Of all the manual employments gardening is surely the most attractive. Take the cotton mill worker and compare his intellect with the gardener, to whom is ever recurring delights in observing and admiring the product of his head and hand. Byron considered himself a "peer among poets and a poet among peers." So the lover of plants is a peer among workers and a worker above his pears. - Selected. Rats. - "They do not die on the premises," is the recommendation given to a new rat poison. It makes the rats feel so bad that they go away and die at the house of a neighbor. There is nothing like it. - N. 0. Picayune.