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Also, “N. S. Smith's new and improved Buffalo Seedling Potatoe Seed.This seed was gathered in the balls last September, from a four acre crop of seedlings, from improved seed sown in April last. Six years alternate reciprocal culture with its seedlings, has given it an early and very productive character. It will produce seedlings of the size of small birds' eggs as early as in May. Season favorable, with good culture, it will produce the first season sown, about 200 bushels per acre, a good proportion of marketable size, sufficiently mature for the table, and seed balls in abundance. Tubers of the weight of 12 oz. were quite common among the young seedlings last fall, and on the roots of many single plants were found fully set and growing, hundreds of seedlings, though when so numerous, mostly small. In addition, this seed is impregnated (by the pollen in the blows,) with choice varieties, late from Germany, England, South America, Albany, Illinois, and home markets--mostly seedlings, interspersed for that purpose in the field; and it will represent when cultivated, all the distinct varieties grown in that field, besides an amusing freak of mottling, tinting and originality, The seed may be sown in April, like tomatoes, in a warm bed. Bleached cotton cloth, tacked on frames for potatoe beds, is better than glass. The beds should be open to warm rains and to all warm weather. The same bands in a given time will transplant with the young plants more ground than can be planted with tubers. (Particular directions accompany the seed.) These potatoes and seed were represented at the two last State and County Agricultural Fairs, and the first premiums awarded them. The cultivation of these potatoes and their seed will be continued at Buffalo with every possible improvement. Seedlings of approved varieties, carefully packed in cbaff, and delivered at the wharf or depot in Buffalo, $5 per bushel ---$10 per bareel. Transportation safe from frosts after February. Seed per paper-sufficient to produce 10 bushels-$1, with directions. It may be conveyed by mail with double postage. Orders and communications, post-paid, will receive prompt attention.

N. S. 'SMITH. Buffalo, January 13, 1848. Extract from the Report of the Committee on Vegetables at the last New York

State Fair. “ The committée on vegetables have reported, that for the greatest and best varieties of seedling potatoes of approved varieties, they award the premium of ten dollars ($10) to No. 73, presented by N. S. Smith, of Buffalo, N. Y. These potatoes were grown by the Rev. N. S. Smith, of Buffalo, who has favored us with the manner of their cultivation and production. He has been six years cultivating them from the balls that grow on top of the vines ; his method is the alternate planting of the seed and tuber or potatoe, taking care to select always the best varieties. He has presented at the Fair as a specimen of his сгор

this season, thirty varieties of seedlings, all of them evidently of fine quality. His specimens of this year's seedlings, from the seed of his best seedlings, are very fine. He presents, also, fine specimens of seedlings from seed of seedlings grown last year in

Prussia, Germany, and fine varieties late from South America. Mr. Smith is confident, and the judges favor the opinion, that in his experiments a great im. provement in the potatoe is already accomplished; and he hopes to be able to obtain permanently, potatoes, not only of the finest quality, but perfectly sound and har. dy. The judges would recommend the attention of farmers to his specimens on the ground, and also to his mode of cultivation.”

Signed by David GRAY, Chairman.

DEEP PLOWING. We have known few farmers who were not advocates of deep plowing. There can be no question of the many advantages of deep plowing, where the land will admit of it without injury to the vegetable mould. But it often happens that the sub-soil is so barren that by mixing it with the surface the whole mass is ren. dered sterile and unproductive, while in other cases the sub-soil possesses proper. ties highly fertilizing. Hence, before venturing to mix a large portion of the subsoil with the surface, it would be prudent for the farmer to make anvexperiment by plowing a few rows to the depth required, and then grow a crop on it before hazarding the effects of deep plowing upon an extensive scale.

Where the sub-soil is found to do injury by mixing it with the surface, great benefit will be derived from plowing with the coulter, which may be run to any depth without danger of injury. This process Joosens the sub-soil without mixing it with the surface, and gives the whole mass capacity to hold sufficient moisture to protect the crop against the effects of drouth, and also prevents the soil from being washed away by the summer rains--for it rarely rains so hard as to carry off the soil, until the whole pulverized mass is saturated.

