A. G. Seyfert, U. S. Consul at Stratford, Ont., writes that hundreds of thousands of dollars have been expended during the past few years in experiments by the different companies in the Province for the perfection of machinery to turn out a fuel that will compete with coal. Under the old process, the bog was cut and sun dried. With new machines, the crude peat is run through the apparatus as fast as dug from the bog. Part of the moisture is evaporated by the heat of the process and the balance removed by the immense pressure the material undergoes, until it drops from the machine in cubes, ready for the market. This process of converting the raw material into marketable fuel is a great impiovement over the old method, but further improvements are expected.

The whole question of making the inexhaustible beds of bog commercially valuable lies in the drying process. The genius who will invent a machine to satisfactorily extract the moisture from crude peat will not only make a fortune, but will be a public benefactor.

Thus far, the nearest solution to the problem lies probably in the machine invented by Mr. Dobson, now in use at his peat works at Beaver-ton, near Lake Simcoe, in northern Ontario. This machine consists of a press, drier, and spreader, and is a most ingenious contrivance, for it cuts, pulverizes, and spreads the material at the same time. This reduces the moisture 50 per cent, and the balance is taken out by the drying process.