The Farmer's Instructor

Consisting of Essays, Practical Directions, and Hints for the Management of the Farm and the Garden. By the late Judge BuEl. 2 vols. 18mo, Half Sheep, - - - - 1 00.

Farmer's Manual

I wish to recommend "Todd's Farmer's Manual." I think it ought to be in every farmer's library, and am sure no one will ever regret purchasing it, as it is an indispensable help in all branches of farming and mechanics. - J. H. R. in Country Gentleman.

Farmers' And Mechanics' Union Institute, At Battle Creek, Michigan

President, E. S. Lovell, Climax. Treasurer, V. P. Collier, Battle Creek. Secretary, D. B. Burnham, Battle Creek. There is also a Board of Directors and thirteen Vice-Presidents! whose names we have not received.


There are some singular-looking things in this section; as for instance the upright or Cornish Elm - indeed, some of the conifers may be placed here. There has been some difference of opinion as to the use of the Lombardy Poplar, which is perhaps more of the columnar character; but I think any one going from London to Richmond by water, must be struck with the extraordinary effect produced at some villas on the banks, in the grounds of which the Lombardy Poplar, the Cedar of Lebanon, and the Weeping Willow, may be seen in close combination with buildings of modern style; the whole producing a most striking picture - such forms powerfully contrasting with the beautiful river to complete the scene.


The poultry fanciers are endeavoring to classify feathers, and give the following descriptions, among a host of others: " A laced feather has a narrow border all round its edge, differing in color from the ground color of the feather, but no moon on the tip. A spangled feather has a moon on the tip, differing from the ground color of the feather, but no border round this. A pencilled feather has dark bars in parallel lines across the lighter ground color of the feather. There is neither a spangle at its tip, nor a border round its edge".


Light amethyst; a large full flower, with broad guard petals; habit excellent.

Felten's Improved Albany Seedling

Several correspondents have written to know about this strawberry, advertised in the last number. It may be all that is claimed for it, but certainly it would have been better to have had it endorsed by some society, or some well-known nomologist, instead of flashing it before the public in the manner it has been done. One writer says, " How has the Albany been improved? or how can a strawberry whose character has become fixed, be improved or changed? Its seed may be sown, and another variety established, different and perhaps better than the parent, but this is another strawberry, and should not claim the same name." We rather think it might have been better to have called it simply Felten's Seedling, and if better than Wilson's it would soon be known. Altogether, taking the mode in which it has been sprung upon the public, it might be best for the public to wait a little.