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Vanishing Forests

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The people of this country boast of their quicknoss to proiit by the logic of events, but in rospect to many things in the line of the general duty of society they are as slow to le.irn as was ihe ancient ruler of Egypt, who resisted a numbcr of very convincinn; argument with which the Lord had entrusted Mosea. It is a significant fact that droughts are becoming more frequent and exhaustive in New England than was formerly the case. Not only is this true of the eultivated portions, but it is becoming apparent at the héadwaters of souio of our great irrigating streams, which have insured fertility t the rieh boltom lands aud intervals along their banks, whatever ruight happen to the uplands. But the streams are drying up, and the low condltion of the Conneuticut, which has caused mucb inconrenience and soiue apprehension to the dwellers in the Valley, ilhiatratcs the tendency for which wo must assign a cause and avert what it threatens, if possible. The greed of man and not the unkindness of nature must be held respoftsiblc for all this. The destruction of forests along the head waters of the Connectieut is a sufficient explanation of the depleted condition of this noble stream, and we cannot hope for any permanent relief until the real nature of the disease is adraitted andsome decided measures are taken to cure it. In some quarters these fears are laughed at and these facts are ridiculed; but facts and fears are both genuine. Hy such an exteusive denudation of oir forost lands as is now being practiced, we are seriousty disarranging nature's eeonomj" and interfering with the conditions that are essential to her healthy processes. Itis agenerallyunderstood fact, upon which, scientilio men havo now no monopol}', that the increaso of drought is, in the long run, in direct ratio to the destruction of the forests and general tree supply. Those who are frequently tlie most responsible for this excessh'e denudation understand perfectly well the almost inevitable eonsequences. Yet they persist, because they tind immediate prolit in invading the ranks of the conservators of nature' s foroes and because, there i no lavv more binding than public spirit - weak when found in the mass--to prevent them frorn strippiug the face of the earlh of its chief ornaments and most useful features. Tree planting is a partial rernedy for all this, but Ilie work should be entored into with -norc system and onthusiasm than now chiiraoterize it to make it generally eil'ective. This s(!O!iis to us a tit question for leislation. The public good domands relief from the exhaustiva policy that is laying our forests low, and a way should be prescribed bj' which the fertility and equable conditions of development and growth may be maintained.


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