Even in the deepest soils where the plow cannot reach the sub-soil, the use of the coalter, or some such instrument, is highly beneficial; for, after a few years cultivation, the earth immediately below the range of the plow becomes coin pact and forms a hard crust, which cuts off the communication of moisture between the pulverized soil and the earth beneath.

WHEAT AND CHESS. We have never been able to give our assent to the opinion generally entertained by farmers that wheat, when injured by frost, or from any other cause, changes to chess. We have always considered such a change as opposed to the economy of nature, but have heard the fact so often affirmed by intelligent individuals, that although we have ceased to controvert, yet we have never adopted it as a truth.

We have extracted the following paragraph from the Cultivator, for the purpose of showing how easy it is for even men of close observation to be deceived in such matters. We trust that some lover of truth will institute a series of observations upon this subject, and settle the question one way or the other :

“Wm. Powers, of Youngstown, Ohio, gives the following experiment in the Ohio Cultivator: He was about sowing his wheat, believing it to be perfectly clean; but, on being advised, concluded to brine and lime it first. When the brine was poured on, to his surprise he found chess floating thickly on the surface, and on being skimmed off, about a pint and a half were obtained from each bushel of seed. This would thoroughly seed any ground; but if the wheat grew well, the chess would be kept small and hidden ; where winter killed, it would spring up, spread out and occupy the whole ground, and be attributed by superficial observers, to the change of the killed wheat to chess. The wheat, however, was thoroughly cleaned by brining, so that where it was winter killed and flyeaten, no chess appeared.”

HOLCOMB'S HEMP-BRAKE. The increasing importance of hemp as an article of commerce, has stimulated many ingenious minds to study out some mode of improving upon the old method of breaking by the hand. Among the many experiments of using machinery for this purpose, we have seen none described which seems to promise a better result than the invention of Mr. L. F. P. Holcomb, of Delaware. This is a combination of the stationary bed brake with the rotary brake. “ The hemp is fed in by hand, broken and cleaned with but one handling—the breaking and cleaning being done on separate cylinders-- but the parts so arranged as that they are brought close together, and so adjusted as to only allow the machine to touch that part of the fibre that is to be acted on, thereby preventing its wear in the machine."

In a communication from Chauncy P. Holcomb, Esq., to the editor of the Journal of Agriculture, he says:

Nothing can be more simple in its construction. The rudest and roughest hands can work it, and with little danger of its getting out of order. The cost of it will be only from seventy-five 10 one hundred dollars, exclusive of the

It requires about two horse power. From my own experience in the use of it, I can confidently say and assure my brother farmers of the west, that the largest crop of hemp they grow, would hold out no terror, so far as the breaking and scratching of it was concerned, with the use of this machine.”

The writer says that the machine is capable of breaking and cleaning, ready for market, about one thousand pounds per day, and that only two hands are required to attend it.

A description and drawing of this machine may be found in the May number, 1847, of the Journal of Agriculture, published in New York.

Mr. Obed Hussey, a machinist of Baltimore, has become interested in this machine, and will furnish it to those who may desire to purchase.

ST. LOUIS STEAM SUGAR REFINERY. This we believe, is the most extensive manufacturing establishment in our city, and perhaps the most extensive of the kind, in either the south or west.

horse power.

The proprietors, Messrs. Belcher & Brother, have politely favored us with the following description of the establishment, and also, with the statistics connected with the business of the concern for the year 1847.

The establishment with its out buildings, fronting on Levee street, occupies an entire block of two hundred and forty in width by 125 feet in depth, having streets on its north, east and south, and an alley twenty-five feet wide on the west. The main building is one hundred by eighty feet, seven stories. Engine and boiler house, ninety by forty-five feet, two stories. Retort house, seventy by thirty-five feet. Office and work-shops, sixty by twenty feet; all covered with iron roofing. There is a water cistern in the establishment which contains 100,000 gallons; water-pipes connect with the city reservoir; there are hose attachments in each story, and also an engine house with hose, to guard against fire. Connected with the establishment, is a cooperage employing fifteen to twenty-five coopers.

The arrangement of the establishment, evinces much judgment and skill, and there is a completeness in all the details, that is truly admirable.

