Reading Secretary Edge's article on the "Cost of Fencing Timber in Pennsylvania," in the last number of the Monthly, has suggested some notes of a recent sale of locust posts at the place of Isaac G. Smock, Holmedale, New Jersey. Four thousand 5-holed fence posts were sold in one lot at forty cents apiece, besides 600 in smaller lots to other parties, at forty-five cents each. It is, I believe, the largest sale on record in that part of the State.

And the amount thus invested in fencing timber for one farm, - $1,600 - is certainly a large outlay, to which must be added the transportation, cost of the rails, and labor of setting.

These posts were cut in 1878, from broken and untillable portions of the farm. The exact area is not known, but one lot of this ground which measured 37-100ths of an acre produced timber sufficient to make 1,406 5-holed fence posts, 150 garden posts, and 250 fence stakes; or in figures: from 37-iooths of an acre, equivalent to $1,614 per acre.

1.406 posts @ 40 cents...........


150 garden posts @ 15 cents..........


250 stakes @ 5 cents..............



The groves whence this cutting was made were planted at intervals after 1830, so that the average age of the trees was about fifty years.

The area cut over in 1878 is now covered by a luxuriant growth of handsome young trees, of which I hope to write in the near future.

Albany, N. Y, April 6, 1887.