Friday, June 6, 2008

Formula For Kerosene Emulsion


This formula for a kerosene emulsion was given by a professor in one of our agricultural colleges some years ago, and I was requested to experiment with it on greenhouse plants. I did so, with highly satisfactory results, writes Eben E. Rexford in The Ladies' Home Journal. It is made as follows: Two parts kerosene, one part slightly sour milk. Churn together until a union of milk and oil results. When they unite, a white jellylike substance will be secured, which will mix readily with water. Dilute this jelly with 18 or 20 times its quantity of water and shower your plants thoroughly. Soft leaved plants, like begonias, primroses and gloxinias, are frequently injured by it, if applied in the strength advised above. Therefore it is well to dilute the application by using at least 30 parts of water to one of the jelly.

Love of Work

The love of work, which was one of the characteristics of the historian Froude, is well illustrated in a story told of his last illness. The cancerous affection of which he after died was slowly destroying his healthy and vigorous frame. At one time he seemed to be much better, and when the physician came to see him he noted the improvement and told his patient of it. Froude asked whether it was likely that he would he able to go back to his work again. On hearing that this was impossible he said, "If that is the case, I do not wish to live."

A Queer Branch

Uncle George — How do you like arithmetic?
Little Dick — Pretty well so far, but the teacher says that next week we are to begin learning how to extract roots. Guess he must think we're all going to be dentists. — Good News.

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