Referring to the Canadian forestry exhibit in London, an English paper says:

"Birchwood, particularly that of Betula alba, or the White Birch, is much used in this country for slate frames, bobbins, and spools, light furniture, and occasionally for toys. The wood is light, easily worked, and takes a very fine polish. It lasts well under water, for which reason sluices and floodgates are made from it, as well as ship bottoms, and piles from the older and harder trees. Betula lenta, the Black or Cherry Birch, of which some notes appeared recently in your columns regarding timber produced in this country, is a valuable tree, the wood being hard, of a beautiful reddish tinge, almost like Mahogany, and extensively sought after for cabinet-making and indoor purposes generally. It is perfectly well adapted for culture in Britain, and being a handsome average-sized tree, and valuable as a timber producer, should, we think, be freely intermixed amongst our commonly planted hard woods".