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LBTTBHS , INQUIRIES , ANSWERS , Etc . [Newspaper Article] — Western Rural — 23 May 1868
LBTTBHS , INQUIRIES , ANSWERS , Etc . Plaster . —Taking one season with another , which is tbe most profitable early or late sown plaster ? In 18601 sowed plaster on a field of clover , seven acres of it was sown In March , about the 15 th , and the remainder about the middle of April , excepting one and a half acres on one end which I did not plaster . This one and a half acres and one and a half more of th e former I planted to corn . The unplastercd ground yielded 33 bushels to the acre , while tbe plastered yielded about 90 bushels to tho acre . The clover ( or hay ) on the former was one hundred per cent , better than on the latter . I mention this season because I sever have sown so late in the season since . Now , I -would like to hear what is the experience of my -brother farmers on this subject . —J . S , W ., Tompkins , Mich , Bark Iilee . —I send specimens of an insect , or rather its eggs that find on my apple trees , and ask to be Informed what they are and how shall I ...
UNKNOWN [Newspaper Article] — Western Rural — 23 May 1868
To Subscribers and Reader ! . —THI WIBTMH BUBAL is published at both Chicago and Detroit , each edition containing oB matter in either of general importance , themarktl reports and other matter of merely local interest in one being omitted in the other . Advertisements inserted in both editions , or either , at desired .
" Our Style" —Explanation . [Newspaper Article] — Western Rural — 23 May 1868
Our Style —Explanation . We have many exchanges , even among them some who make high pretensions as agricultural Journals , who persistently copy editorial articles , and original matter from special and other contributors of THE WESTEBN RUBAL , without credit . In some cases this , doubtless , arises from mistake , not understanding our style . We have before frequently mentioned , and do so again , for the benefit of such parties : —THE WESTEBN . BUBAL IS an Original Journal , and , with the exception of some floating literary matter , the authorship of which cannot be ascertained , and of some small items , everything which appears in this paper , not otherwise credited , is editorial , or furnished by contributors , on whatever page , or in whatever department it appears . We are at all times glad to have articles freely copied from our columns , and are pleased to see that our paper is well appreciated by the liberal quotations made by leading journals in all parts of the count...
Unfair Reporting . [Newspaper Article] — Western Rural — 23 May 1868
Unfair Reporting . In its report of the Sheep Fair of the Northwestern Wool Growers Association at Belvidere , 111 ., the Prairie Farmer says : — The subject of an exbibitlon of wool at the meeting of the Northwestern Manufacturers Association next August , was discussed at considerable length , and a strong disposition expressed by many to have nothing to do with it , while the association adhered to the set of resolutions passed by them regarding shrinkage , &amp; c , in wool . Several , however , expressed their determination to send In Samples of their fleeces . We regret that so valuable a paper as is the Prairie Farmer should allow anything to induce it to give a partial report of any meeting . The resolution before the Assciatlon was one to appoint delegates to represent the Association at the Exposition of Wools and Woolens in Chicago in August next . Not more than four persons—one of them the leading editor of the Prairie Farmeropposed this , perhaps three expressed...
Promissory Notes- [Newspaper Article] — Western Rural — 23 May 1868
Promissory Notes- Thousands of dollars are yearly taken from farmers by getting them to give a negotiable note in payment lor something obtained from a traveling agent . A person gives his note payable to bearer , for a horse hay fork ; a choice lot of fruit trees , or a patent , right for some new invention . The agent gets the note , discounts it , and when due it must be paid in full , but , the article the farmer receives may no more resemble that which he ordered than the agent who took the note does an honest man . I have known of at least fifty instances in this county where farmers have been swindled this Spring . It came from their having ordered fruit trees and given notes in payment , —the notes were given when the order was taken . They had received the trees , but in a damaged , and some cases entirely worthless condition . The note was , in the hands of a purchaser before due , conclusive evidence of the debt and had to be paid . To follow up the agents would be throwi...
HEWS OF THE WEEK . [Newspaper Article] — Western Rural — 23 May 1868
HEWS OF THE WEEK . —On Saturday , 16 th Inst ., the Senate me as a Court of Impeachment , at 12 o clock . The Senate Chamber became perfectly still and the galleries * ceased their conversation , every one awaiting with much suspense tbe result of the vote on Impeachment . Senator Howard was brought in looking very bad , being scarcely able to sit upon his seat . All the Senators were present . Mr . Williams moved that the Court proceed to the consideration of his resolution to vote on the 11 th article first . Carried . Mr . Wade voted on this proposition aye . The resolution was adopted by a vote of 84 ayes to 10 nays . The vote was then taken on Article XI , known as Stevens Article , and believed to be the strongest of tho series . It failed to pass by a two-thirds vote . The vote stood 86 ayes to 10 nays . All the Democrats voted in the negative , and the following Republican Senators : Fessenden , Fowler , Grimes , Henderson , Trumbull , Ross and Van Winkle . Senator Williams ...
