Weeds (Utility Of). Many plants we term weeds, have valuable medical qualities, and some may be applied to use-ful purposes, so as to pay something towards the expense of clearing them from the ground. Thus, sow-thistles (Sonchus) afford food for rabbits or hogs; the hog-weed or cow-parsnip (Heracleum sphon-dylium) is good for either swine or cattle ; horses and asses are fond of young thistles when partially dried, and the seed may be prevented from spreading by gathering the down, which makes good pillows : however, there is some danger of trusting them to this stage of growth, as a high wind would, and frequently does, disperse them over a whole country. Charlock, when drawn, may