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The Dark Side of the Picture. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 19 April 1855
The Dark Side of the Picture. Amid all the changes that are daily taking place around us, there will be found circumstances pleasant and agreeable, as well as those that are adverse and painful. These are the " lights and shadows" of California life; they are the necesary consequences of progress in human affairs. The steamers weekly bear away near and dear friends, and these events cast a shade over the household and social circles of many ; but there is a light breaks through the cloud that darkens that sky, in the hope that ere long they will return to gladden and make happy those who are beloved by them. But there is at this present time a cloud of deeper shade and darker omen than that which has usually spanned the sky of California history. The departure of so many wives, mothers and daughters, so many families, many of them to come back no more, is a " sign of the times," that casts a shade so sombre as to hide the light beyond, the prospective, is so dark, the human eye cann...
The Convention. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 19 April 1855
The Convention. Before another issue of our paper, the Convention which has been called will have assembled. And what shall be the results? Will Santa Clara and Santa Cruz, San Jose, Alameda, Sonoma, Napa, and the many other agricultural counties be represented ? Will the Stock Raisers, Rancheros, Farmers, Grain Growers, Millers, Manufacturers—will all these—be present ? All are interested; they should be acquainted with each other, and no better place and time than at such a Convention. Favors —From Wells, Fargo &amp; Co. and the Pacific Express, the usual favors; from the clerks of the Southern and Oregon steamers, full files of papers; from Assembly and Senate, many valuable reports, which we cannot notice till next week. The report on internal improvements is a valuable document.
State Convention, [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 19 April 1855
State Convention, The Convention of the Farmers of the State will meet at Sacramento city on the 25th of this month, as will be seen by the call of the State Society. It is not only desired, but anticipated, that every section of the State will be represented fully. Matters of great interest will come before the Convention: the plans of the Slate Fair the coming autumn, with the Stock Show, the Exhibition of Manufactures and the Mechanic Arts, will all be subject matter of discussion. All who are engaged in the Home Industry of California should become interested, and should enlist those in their neighborhoods to join them, and make delegations from every section of the State. If those who are engaged in Agriculture. Manufactures, Mechanics, the Arts and Sciences, will not meet and consult for the advancement of their own interests, it cannot be expected others will do it for them. All professions have their 'organizations, and they watch with a jealous eye everything that endangers...
Sonoma County. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 19 April 1855
Sonoma County. We are glad to notice the action of the Farmers of Sonoma county. They are beginning to realise the importance of action in order to save and protect their own interests. There are many considerations which should arouse every county in the State, and every Farmer in every section of the State to immediate attention to their own profession and to all connected with it. The Agriculture of California is assuming an importance and having an influence upon the markets of many other sections of country, and if the Farmers of the State would but regard their interests in a true light, every county would immediately organize its association and co-operate with the State Agricultural Society for the advancement, of the general good. In Sonoma county a laudable interest is evinced, and they call upon their frioads to meet them at Santa Rosa in May next. We trust a large attendance will prove there is an abiding interest. Ofcher counties should send delegates, so there might be...
The Mails. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 19 April 1855
The Mails. We received a communication purporting to come from citizens of San Louis Obispo, relative to the mails due there, stating that no mails had been received for three months. Some of the names attached to the document we recognized as our subscribers, and their complaints were loud and bitter, and so well stated that we were on the point of sending it to press, when the former Post Master, just from that place, called on us and handed us the following communication. Wish- ing to do all in .our power to extend information, we publish the annexed, explanatory for not publishing the first, San Francisco, April 16. Editors Farmer : We of San Louis Obispo county have just cause of complaint we think, that we cannot be accommodated with mail facilities, but I have made myself acquainted with the ' facts in the case, and have asked for a remedy without effect; however the department at Washington authorised me to contract for a land ser vice, but did not offer enough to secure the...
United States Agricultural Society. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 19 April 1855
United States Agricultural Society. We think we cannot subserve the cause or Agriculture in California better than by publishing the full doings of the United States Agricultural Society, recently held at Washington, D. C. The various and important themes acted on will be matters of interest to this State, and should lead to thought and to action ameng all. Most especially do we commend to the careful perusal of every reader the preamble and resolutions which were passed touching the importance of AGRICULTURAL LEGISLATION AND PROTEC TION : The third annual session of this society commenced February 21, 1855, in the v East Room " of the Smithsonian Institution. Twenty-six States were represented by credited delegates from State and county societies, and there was also a large number of individual members of the society. The Hon. M. P. Wilder, of Mass., President of the society, on taking the chair, delivered a pertinent address, in which he recapitulated the operations of trie societ...
