The cotton is first stretched on the frames, and then coated with a composition consisting of three pints of best old boiled linseed oil, four ounces of white resin, and an ounce of sugar of lead; the latter being first ground with a little oil, and the oil and resin heated to make them mix. A coat of this should be applied every season just before use. A telegraph line is now being constructed in California from Sacramento City to Mor mon Island, Columbia, Placerville, Auburn, Grass Velley, and Nevada—a distance of one hundred and five miles. The posts have been planted on all but fourteen miles of the route. Horse Stealing has become so prevalent in Northern Indiana, that there are societies of the best citizens organized in nearly all the counties to arrest and bring the rogues to punishment.
This article was originally published with the title "Cotton Covering for Hot Beds" in Scientific American 8, 28, 222 (March 1853)