Fine Floral Exhibition . [Newspaper Article] — Western Rural — 23 May 1868
Fine Floral Exhibition . The Floral Exhibition of the Chicago Horticultural Society , at Library Hall , May 12-14 , was a very fine one , and we much regret that the unfavorable weather during most of the tune made the attendance very small . It Is probable the receipts did not equal the expenses . We have not space to give any detailed description of tbe Exhibition , and can only say that the establishments of leading professional florists of Chicago were well represented , and some very pretty dlplays were made by amateurs . Some of the plants and flowers shown were very rare—many of them yery beautiful . This Society is one that should be encouraged by the citizens of Chicago . The cultivation of a taste for flowers and ornamental plants , as well as for fruits and vegetables Is a matter of decided importance , and this Society , if properly supported , may do much in this direction . In the interest of the Society , of exhibitors and of the public , we would suggest that hereaft...
Chinese Tarn . [Newspaper Article] — Western Rural — 23 May 1868
Chinese Tarn . We have received a long article , which has also been sent to other agricultural papers , and published by some of them , In which the merits of the Chinese Yam ( Discorea Batatis ) are glowingly set forth by the gentleman who Introduced It Into this coun try . The following statement will give some idea of the character of the article : — This esculent , by its concentration of each useful property , transcends in importance every other edible vegetable of the earth . We can readily understand how the enthusiastic writer of this article may firmly believe all he has written , but we would much prefer having a brief , well-authen-ticated statement of the cost of culture , the amount produced and the market price of the vegetable , to rhapsodies on its inestimable value . As it Is stated that the sandy soils of Long Island and New Jersey are especially adapted to the culture of this Yam , we would advise Western farmers to wait until it has proved more generally succes...
- Scale of Points for Sheep . [Newspaper Article] — Western Rural — 23 May 1868
- Scale of Points for Sheep . The scale of points adopted by the Northwestern Sheep-Breeders Association for the guidance of committees in examining sheep is as follows : Name of exhibitor , name , sex , age in years and days , condition and weight of animal . The following points as to the animal , to be graded , 10 being the maximum -. —Constitution , symetry of form , style , size , covering of head , covering of belly , covering of legs , folds and wrinkles . On fleece—Color of yolk , condition and weight , with the following points for grading-. —Length of staple , density , evenness , style , quality , general diffusion of yolk . To each of these points a column is given , so that the qualities of each sheep can readily be seen and the points summed up—140 being the maximum .
Farm and School Bells . [Newspaper Article] — Western Rural — 23 May 1868
Farm and School Bells . Bells of sufficient size to be heard all ovei a farm should take the place of the oldfashioned and disagreeable tin horns . Some means of calling in the workmen to their meals seems so desirable , and the bell being so much preferable to any other in use , it is strange that Its use on the farm Is not universal . Tin horns are not disagreeable in sound , but it is with difficulty that many persons and especially ladles can learn to blow them at all . It is surprising that in the West where farmers are so generally providing themselves with the most improved farm machinery , they should neglect to procure such a valuable assistant for the good housewife and time saver as the bell , where the cost is so small . In older States the value of bells on farms is fully recognized , and they are in general use . This will no doubt come to be the case in the West eventually , as scarcely any farm Implement is more convenient than the bell . But a large bell is of even ...
Illinois Merinos . [Newspaper Article] — Western Rural — 23 May 1868
Illinois Merinos . The heaviest fleece shorn at the Sheep Fair at Belvidere , 111 ., was that of the four years old ram of Smith Brothers . The fleece was 111-2 months old , and weighed 25 pounds 1 ounce . The carcass weighed 104 pounds . Mr . W . M . Byers sheered three rams which weighed 114 , 126 and 110 pound , and gave fleeces of 20 pounds 11-2 ounces ; 16 pounds 181-2 ounces , and 16 pounds 14 ounces each , being 11 months 7 days old J . W . Knapp sheared two weighing 98 and 90 pounds , and shearing 22 pounds 141-2 ounces , and 22 pounds 8 ounces . The average weight of the nine rams shorn was within a small fraction of 104 ponnds , and the average weight of their fleeces almost exactly 20 ponnds . The average age of these fleeces was about 111-2 months . The average weight of 14 ewes shorn was 56 pounds , and that of the fleeces 13 pounds . Most of these fleeces were not a year old . There certainly can be no objection to these sheep so far as weight of fleece is concerned . ...
