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European And American Farming

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Tho author of " Tho ügden 1 arm kapers" traveling in Europe, writos to tho Arne.riean Agriculliirist of the condition of Agriculture on tlie continent. He saya . They cannot draw on their land (as an Illinois farmer can) for a fair erop on every acre which they simply plow and plant. Their land ha9 passed that point - as much of ours has done, and as tho rest is fast doing. It no longer contains even the remnants of tho " inf xhaustible fortility" which invited the conventbuilding monks, as our prairies still invite the wholesale wheat and corn-growers. It has long since been relegated to its true position of " an implement ( f Agriculture," or, if the term be more aj - propriate, of the farmer's laboratory or even his bank. It long ago ceasod to be his mine. He can make it work for him much as the digestive apparatus ei' his cow does ; its apparatus, if he rightly undorstands it, is ever ready to turn his crudo chemicals into golden crops ; its vaults are open to receivo his deposits of manuro or of labor, and quick to pay them out whenever ho presents his check in the proper form. lïut tho day is gone whon he can reap where he has not sown, and tiike meal from the mili to which he has carried no grist. It is just this tact that makes the lesson8 of the Old World the most iraportaut of all for us to study. There is no danger that we shall yicld any point in which we are superior to them, and we can only hope for benefit from the odoption into our system of economies which they have learned in the dear and tedious school of experience. If we could combine what is good in tho two systerus (so far as our costly labor will allow) we should develop an Agriculture far beyond what we can hopo to establish by years of costly experience, and working out our own agricultural salvation.


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