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Letter from the South. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 15 February 1855
Letter from the South. San Luis Obispo, Cat, Jan. 13,1854. Col. "Warren : By request of one of your subscribers I write to request you to send him Nos. 7 and 19 of the Farmer, being all the numbers he is lacking up to date. Considering our imperfect mail facilities, I must say your paper has come remarkably regular, more so than any other paper that comes. This friend is one of those singularly punctual men, and requires me to furnish him with every number of your paper; but he is equally as punctual in paying up. Some papers come so irregularly that I had to compromise with the subscribers and take half price, in consequence of the lame mail arrangement peculiar to our case. Now, if justice was done, Uncle Sam should pay the editor the minus half, and deduct the amount from the salary of the Postmaster General, for making an " if practicable " contract with the Pacific Mail Company, in regard to San Luis, While they are bound unreservedly to servo Santa Barbara, San Pedro, &...
Page 50 Advertisements Column 1 [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 15 February 1855
SPECIAL NOTICE. REDUCTION OF PRTCE. The heavy losses upon the Farming interests of the State the past year, the general depression ol that interest, and the discouragements resulting to all, we know have prevented many who are engaged in Agriculture from subscribing to ou: journal the past year. Feeling desirous to meet their wants as far as is in our power, wo now offer the CALIFORNIA FARMER at SIX DOLLARS PER YEAR, PAYABLE ALWAYS IS ADVANCE, We trust this effort on our part to meet such circumstances will be met on tho part of those engaged in the cultivation of the soil with a corresponding feeling, and that all will do us service by sending in a goodly list of subscribers and the amount for the same. We have made the price thus low, that our subscribers and friends may at once send us the proof of their good will. Inducements for the formation of clubs will be found under another head. Clubs Formed —Premiums to Subscribers. With the third volume, with the opening year, we would ...
Enactments relating to Fences. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 15 February 1855
Enactments relating to Fences. Alhambka Valley, Martinez, Feb. 12, 1855. Messrs. Editors : Whereas there have appeared in the Farmer several communications crying for protection of the agricultural interest from the stock grower, with the avowed intention of preventing lawful enactions concerning fences, I submit the following propositions to be ruminated over for the elucidation of the subject. That the division of the State into agricultural and stock growing regions is utterly inadmissable. as the whole of it is beautifully diversified into lands fit only for pasturage, adjoining comparatively small patches or valleys of farming land. That an Anglo Saxon stock grower, (not a stock drover) is not of a nomadic disposition, and even a Greaser likes and cultivates his patch of corn and melons. That farming, combined with stock raising, is generally practiced by the American farmer, and both occupations combined arc only profitable to the cultivator and to the country, as tending to d...
To the Readers of the California Farmer. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 15 February 1855
To the Readers of the California Farmer. The annexed communication, with the names attached, hits been kindiy tendered to us. We would only ask of our friends to read and judge for themselves, as to the importance of the subject named therein. We arc deeply grateful for every testimonial of favor and encouragement in our labors, and for every approving word and token from every source. — TO THE PTOESTDS OP Agriculture, Horticulture, and Floriculture. v Knowledge is power," is a truth nowhere more fully illustrated than in the field of your enterprise ; and on no part of that field more important than in our State. In other States and different climates, the experience of ages is condensed into books; and the son inherits the practical knowledge of his father. Their books are their general guide, and their periodicals contain the result of their continued improvements. But with us the case is different. Here we have a climate to which the instructions of no book are adapted, a soil p...
Seedling Fruit Trees. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 15 February 1855
Seedling Fruit Trees. Now the question is, what are those "peculiar circumstances" under which seedlings may be relied on for unformity. and for being the same as the parent stock ? I answer that to reproduce without mixture or combination of different species or varieties, nature works by the same rule throughout the entire vegetable kingdom, that she docs in the animal kingdom. No man would procure twenty different kinds of fowls, turn them promiscuously together, and then expect to breed distinct varieties; neither by purchasing all the different breeds of sheep in the country and keeping them in the same flock, could he expect the offsprings to be the pure Spanish, French, Saxon or Southdowns; and yet this would be as rational as is the common mode of testing seedling fruits. Every gardener who has even a general scientific knowledge of his business, knows that different varieties of melons planted together are unfitted for seed in consequence of their becoming mixed. Those who ...
