The United States Government is already doing much to protect the lumber interest in so far as it concerns the destruction of our forests, and there can be no reason why it should not recognize the same principle in the encouragement of new plantations. While farmers and fruitgrowers have to build their own railroads, or construct their own canals, the Government spends money for the sole reason that the forest-owners may get their, timber to market. Immense sums of money have been spent on the Guyandot River in West Virginia, for no other reason than improving on raft navigation.