The amount of product for 1847, was 4,860,000 pounds refined sugar of all kinds; 8,000 barrels sugar-house molasses; 1,000 barrels golden syrup; being upwards of 9,000,000 pounds of refined sugars, syrups and molasses.

The establishment at this time, is turning off about 500 tons of refined sugar, syrup and molasses, per month. The number of persons employed at the present time, in all the departments, including clerks, is about one hundred. The workmen connected with the refining department, are mostly Germans, who are employed at wages ranging from eighteen to twenty-four dollars per month.

Cuba and Louisiana sugars, are mostly used in this establishment for refining. The best qualities of loaf crushed and powdered sugars and golden syrups, are made entirely of Cuba sugars. The medium and common qualities of refined sugars and sugar-house molasses, are made from the raw sugars and syrups of Louisiana.

We are in formed by the proprietors that the advantages in the price of Jabor, fuel and bone slack, enable them to compete successfully with the refineries of the south.

The proprietors have shown a sound and discriminating judgment in selecting St. Louis as a suitable place for their enterprize. The freight of the raw material to this point, costs but little more than would the manufactured article, and therefore the difference in the cost of labor, fuel, &c., is nearly all a clear advantage in favor of the manufacturers here over those of the south. This is especially the case in regard to the refined sugars and syrups consumed north and west of this place.

This is a practical illustration of our theory of a system of commerce and manufactures adapted to the Valley of the Mississippi. In this case the raw material is produced in the extreme south, but is destined to be consumed in the middle and extreme northern districts. It must necessarily pay freight to St. Louis, as a point of distribution, therefore, instead of sending provisions 10 the south to feed the operatives, besides fuel and bone slack to be used in the process of manufacturing, the raw material is brought here where all these necessary appliances are abundant, and cheaper than in the south. This policy is based upon the true principles of political economy, and the proprietors of this flourishing establishment may well be considered as among the benefactors of the country, for giving a practical illustration of a principle which seems to be so difficult of comprehension in the west; and we sincerely hope that the advantages ani' profits accruing to them as individuals, may be commensurate with the public benefit.

The following is a table of prices as established on the 1st of March, 1848:

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PRICES AND QUALITIES OF REFINED SUGAR.
Packed in bbls. and boxes.

Packed in bbls. and half bbls.
Double refined Loaf,
9 Double refined and crushed,

9 Small Loaf,

No. 2,
81 Crushed,

B;

81 do. do.

No. 4,
8+ do.

C, do do.

No. 5,

81
do.

C, No. 2, 71 do. do.

No. 6,
8 Double refined, powdered,

9 do. do.

No. 7,
71 Powdered,

B,

81 do. do.

No. 8,
7 do.

C,

8 When less than 5 packages are taken, one cent per pound additional is charged.

On purchases of the above sugars to the amount of $500, 24 per cent discount; $1000, 5 per cent.

Clarified Sugars—White and Yellow, 5 to 7 cents; Sugar House Molasses in barrels and half barrels; Golden Syrup—in barrels, half barrels, and 10 gal

. kegs. Farwell & Co., Second street, are agents for this city.

THE MISSOURI STEAM SUGAR REFINERY. We learn from the proprietor of this establishment, Mr. Frederick Angelback, that he uses annually 500,000 lbs. Havana sugar, 1,000,000 lbs. Louisiana sugar, and 5,000 barrels of New Orleans molasses, and employs about twenty hands. This establishment produces double refined and refined loaf, crushed and powdered sugars, white and yellow clarified sugars, golden syrup and sugar-house molasses. The latter articles are put up in barrels, half barrels and 10 gallon kegs.

This establishment though not very extensive, is conveniently located, and well arranged for business, and has the appearance of thrist and prosperity. Messrs, Switzer, Platt & Co., No. 57 Main street, are the agents in this city.

ST. LOUIS COTTON FACTORY. This is the only cotton mill within our knowledge, on the west side of the Mississippi river.* This establishment has been in operation about three years,

*We remember to have heard, some years since, that a cotton mill was about to be built in the northwestern part of Arkansas, but we do not know that it ever went into operation.

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