Making Hot-Beds. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 15 February 1855
Making Hot-Beds. Holmes' Southern Farmer gives the following directions for forming a hot-bed. After describing a frame for market gardeners, he proceeds: But should you wish a smaller frame, a good strong box of the size required, having the top and bottom knocked out, and the sides made sloping to the front, which should be cut down to half the height of the back, so as to allow the rains to run off easily from the sash; which may be a common window sash that will exactly fit tlje top of the box, and that is well puttied and can keep out the rain. How to make a Hot-bed. —Having placed your frame where the bed is to stand, fronting it to the south or south-west, take a pointed stick and mark the ground all round the inside of the frame; then remove the frame and dig out this space about eighteen inches deep; this done, replace the frame, which will rest immediately on the edge of the pit. Then procure some stable manure, which ought to be fresh from the stable, and place it near (i...
Hyacinth Culture. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 15 February 1855
Hyacinth Culture. Nothing more highly recommends itself for culture to those who delight in the bloom and fragrance of winter flowers, than the hyacinth. Its flowers are so easily produced, and are so exquisitely beautiful, it fails not to delight the eye, while its pleasant odor diffuses an agreeable perfume in the apartment where it is kept. But its chief recommendation is, that it asks but little attention, requires but little room, and will grow in most any place where the human family can live. Although it thrives better for careful culture, yet few plants will endure more real neglect or abuse. Liable to few diseases, infested by no insects, all it asks of you is a glass of fresh water weekly renewed, and a little spot to stand upon, near the light and air of your setting-room window —I am speaking of the culture of the hyacinth in bulb glasses only, for this I esteem the more desirable method of producing their blossoms in the winter, as well for convenience and cleanliness, ...
I'M ALONE. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 15 February 1855
I'M ALONE. I look around and feel the awe, Of one who walks alone, Amid the wrecks of former days, In mournful ruin strown. I start to hear the stirring sounds, Among the distant trees; The voice of the departed Is borne upon the breeze. The melody of early spring, The trembling notes of birds, Can never be so dear to me As her remembered words. I sometimes dream her pleasant smiles Still on me sweetly fall; Her tones of lore, I fondly hear, My name in sadness call. I know t hat she is happy, With angels' garments on ; But my heart is sad and desolate, To think / am alone. Boston, January 1, 1855. /. &lt;j A . w .
STUART HOLLAND. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 15 February 1855
STUART HOLLAND. [Amidst all the terrible incidents attendant upon the destruction ol the Arctic, there is one that impresses us with a feeling of awe and admiration, and shows to all the world that the age of heroes is not yet altogether gone by. Stuart Holland could not be induced to leave the ship; his post was at the gun lrora first to last, firing signals. He kept firing that gun at interval* till the ship went down. We saw him in the very act of firing ns tho vessel disappeared below the waters.— lf. Y. Exprem] Fling out, fling out the stars and stripes, A banner for the brave— The youth who with the Arctic sunk, Yet found a hero's grave!— For the stalwart arm and the gallant heart That such high triumph won, That, when the stoutest hearts had quailed. Still fired the signal gun. For him who still undaunted stood. Unaided and alone, While on the black and hungry waves The dead like leaves were strewn. A darkening, leaden sky above, A yawning gulf beneath, Yet stood he bravely b...