India Bubber . [Newspaper Article] — Western Rural — 23 May 1868
India Bubber . It seems by reading THE WESTEBN RUBAL that any one that wants to know anything has but to ask the editor , and the next week he gets the required Information Now , if we are right in supposing the above to be the case , will you please let us know how to melt or work India rubber into the different shapes to mend shoes , etc . Yours truly , A SUBBOBIBEB . Baltic Creek , Mich . —The India Rubber or Caoutchouc of commerce Is obtained from tbe East Indies and South America . That of the East Indies is for the most part produced by the Ficus Elostttd , a species of flg , sometimes called the India rubber tree . That of South America is obtained principally from the Siphonia Elastica , a tree which is common in the forests of Guiana and Brazil . The employment of caoutchouc , or India rubber in the arts and manufactures was limited until the introduction of the compound of sulphur and India rubber , known as vulcanized caoutchouc . This was discovered by Goodyear in Americ...
Missouri , [Newspaper Article] — Western Rural — 23 May 1868
Missouri , We are having at this time much rain , which will put our farmers back with their planting . More corn than ever before , by one-half , will be planted this year in this county . This is one of the most beautiful countries I ever saw—timber plenty , good stone , and a soil unsurpassed in fertility . The country is now being rapidly filled up with an enterprising people . We are , at this place , about one thousand feet above the sea , with an atmosphere as pure as that which sweeps from , the mountain side . Come , ye of tbe crowded cities of the East , to glorious Missouri , where apples , peaches , pears , quinces , plums , and all the smaller fruits are abundant and the people magnanimous , with arms ever outstretched to receive all who will come . T . R . Cameron , Clinton Co ., Mo . m m « -
Notes from Nebraska . [Newspaper Article] — Western Rural — 23 May 1868
Notes from Nebraska . We have as good a farming country as is found in the West . Nebraska wheat fetches the highest price In the St . Louis market . Wheat does not look as well as It did last year , at this time , but for the last few days it has come forward quite rapidly , and if it should not yield as much to the acre , I think we shall raise more in the State than we did last year , for , I think , there is twice the quantity sown . We were afraid that the grasshoppers would destroy our crops this Spring , but I think the danger is past and it bids fair to have good crops of all kinds . ALEXANDEB REEVES ., Hendricks . Otoe Co .. Neb .
. The Weather and Crop Prospects in Canada , [Newspaper Article] — Western Rural — 23 May 1868
. The Weather and Crop Prospects in Canada , We are in the midst of Spring , though trees are not yet in leaf . It is one of the dryest Springs ever known . We have had no rain since Spring came in . The weather is cool especially at night . The dry weather has enabled farmers to get in their grain early . We are just commencing to plant potatoes . Not much corn will be planted before next week . Should the weather turn warm and showery we shall have flue crops . J . H . THOMAS . Brooklin , Ontario , May 12 . —While farm work , in many sections of the United States has been much delayed by excessive rains , It seems our friends in the Dominion of Canada , bave been having an unusually dry Spring . » . »
UNKNOWN [Newspaper Article] — Western Rural — 23 May 1868
« ANTED-AGBNTS- ( 75 to $ 200 per month , everywhere , male and female , to Introduce the GENUINE IMPROVED COMMON SENSE FAMILY SEWING MAOHINB . This Machine will stitch , hem , fell , tuck , quilt , cord , bind , braid and embroider in a most superior manner . Price only $ 18 . Fully warranted for Ave years . We will pay $ 1 , 000 for any machine that will sew a stronger , more beautiful , or more elastic seam than ours . It makes the Elastic Lock Stitch . Every second stitch can be cut , and still the cloth cannot be pulled apart without tearing it . We pay Agents from $ 75 to $ 200 per month and expenses , or a commission from which twice that amount can be made . Address SECOMB &amp; CO ., PITTSBURGH , PA ., or BOSTON , MASS . CAUTION .-Do not be imposed upon by other parties palming off worthless cast-iron machines , under the same name or otherwise . Ours is tbe only genuine and really practical cheap machine manufactured . 405
UNKNOWN [Newspaper Article] — Western Rural — 23 May 1868
CHOICE SEED POTATOES . Early Goodrich , ¦ Harrison , .. ¦ ••• Early York , Pink Eyo Busty Coat , Garnet Chill , Monitor , Gleason , Calico , New White Peachblow , Early Shaw , Ash Leaf Kidney , Early Jane , . - Early Michigan White Sprout . For sale by D . M . FERRY Sc CO ., Seedsmen , 189 and 191 Woodward ave ., Detroit , Mich . 342