Washington Irving

Just as our January number went to press, the telegraph announced the death of Washington Irving. We had intended to prepare an obituary for the present number; but this has been bo fully and universally done by the press all over the country, that we may well spare ourselves the melancholy pleasure; his eulogy will have been read by everybody long before this number reaches our readers. We can not, however, let the occasion go by without a passing tribute to the memory of one whom we had long* known, respected, and loved. It needed not that his eulogy should have been written with pen and ink; it was spontaneously uttered by the whole American people. By his rare talents as a writer and his sterling and amiable qualities as a man, he made himself loved as no American writer was ever loved before. His name will be cherished among our Lares and Penates as long as the English language is read.

Wasiitenau County (Michigan) Agricultural And Horticultural Society

,President., Horace Carpenter; Recording Secretary, Newton Sheldon; Corresponding Secretary, J. L. Tappan; Treasurer, J. F. Miller. There are also five Vice-Presidents, and as Executive Committee of one from each town and city in the county.

A Wasp Catcher

Some nice gardeners, especially ladies, will find, in the accompanying sketch, an admirable means of catching wasps and other insects, troublesome to graperies and greenhouses, and even bees where numerous in a neighborhood, in house windows. It is copied from the second volume of Mackintosh'* Book of the Garden, just published in London.

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PRof. KirtlaNd has again favored us with information on wind-mills for raising water, intended as a reply to statements made in the Ohio Cultivator. We are perfectly satisfied, ourselves, that this is by far the most inexpensive mode of raising water in situations favorably exposed to the wind; and if one or two, or twenty, have failed, the fault has been in the construction, and not in the principle. The past season has undoubtedly led to many resolves to try some means of supplying water, and we hope wind-mills will be fairly tried.

We are indebted to the Hon. L. A. WaRd, for specimens of the Sheldon Pear, measuring ten inches in circumference. Smooth, beautiful, and excellent.