We have frequently pointed out that common opinion that looks to centuries to replace our forests is founded on a misapprehension of American character. When the time comes that a good profit can be demonstrated to follow tree planting, forests will spring like mushrooms from the ground, and millions on millions of feet of lumber will be fit for use in less than fifty years.

Our ways are not the slow ways of Europe. On this Mr. Douglas made a good point at the recent nurserymen's convention. He showed that the men whom he had used in planting were of all classes. Even the fighting men known as "Oklahoma boomers" were looked to lay aside their rifles, and take hold for the occasion of Douglas' tree ploughs. He says:

"Now, the 147,000 acres in Kansas have been planted by such men as these. They represent thousands of stalwart, practical, common-sense men, close observers. They are the owners of the trees they have planted. There is nothing like this to be found in Europe. A few land owners, a few educated foresters, the rest mere machines for doing the work, that is forestry in Europe.

" It will not require one hundred years, nor half one hundred years, to place America far ahead of all the nations in Europe combined as growers of artificial forests. Less than fifty years ago, you could not make one in ten of our farmers believe that either tame grasses or trees could be grown on our Illinois prairies. Even now the European foresters are falling far behind us in many respects, or rather we are going ahead, and they are standing still. There is very little to show that they have gained within the past fifty years. They trench and spade their ground to raise their seedlings, and dig their trees with spades. We in this country prepare our land with horses, throw up our seedling beds by horse power, cultivate and dig our trees, and even prune the roots, by horse power. A tree grower in this country who depends on manual labor for growing his trees may make a good living if his land is rising in value, but not otherwise, as far as I know".