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   Bath Independent (Newspaper) - February 14, 1880, Bath, Maine                                NDEPENDENT. 		-.'.I  .. ,   I,.,___,._.....             -�....... i.,           ,-JL I^ooai, BnoitnowM, A_|jrl  Hong Kong to Yokohama.. .28 days.. .Jan. 3 Yokohama to Ban Francisco.16 days.. .Jan.19 Ban Francisco to New York.. 8 days.. .Jan.27 Arriving at Paterson on..... - Jan.27 T�tal time occupied.. .110 days. Three days were lost in waiting in the Calcutta cllioe, and about eighteen days were wasted in delay from Hong Kong to Yokohama. Without those delays the time would have been 89 days, still niuo days in excess of Jules Verne's imaginary trip, or eight days, oounting as he did, the gain of a day in beating the sun. The Best Kind of Drummer. FARM AMD GARDEN. what half-an-aorb fboduoed.'"" Alfred Smith, of Alfred, Me., tells what ho raised on half-an-aore of land : The prodnot of this half-acre plot in 1870 wan twenty-five bushels shelled corn, besides 1,000 quarts or thirty-two bushels strawberries of the Wilson variety. The latter sold at fifteen cents per quart, giving a gross yield of $150. There were also upon this same half-acre fivje rows of black duster raspberry bushes, one rod apart, that yielded upwards of 300 quarts of berries, selling at ten cems per quart, or a total of $30. Thus the ogRregate crop of my half-aore was $195, made up as follows : Twenty-five bushels of corn at sixty cents per bushel,$15, strawberries $150, and raspberries $30. Again, there are also growing upon this identical half-acre Of land seventy-five grafted pear trees, grown in my nursery and planted in rows one rod apart eaoh way. One half in number of these pear trees were set in November, 1877, the balance in the spring of 1878. The latter hove made a muoh smaller growth, comparatively than the former. Those trees planted in the fall of 1877 made a (surprising growth, many of them bearing in 1879. The above statement of aotual results from a single half-acre plot is full of ;suggestions to tho^e farmers who are cropping more acres than they oan oultivate and fertilize to advantage. Small areas, well tilled, are fat more productive and remunerative than large fields negleoted. plowing. There are minor points connected with the subjeofc of plowing whioh are worthy of careful consideration. The field should be so arranged that long furrows may be plowed, instead of short ones, that, is if, half an acre only is to be plowed, economy in labor and time would suggest a field of eighty rode in length and one rod in width, rather than four rods in width and twenty rods long. In the first instance the plowman would have to turn his team sixteen times, providing'the furrow was twelve inoheB in width, while in the second ease sixty-seven turnings of the team would bo necessary, oooupying more time than was employed in turning the sod. Again the width of the furrow is a serious item in the cost of plowing. In the first case above mentioned if the farrow turned should be eight inohes in place of twelve, not only would twenty-four turnings of the team be required instead of sixteen, but the team would 'be forced to travel one-third further, while in the seoond oase previously stated, eighty-nino turnings wonld be- necessary instead of sixty-seven. If the length of furrow be the. some in both cases, yet by taking a fur-1 row one-third broader three acres may be plowed in the same time oooupied in plowing two acres with the narrow furrow. Thore are two plows in the market whioh will turn a twelve-inoh furrow with equal ease to the horses, as other plows give in turning eiglit-inph furrows. Yet many farmers still continue working with an old stylo plow, diffloult of draft, simply because they fancy they cannot afford to purohaso a new and more modern implement that would more than save its extra cost in a single season. confining  oows. little good advice to those wish   to    be ao ii   thb    great chasing ptjbmo. who run An advertisement is business my boy,.what is it?" asked your paper. It has most of the merits and none of thB vices of the " travelling man, besides many advantages that are entirely its own. It travels in all directions at onoe. It visits your customers every week, It interests them in your town, and is building up the general prosperity, while it is faithfully transacting your particular business. li talks with thousands of tongues, and has the confidence of its