Butter firkins, as at present coastrtKted, require to be sawn horizontally through the centre, or the head removed, in order to obtain the butter, which is liable to be injured from the consequent exposure to the air. As an improvement on the above, a new method has been invented by Daniel Minthorn, of Water-town, N. Y., who has taken measures to secure a patent. The firkin is made to consist of two parts, which are connected together by means of a taper flange on the core of the one, which fits into a corresponding recess cut inside the edge of th other, the two parts being kept firmly together with hooks or any other suitable fastening. The great advantage of a firkin of this description is, that small quantities of butter can be taken out when required, and the firkin afterwards closed air-tight, which renders it superior to those of the ordinary construction for family use ; moreover, the firkin can be used repeatedly ior the same purpose until completely worn out.