If the accounts we hear of the change in the climate of Germany during the last fifty years be true, it cannot be on account of the disappearance of the forests. The Department of Agriculture says:

" In the distribution of the kinds of wood the pine and fir are found in the south of Germany, oak and beech in the west and south-west, and the Scotch fir in the north and north-east, while Central Germany, to a greater or less degree, contains all these varieties.

"Since 1831 the forest area of Prussia has diminished about 5 per cent,; in most of the other German States a barely appreciable diminution has taken place, while there has been a steady increase in Bavaria, Baden and Saxony. On the whole, Germany has wood enough to meet domestic demand for many years to come."