CALIFORNIA. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 15 February 1855
CALIFORNIA. MRS. L. H. SIGOURNEY. Land of Gold ! New England greets thee, O'er the mountain and the main; With a sister's smile she meets thee, Youngest of our household train. Many a form her bosom cherish'd Dwells beneath thy sunny sky— And their fond memorials brighten Every link of smypnthy. She, mid rocks and storms was cradled. Mid the threat of angry fees, Then, in sudden, dreamlike splendor, Pallas-born, to vigor rose. Children of one common country, Firm in Union let us stand— With combined endeavor, earning Glory for our Native Laud. Climes of gold, and climes of iron, Climes that reap the bearded wheat, Climes that rear the snowy cotton Pour their treasures at her feet; While with tender exultation, She who marks their filial part, Like the mother ot the Gracchi, Hoards her jewels in her heart.
Being Somebody. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 15 February 1855
Being Somebody. A SKETCH FOR YOUNG MEN AND BOYS. "Come, William, you will go with us this afternoon," said James Grey to his cousin. " No, James, I have already given you my reasons for refusing," was the reply. " A fig for such reasons! You can't afford the time! Why, man —or boy, rather, for you will never ne a man—what is one afternoon, that you are so afraid of spending it!" "Much, very much, James. I have a difficult plan almost completed, and wish to finish it while the idea is fresh in my mind." "That everlasting plea again. Some old machinery, enough to puzzle the brain of Archimedes himself. Are you going to invent a perpetual motion ? Ido declare you arc enough to provoke the patience of a saint. Forever moping over plans and diagrams, and models, and heatbenish machinery, that would make one think your room a Pagan temple. I expect you will apply for a patent for an improvement in the car of Juggernaut. But it is no use to talk to you, for you are joined to your idols." "...
A Word to the Sorrowful. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 15 February 1855
A Word to the Sorrowful. "It is good lor me that I have heeu afflicted." Why am I thus tried ? Tlie question is constantly being asked by one and another. Affliction, in the present tense, is scarcely ever recognized as a good. As in the wrench of an operation, the nerves of a patient are distracted and the whole of the vital force is used up in mere endurance, so in affliction. Often tlie soul revolts and rebels under it; its immediate effect seems to be to increase our spiritual maladies. Persons often say under severe trials, —I used to think I had some self-con-trol, some patience, some good temper. I thought I had, to some degree, overcome selfishness and pride, but these harrassmcnts and trials seem to upset all. And accordingly a person, when passing through periods of severe trial, often seems to be growing worse, to be becoming hard and irritable and unlove!}'. A writer has said, it is not while the storm is driving the ship on the beach, that we go out to look for treasure...
Success in Life. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 15 February 1855
Success in Life. The moral of the following may be just as good as though the anecdote was not taken from the lives of kings and queens, —whose rank has no intrinsic value and is rather like a bank note, only current in a particular spot and time, than a coin of good gold, available every where, and for all time. And hence we do not like to instance a a chance elevation thereto, as any reason for hope with those whose circumstances in this country, however lowly now. yet hold up within their reach so bright a future; nor yet as a reason for regard with the rich, for poor relatives or poor neighbors; for if there are not other reasons strong enough to open their hearts and purses, in religion and in charity, benevolence for this cause will not be very praiseworthy. But we trust our readers will discriminate as to this point for themselves and the effect of the following cannot be evil. We find it uncredited. in an exchange: There is a tale in the history of the House of Brunswick, th...
Domestic Economy. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 15 February 1855
Domestic Economy. Indian Bread.— *' Prompter," in his " JonnyCake Philosophy," in a late number of the Rural, attributes the falling off of Indian meal, as a food, to the housewife, saying "it requires more care and forethought, and, perhaps, more labor, to get up its preparations than wheaten flour, as a large batch of bread from that material can be made at one time, and last for several days without any further care; while the other requires labor at every meal." I am "very happy" to tell him that he is a little mistaken, if not more. Indian bread can be made quicker than wheat bread, which will neither " require labor at every meal, (any further than the labor of eating it,) nor for several days ; and it is far more healthy, especially for farmers. How it would affect the stomachs of "sweet cake humanity," I don't pretend to say ; (sad experience would tell.) but a farmer's stomach would laugh at the idea of having it to work upon. Here is the recipe : Take two quarts of good bu...