New Orange Water Melon. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 19 April 1855
New Orange Water Melon. The editor of the " Soil of the South," and distinguished horticulturist of Columbus, Ga., Chas. A. Peabody, Esq., thus speaks of this interesting novelty: " Considerable curiosity having been aroused throughout the horticultural world, in relation to this beautiful melon, we were determined to test its qualities. We last year planted a few seeds, some few entirely beyond the influence of any of the melon tribes, some among other melons, some near other melons. Those planted entirely secluded, have remained pure, whilst both of the other plantings are ringed, streaked, and speckled. The pure orange melon is, without exception, the most beautiful of desert fruits, that can grace the table. To cut it, make an incision around the stem, until you reach the flesh ; take out the circular piece ; now draw the knife lengthwise of the melon, just through the rind, and so continue until the whole melon is sliced through the rind. Now take out the pieces of rind ; if th...
FROM EUROPE. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 19 April 1855
FROM EUROPE. The Palmerston ministry, within ten days from its formation, had fallen to pieces—the Chancellor of the Exchequer, the Home Secretary, and the Chief Lord of the admiralty having resigned. The ostensible cause of their resignation was the success of Mr. Roebuck's motion for a committee to inquire into the mismanagement of the war, Mr. Roebuck and his supporters have secured their committee, and rumor says that they will not re.«t satisfied without the impeachment of certain parties " —meaning Lord Raglan and one or more of the cx-Ministers. At Sebastopol the weather was moderating, and the condition of the troops improving. It waa believed that the assault would soon be made. The news from the Crimea is embraced in the accounts of two night sorties by the Russians. They occurred on the 13th and 14th of February, and resulted on the part of the Allies in the death of forty Frenchmen. On the 17th, the town of Eupatoria was attacked on the Eastern side, by eight pieces of a...
Practical Gardening, and Rural Æsthetics. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 19 April 1855
Practical Gardening, and Rural Æsthetics. AUGUSTUS HEPP , I.AIf DSCATK CARDKMII. Show a man the pleasures of a home, and he is sure to appreciate them ; give him the opportunity, and lie is almost as certain to enjoy them. Let his domestic circle be tilled from the circum ferencc to the centre with endearing associations and he ceases to be a wanderer from his own firc.-ide ;he will refrain from the fiery yispiratious of strong drink, shun the di hiking-saloon, and avoid its inebriate attendants. The flimsy, superficial and transitory pleasures of fashionable society become only a secondary consideration to him, for home in,his first purpose, and home is where the heart is," viz., his own " lot n and family. Be his circumstances never so different, here is a solace to his mind. The venturesome broker, while distracted upon the agitated ocean of speculation ; the cautious merchant, who calculates his risks and profits; the pent-up clerk, who from morn till night drives the pen; the h...
The Gardens of the South. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 19 April 1855
The Gardens of the South. ANDREW GRAY SAVANNAH OA. In my last communication I gave you some account of the grounds and lawn at this place, briefly describing the ornamental trees : two or three, however, I omitted to mention, which f shall here notice, ere proceeding with another section of our place, The spruce and balsam firs, both natives of the mountain ranges, have stood here for some twelve or fifteen years, but have made very slow grow th, as neither of them now exceeds nine feet in height, which the Cedrus Deodara has grown six feet during the last three years; but Cedrus Libani. instead of being that gigantic object I have seen it in the grounds of Hopeton House, Scotland, would middy pass for Juniperus prostrata. It probably has not advanced in height over eighteen inches during ten yetn. Araucaria imbricata and braziliensis both stand out in the South ; the former 1 think will make a very handsome tree, but the latter grows too straggling. Our deciduous trees, of any impo...
Mrs. E. Oakes Smith. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 19 April 1855
Mrs. E. Oakes Smith. The editor of the New York Mirror having inadvertantly published a note from this gifted woman, in which she piivately acknowledged the authorship of the Newsboy, one of the most popular and touching stories of the day, she takes the delinquent editor gracefully to task, in a letter of characteristic power and beauty. The following extract embodies the heroic spirit and the tine philosophy that pervade every production of her pen: " 1 do not consider the public at large has anything to do with my private experience. The man or the woman who is not equal to the many contingencies of life, is too weak and cowardly to deserve comment. The man or the woman who whines over misfortunes is maudlin with poverty, which is as bad as any other kind of drunkenness. The man or the woman who is afraid to utter the truth revealed to the soul, because of institutions or professions, is a recreant to God and man. The man or the woman who makes no advance upon the age, is a drone...
