While sending an interesting note for publication, a correspondent says: " I was much interested in the last number. In my humble opinion it has improved wonderfully since 1872, when I first became a subscriber. The correspondents come from so wide an extent of country, and the contents remarkably varied".

[We have had so many of these kind words lately, that it is fair to assume that it is a general sentiment. We suppose some credit may be taken for editorial management, - but allowing for all this, very much is due to the many kind friends who so freely send us notes of their observations and experiences. In this connection we may say that occasionally a valuable communication may stay on hand several months, because of some material referring to some recent question requiring precedence. It is not often that this happens, - but enough so to make this explanation of some service. - Ed. G. M].