To encourage arboriculture within the State, the Trustees of the Massachusetts Society for Promoting Agriculture have voted to offer prizes to the amount of $3,000 for plantations of different trees of not less than ten acres in extent, to be awarded in 1887. The white ash is the only native tree for which prizes are offered, as the trustees have in view the advantage of devoting to sylviculture the large tracts of barren waste land now so common in the New England States, and which can only be made profitable and productive by covering them with such trees as the European larch and the Scotch pine, which are well suited to the New England climate, and flourish on the poorest soils and in the most exposed situations.

The trustees have also voted to print 8,000 copies of Mr. Sargent's Essay on Tree Culture, which we have noticed elsewhere, for distribution among the farmers, in the hope that its perusal will excite in them an interest in this branch of agriculture.

This is not the first time that the public are placed under obligation to the managers of this old society. Three quarters of a century ago the Botanic Garden at Cambridge was founded through their liberality, and the increased public usefulness of the same establishment is due to the annual grant made to it from the funds under their control.