The American Pictorial Home Book
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A reference manual of household management in Victorian times.

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448                                       THE FARM.
The Moving of any fluid accelerates the cold; and likewise, when any fluid is tending to heat, stirring will facilitate its boiling.
West Indian Syrup.—To 1 gallon of boiling water, put 5 lbs. of loaf sugar, and 2 oz. of citric acid; when cold, add 1-2 dram of essence of lemon, and 1-2 dram of spirits of wine ; stir it well to­gether and bottle. 2 tablespoonfuls to a glass of water, (very cold), makes a delicious summer drink.
Pine Apple Syrup.—Boil 1 quart of syrup until it falls, to this, add 1 pint of pine apple juice; let it boil, remove the scum and bottle.
Ginger Syrup.—Ginger root, 1 oz. (bruised); boil 10 minutes in 1 pint of water. If flavoring is desired, select.
Sarsaparilla Syrup.—1 oz. extract liquorice, dissolve in 1 pint of boiling water, and add to 1 gallon of good molasses or syrup; add also 1 drachm oil of sassafras, 1-2 drachm oil of wintergreen, dis­solved in 1-2 oz. of alcohol.
Lemon Syrup.—4 lbs. sugar, 2 pints water; boil, and when cool add 1 oz, tartaric acid, and 1 drachm of oil of lemon ; dissolve in 1-2 oz. of alcohol, and also 2 ounces mucilage of gum aaabic.
Seidlitz Powders,—6 oz. Rochelle salts, 2 oz. super-carbonate soda ; mix and divide into 24 powders ; put them in white papers into the blue papers put 30 grains of tartaric acid.
Washington managed his mother's farm in boyhood, and looked after the cattle.
Girls should be taught to look after the poultry and have some of their own, and even this is well for boys, for I have seen the happy effect of it. It cultivates industrious habits and they soon fall in love with it, and then it keeps them out of the way of temptation. Point them to suggestions on the subject and this will cause them to look into things and cultivates an enquiring mind.
The Farmer, What He does.—-He feeds all peoples and nations, supports every enterprise, pursuit, calling and professions, and among all civilized nations in every age of the world, not only the farmer, but the profession has been held in the highest honor, and was regard­ed as the basis not only of individual comfort and success, but of national greatness. If the soil locks up its treasures, then all enter­prises perish, and the world is in woe and want. The sun of pros­perity is in total eclipse. When Rome was in her agricultural glory, several of her noblest families derived their patronyms from some vegetables which they were famous for raising, such as the Tabii pea, Sentuli, Cicerones, etc., etc. Cato says : "Study to have