hearers, It doesn't get drunk. It doesn't play faro. It doesn't bring in any supplementary fancy bill of " expenses." It requires no " commissions. It doesn't swell round on the credit and name of your house. It never gets mad and threatens to transfer its good-will to a competitor in business or a rival town. It never sets up in business for itself on the oredit it has built up at your ex pense, or has artfully filohed from you. It doesn't add so muoh to your store expenses as to reduce to zero the margin you would like to offer good customers, It doesn't cost you many thousands of dollars a year-at moBt, only a very few hundreds. It brings your customers to yon and makes them your personal friends. Down the Mountain Side., jyiT AND WISDOM. exhilarating- experiences that might interest a city ooaohing oltjb.... A western correspondent tells how ho went down a mountain side in a stage coaoh : A moment's holt on the summit, and the downward trip begins; The horses, relieved of the weight whioh thev had dragged so heavily from the beginning, set into a strong gallop, evincing a confidence in the brake block whioh ocoasions do not always justify. The road is frightfully steep, and so sinuous that oftentimes the way in front seems barred beyond passage. The coaoh dips and careens from side to side and a strong grasp upon the seat is neoessary to prevent being discharged into the depths below. The dropping of the break blook lends an additional interest to the ride. Thenceforth wheelers and leaders are launched into a terrifio race for life. With dilated nostrils and ears well baok, the frightened beasts know tbat flight is their only safety, and strongly they plant their feet into the hard and often icy road. Jehu keeps them well in hand, holds tho wheel horses up to their work and plies tho vigorous lash to the leaders. So long as � his steeds keep their feet he knows he can control the movements of his coaoh, but if one goes down n frightful disaster is almost certain. -Down the rugged road the ooach plunges-now grazing the solid wall of the mountain, and anon trembling on the very verge of the brink-that appalling evidenco of the narrow lino between life, with all its hopes and aspirations, and death with its cheerless uncertainty. A few moments, and the stunted growth of hardy evergreens struggling foi life amid the chaos of loosened rock appears, announcing the approach to fairer lands ; the road gradually loses its perpendicularity; corduroy bridges threaten to demolish the quaking vehicle; the horses slacken their pace ; the way widens; vegetation assumes a larger growth; birds of broader wing, more varied plumage and wider range of song dart from tree to tree; stunted grass, sear and yellow, and late autumnal flowes give a happier face to the landscape ; the austerity of the heights above disappears; the driver slowly and carefully draws rein, and one passenger, at least, indulges in silent thanksgiving. But it is a grand, exciting, magnificent ride, anyway, and everybody should take it once, at least, in a lifetime. Searching for a Man. Mr. A. R. Clark, Hunts Station, N Y., reports a striking contrast in keep ing cows.' His own, at perfect lease in box-stalls, thiokly bedded with straw, give twioe as muoh milk - as thoso of a neighbor, oonnued in oruel stanchions and kept standing or lying on bare plank-floors-to Bay nothing about the difference In comfort of milking, and oleanlincss of milk. In manure saving there is equal advantage in favor of his plau, as liquids are absorbed, and all droppings thrown out under a rain-proof shed, while in his neighbor's misaian ugemont the liquids leach away, and the solids are exposed to the3 weather and washed by tho drip from the roof. Bone Meal.-Bono meal is an excellent fertilizer for pastures. In England it, is largely used, particularly whore they raise horses either for the race course or for the hunting-tielJ. The bone meal is sown on the grass while either wet with dew or rain. The young horses, no doubt, eat some of it with the grasB, whilo tho balance works to the roots of the plants, and to a certain extent increases the percentage of phosphate of lime in the grass, thus giving more bone material for the horse. Green Manure.