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Trees And Tornadoes

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Year after year, as time goes on, tne history of the world is puDCtuated by disasters attribntable alraost eutirely to the iguorauce aud cupidity of the hnmau fatuily. Extremes iu teruperature and atinospheric disturbances are largely due to the destruction of the forests, and stiJl the work goes ou nncheeked, and the couditious that cause all of this tronble are steadily increasing. The St. Louis disaster is only one more arnong the many praotically unheeded warnings that are sent to stop this wholesale destruction. Individu√°is wil] never learn prndence in tree-outtiug. It belongs to the state and national governmeot to order and prescribe how rapidly the forests shall ba cleared. Where the damage has already beeu done, the state ought to order the planting of trees and make provisions for their care. In the hurry and bustle of everyday farm life, says the New York Ledger, there is no realiaztion of the necessity of care in this particular. The main point seerns to be to get rid of the trees in order that the flelds may be prepared for crops, but this suicidal policy affects not alone those who are directly respousible for it. but the entire coiuiuunities aud wide districts. It is a curions comme nt on the existiug state of affairs that St. Louis and other cities should suffer such wholesale destructiou siinply becanse the residents of the country districts have seeu fit to destroy the forests and make such ruisfortunes possible. How many more of these lessons will be necessary before the goverument takes in hand with the utmost vigor the subject of tree-planting aud preserving, and paves the way for the prevention of such calamities? A few intelligent persons are awakening to the importance of tree-planting, but the masses of the people are wholly indifferent, and mauy of them are


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