The Southern Mercury. (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 12, No. 2, Ed. 1 Thursday, January 12, 1893 Page: 13 of 16
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January 12, 1893.
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A young oak tree growing in a
glass or vase of water is not only
ornamental, but interesting. Place
an acorn suspended by a thread
suspanded within half an inch of
the surface of the water.
Let it remain undisturbed for a
couple of months, save for the fill-
ing up of the vessel to replace evap-
oration, and* an occasional com-
plete change of the water by a si-
phon. The acorn will throw a
root down into the water, and up-
ward will shoot a slender stem
with glossy leaves. Hyacinth
glasses are the best for the pur-
A little charcoal at the bottom is
needed to keep the water pure.
These are frequently seen in En-
glish restaurants.—N. Y, Times.
The Long Eared Animal Finds a Stanch
A mule never balks, but persists
in pulling until it lies down for in-
abilility to use another muscle. It
begins work earlier and continues
longer by several years than a
horse; it is rarely ever sick, and
generally, unless woefully misused,
has nothing the matter with it from
the time it begins to work at three
years old until it is discarded at
the age of forty.
Mules have been known to live
and work more than forty or fifty
years without any rest by summer
pasturing, but constant tugging of
heavy loads on mountain roads
throughout the entire years. Their
digestion is remarkably strong, and
heir appetite is easily satisfied.
In the absence of its usual corn
and blade fodder it will most con-
tentedly make a meal of the bark
of a tree cut for the purpose on the
roadside where the driver camps at
night after twenty-five miles of
heavy pulling, with no bed but the
ground and no roof but the starry
infinite above. In cold and heat,
rain or snow, in mud or over rocks,
it wends its way without a break
or an objection, and brays for its
coarse fodder and eats it with ex-
cellent appetite wherever it may
stop for its short rest.
A mule is kept one-half more
cheaply than a horse. It may be
fed on blade fodder and a few ears
of corn day after day without any
change, and will do more work on
this coarse fare than a* horse of
200 pounds more weight.—Am. Ag
High roosts are worse than none;
in fact, if fouls are kept bedded
with clean straw or leaves there is
no use of having roosts. If roofs
are to be used they should be flat
and not less than three inches
broad, nor over two feet high, and
always on one level.
Corn will grow chickens more
rapidly than any of the other
grains. This has been demon-
strated with a number of Langshan
pullets. Part were fed oats and
wheat, the others exclusively corn.
The latter, are ready for laying
now, while the former show no
signs yet. Not that corn is an"egg
making food, for it is not, bat ty
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brings the pullet up to the egg lay-
ing period earlier, while the wheat
and oats keep her at work of frame
and flesh making longer.
Poultry raising on a large scale
demands special study. One can
not reason that it one hen makes a
profit of $1.50 a year, therefore
1,000 will make $1,500 clear pro-
fit. In large flocks it will be nec-
essary to increase the size of the
farm, so that there will be a larger
initial outlay and the interest on
this money must be considered.
There will de a great deal of loss
from deaths and crowding if one is
not careful. Different sanitary
conditions will come into existence.
A dozen or two chicks on a farm
will not breed auy disease to speak
of, but when several hundred are
kept there, new and strange dis-
eases will break out. An epidem-
ic will carry off half the flock
unless precautions are taken be-
It is not necessary to have any
particular breed for success. There
is a great deal more in the feed and
care than in the breed, but the
large Asiatic breeds are the best
winter layers and the best for broil-
ers. The small breeds will lay the
greatest number of eggs in a year.
The milk from ensilage-fed cows
has been found to yield as much
cream and is as sweet and good as
that from cows fed on summer
Hitherto the great difficulty in
winter dairying has been in provid-
ing a continuous supply of succu-
lent food. It is certain that there
is a pretty heavy loss in milk and
butter yield where cows are kept
in winter quarters entirely on dry
food. A supply of succulent food
for cows is a necessity to economi-
cal winter dairying. Farmers have
been accustomed to look to their
root crops to meet this requirement,
but in silage we apper at least to
have found a better and a cheaper
For the sake of appearance, at
least, the dairyman should keep
the milking yard in some kind of
order, so that a cow, as she comes
from the pasture, will not be com-
pelled to drag through the mud to
the tie-up, not to mention the '.filth
and discomfort this neglect to keep
the cows cleans and presentable
represents and its influence upon
the milk and its products. Keep
the yard clean so far as mud, litter
and filth are concerned. If possi-
ble, keep the yard littered with
straw, that can now and then be
scraped into a corner by itself, and
soon become a valuable heap of
compost, worth several times its
E. D. Eastman, of Rochester,
New York, feeds 120 cows 'for 9^
cents a day by means of the silo.
He finds silage and cotton-seed
meal a perfect forage.
Henry Talcott, Dairy Commis-
sioner of Ohio, fays: "1 can make
from $50 to $75 a cow easier in
winter dairying than I can from
$25 to $40 in summer; consequent-
ly I have my cows come in in Oc-
tober, November and December.—
"Why do they cry for bread?"
asked the dainty Princess as the
starving mob shouted and clam-
ored in the court yard of Ver-
sailles. "If they have no bread,
why don't they eat cake?" And
the pretty princess was not a fool
beyond other fools. "Why are
not the poor thrifty, virtuous and
temperate?" is but another form of
the same question continually
asked by o*her fools. Thrift, vir-
tue and temperance are not the
natural and spontaneous fruits of
poverty. The answer to the ques-
tion of the pretty princess was
written in the blood of the reign of
terror. "Will not one French rev-
olution suffice," asked Carlyle,
"or must you have another? You
will, have another if it is needed,
and when it is needed. You will
have two, three, five, twenty if
needed. You will have just as
many as are needed."—Knight of
Navigation of the Brazos river is
Tom Watson, in a recent issue
of his paper, says:
Let every one who works from
sun up to sun down read the fol-
lowing record of the hard work
congress is doing. Remember con-
gress convenes at 12 o'clock noon:
from the congressional record.
Monday, Dec. 5—At 1:37 p. m.
the house adjourned till to-morrow
at 12 o'clock.
Tuesday, Dec. 6—At 1:40 p. m.
the house adjourned till to-morrow
Wednesday, Dec. 7—At 4:25 p.
m. the house adjourned.
Thursday, Dec. 8—At 4:55 p.
m the house adjourned.
Friday, Dec. 9—At 1:30 p. m.
the house adjourned till Monday
at 12 o'clock noon.
Monday, Dec. 12—At 1:40 p.m.
the house adjourned.
Tuesday, Dec. 13—At 3:46 p.m.
the house adjourned.
Wednesday, Dec. 14—At 2:42 p.
m. the house adjourned.
Thursday, Dec. 15—At 4:10 p.
m. the house adjourned till Satur-
The house met on Dec. 5. Up
to Dec. 17 there were eleven work-
ing days. The Record shows that
the house sat twenty-six hours in
all during this time, an average of
less than two hours and a half a
day. It began work with 2,027
measures on the calendar ready for
consideration. In the eleven days
190 new bills have been introduced
and referred to committees. The
committees have put ten new meas-
ures upon the calendar. The
house has passed thirty-three bills
in this time. The only important
measures are what are known as
the printing bill and the army ap-
Typhus fever is troubling the
residents of New York City.
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