(1) In transplanting spring shoots, as well as in sowing seeds, the gardener often feels the need of a convenient label, that will withstand the rain and not get soiled with the mud. A writer in the German Diamond recommends the use of glass tubes, in which the paper labels can be slipped, and the tube corked or sealed. The tubes should be 8 in. long, and have an interior diameter of 1/2 in., and be made of quite thick glass. For house plants and conservatories, elegant labels cau be made from wider and shorter tubes, open at both ends, one being closed with a cork, from which the label is suspended by a thread or wire passed through the cork, the other end being used to hang the tube on a branch of the tree or shrub.
(2) To Fasten Labels On Metal
The following composition is recommended :-
Mucilage of trngacanth 10 parts.
Honey.... 10 „
Flour..... 1 „
(3) Attaching Labels To Tin, Zinc, Or Glass
Water-glass (solution of silicate of soda) is recommended as a very good adhesive for this purpose, particularly if the articles are subsequently liable to be exposed to heat. Metallic surfaces should first' be rubbed with emery paper before applying the paste; the label is then pressed on with the hand. (Drog. Zeit.)
(4) Writing On Metals
Take 1 lb. nitric acid and 1 oz. muriatic acid. Mix and shake well together, and it is ready for use. Cover the plate you wish to mark with melted beeswax; when cold, write your inscription plainly in the wax clear to the metal with a sharp instrument. Then apply the mixed acids, with a feather, carefully filling each letter. Let it remain 1-10 hours, according to the appear-ance desired, throw on water, which stops the process, and remove the waxy