-"My success has been very gratifying in sowing' corn, oats, buokwhoat or rye for plowing under instead of olover. For tliis purpose I use ono or the other of the crops according to the.tiine of year for sowing, and taking into the calculation the length of time the orop oould ocoupy tho land. All these crops, however, could bo grown and plowed under within the time required for growing the one orop ot olover. In thisroonBists tho main advantage of their use over clover as a renovating orop."-Henry Ives, Bata-via, N.Y. Meat Cubing.-A correspondent, successful in meat curing, reoommends a smoke of corncobs, an hour at a time twioe a day. Too muoh smoke is injurious, and heat (which always aooom-punies a blaze)is especially to be avoided. Pbaohbs.-Mr. H. B. Preston, Wap-ping, Conn., expresses the opinion that persons in that State willing to take the necessary trouble to oare for the trees oan raise peaohes now as well as forty years ago, when the fruit was " as plenty and oheap aB apples." He has had long experience, and, after many experiments, keeps the borer at bay by an annual application of linseed oil and sulphur mixed to the consistency of paint and put on about a foot np from the ground. Jesse Lovely, while out West, was in searoh of a man whom he wished to se e on a matter of business.   After riding for half a day and losing the way in that sparsely settled country he drew up his steed in front of a log-oabin.   A female oame to the door.   " Will you be kind enough to tell me, miss, where Mr. William Humphrey lives?" said Jesse.   " I dou't know," very blandly replied the younce lady, " but 'Squire Roborts, who lives about half a milo from here, can. tell you.   He is a very smart man." JeBse rode, on in the direo-tion tho fair youug ohantresd indicated, Coming to the house he cried out, " Hollo I"   The 'dquire, with his shirt-oollar open, his speotaoles on top of his head and his pantaloons in his boots, made his appearance at the door.   " Is this 'Squiro Roberts ?" inquired Jesse. " I are here," said the 'Squire, with an air- of importance that would have been mora beooming a king.  " 'Squire Roberts." said Jesse,  "can you tell me wheu William Humphrey lives?"  "I pkin," Baid the 'Squire, in a self-gratu latory manner that indicated that he was able to answer the question, and proceeded:   " If ho are where I anticipate he are, he are forty miles distant on 1'eter Creek. Although his residenoo are exclusively adjacent to mine, I know nothing of his wharfores or his whiohabouts."  Jesse waved his hand polite salutation to the 'Squire, and rode on to find liis man as best he oould with tho information he had reoeivod -The man who smelt powder never" came near a woman's oheek. -Don't advertise unless you have something worth advertising. Men differ. For instanoe. there ia the same differenoa between Jay Gould ,' and some other men wo know of that there ia between $15,000,000 and fifteen oents. One of whom we are whioh, - [Kansas City Times. Littlo Bessie 8., five years old, having been rather sharply reproved by her mother for somo misoonduot, after a moment's pause said: " I should fink, mamma, from the way you aot towards me, you was my step-mover."-[Look-port Union. A hew man in the country newspaper business publishes under his editorial heading : ThiB paper furhished for $1.50 per year, if paid in advance; if paid at the end of the y6ar, and $2.50 if not paid at all.-[Syracuse Times. -Somebody has started the story that when a young boarding sohool miss was informed there were no gooseberries for sauoe, she wanted to know what had happenod to the goose,-[Rochester Express.     r . Professor " Can yon multiply concrete numbers together?" The olass are uncertain. *' What will be the pro* dnot of five apples multiplied by Bix potatoes ? Pupil (quite triumphantly) ~ Hash."  [Boston Times. A lady pointing to a load of three bales of cotton on her wagon, yesterday, remarked : "My gal Sal and another mule made them three bales this, season."-[Atlanta Constitution. -When a man reflects that by going baok a few generations he oan olaim several hundred ancestors, and refleota how little they have left him for an inheritance it makes him. feel abused,- [Stillwater Lumberman. -Rev. Jo. Cook says that the dull oity boy is in the midst of more temptations than the dull oountry boy. But the former is not tempted to beoome a pirate or a bank burglar by having to turn a grindstone an hour and a half in ouri inning.-[Nbrristown Herald. Things that most people would like to see: Our society girls before breakfast, a churoh ohoir that never quarreled, a church out of debt and with money to lend, an editor who oan please everybody, and a high school girl that oannot whistle.