of a good teacher , something else is implied besides merely the fact that he is well educated . A man may possess the mind of a Newton , and be utterly unfit to instruct children . Besides possessing knowledge , he must have ( he ability to impart it . Of what possible benefit can it be to a school to have a thoroughly educated teacher , if he have not the faculty of imparting of his treasures to hispupils , and of interesting them in the prosecution of their studies ? . We , shall not be accused of undervaluing well-educated teachers—we do not believeone in ten throughout the West has been educated to anything like the extent he should be to > e qualified for his profession ; and yet there is many a teacber who has not had half the mental discipline , and has-not made half the attainments in science , of another , arid notwithstanding is altogether super...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
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—» - ^ T . RELIGION AND EDUCATION . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 October 1845

—» - ^ T . RELIGION AND EDUCATION . Ministers should promote Common Schools . In a late number of the Home Missionary we find a letter from Rev . Calvin Waterbury , of Freeport , Stephenson co ., 111 ., from which we make extracts . Any one having the least acquaintance with the man , would expect of him such practical views and actions . We trust other ministers of all denominations may profit by his suggestions . Every clergyman will accord in sentiment with another writer in this periodical , who says— When we look to ultimate and far-reaching results , the great desideratum towards which we should bend our utmost efforts , is to establish and sustain a system of thorough christian education , and render it accessible to all . We know a great many of this profession , and probably a greater proporiion than of any other profession , realize the force of this sentiment , and in some degree act accordingly ; but yet few of them do half what they should , and the greater part give th...

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SCHOOL CONVENTION IN WISCONSIN . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 October 1845

SCHOOL CONVENTION IN WISCONSIN . Good ! Good !! We find in Wisconsin papers the following notice , and we hope every reader of the Prairie Farmer will attend if possible , or sec that at least one delegate is sent from his neighborhood . To the friends of Common Schools in Wisconsin . It is well known to every one conversant with the subject that the educational system of this Territory is deplorably deficient and totally inadequate to the end for which it was designed . It is also well known that true virtue cannot exist where ignorance is fostered by a bad system of education , or by a want of energy or interest among the people in sustaining and cherishing good and healthy Common Schools , by which the young minds of the nation are fashioned and stamped . All that is great and good in man—all that is high and noble in nations—all that is holy , virtuous , and elevating to the mind in a land of liberty , depends upon a wise and salutary educational system which guards and protects...

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COMMENTS ON AN ARTICLE IN OUR LAST . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 October 1845

COMMENTS ON AN ARTICLE IN OUR LAST . [ For lite Prairie Farmer . BI I . . KIMBALt . MKSSRS . EDITORS : I take with all submission the raps over the shins arid kUckles you gave me on the subject of my last communication ; and now , after the , drubbing , allow me to say to you , I sorter think you Wept off half bent , after reading over what I said , without rightly Understanding inc . T | io polish and varnish Was all left off of mo , and the little education I got did not go so far as to learn mo the art of writing or talking one thing and meaning another . When I write or talk , I say what I mean , and mean precisely what I say—nothing more nor less ; Now , my dear sir , I said in that communication distinctly that I did not wish to be understood as complaining of you ; and unless something is taken for granted that , is not said ,- no such allusion could be drawn—neither do I cast any allusion to your paper that is not thrown upon others . I say , whilst reading yours and other p...

Publication Title: Prairie Farmer
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RABBITS AMONG TREES-GREASE . [Newspaper Article] — Prairie Farmer — 1 October 1845

RABBITS AMONG TREES-GREASE . \ For Ihe Prairie Farmer . nv w . A . o . itussKi . r ,. MKSSHS . EDITORS : Last week I received a number of your paper and am much pleased with it indeed , and have given all of the articles a careful perusal . Your article on fulso recipes —it is too often the case that recipes are given lor the purpose of having the experiments tried upon other peoples slock , crops , or orchards . In the same paper I see you give a recipe for keeping rabbits from injuring orchards ; rubbing on grease and brimstone . As I am a practical farmer and have raised , or helped raise a large orchard—have tried all the experiments I could imagine to keep out the rabbits , and in 1837 , afier 1 had twisted hay and wound up all of the trees but about fifty , I heard that your recipe ( above ) would effectually keep them out , so tried it . —it did keep them out that winter ; but one oi two trees were touched , and I recommended it to all of my friends . But in the July followin...

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