This section is from "The Horticulturist, And Journal Of Rural Art And Rural Taste", by P. Barry, A. J. Downing, J. Jay Smith, Peter B. Mead, F. W. Woodward, Henry T. Williams. Also available from Amazon: Horticulturist and Journal of Rural Art and Rural Taste.
This Society will hold the regular fall fair on their own grounds, at Waverly, N. J., midway between Elizabeth and Newark. Every effort will be made by the officers to make this the largest and best exhibition ever held by this Society. Premium lists can be obtained by application to R. S. Swords, Esq., Newark, or Benjamin Haines, Esq., Elizabeth, N. J.
The Annual Strawberry Show of the New Jersey State Agricultural Society, was held at Elizabeth, New Jersey, where a fine collection of green-house plants were displayed, as also, some of Mr. Durand's seedlings, and the list of varieties of strawberries of the Union county Farmers' Club. The entertainment was good, but not large, owing to the partial failure of the crop near that place.
Our friend Mac, of No. 9 John St, somewhat noted for his dryness, (we do not mean that he drinks, of course,) proposed lately, that the Virginia Creeper should now be called the Virginia Runner - we suppose out of compliment to John B. Floyd and his associates. We wonder if Mr. Prentice, of the Journal, can't say something for Mac.
More good news The new Postal Law, passed by Congress, is even more favor-able than we supposed; instead of fixing the rates, as formerly, at four cents for four ounces, the rates are now one cent for two ounces, or fractions thereof, and the old limit of four pounds is restored. The following official letter, issued from the office of the P. M. General, sufficiently explains and decides the matter. The credit for the prompt engineering of this new revision, through Congress, is due to Gen. Benj. F. Butler, of Mass., although the measure originated through Mr. Hill, M. C, from New Jersey:
Constantly new resources for useful articles are discovered; another chemical product is inocarpine, derived from the chestnut of Tahiti - Inocarpus edulit. The sap of the tree exudes and forms a ruby-red gum on the bark; and this gum properly treated yields nine colors, from carmine, through green and blue, to black - further resources for dyers. Professor Nickle's has been at work upon the fruit, Lignstrum vulgare; the black berries he finds to contain glucose, raisin-sugar, and a waxy substance of a beautiful crimson color, to which he gives the names of legutine, which makes a good dye in different shades of crimson and purple, and it is also useful as a test for pure water. Experiments made in Algiers show that the leaves of the castor-oil plant are good food for silkworms, and that the oil may be deprived of its medicinal quality, and used for lighting and alimentary purposes, and the fibres can be worked for hemp.
We understand that a new weekly rural periodical will be issued, under the title of the Rural World. It will be profusely illustrated, taking the form of the Rural New Yorker, with a large increase of matter, and be published at ONE DOLLAR a year.