England may in some senses thank herself for the ruin of her late crops. She has for many years drained her land to such an extent that all the rain-falls flow immediately into drains, not stopping long enough to penetrate the earth. The result is a quick filling of her little rivers and water courses; these overflow their banks immediately; hay is set afloat and ruined; grain is damaged either when cut or in the ground; sheep are drowned, and not infrequently cattle. Drainage in certain cases is very valuable; but the English in their over zeal have carried it too far, and are now obliged to ask food of their once despised cousins.