French, Braintree, Mass., Grapes - Diana, Catawba And Isabella

An interesting report from the committee on fruits, of articles shown to them since the last stated meeting was then read. The chair stated that he bad mnch satisfaction in announcing, that he had received for the society, the first donation in money that was ever given; all the presents which had been received were very few relinquished premiums, and books to a limited extent to the library. Other societies had been recipients in some instances of large amounts and important legacies, and he hoped this was the beginning of a new era. Thomas P. Cope, had given him fifty dollars for the use of the society: on motion, ordered that the thanks of the society be tendered to the donor for the acceptable gift. On motion adjourned. Thos. P. James, Rec. Sec'y.

A Frequent American Phenomenon

"Ladies or gentlemen who hitch teams with a rising man, whether in the way of matrimony, travel or business, should take care lest he be not too rising altogether, and they find themselves eventually lifted so high that their feet are no use to them whatever. Last spring our friend Quodline planted some lima beans, and not being provided with poles, he married and settled them in life by planting in each hill sunflowers, trimming up the stalk, so that it served the purpose of a pole. For a time all went on well, till at length the sunflowers growing so much faster than the beans, the latter were absolutely drawn up by the roots. As we said before, John Deans emigrating into families who regard-them as small potatoes, and very ambitious females of limited education, who have their eye on 'society' and a first chop spouse, will please take notice." - Home Journal.

Fritillaria Grasca

A neat, hardy, bulbous perennial, with short, slender, erect stems, linear-lanceolate leaves, and nodding flowers, borne singly or two together, pale reddish brown, with a green border. Mount Hymettus.


The edible frog (Ranna esculenta) is brought from the country, in quantities of from 30 to 40,000 at a time to Vienna, and sold to large dealers, who have conservatories for them; these conservatories are large holes, four or five feet deep, dug in the ground, the mouth covered with a board, and in severe weather with straw. In these, even during a hard frost, the frogs never become quite torpid, they get together in heaps one upon another instinctively, and thereby prevent the evaporation of their humidity, for no water is ever put to them.

Frontispiece - An Old House Newly Modelled

This is a very sensible affair; more so, by long odds, than three-fourths of the starched up things that appear in print from some of our professional architects. It so well suits me that I have no disposition to criticize it, further than to say that I don't fancy that round-topped window perked up into the eaves of the tower front. I suppose, however, it is to balance the bay window below, and give light to the attic, or garret, which might have been done with better architectural effect by a roof light, as the room communicating with it is not wanted for the occupation of either family or guest. The upper kitchen is a grand reform. Stick to the upper kitchen, Mr. Smith. Let your future efforts but be in as good taste as this, and you will succeed in "country" architecture.