It would be an interesting but curious subject of study to find out who it is that gets up the forestry legislation which takes place in so many States every year, and which is remarkable for nothing but sheer impracticability, or worse. Massachusetts is now trying its hand. The proposal before the Legislature is "to empower towns to take tracts of land of suitable character, within their limits, on the payment of a fair price, and to plant them over with forest trees ; no tract thus planted to be less than five hundred acres, and the State is asked to remit taxes on the same".

Mr. C. M. Hovey makes some sensible comments on this in the Massachusetts Ploughman. Such a scheme by towns, he well remarks, means a new army of office-holders to oversee and inspect these forests. He thinks, as will most reflecting persons, that the same object could be accomplished at half the cost, by encouraging private enterprise, as by encouraging "towns".