THE WORLD WOULD BE THE BETTER FOR IT. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 19 April 1855
THE WORLD WOULD BE THE BETTER FOR IT. lr men cared less for wealth and fame, And less for battle-fields and glory; ICwrit in rniman hearts, a name Seemed letter than in song and story, If men, instesd of imrsing pride, Would learn to hate it and abhor it— If more relied On Love to guide, The world would be the better for it If men dealt less in stocks and lands, And more in bonds and deeds fraternal c It Love's work had more willing hands To link this world to the supernal; If men stored up Love's oil and wine, And on bruised human hearts would pour it; If " yours" ad" mine" Would once ombine, The world would be tl c better for it If more would art the play of Life), And fewer spoil it in rehearsal; If Bigotry would sheathe its knife 'Till Good become more universal; If Custom, gray with ages grown, Had fewer blind en to adore it— If talent sh on e In Truth alone, The world would be the better for it If men were wise in little things— Affecting less in all their dealings: If hearts ...
THE SILENT LAND. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 19 April 1855
THE SILENT LAND. Into the Silent Land I Ah I who *hall lead us thithert Clouds in the evening sky more darkly gather, And chattered wrecks lie thicker on the strand I Who lead.- us with a gentle hand, Wiiither, O whither, Into the Silent Land I O Land 1 O Land I For all the broken-hearted, The mildest herald by our fate allotted, Beckons, and with inverted torch doth stand, To lend us with a gentle hand Into the land of the great departed, Into the Silent Land I — Yon Salis, (traiixinttd by Longfellow)
The Crime of Delay. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 19 April 1855
The Crime of Delay. You ask. dear Jim, why. I took so much interest in that boy ? I will tell you, but mark me, you must never allude to the subject again. 1 had thought, that for my own credit, no one should ever know the reason of my solitude concerning him. or why his death has affected me so deeply. But he is dead now. and lest you should misconstrue my interest in him to my prejudice, I will tell y on frankly all that I know of him, so far as it affects myself. I was not always, you are aware,dear Jim, the man you have recently known me. I once had position and influence, and when you first knew me, had never done any act to bring a blush of shame.lo the cheek of friend or relative. But of this, enough. It is sufßcent, that one year ago, or thereabouts, as 1 went to my office on a beautiful morning in March, I noticed a boy walking down the street, just ahead of me, looking pale, emac ated and yet beautiful. There was a peculiar—an exceedingly anxious look, that 1 had never see...
How to Get a Coat Mended. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 19 April 1855
How to Get a Coat Mended. KATE BRADFORD " Pshaw ! a woman keep a secret! Who ever knew one to keep anything twenty-four hours ?" "That's a libel upon the sex, Mr. Hill —invented. I'll be bound, by some, thrice-rejected bachelor, who could think of no other mode of revenge. Let anybody put a secret in my possession, and if 1 cannot keep it till the day of judgement, then 1 was not christened Laura, that's all." '•Guess I will try you, sometime;" and Mr. Hill applied a match to hiscigar, and walked out. Proceeding to a confectioner's, he purchased a mammoth sugar heart and two smaller ones. These he took to his shop, and cut a piece of shingle the exact size of the large heart, and placed the wooden counterfeit in the paper with the small ones, that the packages might iook as nearly alike as possible. Nearly tea-time, Mr. HMI entered the sittingroom where Laura and her friend Mary were busy plying their needles. Seating himself near by, he drew two small bundles from his coat pocket, ...
THE DYING MOTHER. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 19 April 1855
THE DYING MOTHER. Wk were weeping round her pillow, For we knew that she mrist die; It was Light within our bosomsIt was night within the sky. Oh I be kind to one another, was my mother's pleading prayer, As her hand lay like a snow-flake On the baby's golden hair. Tiien a glory bound her forehead, Like the glory of a crown, A i ! in the f ilent sea of death The etar of life went down. Her latest breath was borne away Upon that loving prayer, And the hand grew heavier, paler In the baby's golden hair.
FRIENDSHIP. [Newspaper Article] — California Farmer and Journal of Useful Sciences — 19 April 1855
FRIENDSHIP. Fob. if there ia an earthly doom That naught can e'er atone, It U to feel in wo and gloom Forgotten and alone. Place me on come lone, barren isle, Encircled by the wave, Wl ere nature never weara a smile, And tempests wildly raveBear me where mortal ne'er hath been, Beyond the icy zone, Far from the busy haunts of men, But leave me not alone. Give me one friend to share my lot, One heart that clings to mine, Come weal or wo, it matters not, All others I'd resign. m