-rBoston Courier. Our Indian policy -Break treaties with him; steal from him; put a bullying, incompetent and dishonest 'agent over him; send soldiers to kill him. If he resists the soldiers, take away his land and hang him in the interest of our superior civilization.' [Virginia (Nev.) Ohroniole. -If the theorist who avers that animals oan resist temptation will experiment by poking his neighbor's big bulldog in the ribs, he'll find that his theory, together with his trousers, will be torn to shreds.- [HaokenBack Republican. If leap'year sociables in ^Haoken-sack were as effeotive for producing matrimonial alliances as the old standby-the front gate-ministers and Justices of the Peace would reap rich harvests.-[Republican. Vico-President Wheeler went to a State dinner at the White House "on foot undor an umbrella" and "with Republican simplicity," as a correspondent says. But the question is, did he ever get this umbrella again ?-[Buffalo Express. A young lady who oame in last week to advertise for kitchen help Baid with a sigh and a wring of her dainty gloved hands, "Oh ! I do hope we'll get ono soon. For it does almost break my heart to see mother wash dishes, with her rheumatism, too." - [ McGregor News. -Whenever a chap begins to raise a little in the world, everybody that knows him is sure, to try and set him book; but her section. A Wonderful Man. ?~^*^f^-^-^hT.lh6bluSbing. i�"he's goVrale genns, he's sure to suo maid bad d.rected- htm ^ the savant of oeed in spite of all his bid friends, and then thar's nobody hurras for him louder than they does.-[Major Jones' Courtship. -"Why am I made a sandwioh?" said yonng Snobson plaintively, as a lady sat down either side of him in the horse car. " Because we are better bred than you are," said one of the damsels sweetly, and Snobson mustard courage to squeeze. out to the plot-form.- [Bpston Bulletin. -Edison's grandfather lived to the age of 103 years, and his great-grandmother refused to mount the golden stair until she had reached the remarkable age of 107 years. With suoh signs of longevity in the family, Edison oan afford to keep fooling us about that light. It may be over one hundred years before he lights out himself.-[Boston Post. .    - �  How do you sell your sneaks ?" be inquired of the gentlemanly shoe dealer. "Sneaks I Young man, there'll be one less sneak in this store in less than thirty seconds. What do you mean by 'sneaks?'" "Nothing bnt gumshoes, I assure you," he replied in a tone whioh mollified the irate merchant to the extent of a 75-cent sale of the latest pattern.-rNew Haven Register. -A map of New York has been pub-whioh all the ohurohes are Barnum's tattooed Greek sailor is on exhibition in Albany, and the adver tisement says :   " He has upon his body 7,000,000 punotures, and it was all done by a female sayage.   The poor man lost a drop of blood and shed a tear for every puncture, and was the only one of twenty-four who survived the operation. The woman who did the tattooing worked six hours a day for ninety days before the task was completed." A mathematician of the Albany Express figures as follows :   " The woman inuBt have given him 3'} punotures a seoond.   Thon, if he lost a drop of blood with every puncture, he lost, estimating the usual nam ber of drops to a pint, and taking a pint for a pound, 5,833 pounds. - Or to put it differently, just 889 gallons of blood, or a trifle over twenty barrels during ninety days. Tears don't weigh as much as blood, so bunching [the two together the gentleman from Albania must have lost about 5i tons of those fluids within three months."  Barnum's agent retorts that, if the Greek had not been a wonderful man, he would not have been ex hibited. A Bubpbisb.-A Chicago man was lished on i?,1^"^?,*16 registered at a Gounoil distinctly marked. This fllla a long Bluffs hotel, that his wife was already felt want. Some persons have lived in there. He said there must be a mis- New York for years, and have never take, as he had left her at home a few been able to find their way into a ohuroh. days before, and she had not "said any- And when a country editor visits (hat thing about a journey r^but theolerk in- oity, th.e first place he wants to go is to a sisted that he knew her, and that she ohuroh. Nine times out ot ten he seta was in the house. The foot was that she into a theater in mistake.-TNonlatowa bad eloped. Herald. u   

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